My Melbourne with Stuart Winthrope

November 14 / 148

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Welcome to My Melbourne. I’m Daryl Holland and joining me today is Stuart Winthrope.

What is your official title?

I am an intern Communications Officer at the Communications Office.

How long have you been at the University?

I’ve been here since January.

What does your role entail?

There are three aspects to my role. There is external communications and media relations – pitching stories to media, taking media enquiries and getting the media in contact with the academics they want to speak to. I have also handled internal communications. Regular viewers will know I used to sit in your chair. I also monitor the University’s performance in the media.

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

The communications office is very professional, very friendly, a great environment to work in. I feel like I’ve learned a lot from the people there. And I feel like it’s an internship that has taught me a lot about the sector, it’s taught me a lot about the communications industry.

Where do you like to go for a coffee or a bite to eat?

We are at the corner of Grattan and Bouverie Streets, so sometimes I will go onto the campus, but mostly if I want a coffee I’ll head to Animal Orchestra or the Bouverie Café. For food, usually Animal Orchestra, though sometimes I’ll go to a new vegan place that has opened up on Grattan St., Mantra Lounge, which is quite fun because they’ve usually only got two items on the menu and that frees me from the problem of having to make a choice.

What’s something that your colleagues might not know about you?

I’m not sure. My colleagues probably know an awful lot about me: my fish keeping habits; my musical instrument history, whether it’s playing the saxophone or playing the throat; and the idiosyncrasies of my house mates.

I suppose I haven’t talked very much about the six or eight months of travel I did in 2011 before I enrolled in the University of Melbourne. I made my way overland from the UK to Turkey, flew into Mumbai, travelled down the coast of India then up again into Kolkata, then flew into Laos and Thailand, over the course of about six or eight months.

That sounds like a great trip.

Yeah, I saw a lot of things and had a lot of interesting experiences.

Thanks very much for joining us today, Stuart.

Thanks for having me, Daryl.

And that’s My Melbourne.

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