Meet an Academic. Thursday 11 October 2012

Meet an academic

Come and enjoy a glass of wine and chat with the Academic course coordinators who teach in the 16 Masters by Coursework programs in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions about course content, study options and pathways into graduate study or specific careers.

5.30 – 6.30pm, Thursday 11 October
Arts Hall, Level 1
Old Arts (Building 149)
Parkville Campus

Register to attend by clicking on the program you are interested to find out more about (you can register for more than one)

Executive Master of Arts

Master of Applied Linguistics

Master of Criminology

Master of Development Studies

Master of International Relations

Master of Islamic Studies

Master of Public Policy and Management

Master of Social Policy

Master of Global Media Communications

Master of Journalism

Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing

Master of Publishing and Communications

Master of Arts (Professional & Applied Ethics)

Master of Arts Curatorship

Master of Arts and Cultural Management

Master of Cultural Materials Conservation

EMA (Executive Master of Arts) Information Sessions. September-December 2012.

The EMA is designed for graduates who wish to undertake leadership roles in the 21st century. The EMA covers areas such as professional communication, leadership, people management, financial management and budgeting, and project management.

If you would like to find out more about the EMA, please register to attend one of our information sessions, presented by the Director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Associate Professor Mark Davis.

6:15pm – 7:15pm
Wednesday 12 September
North Lecture Theatre
Level 1, Old Arts Building
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1pm – 2pm
Tuesday 13 November
Where North Lecture Theatre
Level 1, Old Arts Building
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6:15pm – 7:15pm
Thursday 6 December
Where North Lecture Theatre
Level 1, Old Arts Building
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The G20. What is it, why does it exist and where is it heading? Thursday 20 September 2012

Presented by Oxfam Australia and the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

As the Australian Government prepares to join the G20 Troika on 1 December 2012, join Steve Price-Thomas, Oxfam International G20 and BRICSAM Strategy Manager, and Professor Robyn Eckersley, Director of the Master of International Relations, to discuss:

  • • How the G20 does (and does not) work, and the different tracks under the G20
  • • Outcomes and lessons learned from recent G20 Presidencies and Summits, especially from Mexico 2012. What the Mexican Summit did – and did not – deliver
  • • What the Russians may be planning for 2013
  • • What the G20 has said it will do on development and what it has actually delivered so far: the Seoul Development Consensus and the Multi-year Action Plan
  • • Opportunities for Australia to maximise the impact of its G20 presidency.

Thursday 20 September
North Lecture Theatre, Level 1
Old Arts Building

Steve Price-Thomas: From 2004 until mid 2010 Steve was Vietnam Country Director and East Asia Gender Lead for Oxfam Great Britain. He previously held a range of positions with other NGOs in Europe, Asia and the Pacific, and with the World Bank in both Vietnam and the USA. Queen Elizabeth II appointed Steve an OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours list, for services to development in Vietnam. He holds a Masters degree with Distinction from the London School of Economics and a First Class Honours degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Steve closely follows the G20, and attended the G20 Summits held in Los Cabos, Mexico (June 2012), Cannes, France (November 2011) and Seoul, South Korea (November 2010).

For inquiries and to register your interest in attending please contact Leanne Clancey, GSHSS Graduate Experience Project Officer via email or by calling 039035 9962.

Funded PhD Position in Social Policy/Political Science. Closes September 26 2012.

Applications are invited for a PHD scholarship on ‘gender, identity and work in midlife and beyond’ based at the School of Social and Political Sciences and in collaboration with the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

The PhD position will form part of an ARC Linkage Project titled ‘Understanding and preventing workforce vulnerabilities in midlife and beyond’. The project is a partnership between the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) University of Canberra, School of Social and Political Sciences (The University of Melbourne), the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) and Jobs Australia (JA) and involves a multidisciplinary team of investigators with backgrounds in economics, social gerontology and sociology. The successful applicant will be based at the Research and Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence and at the University of Melbourne.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence is an independent non-government organisation with community links and a history of high-quality social policy research and advocacy. BSL has a strong track record in applied social research. The successful applicant will receive a stipend of AU$ 27,651 p.a. (based on 2012 University rates) for a period of three years, within which the PhD will be completed.

Professor Simon Biggs (Professor of Social Policy and Gerontology) Dr Dina Bowman and Dr Helen Kimberley (Principal Researchers BSL), invite applicants with an interest and/or expertise in one or more of the following fields: social policy; adult ageing; work; gender and identity. Applicants must have a strong academic background in the social sciences.

We are seeking a highly motivated researcher with an understanding of qualitative social science research methods and with demonstrable research skills and writing experience. In collaboration with the project investigators and our research partners, the candidate will take responsibility for a component of the larger study. The component will focus on how the experience of different levels of participation in paid work affects men’s and women’s sense of identity and expectations about growing older.

Applicants must meet all entry requirements for admission to the PhD

The scholarship is open to both local and international applicants. For further information contact Professor Simon Biggs.

Expressions of Interest close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 26 September 2012.

Application Process

The application/selection process will occur in two steps.
Step One : In the first instance, expressions of interest should be sent to Simon Biggs, via e-mail:  biggss at There is no set application form or format. Please provide a copy of your CV and information about why you are a suitable applicant for the project. Please limit applications (not including CVs) to four pages. The research team will identify applicants for interview and the preferred candidate for the scholarship. That person’s application to the University of Melbourne’s PhD program will be supported by the research team and that person (once successfully enrolled in the University of Melbourne’s PhD program) will be the recipient of the stipend.

Step Two: Candidates will be required to apply to the University of Melbourne’s 2013 PhD program intake. It is therefore important that all applicants ensure that they are eligible for entry to the University of Melbourne, prior to beginning the application process. Entry criteria can be found at:…
Information about the PhD program in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences can be found at:…. Applications to the University of Melbourne close on Wednesday 31 October 2012.

Perspectives Career Seminar Series. Insights into careers in the public sector. Wednesday 12 September 2012.

Interested in a career in public policy? Hear from successful Faculty of Arts alumni about their experiences working in the public sector.

This event will be chaired by Professor Helen Sullivan, Director of the Centre for Public Policy at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Marion Frere
Director, Innovation and Strategy Unit Victorian Department of Justice

Marion has a career that spans academia and government with extensive experience in public policy research, analysis and development at the federal, state and local level. As Director of the Innovation and Strategy Unit, Dr Frere leads thinking on critical strategic areas of interest within the justice system. Dr Frere has academic qualifications in politics, gender studies and criminology.
Her PhD won the University of Melbourne Chancellor’s Medal for Humanities in 2002.

Jacquie Stepanoff
Victorian Auditor-General’s Office

Jacquie has worked in public sector audit across two jurisdictions, in a policy, research and stakeholder relations capacity. Jacquie coordinates presentations to interested groups, submissions on public sector issues, liaison with training and professional bodies and supports the Auditor-General’s strategic relationships with public sector leaders. Jacquie was recently profiled as an emerging leader in the Victorian public sector, in the Institute of Public Administration Australia’s book Portraits of Women in Public Service. Earlier this year she was awarded the Dean’s Honours List Award for the highest achieving student in the Master of Public Policy and Management at the University of Melbourne.

Watch the video of this event.

Wednesday 12 September 2012
Cecil Scutt Room (Room 227)
Level 1, Old Arts Building

For inquiries and to register your interest in attending please contact Leanne Clancey, GSHSS Graduate Experience Project Officer via email at  leanne.clancey at or calling 9035 9962.

University of Melbourne still Australia’s best

The University of Melbourne’s ranking as Australia’s top University has been reaffirmed in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2012.

The rankings, which place Melbourne at number 57 in the world, are compiled annually by the Center for World Class Universities and the Institute of Higher Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and list the world’s top 500 Universities.

Melbourne jumped from number 60 last year to 57 and has moved up 35 spots since the rankings began in 2003.

While the University is ranked in the top 200 in the world in each of the individual subject and field areas, it ranks number one in Australia in Medicine (35 in the world) and equal top in Australia for Engineering. The University’s Life Sciences was ranked 42 in the world.

Provost Professor Margaret Sheil welcomed the rankings. She said it reaffirmed the University’s sustained research excellence

“It is gratifying to again be recognised among the world’s greatest universities,” she said.

“This is a tribute to our researchers and staff across the university. This result continues the trend of improvements in our rankings over the past few years.”

Once again, US and UK based universities were the leading institutions, with eight of the top 10 universities being based in the US.

Harvard University was ranked number one in the world ahead of Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley and the University of Cambridge.

The rankings come as Melbourne was named the World’s Most Liveable City for 2012 in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Livability Survey.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities can be found at:

Learn more about what’s happening at the University of Melbourne in the Newsroom.

Perspectives career seminar – Internship to career showcase

Presented by GSHSS alumni and current students who started their careers through a Graduate School
internship subject.

Internships are often a stepping stone from study to full-time employment.

At this event you can talk to three former students who are now employed at the organisation who hosted their internship placement.

Ask them about:

  • What employers expect from an intern
  • How to impress your host organisation
  • How to make the transition from internship to employment.

Wednesday 29 August
North Lecture Theatre
Level 1, Old Arts Building


Rihana Ries, Junior Editor,
Hardie Grant Books

Rihana is a writer and editor living and working in Melbourne. She undertook her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and French at the University of Melbourne, and has worked in a writing and editing capacity for various organisations in the financial services, non-profit and publishing industries. She is currently completing a Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing.

Jonathan de Wet, Account
Executive, Cubed Communications

Jonathan completed the Executive Master of Arts from the University of Melbourne after a career as a skydiving instructor. At the completion of his EMA, he sought an internship at a small, nimble advertising agency. Jonathan subsequently secured a full-time position, and has since seen his role develop from account services to more of a strategic planning function.

Kirstin Donaldson, Senior
Policy Officer, World Vision

Kirstin completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Development Studies at the University of Melbourne. As part of her postgraduate studies, she underook an internship in the Asia Team at World Vision Australia, and now works as a Senior Policy Officer on the issues of climate change and food security for the Policy and Government Relations department.

For inquiries and to register your interest in attending please contact Leanne Clancey, GSHSS Graduate Experience Project Officer via email at  leanne.clancey at or calling 9035 9962.

PhD and Masters by Research Webinar. Thursday 9 August 2012.

Are you a high achieving student interested in postgraduate research within the Humanities and Social Sciences? Are you considering undertaking graduate research but are confused about your options?

The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences is hosting an interactive webinar where you can get answers to all your questions about completing your PhD or Masters by Research with us.

Professor Gillian Wigglesworth, Associate Dean of Research and Research Training will be presenting on the graduate research opportunities in the GSHSS and will talk about our research strengths, study areas, entry requirements and more!

You will have the opportunity to view the presentation and ask questions via the inbuilt chat function.

6pm – 7pm, Thursday, 9th August 2012
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Building Networks of Cooperation by GSHSS Ambassador Amal Varghese

As teachers, my parents educated young men and women so that they too would be able to contribute meaningfully to society. Their enduring commitment to transforming the lives of others and their boundless passion for their work has, and will always serve as an inspiration to me. From the time of my birth in the small town of Kisumu, in the Nyanza Province of Western Kenya, my father had already begun ingraining into young Kenyans that education is the greatest engine of personal development. At the tender age of one, my parents, in the hopes of a better future, travelled down to Southern Africa, to the mountainous Kingdom of Lesotho. Here my parents would take on a strong role in shaping the community through a decade of teaching until our eventual immigration to Australia in 2001.

One of the earliest lessons imparted to me by my parents was that anyone gifted with the opportunities to receive education and wisdom, also had a moral responsibility to then give back to others, especially to those who were less fortunate. Over time, I began to develop a strong social consciousness and came to indulge in various sociological, philosophical, political and religious texts that further entrenched this belief.

My interests were a reflection of my experiences; born to Indian parents and raised in a rather turbulent political environment in Lesotho, my upbringing, with its rich cultural and political tapestry, has given me perspective on the importance of people working together to solve problems. They were certainly precipitating factors to enrolling in a liberal arts program and subsequently pursuing a Master of International Relations at this great university.

Amal met former US president Bill Clinton during his internship.

As my father once told me, “We, as enlightened young men and women, wield the sword of empowerment, and together we have an opportunity to make our mark in the world.” I have personally made a concerted effort to bring like-minded people together, through my involvement with the Australia-India Youth Dialogue, a forum aimed at fostering and enhancing the partnership between the youth of India and Australia. Additionally, in my new role as the Ambassador for the Melbourne University Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, I aim to to provide leadership and mentoring to prospective and current students and finally, my work as a Correspondent for ACCESS at the Australian Institute of International Affairs, has been to aide in developing a network for students and young professionals to learn, network and exchange ideas through lectures, panel discussions, professional development seminars, social events and publications .All have a crucial role to play in fostering greater collaboration between talented individuals to affect change.

Furthermore, in January this year, building on my desire to contribute to a world where peace, prosperity and security are commodities accessible not just to a select few, but to everyone, I decided to provide the tools at my disposal to the Clinton Foundation. Established by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the foundation seeks to solve some of the challenging problems the world faces today, by building networks of cooperation between business leaders, non-governmental organisations and politicians. For Bill Clinton, solutions for social change lie in bringing people together, because he believes in the sheer goodness of the human spirit, and the ideal that given the opportunity, every individual can make a difference.

My own efforts in the New York Office of the Clinton Foundation, were directed towards assisting the Deputy Communications and Speech Writing team with research for the President’s speeches writing and editing. It was hard for me to imagine that Bill Clinton, a renowned orator, and by far one of the most charismatic and intellectual beings I have ever had the good fortune to meet, could accept my help, but even so, I naturally jumped at every opportunity to contribute to his speeches.

The former President is in great demand. His knowledge and wisdom is all encompassing and his powers are beyond mortal boundaries. He has delivered over 470 speeches since leaving office in 2001, earning a remarkable $89 million. It was certainly a pleasure to contribute to his work and I hope to apply some of the lessons I learnt during my time at the Foundation to build networks of cooperation here at home in Australia.

That said my most notable interaction with Bill Clinton was at the conclusion of the Clinton Global Initiative America conference held in Chicago. The former President came down to thank us for all our help at the conference, and shook my hand. Since he didn’t let go of my hand while proceeding to converse with others, I impulsively put my arm around his shoulder – a man I had admired for so long – and said, “ I love you Mr. President, I love you”. Very few can claim to have made Bill Clinton blush. I had pulled a “Bill Clinton” I was later told. A reference to the former President’s charismatic and affectionate personality.

If any lessons where learned through my small contributions to helping create a better world, it is that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. Rather, it comes through the tireless efforts of men and women willing to toil towards a greater cause. Join hands with me and let us continue to build networks of cooperation here in Australia and build on the successes of our mentors, parents and teachers.

Graduate School staff in Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand in 2012.

Staff from the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences will be travelling around the world in July, August and September to meet with students who are interested in studying one of our many Masters by Coursework or Research programs.

These events will include an Open House in Singapore and information events in New Zealand.

To see if we are visiting your country or city, see our events page.