Welcome to the first edition of Articulation for 2021 – and a special welcome to all those who have recently graduated and joined our alumni community.
For many at the University this is a time of great excitement and anticipation, not least for our commencing students. I’m delighted to say that, as things stand, student demand for Commonwealth-Supported Places (CSPs) in Arts courses has remained strong – despite the introduction late last year of the Job-Ready Graduates Package. Although it’s difficult to tell at this point what the impact of the new fees regime might be on future cohorts, we are cautiously optimistic that the Bachelor of Arts will remain very popular – and, as always, the Faculty will continue to advocate on behalf of our students as we seek new ways to amplify their educational ambitions and achievements. Certainly I take heart from the commitment these students are demonstrating to the Humanities and Social Sciences and I know that together – through our skills, our values and our empathy – we’ll continue to find ways to make a real difference in the communities we serve.
Study in Arts will continue to look a little different this year with three possible delivery modes on offer for semester 1: dual-delivery subjects (online and campus-based); online subjects (taught entirely online with no campus-based or in-person activities); and campus-based (in-person) subjects, which have essential activities that can only be taught in person on campus or in a physical location. Plans for a larger-scale COVID-safe return to campus are well underway and we have enjoyed the brief forays onto campus that new students have made for orientation, helping to bring the University’s buildings and grounds back to life.
Regardless of the mode of study, we remain focused on offering the same outstanding educational experience for which we have always been known. This includes providing students with access to the cohort-building and networking opportunities that have always been a crucial part of the offering at Melbourne and that involve many of our alumni.
Finally, I’m very grateful to those of you who nominated colleagues and friends for the Arts Alumni Awards and I look forward to announcing the winners in due course. I’d also like to draw your attention to the ongoing impact of our research and our commitments to partnership, engagement and community building illustrated in this edition of Articulation through our new Melbourne Reads book club and Community Conversation featuring Sean Butler and Sara Wills.
Professor Russell Goulbourne
Dean of Arts