ON THE FARM
Help for Dookie accommodation
For the first time in several years, agriculture students were able to spend a semester at the Dookie Campus. The value of this immersive rural experience proved so great that the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences has launched a scholarship appeal and residential accommodation fund to allow more students to benefit.
Bequest backs clinical aims
A lifetime interest in new technologies has led to a gift made in a Will that supports the Graeme Clark Institute’s development of new medical prosthetics. The bequest, from John Northey Ashford, a mechanical engineer and keen glider, will help further the Institute’s objective of transforming clinical solutions.
Fellowship marks Art’s 150th at VCA
The ART150 Fellowship was established with proceeds from the sale of artworks donated to the 9x5 NOW exhibition, part of the ART150 celebrations marking 150 years of art at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Works included this piece by Dr Elizabeth Gower, artist and senior academic. The inaugural recipient of the Fellowship was Aya Hamamoto (MContpArt 2017).
Scholarship for Indigenous educators
A passion for advancing reconciliation and promoting the welfare of young Indigenous Australians has led to a lasting legacy. Professor Emeritus Collette Tayler, a visionary and inspirational leader in early childhood education, made a gift shortly before she passed away. The resulting scholarship will help Indigenous students obtain a qualification in Early Childhood teaching, conduct research, and develop educational experiences to benefit young Indigenous children and their families.
Keeping high achievers on track
Race walker Regan Lamble, the 2017 Andrew and Geraldine Buxton Athletics Scholarship recipient, combined her studies with elite athletics last year representing Australia in the IAAF World Championships in London and placing first in the Australian University Games 5000m Walk. In 2018, Regan is commencing study in the Master of Social Work. The Andrew and Geraldine Buxton Athletics Scholarship seeks to support high achieving student athletes to pursue both their athletic and academic goals through the University of Melbourne. Inaugural scholar, high jumper Joel Baden, was selected in Australia’s Commonwealth Games team to compete on the Gold Coast in April 2018.
TOWARDS SOCIAL EQUITY
Empowering agents for change
The Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity is a leadership program working with social change makers and community-based nation builders to shift attitudes, change systems and create opportunities to help Indigenous peoples and communities to flourish. Fifteen inaugural Fellows commenced the program in 2017, supported by the generosity of The Atlantic Philanthropies.
New Chair lifts history profile
The Hansen Trust has been established to transform the teaching of history at the University of Melbourne. It aims to develop a passion for History within students and the broader community, to deepen student engagement with their learning and to emphasise the importance of history in the world today. Appointments in 2017 to a new Hansen Chair in History and three new Hansen Lectureships, all supported by the Hansen Trust, are helping to reinvigorate the teaching of history at the University and build excellence and innovation in the Faculty of Arts.
The establishment of the Hansen Chair is a game changer in a country where the success of a scholar is measured by his or her distance from the undergraduate classroom. As Hansen Chair, I am working to help return teaching to the status it deserves and I am relishing the challenge.Professor Mark Edele, Inaugural Hansen Chair in History