The University of Melbourne, Australia
The University of Melbourne is accountable to all its stakeholders for the values it upholds, the mission it pursues and the goals and priorities it sets. It must also account for the quality of its policies, programs and academic performance, as well as for the financial well-being of the institution as a whole, and for maintaining the highest levels of probity in the conduct of its affairs.
The University’s governance structure ensures these standards are met. The University Council is the peak governing body of the University. The Academic Board oversees the learning, teaching and research activities of the University.
The members of the University community include academic and professional staff, honorary staff and graduates. The University Calendar is the source of information about the Melbourne University Act 1958 ( Victoria ), the statutes and regulations that govern our activities, descriptions of our committees and organisational units, and a list of all honorary doctorates awarded by the University. ( The University Calendar is different from the Events calendar, which lists public lectures and other events happening on campus each day ).
Long-term goals and strategies must always inform and shape the way the University sets immediate priorities and makes operational decisions. The successful management of University issues ensures a viable, profitable and stable educational environment for staff and students.
For information about our current strategic directions, visit the Growing Esteem web site. Copies of past strategic and operational plans, annual reports and other official documents are available from the University Publications site.
The Chancellor, Ms Elizabeth Alexander, chairs the University Council. The University Secretary’s department provides administrative and legislative support for the Council, its committees and the broader University.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis AC, is the Chief Executive Officer of the University. He and the Senior Executives form the highest level of management at the University. The Deans and Heads are responsible for management of our faculties and academic departments. They meet regularly as members of the Academic Board. The accountability framework describes how the University monitors, analyses and reports on its business, academic and other activities.
Courses Offered at The University of Melbourne
Colleges and Accommodation at Melbourne University
Residential Colleges :
The University of Melbourne has 12 residential colleges that are an ideal accommodation option if you are not from Melbourne. Living at a residential college can provide a fast way to build an academic and social network. The colleges provide sporting and cultural programs to enrich your academic experience in a thriving, warm and supportive community. All the colleges have fees but there are also accommodation scholarships available.
Other Accommodation :
Around the campus are the suburbs of Parkville, Carlton, North Melbourne and Brunswick. All of them are a very short distance away by public transport. You might choose to live in one of the many “share houses” in one of these suburbs, with other students. Not only can you save money on rent and bills, you also enjoy an atmosphere of student living with like-minded people.
If you are not sure where to find accommodation, the Student Housing Service can help you find and maintain affordable, safe and appropriate housing including short-term temporary accommodation if you’re arriving from interstate or overseas.
Studying and living in a different country or city is both an exciting and challenging experience. The International Student Services website has great information about studying and living in Melbourne including information about cultural adjustment and how to get involved in University life.
Support while you study :
Individual faculties and graduate schools provide course advisers, mentor programs and buddy schemes.
And we tailor the support you need. For undergraduates, our new curriculum pays special attention to your first and final years, facilitating your transition in to and out of the University, or on to further study. For graduate research students, the Melbourne School of Graduate Research provides a comprehensive range of activities and resources to support you from commencement to completion.
Child Care :
The University offers Child Care Services for the children of students and staff. The centres cater for children from three months old until primary school age, but you need to apply early as demand is high for the limited number of places available.
If you are living with a health condition or impairment that might influence your participation at University, you’re not alone. Hundreds of students like you successfully manage their studies with the help of the Disability Liaison team, who provide advice, information and services ( e.g. alterations to assessment, accessible formats, liaison with academic staff ).
International Student Services
International Student Services ( ISS ) provides a cycle of support for international students and your families from pre-arrival to returning home. Visit ISS for information on visas, welfare and general support, advocacy and bringing families to Australia.
International students under 18 :
If you are an international student who will be under 18 years of age when entering Australia, you will need to confirm you have appropriate accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements in place before you can apply for a student visa. You will need to meet one of the three requirements below :
- Living with a parent;
- Living with a relative;
- Other approved care arrangement.
- You can also enroll in the University of Melbourne Under 18 Supervision Program
Student Programs :
First Year : Enrolment, Orientation and Transition
Enrolment and the Orientation Program are the start of your academic year with the University of Melbourne. It is a great time to become familiar with the University and meet new people. Find out more about the programs, and learn more about what to expect of university life and how to be prepared. The First Year@Unimelb blog can also give you an insight into uni life from current first year students.
Language and Academic Skills :
The Academic Skills team can help you maximise your independent learning potential by providing individual tutoring, workshops and short courses which involve researching and writing, exam preparation and oral presentations. For interactive academic online services visit the Academic Interactive Resources Portal ( AIRport ).
Leadership and Volunteering :
LIVE can help you find unique opportunities to get involved, both on and off campus, in leadership, community engagement and volunteering activities, locally and globally.
Student Wellbeing Services
The Counselling Service provides high quality, professional and confidential counselling, free of charge to all students of the University. The Service also offers a series of free workshops and groups each semester on a wide variety of topics linked to your personal and academic effectiveness.
For any health concerns you may have, you can consult the doctors at the Health Service. They can help you with travel health and vaccinations, work / sport injuries, allergies and mental health concerns, such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
Safety on Campus :
We believe that everyone should feel safe while on campus, and personal safety is important to us. Our Safer Community Program offers support and advice about safety around campus and personal safety in general.
Financial Assistance and Work
Careers & Employment :
Looking for work? Careers & Employment ( C & E ) has plenty of useful information and resources to help you look for work and assist with your career planning. Look for a part-time or casual job on the Careers Online jobs database – with more than 200 part-time and casual jobs on the system per week and 5,000 lodged over the year, it’s the ideal place to start job hunting.
If you are facing genuine financial hardship, you can access interest-free loans and grants through Student Financial Aid ( SFA ). SFA can also assist with budgeting advice, government assistance and a range of other matters related to student finances.
Contact The University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne
Telephone : +(61 3) 9035 5511
Email : 13MELB@unimelb.edu.au
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