Commemoration of the University’s institutional partnership with Museum Victoria

November 15 / 170

The University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria commemorated a significant step in the history of their partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the McCoy Project recently.

The McCoy Project is a joint initiative between the University and the Museum which fosters innovative and high impact research projects that leverage the strengths of the two partners. 

The project includes a seed fund that has run over three years to support the development of collaborative research projects between both institutions that are cross-disciplinary, innovative and have the potential to have a significant impact beyond academia and the museum.

The event saw the Director of Collections, Research and Exhibitions from the Museum, Dr Robin Hirst and the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) from the University, Professor James McCluskey sign a Memorandum of Understanding which covered the McCoy Project joint collaboration. They were joined by the McCoy Project Steering Committee, which has guided the project from the start.

“The Museum is an important partner for the University,” Professor McCluskey said. “We have had such a broad and rich relationship with them – ranging from the Donald Thomson Collection, the McCoy Seed Fund, to involvement in exhibits, education programs and alumni related events.”

Dr Hirst said signing the MOU was an important milestone for the McCoy Project, demonstrating both organisations’ strong commitment to continuing collaboration.

The Seed Fund has supported a total of 11 research projects and one PhD student. One of the funded projects has recently been awarded an ARC Linkage grant and several projects are now preparing for the 2016 ARC Linkage round.

Story by Dr Elena Toh.

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