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Geoffrey Sherington

Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney

Former Dean of the Faculty of Education (1997-2003) and then Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (2003), Professor Geoffrey Sherington has been a member of the University of Sydney for over 25 years.

Having graduated with Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History from the University of Sydney and then a Master of Arts from the University of New South Wales, he then studied overseas in Canada and England graduating from McMaster University with a Ph D. On return to Australia he was appointed a Lecturer in Education at the University of Wollongong before taking up an appointment at the University of Sydney.

After a career as lecturer, senior lecturer and Associate Professor he was appointed to a personal chair in the history of education in 1997 just prior to becoming Dean of the Faculty.

Over the past 30 years he has been the author and co-author of 15 books and numerous articles in the history of education. He has been the recipient of a number of competitive research grants. His current interests include the fate of the comprehensive public high school and the history of universities as public institutions.


  • –present
    Professor in the History of Education, University of Sydney


  • 1975 
    McMaster University, PhD in History
  • 1970 
    University of New South Wales, MA in History
  • 1967 
    University of Sydney, BA Hons


  • 2009
    Co-author of School Choice, Allen and Unwin
  • 2006
    Co-author of The Comprehensive Public High School, Palgrave


Fellow of Australia College of Educators since 2004Fellow of Royal Australian Historical Society since 1991

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