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Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor Attila Brungs, BSc(Hons) (UNSW), DPhil (Oxon)

photo of Attila BrungsThe Vice-Chancellor and President, Attila Brungs, is the University's Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible to the UTS Council for the effective management of the University. Professor Brungs role includes:

  • building and maintaining strong working relationships with the UTS Council
  • the strategic positioning of UTS and building the external profile of the University, both in Australia and internationally
  • developing and communicating a clear vision for UTS and inspiring the University community to work together to achieve strategic objectives
  • establishing broad planning targets and priorities
  • building a strong and united senior executive team
  • defining annually the strategic change priorities to be progressed by each member of the executive
  • working to ensure the University acquires the necessary public and private resources to underpin the successful achievement of the University's goals and objectives
  • playing a leading role in the development of public higher education policy in Australia
  • pursuing the interests of UTS at the highest levels of government, industry and the community.

Professor Brungs has been a researcher in both industry and academia, with interests in the area of heterogeneous catalysis. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UTS in September 2009, Professor Brungs was General Manager, Science Investment, Strategy and Performance at CSIRO. His role incorporated the determination of broad research direction and resource allocation, performance monitoring of CSIRO research programs including its flagship programs, and the development and implementation of organisational strategy.

Before joining CSIRO in 2002 Professor Brungs was a senior manager at McKinsey and Co, managing teams in North America, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. He has also been on the board of a number of entities including not-for-profit organisations such as Greening Australia NSW.

Professor Brungs is a Rhodes Scholar, with a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford University, and recipient of the University Medal in Industrial Chemistry from UNSW.

Professor Brungs 's committees are:

  • Senior Executive Meetings (SEM)
  • Vice-Chancellor's Committee (VCC)
  • Senior Leaders' Group (SLG)

SEM is the Vice-Chancellor's management committee, which is held weekly, and comprises the Vice-Chancellor and his Senior Executive. The Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellors sponsor agenda items from their portfolio, of strategic importance to the University and the higher education sector.

VCC provides a forum for communication and the exchange of ideas among the senior managers of the University. Meetings are held six times a year, and membership comprises the Senior Executive, Deans, the University Librarian, Registrar, Chief Information Officer and Chair of Academic Board.

SLG enables the Vice-Chancellor to receive advice from and communicate to a wider group of senior management. SLG meetings are held two to three times each year, and membership comprises VCC members plus Directors who report to members of the Senior Executive.


Simone Lehmann
Executive Assistant
Email: simone.lehmann@uts.edu.au