Summer intensive deep diving into Plato’s Republic
Beyond Ormond Borders
Students with an interest in social justice and sustainability come together to develop key skills and to contribute to their local, national or global community. They address some of the complex problems facing our country and our world.
We combine our students’ desire to make a difference and their unique perspective to empower them to create the change they want to see in the world. These initiatives are student-led, and include local volunteering opportunities.
World of Work
Ormond students are offered in-house training in work readiness skills including CV preparation and interview techniques. As well as guest speakers and workplace visits that expand their knowledge of career pathways and give them an opportunity to network and connect with Ormond alumni.
Arts and Community
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 student-driven.
Fridays @ 1: a student-led robust conversation about topical political and social issues.
Ethics and Problem-Solving
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 is complemented by weekly seminars on Ethics, covering both Western and Eastern philosophical theories in first semester, and applied ethics in second semester.
Our partners, The Centre for Ethical Leadership, also offer you an opportunity to compete for a fully-funded trip to the International Business Ethics Case Competition.
Teams of Ormond students compete to find a solution to a real problem posed by the City of Melbourne. Mentoring by domain experts and support from College staff and alumni assist students in their task. This year’s topic is homelessness.
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 genuine chance to make a difference today.
We welcome guest speakers most Mondays to discuss diverse and stimulating themes; most emerge from current student interests and public sphere controversies.
Weekly Science Symposium: a packed house to hear from Nobel Laureate, Peter Doherty
Federal Budget Week Tour
Every year, students have the opportunity to experience the behind-the-scenes of Australian policy-making and politics with our Budget Week tour. A unique perspective into the inner workings of one of the pinnacle moments in the parliamentary calendar.
Problem Solving Workshops
Offers students a chance to build skills and test themselves against contemporary challenges.
Each year, an editorial committee of Ormond students produces Ormond Papers, a published journal which contains academic and creative work from Ormond’s students, staff and alumni.
Annual Garma trip
Travel and Cultural Experiences
We facilitate a range of experiences including the GARMA Festival, an excursion to the Bawaka homeland, the summer school at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, and the reading of the Federal Budget in Canberra (hosted by Ormond alumni).