Welcome from the Principal

Dr Amanda Bell AM is a graduate of the University of Technology and University of Sydney where she is an honorary lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Her career highlights include leadership roles in education, governance and the visual arts. In 2017 she was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to education, particularly to young women as a leader and academic, and to the visual arts.  Dr Bell’s professional interests focus on mentoring women and promoting the achievements of women. She is Chair of the UTS International Research Centre for Youth Futures, a Member of the NSW Rhodes Scholarship Committee, Director of the board of Art Exhibitions Australia, and a Governor of the Queenwood School Council. Dr Bell was appointed Principal of The Women’s College in January 2013 being responsible for all aspects of the College’s operations. She is an ex-officio member of the College Council and resides on-site.

Welcome from the Principal

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 secular community of female scholars—the first to be established in Australia in 1892—where young women can either reside or have affiliation (non-residential program). The College can cater for up to 290 residents and 50 affiliates (undergraduate and postgraduate) from Australia and around the world within its historic, well-appointed campus. On-line applications are accepted throughout the year.

Women’s offers many opportunities for tailored leadership, academic, cultural, sporting, service and professional skills development for our students: The Women’s College Advantage. The Women’s College Advantage also encompasses exclusive mentoring, employment opportunities and internship programs, and a unique opportunity to advance philanthropic experiences for all our students.

Academically, College offers an adjunct tutorial program led by our Teaching Fellows and access to a Senior Common Room program (academic and social) alongside a diverse global alumnae network that is dynamic and actively involved with the College community.

Significant opportunities exist here for our students to develop their life-wide experience and life-long networks, while studying at a high level for their degrees.

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