My Melbourne with Will Shirriffs

October 11 / 72

What is your unit?

Melbourne Scholarships

What is your job title?

Senior Scholarships Officer

How long have you been with the University of Melbourne?

Almost six years

How did you come to work at the University?

I was working with a research group that transferred to Melbourne from another University, bounced around a few different departments before settling in Scholarships

Describe your typical day

After tackling the morning commute, I start the working day with a coffee, then attempt (not always successfully) to get through my inbox. Throughout the day I’ll do any number of things from urgent problem-solving to data checking, ISIS work, loading scholarship payments to special projects and improving processes/service. We don’t really get a ‘quiet time’ for catching up on small things any more.

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

Being involved in the process of providing financial support to enable students to study and research at Melbourne, especially in the current economic climate!

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

It’s not really direct advice, but I keep a photocopy of a letter sent to my Great Grandmother regarding the fate of her son during the First World War on my noticeboard. It really puts things in perspective if I think I’m having a bad day for something comparatively small and trivial.

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

I have co-authored a children’s story that has been turned into 2012 narrative calendar, The Tree That Grew Into Space. Google it!
Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

Either Romano’s at the Eastern Precinct Student Centre or Toothpicks at the Dental Hospital on Swanston St

What do you like most about the University?

The diversity of the community as well as the exciting research that goes on - I see a whole lot of weird and wonderful research proposals as part of scholarship applications.

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