Go8’s new chair

26  November 2015

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Dr Michael Spence is the 25th Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney and takes over as Group of Eight (Go8) Chair for two years from 1 January 2016, succeeding ANU’s Ian Young.

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Australian born, the son of a high school headmaster (and presumably Michael Spence1Mrs Spence), Dr Spence graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in English, Italian and law (working “five or six part time jobs” along the way).  He then lectured in law at the University and worked for the Australian Copyright Council before moving to the UK to undertake doctoral studies.

Dr Spence is recognised internationally as a leader in the field of intellectual property and books on both intellectual property law and the law of obligations, with a critical focus on suggested ethical and economic justifications of the existing regimes. At Oxford he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology. He became a Fellow of St Catherine’s College where, during his 20 years there, he headed the law faculty and social sciences division – one of four divisions which make up the University of Oxford.

He returned to Australia to take up the position of University of Sydney Vice Chancellor in 2008.

Dr Spence is also an ordained Anglican Priest.  He speaks a number of languages including Mandarin.

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quote marksIt is a privilege as part of the Go8 to speak for Australia’s tradition of excellence, of innovation and creativity, in education and research. These institutions are crucial to Australia’s future.

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