Meet the Master

Ormond has a great tradition of preparing people from all walks of life to make a disproportionate difference in the world.

In the 21st century, that mission is more important than ever as the world faces an extraordinary set of challenges – from solving climate issues, and closing national and international poverty gaps – to creating humane cities and improving people’s well-being.

Our student life provides abundant opportunities for students to lead, whether in drama, sport, community service or organising social events. We also believe that learning to live well in a community of more than 500 people is an education in itself!

Our academic program not only supports the work students undertake at the University but increasingly provides people with an opportunity to learn about, and personally engage in, the tackling of global challenges.

What underpins all we do at Ormond are our values of Learning, Community, Diversity, Integrity and Heritage.

While what we do is serious, Ormond is also a terrifically fun and vibrant community, where people make friends and create memories that they will cherish for life.

You’re welcome to contact me on master@ormond.unimelb.edu.au.

– Acting Master Robert Leach

Biography

As Acting Master of Ormond College, Dr Robert Leach delivers strategic initiatives, supports the wellbeing of the College and oversees the management of the student body.

He oversees an extensive and diverse community, including 100+ staff, 500+ students across a spectrum of university faculties, the Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship and the Centre for Ethical Leadership.

To date, Robert has been the College’s Vice-Master and Director of Learning and Communities for five years. He has been instrumental in creating a healthy and harmonious culture and delivering a robust set of cultural programs for the College.

Robert has over 25 years of teaching experience across all levels of the education system in some of Australia’s leading educational institutions, including Geelong Grammar and Melbourne Grammar.
His current teaching appointments include delivering subjects for The University of Melbourne’s Master of Entrepreneurship and the Centre of Ethical Leadership’s Ethical Leadership Program.

With a PhD in Professional Writing, the author of multiple published books, and a certification in MBTI training from CCP Asia Pacific, Robert is a skilled and engaging communicator. He has held multiple mentorship positions, including with Leadership Victoria and The University of Melbourne’s Master of Entrepreneurship.

Robert also holds a Masters in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) from Oxford University.

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