From the VC's desk
This is the last edition of my blog for 2019, so I’d like to share with you some highlights of the year. It is intended to be illustrative rather than exhaustive, and to give a flavour of the year across our core areas of activity.
It’s now halfway through November, which means that our students are well into their exams. It’s been an extraordinary month for investment in La Trobe – from Government, through philanthropy and by our own staff. This is a great endorsement for the University and will provide lasting benefit to our students, our research and to our communities.
The football season is almost over - good luck if your team is playing this weekend - and with this warmer weather well upon us, spring has definitely sprung. Here’s a snapshot of some of the things coming across the VC’s desk.
First of all, a huge thank you to all staff who contributed so much to another successful round of campus Open Days.
Hello - I hope you have managed some time off over the mid year break. Whether you have been able to escape to warmer climes, or have been shivering in Melbourne (like I have), welcome back.
The mornings are getting colder, so it must be Semester 1 exam time for our students. Thanks to all colleagues who have helped them through this exam season, from those who have provided learning support, to those who invigilate and supervise the exams themselves; and, of course, to academic staff who set and mark them. It’s a huge effort all round.
As Autumn ends along with classes for this semester, our students are now focused on preparations for exams, which start on 7 June. Best of luck to them all.
April has been another busy month at La Trobe, with lots to celebrate.
Welcome to the March edition of my VC’s blog. It’s great to have the students back on campus – but meanwhile there is much to tell you about.
This week, students start returning in significant numbers to our campuses. Many will be continuing students, while some will be entirely new to La Trobe.
January at La Trobe was dominated by the senseless, brutal murder of Aiia Maasarwe. In our shock and grief following this terrible event, I saw La Trobe students, staff and our community neighbours come together to remember Aiia’s life, support her family and friends, and care for one another as we mourned this devastating loss.