Don’t just study your course – engage with your future profession

Ormond’s Learning Program allows graduate students to excel in their studies, explore ideas and skills outside their studies, develop their professional skills and network with leading alumni in their field. Our offerings change each year, as we work in partnership with students to pursue their passions and interests. The Learning at Ormond includes:

Law / Medicine 

  • In Law and Medicine, tutorial programs that have been co-designed with students to ensure they cover what our students want and need. The particular needs of each year of the course are addressed. Our Faculty Coordinators also work with students to design and deliver a program of events to suit their interests. These include the Law and Medicine dinners with alumni, guest speakers and panel discussions, visits to workplaces and other sites of interest, and professional skills development.

Other Graduate Students

  • For graduate students studying other degrees, Ormond aims to provide individual consultation support that is tailored to the needs of the student.

Academic Support

  • The staff in the Library and Information Service purchase core textbooks upon request, and provide high level support for researchers. Helping students really is their favourite thing. And they maintain excellent fiction and journal collections for when you are ready for a break from studying.
  • The Touchstone Program: many students go through stages when they struggle with their studies, and Ormond has two expert staff members who help students to overcome their personal barriers to success.

Student Development 

  • Ormond Forums: these weekly forums encourage students to stretch themselves, and broaden their horizons. Led by tutors with a passionate interest in their field, these include: The Classical Canon; the Poetry Project; Getting the Most out of Microsoft Excel; the Science Symposium, and; Controversies, Hoaxes and Deceits in Australian Literature.
  • The College welcomes guest speakers almost every Monday evening on topics that are diverse and stimulating, and often emerge from current student interests and public controversies.
  • Ethics: each year, the Master of Ormond College provides new students with an introduction to ethical frameworks. These workshops are highly interactive, and examine contemporary ethical challenges through the lens of key philosophical schools of thought. This program helps to build shared vocabulary which enables students to happily negotiate living in a values-based community.
  • Problem Solving: if our students are to take on the world’s entrenched and challenging problems, they will need a skill set to carry with them. Ormond’s problem solving workshops and tutorials offer students a chance to build skills and test themselves against contemporary challenges.

Beyond Ormond

  • The Case Competition: the City of Melbourne provides us with a genuine problem they need to solve, and teams of Ormond students compete to come up with the answer. Mentoring by domain experts and support from College staff and alumni assist students in their task.
  • The Pitch Project: teams of Ormond students have the opportunity to pitch a policy proposal to a federal or state politician, taking into consideration their party platform and portfolio interests. A chance to make a difference today.
  • Volunteering in the Community: Ormond students are also tutors in local secondary schools, mentors with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, and hands-on conservationists engaged in pest removal in Port Phillip Bay. Our graduate students are most welcome to engage in any of our service learning programs.
  • The World of Work: this program ensures that our students receive information about employment opportunities, internships and career pathways. Our alumni and other guests shed light on a range of industries and professions. Visits to workplaces provide insights into potential post-university worlds.
  • Mondays@Ormond: the College welcomes guest speakers almost every Monday evening. Topics are diverse and stimulating, and often emerge from current student interests and public sphere controversies.
  • Travel and Cultural Experiences: Ormond facilitates a range of experience which are open to graduates including the GARMA Festival and visit to the Bawaka homeland, the summer school at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, and the reading of the Budget in Canberra (hosted by Ormond alumni).

Arts and Community 

  • Music and Art: Our Musician in Residence, eminent classical pianist Stephen McIntyre, invites his friends and students to delight us with regular Allen House Soirees. Our small art and design studio fosters a collaborative relationship amongst Ormond’s artistic students and offers them space to prepare for the annual Art Show. The dynamic singing and music scene at Ormond is largely student driven, and warmly welcomes the involvement of graduate students.