Dean's report

Dean Jim Watterston
Redmond Barry Emeritus Professor Johanna Wyn's retirement

Last week the Melbourne Graduate School of Education farewelled Redmond Barry Professor, Johanna Wyn with her retirement from the Youth Research Centre and the MGSE. It was a celebration that highlighted her extraordinary academic contribution and her passion for working with young people particularly through her leadership of the longitudinal Life Patterns study. I’m happy to report that Johanna will be maintaining her strong relationships within the Graduate School and joining us as a Redmond Barry Emeritus Professor.

Vice-Chancellor's Planning Dialogue

Along with members of the MGSE Executive, I recently attended the Vice-Chancellor’s Planning Dialogue which provides an important opportunity for the Vice-Chancellor and the University’s senior leadership to engage in strategic discussions on priorities that are important to the achievement of the Growing Esteem objectives and to the success of each division. We presented an update on the strategic priorities of MGSE, on our performance to date and our financial projections. I am pleased to report back that the feedback we received from Chancellery is that we are on the right track.

Graduate Degree Packages

Last week also saw the launch of the University’s new Graduate Degree Packages which will provide more certainty and opportunity for high-achieving students to enrol upfront for both their bachelors and graduate degrees. These combination packages will see Arts, Science, Design and Music offering a package with our Masters programs at MGSE.

The announcement also included the welcome news of a new scholarship program which will mean that all Victorian schools will be able to award a Victorian Principals’ scholarship to a student nominated by their principal. Other new scholarships also include the Humanitarian scholarships to assist refugees and Temporary Protection visa holders, the Indigenous merit scholarships and the national merit scholarships aimed at interstate students. These scholarships will increase access to the University and are an important way to increase the diversity of our student population.

Audit of Aboriginal Ancestral Remains and Associated Objects

As mentioned in my recent From the Dean’s Desk message, the University is conducting an audit of Aboriginal Remains and associated Objects and will report back to the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council by the end of July. If any staff members have knowledge of the existence of any Aboriginal Ancestral Remains and associated Objects that do not form part of a Cultural Collection please report these items.

To conclude, I was delighted to attend the mid-year MGSE graduations earlier this week – there is nothing quite like the mixture of relief, excitement and anticipation that swirls around these occasions.

Jim