My Melbourne with Roy Judge

April 14 / 132

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Hello, and welcome to My Melbourne. I’m Stavroula Psonis and today I’m joined by Roy Judge.

What is your official title?

I’m an Associate Professor. My roles at the Melbourne Dental School are Head of Prosthodontics and Academic Clinical Director of the Melbourne Dental Clinic.

How long have you been with the University?

It’s been 17 years. I remember that because that’s the year I got married, it was a big year.

What is your favourite thing about working at the University and what is your typical day like?

There is no typical day working at the University of Melbourne. I know that every day is a busy day. Often there are research meetings with graduate students. There is clinical teaching and preclinical teaching with graduate and post graduate students. There is a lot of problem solving especially with my new role at the Melbourne Dental Clinic. It’s a new clinic so it’s just making sure the ship is kept on an even keel throughout the day. So I’m kept busy but it keeps me stimulated.

Do you have any favourite places to go to for food or drinks at the University?

Lot 6 is a great place to enjoy the university environment, to meet people. Also, if you need to get away and still have Wi-Fi contact it’s the place to be.

Since you have been at the University is there any advice you have received you wish to share with us?

Yes, that’s a good question. What I have learnt over the years is to spend time with the senior academics. I’ve been very advantaged by the people I’ve had contact with. They have spent a lot of time with me. The listen and learn approach during the early years has been invaluable. As you go up the ranks things do repeat themselves. Issues will arise time and time again and the way that the senior academics have dealt with things has been invaluable later in life. I can say, “Ah, that’s how Professor did this, that’s how Associate Professor did that”. That has made my life easier in terms of managing and their time has been great. They have been very generous in supporting the junior academics. That is the way a good university should be run.

That is definitely an invaluable learning experience for you and something we can all take from that.

Absolutely. When I started my academic role some of my senior academics were on the verge of retirement. When I roster people on I often will put a young academic with a senior one so not only is the senior academic teaching the students they are also teaching the younger academic and the passing of knowledge is the key point in our success.

Is there anything you would like to mention about the Dental Clinic?

The Dental School has engaged with the University over a ten year period. It’s been a key requirement in terms of fitting in with the Melbourne Model. The School is very supportive of the Melbourne Model. To teach from undergraduate to a postgraduate level we needed to improve our facilities. The School now has a state of the art world standard facility. We have a preclinical area that houses 50 simulation sites and 3D virtual sites on the ground floor. At the Dental Clinic on the first floor we have 51 clinical chairs that allow for enclosed surgeries for mentors and students to learn together. Also we have the ability now for graduate and postgraduate students to learn together. This will help them to foster relationships between general and specialist practitioners. The Clinic has been designed for this purpose. It also provides care for Victorians, including University staff.

Finally, is there something your colleagues might not know about you that you would like to share with us?

I’m a fairly open book. We have a family, I enjoy time with my family I like to get out and run a bit if I can. I live near a park and watching the kangaroos while jogging is one of the joys of living in Australia.

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