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The Residential Colleges of the University 2005


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The Trinity College Foundation, the college's philanthropic arm, administered by the Office of Faculty Development. The history of the College's first century is chronicled in Perspective of a Century by J.A. assignment). The University Library (Leeper Library) provides a useful working collection in the main areas of undergraduate study, together with specialist research collections.

Applications are welcomed from students in all faculties who wish to benefit from the academic and extracurricular programs of the College. The non-resident program includes participation in the College tutorial program, individual mentoring, use of the College library and access to the College's pastoral care network. Generous scholarships are awarded to outstanding students entering the College who are in financial need.


The land was granted to the Presbyterian Church by the Victorian Government in 1853 for the establishment of a residential college "of and within the University of Melbourne", and under the auspices of the Church. However, it was not until 1877 that the Church, with Alexander Morrison / Rector of Scotland, convened a committee to plan the foundation of the College. Reed's plan combines elements of the Oxbridge academic tradition and the Scottish ecclesiastical tradition on which the College was founded.

The publication Ormond College: Centenary Essays (ed. S Macintyre, MUP, 1984) is a very readable and instructive history of the College. Members of the University may become non-resident members of the College and participate in College tutorials. Queen's was founded in 1887 and occupies that part of the University Reserve granted to the Methodist Church.

A detailed account of the first hundred years of the College's history can be found in the centenary history written by the fourth Master, Dr. Although two of the College's founding students were women, this experiment did not continue. The college maintains contact with its former residents through the activities of the Wyvem society.

Ross A Williams BCom MSc Econ Lond, PhD Lond FASSA Associate Professor, University of Melbourne and former Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Commerce. Richard Divall OBE, KM KLJ DMus (Hon) Sao Paulo, DLitt(Hon) Monash FRNS FRAS, Music Director of the Victoria State Opera and Artist in Residence at Queen's College, Associate Professor of Music at the University of Melbourne. Ross A Williams, BCom MSc (Econ) Lond PhD Lond FASSA Professor of Econometrics and Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Commerce, University of Melbourne.

In the awarding of scholarships, the master is assisted by the college's scholarships.


Linen is not provided by the College and personal laundry is the responsibility of the student. Graduate students are also housed within the Board and can request information from the Rector about available housing. Students who come to the university from a wide range of backgrounds live in a beautiful, heritage-listed building with a range of state-of-the-art facilities.

The college offers an extensive tutorial programme, and weekly lessons are held in a wide range of first year and senior year subjects. Where the College does not offer classes, arrangements are made to attend classes, when offered, at one of the neighboring colleges. In addition, the College holds a robust and stimulating series of seminars, occasional lectures and attracts a wide range of dinner speakers.

Non-resident students are also accepted and are encouraged to become active members of the College. The first wing of the college (Georgina Sweet Wing) was not completed when the college opened, but by the following year, with the opening of the Constance Ellis Wing in August 1938, the college had 42 students and 4 resident teachers. Since that date the College has grown as a place of living and learning for men and women.

The College enrolls the majority of its students from country Victoria, but also enrolls students from interstate and overseas. Since its inception, the College has enrolled many overseas and exchange students and the community now enjoys the benefits of a strong network of overseas alumni. Where the College does not provide tutorials, arrangements are made where possible for residents to attend tutorials at one of the neighboring colleges.

Tutorials are offered by the College in most subjects at first-year level and in some upper-year subjects.


Non-resident students are entitled to College tuition, may use the Library and other College facilities, dine at the College at student rates and participate fully in College life. Application Fee $25 Registration Fee $500 Bond Deposit $250 Student Club $150 Fees entitle resident students to board, reside and be educated for 39 weeks covering the Academic Year and mid-year. Arrangements are made with other colleges for tuition in subjects not offered at St Hilda's.

A number of scholarships will be awarded annually to resident students and scholarships are awarded according to a family means test. For more detailed information, application should be made to the Principal, St Hilda's College, College Crescent, Parkville, Victoria, 3052. The tuition fee is per subjects per semester and includes meal entitlements on teaching evenings.


Student Club Fees $200 Fees entitle students to room, board and tuition for the 30-week academic year. For authorized stays at other times of the year, students are charged $41 per day or a flat fee of $200 per week. Academic scholarships worth 10% of fees are awarded each year on the results of the Victorian Certificate of Education.

Similar scholarships are available to students already attending university based on their results in university exams. Senior scholarships are available to graduates and honors students, and music and auxiliary scholarships are available to all residents. Scholarships are available to students in financial need, discounts to students who have a brother or sister already in college.

However, the College developed and a property called "Kooringa" was soon purchased further down Sydney Road (now sadly demolished to make way for a motel), and the College was established on what was expected to be its final site. 34;Kooringa" had to be sold to move to a larger site where the College is now located on the corner of Walker Street and The Avenue. Initially there was adequate accommodation in the large house "Cumnock", but as the College grew and other buildings were erected.

In order to strengthen the traditional links between the College and the University of Melbourne in 1965, application was made to the University Council for affiliation. In 1972, Ridley became co-residential, the first College at the University of Melbourne to do so.


The Graduate Union of the University of Melbourne Incorporated is an association of graduates and postgraduate students who wish to maintain close links with the University of Melbourne and is affiliated with the University as a unique postgraduate college. The Graduate Union offers club, dining and residential facilities in addition to social and educational opportunities for its members at a low annual membership fee. The main objectives of The Graduate Union as set out in its Statement of Purpose are:. a) to provide residential facilities for postgraduate students in a safe, supportive and collegial environment (b) to encourage and assist higher education, particularly postgraduate studies and research.

Affiliated to the University Union as the Graduates' Section of the Union between 1938 and 1952, it has operated as The Graduate Union since 1953. Current subscription categories and rates are listed on a separate sheet available from the Graduate Union office. Lunches are held regularly and occasionally dinners are held in the Graduate House with a variety of interesting speakers.

The Alumni Association is separate from the Alumni Relations Unit of the University of Melbourne. While the Alumni Relations Unit is part of and administered by the University, the Alumni Association is an autonomous organization. The Graduate House employs a Secretary-General Manager (CEO) of Graduate House and is assisted by such other secretarial, administrative, housekeeping, catering or other staff as may be deemed necessary from time to time.

Comprehensive information and Applications for Graduate House Membership and Admission are available on the Graduate House website www.graduatehouse.com.au. Inquiries can also be made by facsimile email to [email protected] or by post to The Graduate Union, 220 Leicester Street, Carlton 3053.


All members of the house share this ongoing opportunity, and it is expected that each member will contribute to the life of the community. Kendall Hall is named after the founder of Melbourne Veterinary College, which opened in 1888 and was the forerunner of Australia's first Veterinary School. With the rest of the clinical centre, it was officially opened in November 1967 by the Premier of Victoria, Sir Henry Bolte.

The Hall is owned by the University and is managed by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Further information can be obtained from the University of Melbourne, Veterinary Clinical Centre, 250 Princes Highway, Werribee 3030, Australia. By the end of 1951, legislation was passed by the state government that allowed the University Council to establish "inns and dormitories".

The University took control of the Drummond Street Hostel in April 1953 and appointed a manager to take charge. In August 1961 this house for Medley Hall was purchased by the University with funds made available by the Australian Universities Commission. In March 1967 women were admitted to Medley Hall and the total number of residents was 40 (12 women and 28 men).

By March 1971 extensions to Medley Hall were complete and around 29 women and 32 men comprised the establishment. Medley Hall offers 60 students from the University of Melbourne the chance to live in charming accommodation with a close supportive group of fellow students and staff, in a convenient location., with the opportunity to mix and establish friendships with students from diverse backgrounds, country Victoria , interstate and overseas; to enjoy the company of meals together; the camaraderie of team sports or engagement in our social and cultural activities.


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