Third annual McCoy Project Research Discovery Day held

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The third annual McCoy Project Research Discovery Day, held at the Dax Gallery
The third annual McCoy Project Research Discovery Day, held at the Dax Gallery

 

The third annual McCoy Project Research Discovery Day, held at the Dax Gallery on July 29, was a great success, attended by over 80 cross-disciplinary researchers.

 

A joint initiative between the University and Museum Victoria, the McCoy Project fosters innovative and high impact research projects that leverage the strengths of the two partners.

 

After a welcome from Museum Victoria’s Director Dr Robin Hirst and the University’s Pro Vice Chancellor (Research Partnerships and External Relations), Professor Mark Hargreaves, Professor Kate Darian-Smith, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies gave a presentation about her successful McCoy Project Seed Grant for Mapping and visualising children’s folklore, which led to a successful ARC Linkage Grant. 

 

This was followed by a presentation from Mr Michael Jones, a successful McCoy PhD Scholarship recipient, who is also working on the Mapping and visualising children’s folklore project.

 

There was an informal networking session where participants were encouraged to share their project ideas and stimulate discussion between the Museum and the University to foster greater collaboration.  

The day ended with a brief wrap up by Dr Robin Hirst and the McCoy Seed Fund and PhD Scholarships were declared open for applications. The round closes on 19 October.

 

Professor Hargreaves said he was pleased at such a strong turnout, “The recent Museum Victoria McCoy Project Discovery Day truly exemplified the success of the partnership. The McCoy Project has fostered innovative, high impact and multidisciplinary projects that has brought together researchers from Museum Victoria and the University.”

 

For more information on the round please see http://research.unimelb.edu.au/funding/internal/mccoy-seed-fund.html 

 

The McCoy project has resulted in:

  • 11 ARC Linkage Grants between 2004-2015 (administered by the University, with the Museum as industry partner)
  • 13 PhD, Masters and Honours students co-supervised by University and Museum staff in 2013 
  • 30 Museum Victoria 1854 Student Scholarships given to University of Melbourne students between 2004-2015
  • 10 Museum staff honorary appointments at the University
  • 19 University staff honorary appointments at the Museum

Story by Elena Toh

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