University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is a public research university located in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1853, it is Australia's second oldest university and the oldest in Victoria.[9] Melbourne's main campus is located in Parkville, an inner suburb north of the Melbourne central business district, with several other campuses located across Victoria.

Melbourne is a sandstone university and a member of the Group of Eight, Universitas 21 and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. Since 1872 various residential colleges have become affiliated with the university. There are 10 colleges located on the main campus and in nearby suburbs offering academic, sporting and cultural programs alongside accommodation for Melbourne students and faculty.

Melbourne comprises 11 separate academic units and is associated with numerous institutes and research centres, including the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and the Grattan Institute. Amongst Melbourne's 15 graduate schools the Melbourne Business School, the Melbourne Law School and the Melbourne Medical School are particularly well regarded.[10][11][12]

Times Higher Education ranked Melbourne 32nd globally in 2017-2018,[13] while the Academic Ranking of World Universities places Melbourne 38th in the world (both first in Australia),[14] and in the QS World University Rankings 2019 Melbourne ranks 39th globally[15] and ranked sixth in the world according to the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings. Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne. Ten Nobel laureates have been students or faculty, the most of any Australian university.[16]

The University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne coat of arms
Latin: Universitas Melburniensis[1][2][3]
MottoPostera Crescam Laude (Latin)
Motto in English
"May I grow in the esteem of future generations"
TypePublic
Established1853
EndowmentAU$850 million[4]
ChancellorAllan Myers
Vice-ChancellorDuncan Maskell [5]
Academic staff
4,429 [6]
Students48,072 (2016)[7]
Undergraduates24,444 (2016)[7]
Postgraduates23,314 (2016)[7]
3342 (2016)[7]
Location, ,
37°47′47″S 144°57′41″E / 37.7963°S 144.9614°ECoordinates: 37°47′47″S 144°57′41″E / 37.7963°S 144.9614°E
CampusUrban
(Parkville Campus)
36 hectares (0.4 km2)[8]
AffiliationsUniversitas 21, Go8, APRU, ACU
Websiteunimelb.edu.au
University of Melbourne logo

History

Melbourne University grand building
Cussonia Court, home to the Schools of Classics and Philosophy

The University of Melbourne was established by Hugh Childers, the Auditor-General and Finance Minister, in his first Budget Speech on 4 November 1852, who set aside a sum of £10,000 for the establishment of a university.[17] The university was established by Act of Incorporation on 22 January 1853, with power to confer degrees in arts, medicine, laws and music. The act provided for an annual endowment of £9,000, while a special grant of £20,000 was made for buildings that year.[18] The foundation stone was laid on 3 July 1854, and on the same day the foundation stone for the State Library[19] Classes commenced in 1855 with three professors and sixteen students; of this body of students, only four graduated. The original buildings were officially opened by the Lieutenant Governor of the Colony of Victoria, Sir Charles Hotham, on 3 October 1855. The first chancellor, Redmond Barry (later Sir Redmond), held the position until his death in 1880.

The University of Melbourne
The view of the Melbourne Law School, Business and Economics, The Spot and Alan Gilbert Building.

The inauguration of the university was made possible by the wealth resulting from Victoria's gold rush. The institution was designed to be a "civilising influence" at a time of rapid settlement and commercial growth.[20]

In 1881, the admission of women was a seen as victory over the more conservative ruling council.[21]

The university's 150th anniversary was celebrated in 2003.[22]

The Melbourne School of Land and Environment was disestablished on the first of January, 2015. Its agriculture and food systems department moved alongside veterinary science to form the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, while other areas of study, including horticulture, forestry, geography and resource management, moved to the Faculty of Science in two new departments.

VCA merger and controversy

As of May 2009 the university "suspended" the Bachelor of Music Theatre and Puppetry courses at the college and there were fears they may not return under the new curriculum.[23]

A 2005 heads of agreement over the merger of the VCA and the university stated that the management of academic programs at the VCA would ensure that "the VCA continues to exercise high levels of autonomy over the conduct and future development of its academic programs so as to ensure their integrity and quality" and also that the college's identity will be preserved.[24] New dean Sharman Pretty outlined drastic changes under the university's plan for the college in early April 2009.[25] As a result, it is now being called into question whether the university have upheld that agreement.

Staff at the college responded to the changes, claiming the university did not value vocational arts training, and voicing fears over the future of quality training at the VCA.[26] Former Victorian arts minister Race Mathews has also weighed in on the debate expressing his hope that, "Melbourne University will not proceed with its proposed changes to the Victorian College of the Arts", and for 'good sense' to prevail.[27]

In 2011, the Victorian State Government allocated $24 million to support arts education at the VCA[28][29] and the faculty was renamed the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Autumn at The University of Melbourne
Autumn at the university grounds

Campus

Old Arts Building. Parkville Campus of University of Melbourne
Old Arts Building (1919-1924) in Parkville Campus of University of Melbourne.

The Parkville Campus is the primary campus of the university.[30] Originally established in a large area north of Grattan Street in Parkville, the campus has expanded well beyond its boundaries, with many of its newly acquired buildings located in the nearby suburb of Carlton.[31] The university is undertaking an 'ambitious infrastructure program' to reshape campuses.[32]

Residential colleges

Melbourne University currently has 10 residential colleges in total, seven of which are located in an arc around the cricket oval at the northern edge of the campus, known as College Crescent. The other three are located outside of university grounds.

The residential colleges aim to provide accommodation and holistic education experience to university students.[33]

Most of the university's residential colleges also admit students from RMIT University and Monash University, Parkville campus, with selected colleges also accepting students from the Australian Catholic University and Victoria University.

Colleges
Trinity College
1872–present
Trinity college university of melbourne
Ormond College
1881–present
Parkville - University of Melbourne (Ormond College)
Janet Clarke Hall
1886–present
Janet Clarke Hall (University of Melbourne)
St Mary's College
1918–present
St Mary's College (University of Melbourne)
Queen's College
1887–present
Parkville - University of Melbourne (Queen’s College)
Newman College
1918–present
Newman College - Dining from courtyard
Medley Hall
1954–present
Medley hall
Whitley College, 1965–2017
Ridley College, 1966–2007
University College, 1937–present
International House, 1957–present
Graduate House, 1962–present
St Hilda's College, 1964–present

Architecture

Several of the earliest campus buildings, such as the Old Quadrangle and Baldwin Spencer buildings, feature period architecture.[34]

The new Wilson Hall replaced the original building which was destroyed by fire.[35][36][37]

Ian Potter Museum of Art 2010

Ian Potter Museum of Art

Melba hall university of melbourne

Melba Hall and Conservatorium of Music

Concrete lawn

The Old Commerce building combines the relocated facade of a Collins Street bank with a 1930s building

MelbourneOldQuad

The cloisters of the Old Quad.

Melbourne university 1888 buildings

1888 building

Parkville - University of Melbourne (Trinity College Chapel)

The Chapel of Trinity College

Alan Gilbert Building, University of Melbourne

Alan Gilbert Building, University of Melbourne in Carlton

Older Buildings University of Melbourne

Older buildings in the foreground, with Redmond Barry in the background

Botany Building. Parkville Campus

Botany Building (1928). Parkville Campus of The University of Melbourne

Libraries

Baillieu Library
Baillieu Library in Parkville Campus. January, 2014
Inside Baillieu Library in January, 2014
Inside the Baillieu Library in January, 2014

The Melbourne University Library has three million visitors performing 42 million loan transactions every year.[38] The general collection comprises over 3.5 million items including books, DVDs, photographic slides, music scores and periodicals as well as rare maps, prints and other published materials.[38] The library also holds over 32,000 e-books, hundreds of databases and 63,000 general and specialist journals in digital form.[38]

The libraries include:[39]

  • Architecture Building and Planning Library (architecture, building and planning)
  • Baillieu Library (arts and humanities)
  • Brownless Biomedical Library (medicine and veterinary science)
  • Eastern Resource Centre (science, agricultural science, engineering, East-Asian Collection and Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library)
  • Giblin Eunson Library (business, economics and education)
  • Law Library (law)
  • Lenton Parr Music, Visual and Performing Arts Library - formerly VCA Library (visual and performing arts)
  • Burnley (horticulture and plant sciences)
  • Creswick (ecosystem and forest sciences)
  • Dookie (agricultural and veterinary sciences)
  • Werribee (veterinary science)

Other campuses

MelbourneBusinessSchool Building
Melbourne Business School in Parkville

The university has four other campuses in metropolitan Melbourne at Burnley, Southbank, Hawthorn and Werribee.

The Burnley campus is where horticultural courses are taught.[40] Performing arts courses are taught at the Southbank campus. Commerce courses are taught at the Hawthorn campus.[41] Veterinary science is taught at the Werribee campus.

In regional Victoria, the Creswick and Dookie campuses are used for forestry and agriculture courses respectively.[42][43] They previously housed several hundred residential students, but are now largely used for short courses and research. The Shepparton campus is home to the Rural Health Academic Centre for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

The university is a part-owner of the Melbourne Business School, based at Parkville campus, which ranked 46th in the 2012 Financial Times global rankings.[44]

Organisation

The university is organised into faculties and graduate schools, these are;

Governance

Governance of the university is grounded in an act of parliament, the University of Melbourne Act 2009.[45] The peak governing body is the "Council" the key responsibilities of which include appointing the Vice Chancellor and Principal, approving the strategic direction and annual budget, establishing operational policies and procedures and overseeing academic and commercial activities as well as risk management. The chair of the council is the "Chancellor". The "Academic Board" oversees learning, teaching and research activities and provides advice to the council on these matters. The "Committee of Convocation" represents graduates and its members are elected in proportion to the number of graduates in each faculty.[46]

Endowment

The University of Melbourne has an endowment of approximately $1.335 billion,[47] the largest of any Australian tertiary institution. However, Australian endowments are relatively small compared with those of the wealthiest US universities.

The university's endowments recovered after hardship following the 2008 Great Recession, which shrank its investments by 22%. This required restructuring of the university, including cutting of some staff, largely through redundancies and early retirements.[48] A further round of cuts, driven by lingering concerns about finances and declining Federal contributions to the tertiary sector, took place under the 'Business Improvement Program'(BIP) from 2014-16 and involved another 500 jobs.[49]

Academia

Ormond College, College Crescent, University of Melbourne
College Crescent and Ormond College in the campus of Melbourne University

The university has 11 academic units,[50] some of which incorporate a graduate school. The overall attrition and retention rates at the university are the lowest and highest respectively in Australia.[51] The university has one of the highest admission requirements in the country, with the median ATAR of its undergraduates being 94.05 (2009).[52] Furthermore, The university continued to attract outstanding students; for example, 50% of the Premier's VCE Top All-Round High Achievers enrolled at the University of Melbourne.[52]

According to the 2009 Times Higher Education–QS World University Rankings, Melbourne was then the only Australian university to rank in the top 30 in all five core subject areas with three subject areas ranked in the top 20.[52]

Research

Melbourne University claims that its research expenditure is second only to that of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).[53] In 2010 the university spent $813 million on research.[54] In the same year the university had the highest numbers of federal government Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS),[55] as well as the largest totals of Research Higher Degree (RHD) student load (3,222 students) and RHD completions (715).[56]

Melbourne Model

The University of Melbourne is unlike any other university in Australia so far as it offers nine generalised three-year degrees instead of more traditional specialized undergraduate degrees:[57]

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Oral Health
  • Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Design was a new addition that begun in 2017; this corresponded with the closure of the Bachelor of Environments (2008-2016), which was controversially axed in 2016 against the wishes of several participating Departments wishing to retain an environmental focus.[58] The change from the former curriculum, which offered many single and joint degrees, is often described as the "Melbourne Model", and was implemented under the leadership of Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis in 2008. The university also offers postgraduate courses (including professional-entry master's degrees) that follow undergraduate courses with greater specialization.[59] in the early 2000s, which offers an innovative cross-Faculty environmental master's degree[60]

As of 2007, Melbourne University aimed to offer 75% of graduate places as HECS (with the remaining 25% paying full fees).[61]

A number of professional degrees are available only for graduate entry. These degrees are at a masters level according to the Australian Qualification Framework,[62] but are named "masters" or "doctorate" following the practice in North America.

Reaction to the Melbourne Curriculum

Various groups, including trade[63] and student unions,[64] [65] [66] academics,[67] [68] and some students[69][70] have expressed criticism of the Melbourne Model, citing job and subject cuts, and a risk of "dumbing down" content. A group of students also produced a satirical musical regarding the matter. The Model has been subject to internal review, with the shift from the B Environments to B Design being one result.

Rankings

University rankings
University of Melbourne
QS World[71]39
THE-WUR World[72]32
ARWU World[73]38
USNWR World[74]26
CWTS Leiden World[75]33
Australian rankings
QS National[71]2
THE-WUR National[76]1
ARWU National[77]1
USNWR National[78]1
CWTS Leiden National[75]2
ERA National[79]1

Times Higher Education ranked Melbourne 32nd globally (1st nationally) in the 2017-2018 iteration of its annual World University Rankings.[80]

In the QS World University Rankings 2019,[81] the University of Melbourne was ranked 39th globally (2nd in Australia).

In the most recent CWTS Leiden Ranking, Melbourne was ranked 33rd in the world (2nd nationally).[82]

The university was ranked 38th globally (1st in Australia) in the 2018 publication of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) league table.[83]

According to QS World University Subject Rankings 2015,[84] the University of Melbourne is ranked 5th in the world for education, 8th in law, 13th in computer science and IT, 13th in arts and humanities,[85] 14th in accounting and finance, 14th in dentistry and 18th in medicine.

Arms

The university's coat of arms is a blue shield on which a depiction of "Victory" in white colour holds her laurel wreath over the stars of the Southern Cross. The motto, Postera crescam laude ("Later I shall grow by praise" or, more freely, "We shall grow in the esteem of future generations"), is written on a scroll beneath the shield. The Latin is from a line in Horace's Odes: ego postera crescam laude recens.

Arts and culture

The university is associated with several arts institutions in the wider community. These include:

  • The Ian Potter Museum of Art,[86] which houses the university's visual arts collection.
  • Thirty-three cultural collections, embodying the history of many of the academic disciplines taught at the university. These include the Grainger Museum Collection of musical cultural artefacts;[87] the Medical History Museum,[88] covering the history of the medical profession in Victoria; and the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology,[89] which contains more than 8,000 specimens relevant to the teaching of medicine and other health sciences.

Student life

University of Melbourne Cricket Club
Ground of Melbourne University Cricket Club in Parkville
Women's marking contest mark
Melbourne University women's football player jostles for best position in a marking contest

"Prosh Week"

"Prosh" is a celebrated tradition at the University of Melbourne and is usually held in late September in which teams of students engage in various non-academic activities, including Go-Kart Races, a 24-hour scavenger hunt, and lecture theatre pranks.[90] There are two types of teams that compete during Prosh, "big" teams of more than 20 "proshers" (e.g. Arts Spoons, Psi-ence) and "small" teams (e.g. Bay 13 and Cult Fiction), with less than 20.[91] The winning team claims the "Prosh Week Trophy" and eternal 'glory'.[92] Prosh Week is organised and hosted by 'The Judges', 6 elusive figures that placed in the prior years Prosh Week. These characters always have 'Judge Names' which follow a general theme, for example 2015 saw the rise of the literary character Judges, whilst 2016 see comic book character Judges.

The origins of "prosh" are debated and no one knows why or how it started. One theory claims that "prosh" came from a week that was nicknamed "Posh week" due to the number of times students would have to dress up in formal attire for a glut of University Student Balls hosted around the time. The effects of alcohol caused words to be slurred, and thus "posh" became "prosh".[92] Another theory claims that "prosh" is short for "procession", a week that involved students parading around Parkville and surrounding suburbs for unknown reasons. Despite the contested origins of "Prosh", it is now a week where University of Melbourne-affiliated teams complete a range of nonsensical tasks.

Sport

The university has participated in various sports in its history and has 39 affiliated clubs. Sport is overseen by Melbourne University Sport.

The Melbourne University Sports Union was the predecessor to the current Melbourne University Sports Association. Since its inception, the aim of the Union and now the association is to provide a collective voice for all affiliated sporting clubs on the university campus. In 2004, the Melbourne University Sports Association celebrated its centenary.

The Melbourne University Lacrosse Club (MULC) was established in 1883 and is the oldest continually operational lacrosse club in the world.[93]

The Melbourne University Cycling Club (MUCyc) is associated with Cycling Australia and competes regularly at local and national races. In 2008 MUCyc won its seventh consecutive AUG championship (2002–2008).[94][95]

The Melbourne University Tennis Club was one of the original five (5) clubs established for the students and staff of the university, with various tennis competitions and social tennis events held on campus as early as 1882.[96]

Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP)

Since its inception in 2012, MAP has evolved into a program that hosts a range of public events, workshops and feeder programs to help up-skill and connect entrepreneurs of all stages.[97] The best startups on campus are awarded access to the MAP Startup Accelerator. In 2014, MAP was one of two Australian university accelerators that have been named in a global list of top 25 university incubators produced by University Business Incubator Index.[98]

The first MAP cohort in 2012 includes Bluesky,[99] 121 Cast,[100] VenueMob[101] and New Wave Power Systems. Notably, Bluesky managed to enter the finals of the StarTrack Online Retail Industry Awards 2014[102] for best mobile shopping app against large Australian e-commerce incumbents including The Iconic and 121Cast signed a large content partnership contract with Southern Cross Austereo.[103]

MAP student founders have collectively raised over $5.6 million in funding, created more than 60 jobs and generated over $1.0 million in revenue.[104] They tackle big problems across a range of industries, from medical devices and hardware, to financial technology, web solutions, e-commerce and software.

Notable graduates

The University of Melbourne has produced many notable alumni, with graduates having held the offices of Governor-General, Governor of Victoria, Prime Ministers of Australia, Justices of the High, Federal, Family and Victorian Supreme courts, Premiers of Victoria and elected leaders of other states and territories, Nobel Laureates, a First Lady of East Timor, ministers of foreign countries, Lord Mayors, academics, architects, historians, poets, philosophers, politicians, scientists, physicists, authors, industry leaders, defence force personnel, corporate leaders, community leaders, as well as numerous artists.

Film credits

The Parkville campus was used extensively to shoot interior and exterior scenes in the MIFF-funded The Death and Life of Otto Bloom starring Twilight actor Xavier Samuel and Golden Globe nominee Rachel Ward[105].

See also

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Academic dress of University of Melbourne

The academic dress of University of Melbourne describes the formal attire of robes, gowns and hoods prescribed by the Statutes and Regulations for undergraduates, graduates, officers and honorands of the university. This follows

the Oxford style for the

gowns and hoods

for the Bachelors and Masters degrees.

For its doctorates,

Melbourne follows the style of Cambridge.

The hoods are all black

(of size and shape those of the Oxford MA; i.e. Burgon simple-shape)

lined with the colour specified for the relevant faculty or degree,

and bound with white (on the lower edge) for bachelors,

and no binding for masters. The faculty or degree colours are specified in the University Regulations.

Formerly, Pass degrees were bound in

fur and Honours

in silk

— however the distinction no longer exists.

Bachelors wear an Oxford Bachelors gown,

and Masters an Oxford Masters gown.

The undergraduate gown is the same as the bachelors,

but the sleeves must not be split.

Masters

may wear the mortar board, however undergraduate students and Bachelors are not permitted to wear the mortar board. This rule is strictly applied and extends to graduation photography as well as the ceremony itself.The academic dress for a PhD consists of an Oxford masters gown,

faced in scarlet, with a black hood lined in scarlet,

and a bonnet with a scarlet cord.

Higher doctorates are scarlet,

lined and faced in the

colour of the faculty/degree,

with a larger scarlet hood lined in the colour

of the faculty/degree, and a bonnet with a gold cord.

Attorney-General for Australia

The Attorney-General for Australia is the First Law Officer of the Crown in right of the Commonwealth of Australia, chief law officer of the Commonwealth of Australia and a minister of the Crown. The Attorney-General is usually a member of the Federal Cabinet, but need not be. Under the Constitution, they are appointed by the Governor-General on the advice of the Prime Minister, and serve at the Governor-General's pleasure. In practice, the Attorney-General is a party politician and their tenure is determined by political factors. By convention, but not constitutional requirement, the Attorney-General is a lawyer by training (either a barrister or solicitor).

Since 20 December 2017, the Attorney-General has been Christian Porter, a Liberal member of the House of Representatives from Western Australia.

Elizabeth Blackburn

Elizabeth Helen Blackburn, (born 26 November 1948) is an Australian-American Nobel laureate who is the former President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Previously she was a biological researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, who studied the telomere, a structure at the end of chromosomes that protects the chromosome. In 1984, Blackburn co-discovered telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes the telomere, with Carol W. Greider. For this work, she was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with Greider and Jack W. Szostak, becoming the only Tasmanian-born Nobel laureate. She also worked in medical ethics, and was controversially dismissed from the Bush Administration's President's Council on Bioethics.

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne

The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music (formerly known as the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music) is a faculty of the University of Melbourne, in Victoria, Australia. It is located near the Melbourne City Centre, on two campuses: one – the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (The Conservatorium) – on the Parkville campus of the University of Melbourne, and the other – the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) – on St Kilda Road, at Southbank.

Since 2019 a large majority of the Melbourne Conservatorium has moved to the Southbank campus along side VCA.

Geoffrey Blainey

Geoffrey Norman Blainey (born 11 March 1930) is an Australian historian, academic, philanthropist and commentator with a wide international audience. He is noted for having written authoritative texts on the economic and social history of Australia, including The Tyranny of Distance. He has published over 35 books, including wide-ranging histories of the world and of Christianity. He has often appeared in newspapers and on television. He held chairs in economic history and history at the University of Melbourne for over 20 years. In the 1980s, he was visiting professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University. He received the 1988 Britannica Award for dissemination of knowledge and was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2000.He was once described by Professor Graeme Davison as the "most prolific, wide-ranging, inventive, and, in the 1980s and 1990s, most controversial of Australia's living historians". He has been chairman or member of a wide range of Australian Government and other institutional councils, boards and committees, including the Australia Council, the University of Ballarat, the Australia-China Council, the Commonwealth Literary Fund and the Australian War Memorial. He chaired the National Council for the Centenary of Federation. His name sometimes appears in lists of the most influential Australians, past or present. The National Trust lists Blainey as one of Australia's "Living Treasures". He currently serves on the boards of philanthropic bodies, including the Ian Potter Foundation since 1991 and the Deafness Foundation Trust since 1993, and is patron of others.

Biographer Geoffrey Bolton argues that he has played multiple roles as an Australian historian:

He first came to prominence in the 1950s as a pioneer in the neglected field of Australian business history....He produced during the 1960s and 1970s a number of surveys of Australian history in which explanation was organized around the exploration of the impact of the single factor (distance, mining, pre-settlement Aboriginal society).... Blainey next turned to the rhythms of global history in the industrial period.... Because of his authority as a historian, he was increasingly in demand as a commentator on Australian public affairs.

Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer (; born 29 January 1939) is an Australian writer and public intellectual, regarded as one of the major voices of the second-wave feminist movement in the latter half of the 20th century. Specializing in English and women's literature, she has held academic positions in England at the University of Warwick and Newnham College, Cambridge, and in the United States at the University of Tulsa. Based in England since 1964, she has divided her time since the 1990s between Australia and her home in Essex.Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since her first book, The Female Eunuch (1970), made her a household name. An international bestseller and a watershed text in the feminist movement, the book offered a systematic deconstruction of ideas such as womanhood and femininity, arguing that women are forced to assume submissive roles in society to fulfil male fantasies of what being a woman entails.Her work since then has focused on literature, feminism and the environment. She has written over 20 books, including Sex and Destiny (1984), The Change (1991), The Whole Woman (1999), and Shakespeare's Wife (2007). Her 2013 book, White Beech: The Rainforest Years, describes her efforts to restore an area of rainforest in the Numinbah Valley in Australia. In addition to her academic work and activism, she has been a prolific columnist for The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, The Independent, and The Oldie, among others.Greer is a liberation (or radical) rather than equality feminist. Her goal is not equality with men, which she sees as assimilation and "agreeing to live the lives of unfree men". "Women's liberation", she wrote in The Whole Woman (1999), "did not see the female's potential in terms of the male's actual." She argues instead that liberation is about asserting difference and "insisting on it as a condition of self-definition and self-determination". It is a struggle for the freedom of women to "define their own values, order their own priorities and decide their own fate".

Graham Priest

Graham Priest (born 1948) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center, as well as a regular visitor at the University of Melbourne where he was Boyce Gibson Professor of Philosophy and also at the University of St Andrews.

Ian Potter Museum of Art

The Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia was established in 1972. It houses the art collection of the University of Melbourne. Current director, Kelly Gellatly, was appointed in 2013.The Potter, as it is known locally, presents a curated exhibition program of historical and contemporary art. Through its activities the Potter provides for the acquisition, maintenance, conservation, cataloguing, exhibition, investigation, interpretation and promotion of the extensive art collections of the University of Melbourne.

The current building opened in 1998 and was designed by the architect Nonda Katsalidis of Katsalidis Architects. The architect project team included Bill Krotiris, Adrian Amore, Lisette Agius, Donna Brzezinski, Keiran Boyle, Kei Lu Cheong, Luisa Di Gregorio, Holger Frese, Chris Godsell, Robert Kolak, Barbara Moje, Rainer Strunz, Marius Vogl, Jackie Wagner.

Lily D'Ambrosio

Liliana D'Ambrosio (born 30 July 1964 in Melbourne) is an Australian politician. She has been a Labor Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly since 2002, representing the electorate of Mill Park. She is presently Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Suburban Development in the Andrews Ministry.

She was educated at Mercy College, Coburg and St Aloysius' College, North Melbourne. She received an Arts degree from the University of Melbourne in 1986 and later a Diploma in Public Policy.

Margaret Jackson

Margaret Jackson, AC (born 17 March 1953) is an Australian corporate executive.

Jackson was born in Warragul, Victoria, and studied at Warragul High School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Economics degree from Monash University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne. She is a chartered accountant and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Jackson was the chairman of Qantas from 2000 to 2007 and was the first woman to become chairman of a top-50 publicly listed company in Australia. She had been a director of Qantas since 1992, her other directorships include the ANZ since 1994 and Billabong.

Jackson is a former partner of accounting firm KPMG and has also worked for accounting firms BDO Nelson Parkhill and Pricewaterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Melbourne University Publishing

Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) is the book publishing arm of the University of Melbourne.

Norman Greenwood

Norman Neill Greenwood FRS CChem FRSC (19 January 1925 – 14 November 2012) was an Australian-British chemist and Emeritus Professor at the University of Leeds. He is probably best known for the innovative textbook Chemistry of the Elements, co-authored with Alan Earnshaw, first published in 1984.

Ormond College

Ormond College is the largest of the residential colleges of the University of Melbourne located in the city of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is home to around 350 undergraduates, 90 graduates and 35 professorial and academic residents.

Peter Hollingworth

Peter John Hollingworth (born 10 April 1935) is an Australian retired Anglican bishop. Engaged in social work for several decades, he served as the archbishop of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane for 11 years from 1989 and was the 1991 Australian of the Year. He served as the 23rd Governor-General of Australia from 2001 until 2003. He is also an author and recipient of various civil and ecclesiastical honours. In 2003 he became only the third Australian governor-general to resign, after criticisms were aired over his conduct as Archbishop of Brisbane in the 1990s.

Scott Ryan (Australian politician)

Scott Michael Ryan (born 12 May 1973) is an Australian politician who has been a Senator for Victoria since 2008, representing the Liberal Party. He has been the President of the Senate since 2017, having previously been a minister in the Turnbull Government from 2016 to 2017.

Trinity College (University of Melbourne)

Trinity College is the oldest residential college of the University of Melbourne. The college was founded in 1872 on a site granted to the Church of England by the University. In addition to its resident community of 300 University of Melbourne and University of Divinity students, Trinity's programs includes Trinity College Foundation Studies, which prepares around 1700 international students for admission to the University of Melbourne annually; the Trinity College Theological School, an Anglican theological college, now a college of the University of Divinity; and the Trinity Institute, which runs summer and winter schools for young leaders, as well as other shorter learning and leadership programs.

University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences of the University of Melbourne has the largest number of post-graduate enrolments in the University of Melbourne and also hosts the most school departments and centres of all University of Melbourne Faculties, consisting of 52 faculty sub-organisations. In 2018, Melbourne Medical School was ranked 17th in the world and first in Australia in the 2018 QS Subject Rankings.

University of Melbourne Student Union

The University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) is one of two student organisations at the University of Melbourne, Australia. UMSU, incorporated as University of Melbourne Student Union, Inc. (UMSUi) provides representation and services for all current students and the University of Melbourne.

Until April 2017, there was a separate company, wholly owned by the University; Melbourne University Student Union Limited (MUSUL), which provided services to the two student organisations - UMSU and the Graduate Student Association (GSA). MUSUL was a company limited by guarantee and governed by a board of directors which comprises only three students. It was not a student organisation. As of 2017, the operations of MUSUL were wound up, with the University and its student organisations taking on roles previously administered by MUSUL.

Following the liquidation of its predecessor, The Melbourne University Student Union (MUSU), UMSU was incorporated on 17 November 2005, following approval by the Council of the University of Melbourne in October of that year. Its first elections were held in October 2005 under the transitional clauses of the constitution.

Victorian College of the Arts

The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) is the arts school at the University of Melbourne and part of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. It is located near the Melbourne City Centre on the Southbank campus of the University of Melbourne.

Courses and training offered at the VCA cover eight academic disciplines: dance, film & television, drama, Indigenous arts, music theatre, production, theatre, visual art, and writing, alongside the Centre for Ideas and the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development.

The library on the Southbank campus is known as the Lenton Parr Music, Visual and Performing Arts Library.

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