The School provides several common spaces expressly for the use of our research higher degree (RHD) students, and allocates office space twice yearly.
The common spaces are available for any RHD student to use on a casual basis:
Room 631 is located on the sixth floor of the East Tower of John Medley (Building 191) and is an open common room, which offers several networked computers, tables and armchairs, a printer for which graduates need to provide their own paper, fridge, microwave and wireless networking.
Room 322 is located on the third floor of the West Tower of John Medley (Building 191) and is a computer lab with desks and networked computers. This room is fitted with a keypad for secure access. If you would like to use this room for study, please email Evan Lloyd and he will tell you the access code.
You can request after hours access to the building. Email Annemarie Levin with your student ID.
The School retains a number of offices on the 6th floor of John Medley (Building 191) for allocation to RHD students. Most offices contain two or more workspaces, and desktop computers can usually be provided on request. A printer is available in room 631.
Graduates should be aware that there is often more demand for space than can be accommodated. If you are granted access to a study space, it is expected that you will make regular and consistent use of this space. If you are not using it regularly, you owe it to your fellow graduates to give up that study space so it can be made available to another student. This will not render you less eligible if you wish to apply for space again at a later date.
There are two rounds of applications for allocated workspaces each year, opening in April and October. The call for applications is sent out via email to all currently enrolled research higher degree students in the School. Make sure to check your University email account.
University study spaces
Faculty of Arts
A variety of facilities are offered by the Graduate School including the RHD reading room, Arts Graduate Hall, a telephone conference room, reading group and seminar rooms and equipment for loan. For more information please visit the Faculty of Arts Graduate studies web page.
Study rooms are available for research students, for use on a time-share or room-share basis. Carrels are booked by the semester and preference is given to students in the writing-up stage of their research. Graduate Centre study rooms are allocated by the Graduate Student Association (GSA). For more information please see the GSA Tenured study spaces web page.
A limited number of carrels are available to both Master of Arts and PhD candidates, while only PhD students may apply for the very limited number (21) of offices. Enquire at the Loans Desk in the Baillieu Library. For more information please visit the University Library website.
Seminars and reading groups
During semester, the various disciplines within the school hold staff and graduate research seminars in which local and guest speakers read a research paper, followed by discussion. You are strongly encouraged to attend and are welcome to offer papers or suggest visiting speakers. Details of the events are circulated by email.
The Culture and Communication Graduate committee (CCGC) also holds weekly graduate seminars through out the semester.
Reading and research groups
The School hosts a dynamic community of postgraduate researchers, working across and between the range of disciplines covered by Culture and Communication. Students and staff organise and participate in a variety of reading and research groups, in addition to the more formal university programs. Designed to support high-level or intensive study of significant texts, topics and themes, these groups contribute strongly to the excellence of the research environment of the School.
Please note that the following details are subject to change: if you are interested in attending any of these groups, it would be advisable to contact the relevant coordinator first. If anyone wishes to change or alter any information on this list, please email the Advanced Study Group Coordinator. Many of these groups also have dedicated and up-to-date websites: if available, these are provided with the group listing itself.
Advanced Study Group Coordinator
Dr Thomas H. Ford
|Susan Lowish||Last Monday of each month||Room 307, John Medley (Building 191)|
Affect Reading Group
|Jemma Hefter||Monthly on Mondays, 1.30 - 3.30pm. For details of coming meetings, please contact the convenor|
Agamben Reading Group
Fortnightly Fridays 3.30 - 5.00pm (Alternates with Badiou Reading Group)
Room 216B, John Medley (Building 191)
Badiou Reading Group
Fortnightly Fridays 3.30 - 5.00pm (Alternates with Agamben Reading Group)
Pierre Gorman Room, 1888 Building (Building 198)
Critical Readings in Monster Theory
Meeting times and locations vary. For current details please contact convenor
Deleuze Reading Group
Weekly, Fridays 10.00am - 11.00pm
Room 307, John Medley (Building 191)
Feminist Knowledges Discussion Group
Last Thursday of every month 3.30pm - 4.30pm. Pre-circulated readings.
Pierre Gorman Room, 1888 building (Building 198)
|Hegel Reading group|
Weekly, Fridays, 11.00 am - 12.00
Room 106, John Medley (Building 191)
|Lacan Reading Group||Justin Clemens||Weekly Fridays 2.00 - 3.00pm||Pierre Gorman Room, 1888 Building (Building 198)|
|Medieval Round Table||Stephanie Trigg||First Monday of the month, 6.00 - 7.30pm||Location varies. For current details please check the Medieval Round Table web page|
|Middle English Reading Group||Stephanie Trigg||Fortnightly, Mondays, 11.00 am - 12.00am||Room 624, 757 Swanston St (Building 199)|
Modern and Contemporary Art Reading Group
|Mac Reading Group||Fortnightly, Mondays 6.15 - 7.15pm||Room 106, John Medley (Building 191)|
Narratology Reading Group
|Linda Weste||Meeting times and locations vary. For current details please contact convenor|
|Bob DiNapoli||Tuesdays, 1.00 - 3.00pm||Room 106, John Medley (Building 191)|
|Stephanie Downes||Fortnightly, Mondays 12.00 - 1.00pm||Room 217, Babel (Building 139)|
Spinoza Reading Group
Weekly, Fridays, 12.00 - 2.00pm
|Room 106, John Medley (Building 191)|
|Luke van Ryn||Meets irregularly. For details of coming meetings please email convenors|
Text and Image Reading Group
Thursday 24 September 4.30 - 5.30pm|
Errol Morris "Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Believing is Seeing"
Thursday 08 October 4.30 - 5.30pm
Walter Benjamin Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Thursday 22 October 4.30 - 5.30pm
Thursday 12 November 4.30 - 5.30pm
Thursday 26 November 4.30 - 5.30pm
|The Linkway, Level 4, John Medley West (Building 191)|
Victorian Literature Reading Group
|Jack Tan and Sue Pyke||Meets monthly. For details of coming meetings please email convenors|
Culture and Communication Graduate committee (CCGC)
The Culture and Communication Graduate committee (the CCGC) is the School of Culture and Communication's Graduate Student Association. It is an independent, student-run committee which aims to provide fair and equitable representation for all graduate students within the School. Formerly known as Dis/course, the committee receives funding from both the University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association (GSA) and from the School itself. With this support, the CCGC works to build a spirit of collegiality among graduate students and provide support and training for both research and coursework students. This includes running a variety of social events; acting as the graduate student voice within both the school and the university; running a weekly seminar series that provides graduate students with an opportunity to present their work to peers in a supportive and friendly environment; and providing workshops aimed at giving assistance to graduate students with various aspects of academic life.
The CCGC provides services and representation for all graduate students within the School: Art History, Arts and Cultural Management, Australian Indigenous Studies, Creative Writing, English and Theatre Studies, Media and Communications, Publishing and Communications and Screen and Cultural Studies. All graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend meetings, raise issues regarding any aspect of candidature, offer suggestions and organise activities. The annual AGM is held at the end of year BBQ, while a general meeting is held at the Work-In-Progress day at the end of first semester, and all graduate students in the school are strongly encouraged to attend a meeting and get involved. For more information on the running of the CCGC, please refer to our constitution.
The CCGC holds a seminar for graduate students on Friday afternoons during semester. These informal seminars provide an opportunity to workshop new material, meet with other students, and finish off the working week with wine and cheese. This seminar is also a great forum for confirmation and completion hurdle requirements. Seminars will generally consist of two 20-minute papers or one 40-minute completion seminar, with time for questions. The seminar is currently being held at 4pm on Fridays, in John Medley (Building 191), 4th Floor Linkway Room, and food and beverages are always provided.
The CCGC also holds workshops for graduate students aimed at helping with various stages of candidature. Previous workshops have been on Tutoring, Presenting at Conferences and attending academic interviews.
For information on upcoming events please email Culture and Communication Graduate committee or follow the CCGC Facebook page.
CCGC Executive and representation
- President: Sarah Richardson
- Vice President: Elizabeth Mclean
- Treasurer: Joshua Pocius
- Secretary: Grace Torcasio
- Alexa Scarlata
- Will Chapman
- Giles Fielke
- Ryan Buhagiar
- Mengtian Sun
- School Research and Research Training: Sarah Richardson
Join the CCGC
Any graduate student in the School may join the committee or get involved with the events that they organise. If you are interested email Culture and Communication Graduate committee or come along to the AGM at the end of year BBQ, or the general meeting at Work in progress day.
Graduate Student Association affiliation
The CCGC is proud to be affiliated with the University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association (GSA), the representative body for graduate students at The University of Melbourne.
University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association (GSA)
The University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association (GSA) is your voice on committees and a great provider of community and social activities for the thousands of graduate students at the University. GSA also provides the only independent advocates on campus specifically for graduate students, so if you run into any trouble in your degree, give GSA a call on +61 3 8344 8657 or drop by the Graduate Centre for advice. GSA manages a range of graduate-only study spaces, lockers, computer labs, meeting rooms and carrels in the Graduate Centre as well, available for all of the University's graduate students.
It provides valuable services directly to graduate students:
- Traffic (a refereed interdisciplinary graduate journal)
- Student Union Advocacy Service
- Funding for student groups and activities
- GSA Printroom
- Computer labs
- Meeting room hire, study carrels and locker hire
- Graduate Research Hub Preparing my thesis web page
- Join a Graduate Student Group!
Research Student Reference group
The Research Reference group is the primary avenue for feedback from the research higher degree student body to the Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies). It is also a means of disseminating information from Faculty to research students in the schools of each of the representatives.
Login to the Research Student Reference group on the Learning Management System (LMS).
Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE)
CSHE Research Training and Professional Development for Graduate Researchers web page for new candidates include: Orientation Day for graduate researchers; the UpSkills Program , a series of short courses and seminars open to all currently enrolled graduates; Graduate Essentials: Strategies for a Successful Start to your PhD (PGE1), an interactive on-line program which guides PhD candidates through the first twelve months of candidature. Also introduced for completing students is Graduate Essentials: Completion and Beyond (PGE2). Further resources are provided by the Graduate Centre, and the Graduate Student Association, all housed in the MSGR 1888 Building (Building 198).
Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts Graduate research students web pages offer information about Research Welcome Day, a Graduate Research Orientation Program and a Skills Development Program. They also provide loan equipment, such as cameras and video cameras, audio recording devices, scanners and laptops.
Academic Skills provides students with assistance in language and grammar, reading and research, speaking and presenting, and study skills and writing.
University Library provide some very important opportunities to research students, including assistance with research strategies, online databases, EndNote and research consultations. Visit the University Library Beginning Research web page. The Library also provides a Library Research consultant who is dedicated specifically to the needs of research students; she is an Endnote specialist and is available for one-to-one consultation.
Inter-library loans (ILL)
Inter-library loans (ILL) are available through the online system. For international loans or thesis purchase, make sure you have your supervisor’s approval. Graduate students do not have to pay any ILL costs for materials legitimately related to their thesis research.
- Student IT and eLearning support
- University email accounts
- VPN networking
- On-campus wireless (MUWIRELESS) networking
- Disability Laison
Student Union computers
The Rowden White Library's computers are a service for all students offering internet access and word processing.
Location: 2nd Floor, Union House (Building 130)
Facility hours: Normal semester opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 8.30 am - 5.30 pm
Closed on weekends
High Performance Computing
High Performance Computing (HPC) supports the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) requirements of researchers across the University which are beyond what is expected to be provided by their faculty. It does this by providing a range of physical resources together with advice, training and consulting in the most effective means of using these resources to further their research needs. Where this results in changed methods or major productivity improvements this may be referred to as 'eResearch'. High Performance Computing (HPC) offers a much greater capacity than conventional desktop computers to solving large computational problem. Using parallel programming techniques HCP enables software to run on multiple machines. Read more on the About High Performance Computing web page.
Graduates are eligible for photocopying grants of $50 in each year of their candidature. Apply directly to the Research Students Administrator (under professional staff), either in person or by email. The application will take at least two weeks to be processed.