Vice-Chancellor and President

Lead one of Australia’s great universities

We’re seeking an inspirational leader, to join us as Vice-Chancellor and President. 

Established in 1874 as only the third university in Australia, the University of Adelaide has a rich and proud history.

Ours was the first university in Australia to admit women to academic courses; the first to offer degrees in science; and the first to establish a conservatorium of music. We were also the first Australian university to offer a Doctor of Music, and to grant that degree to a woman.

Our commitment to excellence in both education and research has seen us climb into the world’s elite, top 1% of universities. We’re currently ranked as high as 106 in the world (QS) and recognised as top 100 in 25 specific disciplines (QS, ARWU); our research is universally rated world standard or above (ERA).

Now, as we approach our 150th year, our progressive and innovative spirit is stronger than ever. We’re seeking a Vice-Chancellor who will lead us as we continue in our mission to do even more - for our students, our country, our planet.

Take us to new heights

Working closely with our Chancellor, University Council and highly talented and experienced executive team, you will shape and support every aspect of the University’s strategic development.

First and foremost, you will be an exceptional leader. You will empower our entire community, and inspire us all to keep reaching higher. You will bring people together; seek and celebrate diversity; and exemplify our values: integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery.

You will move comfortably in all circles, establishing and maintaining relationships for mutual and societal gain. Uncertainty will not faze you. And you'll be absolutely committed to continually enhancing our already world-class education and research.

Message from the Chancellor

A message from The Honourable Catherine Branson AC QC.

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About the role

View the role statement and selection criteria.

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Our liveable city

Adelaide is a wonderful place to live and work.

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To apply

For a confidential discussion, contact Bill Kett on +61 3 9012 3043.

To obtain an information pack or to apply, please email