My Melbourne with Kate Taylor

October 12 / 98

What is your unit? 

I am in Melbourne Research, in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

What is your job title?

Research Strategy Advisor. It could mean anything and is not to be confused with the work of the other Kate Taylors at the University including in ITS and the Nossal Institute!

How long have you been with the University of Melbourne? 

Nearly three years. I also did a Bachelor of Science (with Honours in Botany) here last century.

How did you come to work at the University?


The previous Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Peter Rathjen recruited me across from the CSIRO where I was part of the Science Investment and Strategy Group. I was even given the famous 'walk around the precinct' tour!

Describe your typical day.

A typical work day for me starts and ends on my bicycle. There's not really a typical day once I'm at work though. Being at a University means I go to a lot of meetings. At the moment, I spend a lot of time talking to people across the University about the Research at Melbourne Strategy that was recently endorsed by the University's Council.

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

I work closely with several really amazing people (you know who you are), and am also in the privileged position of working across the University. I get to learn a little about a really wide range of research that we do here at the University and with our partners. It sounds like a cliche‚ but it really is pretty cool.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

"Suck it up, princess." Sometimes, this is the only thing that can be said. It can also be modified for many circumstances, used humorously (my preferred usage), seriously, pragmatically or harshly and can be modified for gender. I received this as a piece of advice from a former work colleague about seven years ago, along the lines of 'take a chill pill'.

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

I once had a show in the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Not only did people come to see it, it even made a small profit. Together with a few friends I wrote co-wrote and appeared in a sketch show called 'The Missing Green Frog'. No frogs appeared in the show, nor were any harmed during rehearsals.

Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

I buy my coffee frequently from Barettos because it is at the bottom of my building, but Seven Seeds, Animal Orchestra and Keri Keri are favourites.

What do you like most about the University?

The Parkville campus is pretty great, but I think it is the University community with all its diversity, creativity and passion that makes me want to come to work every day.

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