My Melbourne with James Green

July 12 / 90

What is your unit?

The Office of the Vice-Chancellor

What is your job title?

Higher Education Adviser

How long have you been with the University of Melbourne?

Just over one year

How did you come to work at the University?

I became interested in higher education policy while working in economics and public policy consulting. At the same time, I had been a keen observer of the University’s strategy. The combination of both factors made for a tempting opportunity.

Describe your typical day

I usually begin each day by reconciling the ‘to do’ list I set for myself the previous evening with new work that has developed. It’s actually a nice reminder that we’re working on ‘live’ policy issues.

A lot of my work involves consulting the experts. Fortunately, the University is blessed with an abundance of them, particularly in higher education policy. So I may find myself furiously taking notes at a café on campus.

It’s then time to pull together any insights in an appropriate form – usually a briefing note or a speech.

What is it about your job that holds your interest or is particularly satisfying?

Working for an institution that has a clear vision and a mission that you believe in is very satisfying. Working on campus, there are constant reminders of a broader purpose – which I need after a day spent trawling through budget papers!

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Breathe deeply. Easily said, but often forgotten.

What is something about yourself that most of your colleagues wouldn't know?

Along with a bunch of other kids, I once sang on a Peter Combe album. I’ve never had the occasion to raise it with colleagues until now. It’s just never come up in conversation.

Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

KereKere (religiously).

What do you like most about the University?

On fine mornings, the views across the campus and beyond are spectacular. Looking north, there are often hot air balloons drifting across the tops of the colleges. It’s a perfect start to the day.




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