Structure and functions

Structure and functions

Macquarie Memory

Macquarie University was originally established in 1964 at North Ryde. Macquarie University began as a suburban university located in Northern Sydney. The campus, which is the largest in New South Wales, includes classrooms, computer services, living quarters, and sporting, recreation and leisure facilities. With its location, services and facilities, Macquarie University is a highly sought-after campus. Macquarie University is located within Australia's premier high-technology precinct and is surrounded by the local headquarters of numerous multinational corporations.

Macquarie University is a multicampus university spread over two locations in the Sydney metropolitan area: Macquarie City Campus located above Wynyard train station.

The Macquarie University Research Park, located at North Ryde is the first privately-funded Research and Development Park on an Australian campus.

Vision and purpose

Macquarie University is about discovery, learning and participation in a borderless world.

We are a dynamic, flexible and engaged university committed to excellence in research, teaching and global citizenship. Macquarie University is on track to becoming one of Australia's leading research universities. It's our goal that by 2014 - our 50th anniversary - Macquarie will be among the top eight research universities in Australia and one of the top 200 in the world.

Macquarie's 126 hectare park-like campus is an ideal setting in which to discover and learn. Our location within the high-technology corridor of Sydney's north-west enables us to establish close relationships with some of the world's most successful companies, many of whom are located in the University's research park, and allows a collaborative approach to research and teaching to ensure Macquarie graduates are highly sought-after and command high starting salaries. It also provides our students with first class internship opportunities with world leading companies from a range of industries.

Our Values

At Macquarie University, our values determine how we behave toward our students, our staff and our community. We are:


We are ethical. Ethical behaviour is paramount: our Ethics Framework Project aims to promote a collegial community and to foster a culture within the University that is responsible, respectful and reflective.


We pride ourselves on being enquiring, open to new ideas and new ways of thinking and new ways of ensuring we create a sustainable institution.


We are creative in our response to opportunities and challenges.


We are inclusive. Inclusiveness is about making the system fairer and providing access to everyone, no matter what their background, who has potential to benefit from higher education.


We are agile. Agility is our willingness and our ability to be responsive, to listen and act, and not to be bound to traditional approaches where these are no longer relevant to the student of today.


We are committed to excellence. This is the standard to which we aspire in everything we do. We are asked to offer our best even when something less may be acceptable to others; and to always uphold the standards relevant to our discipline or practice.

These values are what Macquarie University stands for. We will bring these values to life in everything we do.

What makes Macquarie Different?

We are ambitious. Our ambition is obvious in the range of initiatives we have underway, from a new library, a private hospital, and a new undergraduate curriculum in 2010.

We are contemporary in our outlook, in the way we communicate, in the way our staff and students interact.

We are friendly. Friendliness is an important characteristic in a university. Our academics and professional staff are accessible and informal in their interactions with students.

Key areas

The University is divided into the following areas:

Macquarie University Council

The University Council is the governing authority of the University under the Macquarie University Act 1989. Under Part 4 of the Act, the Council takes primary responsibility for the control and management of the affairs of the University, and is empowered to make by-laws and rules to give effect to its functions under the Act. With the exceptions of matters reserved to the Council, and those matters that are not delegable under the Macquarie University Act 1989 and Macquarie University By-Law 2005, the Council may also delegate its functions as appropriate.

Academic Senate

The Academic Senate is the primary academic body of the University. The constitution and functions of the Academic Senate are prescribed in the Macquarie University By-Law 2005, and the Rules of the University. While the Academic Senate is an independent body, it is required to make recommendations to the University Council in relation to matters outside its delegated authority.

Policy Central

Policy Central is the official University repository for all approved institutional policies, procedures and guidelines. It is a publicly accessible site that provides policy information for students, staff and visitors. It includes details of the University's policy framework, instructions and templates for drafting policies.


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