From 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.
This is the last edition of my blog for 2018, so I would like to share with you some highlights of the year. This is intended to be illustrative rather than exhaustive, and to give a flavour of the year across our core areas of activity.
It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through November, that semester two teaching has finished and that we are already well into the exam period.
August was Open Day season, and this year we saw huge increases in visitor numbers at all of our campuses. There was a fantastic atmosphere on all our campuses, where a mixture of staff and student volunteers made visitors feel very welcome.