My Melbourne with Catherine Evans

January 14 / 127

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What is your official title? 

I’m Equity Officer in the Office for Student Equity.

How long have you been working here?

I’ve been at the University since 2006, but in my current role only since the start of January 2013. I’ve just finished one year in this role.

What is a typical day?

A day for me usually starts with me grabbing a coffee as I rush into the office. Then I usually check up on my emails, and then the day unfolds depending on what projects we’ve got in the calendar at that time. It can be anything from administering different grants and awards, to the Social Inclusion Scholars and Practitioners Network and organising events associated with that. Just recently I was working on a review of the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme working closely with Murrup Barak. It really depends on the day.

What’s your favourite thing about working at the University of Melbourne?

It’s probably the people. In the time I’ve been here I’ve made some really great friends and gained some really great mentors as well. I love the diversity of the people. Everyone’s very engaged and many people are pursuing their own research and creative projects outside of work as well. I really like that it’s a dynamic environment and it’s also a really beautiful campus as well.

Talking about the campus, where is your favourite place to go for food or drinks?

I usually get my morning coffee from Carte on the edge of the South Lawn, and during teaching periods I would get my lunch from the Food Co-Op on the first floor of the Union Building.

While you’ve been here have you received any advice that you’d like to share?

Probably the most valuable piece of advice is that, at the end of the day, the University is a really small place. It’s in everyone’s interest to build and maintain really good working relationships because people move around a lot at the University and you never know who might end up on your team.

Does your office have some events coming up that you’d like to share with us?

We do, absolutely. At the moment we have the Diversity and Inclusion Awards open, and they close on the 10th of March. It’s open to all staff and students, who can be nominated if they have been running different programs and initiatives at the University that increase equity in one of the University’s key equity groups. This year we’ll be making up to three awards of $5000 each, so I’d encourage everyone to have a look at that.

We’re also planning the University’s Social Inclusion Forum, which this year will be held on the 11th of April. The topic of the forum is “Social inclusion in an Internationalised University.” It’s bound to be a really great event and I encourage everyone to come along as well.

Finally, what’s something that your colleagues might not know about you?

I’m actually also a practicing artist and a graduate from the VCA. When I’m not in the office, I’m working in my studio in Footscray.

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