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Welcome from the Principal

Amanda Bell is a graduate of the University of Sydney and an honorary lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Her career highlights include leadership roles in education, governance and the visual arts. Dr Bell’s professional interests focus on mentoring women and promoting the achievements of women. She is a Member of the NSW Rhodes Scholarship Committee, the board of Art Exhibitions Australia, and a Governor of the Queenwood School Board. Dr Bell is responsible for all aspects of the College operations and lives on site. She is an ex-officio member of the College Council.

Women’s college graduates are better prepared than their coed counterparts in areas like leadership and analytical thinking.  They share some key characteristics, including a commitment to service, leadership, and academic excellence. Each offers its own unique brand of education to its students and has a strong network of successful women who stick together and extend a hand to those who follow. (Shanker, 2013)

The Women’s College within The University of Sydney is a globally connected, secular residential community of female scholars—the first to be established in Australia in 1892.

We offer unrivalled opportunities for enhanced academic, cultural, sporting and professional development for our students: known as The Women’s College Advantage.

The Women’s College Advantage encompasses bespoke leadership and mentoring programs; small academic tutorials led by our Teaching Fellows; access to corporate internships and a diverse global alumnae network that is dynamic and actively involved with the College community.

The College offers residential places within its historic, well-appointed campus for 280 undergraduate and postgraduate women from Australia and the world; on-line applications are accepted throughout the year.

In addition to residential places, we offer a unique affiliate program to enable students to access the benefits of the Women’s College Advantage, but maintain independent living elsewhere. Affiliate applications are accepted throughout the year from women at all stages of their tertiary studies.

Significant opportunities exist here for our students to develop their life-wide education, while studying at a high level for their degrees. The Women’s College provides an exceptional range of arts and sports opportunities beyond the formal lecture regime, as well as a strong co-curricular program including interest groups, community service and international volunteerism.

The Women’s College is a place which will enhance and strengthen the Sydney University experience, while fostering strong friendships and bridging the transition from academic life to professional careers.


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