Vice-Chancellor’s Engagement Awards – sharing the experience

October 11 / 71

The Melbourne Student-Driven Clinic Project Team receive their award from Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis
The Melbourne Student-Driven Clinic Project Team receive their award from Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis

By Kate O’Hara

From community connections right on our doorstep to floating villages in Cambodia, University staff and students are embracing engagement across the globe.

Many of these engagement projects were honoured at the Vice-Chancellor’s Engagement Awards.

More than 130 guests, award winners and grant recipients attended the ceremony which featured presentations from staff excellence award winners across several faculties.

Fresh off the plane from their Cambodian engagement project, the student team receiving the annual Melbourne University Credit Union Dreamlarge Grant also shared their engagement experiences.

Professor Glyn Davis said the annual awards and grants ceremony continued to gather momentum throughout the University.

“We received a wonderful mix of applications for this year’s awards in both the grant and excellence categories, and these were received from staff and students in many faculties,” he said.

“That widespread interest in the awards is really encouraging. It shows staff and students at Melbourne are embracing the idea of engagement, and discovering innovative ways to connect with local, state, national and international communities.

“All of today’s awards, taken together, paint a picture of an amazingly active University community, engaged with people and other communities in an extraordinary number of places.”

Each year the Vice-Chancellor’s Engagement Awards attract a diverse number of submissions from project teams working on innovative ideas for positive change.

This year the audience also heard from winners of the four staff excellence awards:

•    Matthew Absalom for Connecting University of Melbourne and country Victoria:  addressing distance and disadvantage through Italian

•    Dr Paul Umina for Extension and communication of pest information into the grains farming community

•    Associate Professor Robert Day for Collaboration between industry operators, government managers and researchers to manage abalone fisheries

•    Dr Sophie Havighurst and Ann Harley for Tuning in to Kids in Community Languages

Learn more about our staff excellence award winners and grant recipient teams at

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