The concept of public value reflects the University’s public-spirited ethos. Our activities in this area span our active institutional citizenship, cultural enterprise, outreach to communities of place and interest, and contribution to public policy and debate. United by a shared purpose of creating public value these activities are firmly based upon our academic mission.
Some of our recent activity includes:
The Policy Shop Podcast
The Policy Shop podcast examines Australian and global public policy challenges, digging deep to find the complexities and details in policy issues that may be missing from public debate.
The University of Melbourne became a Melbourne Festival precinct for the first time this year for the launch of its biennial event Cultural Collisions.
Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity
The Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity is a new program to train a new generation of leaders committed to tackling social disadvantage in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
Carlton Community Crops
More than 70 Carlton residents from 14 countries embarked on a series of horticultural training days to develop their food planting skills at the Burnley campus of the University of Melbourne.
Pathways to Politics
Pathways to Politics Program for Women: addressing the chronic under-representation of women in parliament.
Raise the Bar
Raise the Bar Academy is a joint initiative between Athletics Australia and Melbourne University Sport to provide Indigenous school students from around Australia a chance to discover the pathways to studying and participation through high performance sport.
2016 Narrm Oration
The Narrm Oration, delivered annually since 2009, is the University’s key address that profiles leading Indigenous peoples from across the world in order to enrich our ideas about possible futures for Indigenous Australia.
Neighbourhood Night at the Museum
Neighbourhood Night at the Museum is an annual arts and music event held by the Ian Potter Museum of Art to encourage interactions with the local community.
Excellence in Engagement – Public Value award recipients:
This award recognises initiatives and staff members that demonstrably enrich the intellectual, cultural, social and economic life of wider society through the academic enterprise. This award particularly recognises exemplary engagement through response to, or influence of, communities of interest beyond the academy, and creatively applying academic resources to create public value.
When she’s not working as a theoretical astrophysicist at the University of Melbourne, Dr Katherine Mack writes articles for media publications, gives public lectures and interacts with the general public through her social media accounts especially via Twitter, where she has over 80,000 followers at the time of writing and is the most followed astronomer in Australia.
Joseph Lo Bianco
Joseph Lo Bianco wrote Australia’s National Policy on Languages in 1987, the first in an English speaking country. He became the first educator to be elected President of the Australian Academy of Humanities. But it is his pioneering work in finding solutions to conflicts in Southeast Asia through the use of linguistic exchanges that has earned him the Excellence in Engagement – Public Value Award.
Biosecurity is more than just pursuing Hollywood celebrities for bringing in undeclared animals. It involves a wide range of stakeholders including governments, businesses and researchers to protect our unique ecosystem from external threats. Associate Professor Andrew Robinson from the School of BioSciences is playing a vital role in protecting our agricultural and environmental heritage.