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Academia

Academia. The key to success

Our aim is to provide the best possible academic environment for residents to pursue their studies at university. Queen’s is not just a place to lay your head after a busy day. It is a residential academic community. It is in fact the very best place for you to live while studying at the University.

Queen’s offers a diverse academic programme, including tutorial and mentoring support, a broad range presentations and events, academic skill development, debating and much more. The daily interaction with such a diverse community allows you to discover and develop skills and experiences you never thought possible.

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Tutorials
An extensive tutorial program underpins academic assistance at Queen’s. While the program helps with ‘content’ taught at university, the College’s tutors concentrate on ‘concept’ and ‘context’. Comprehending the formula gives students the key to applying their understanding. Conceiving how things fit together allows students to appreciate the ‘big picture’.

Academic support landscape

Disciplines
Queen’s is a microcosm of the University. All undergraduate disciplines are represented and a vast range of graduate disciplines as well. Cohort support within disciplines is real at college, with peer teaching pivotal to academic performance. Yet cohort support between disciplines is as equally important. Students in different studies interact to enrich both the individual and the community.

Academia Disciplines

Monday Evening programme

The hour from 7.30pm to 8.30pm after formal dinner in Eakins Hall during semester is reserved for the Monday evening programme.

This hour is filled with a great variety of activities relating mainly, but not exclusively, to the Academic side of College. It includes talks by the Master or by other invited speakers, debates between MCR and JCR, soirees organised by the Music and Drama society and concerts arranged by the Director of Music.

All members of the community are invited to these events, which take place in the Junior Common Room. The programme is organized by the Master together with a committee of residents.

Academia Sarah Finney SCR and Prof Tim McCormack

Sarah Finney SCR and Prof Tim McCormack MEP 2010

Academia JCR Debating Team 2011

JCR Debating Team 2011

Academia The Seraphim Trio 2013

The Seraphim Trio 2013

Academic English and Writing for Graduates

With many of our graduates coming from overseas where English is not the primary language, the College runs classes for members of the Middle Common Room in Academic English and Writing.

Formal presentations, be they oral or written, can be tricky for everyone but especially those with English as their second language. The College’s classes supplement the many and varied assistances provided by the University’s Academic Skills Unit and School of Graduate Studies.

Academic English and Writing for Graduates

Academic Associates Programme

Queen’s College is affiliated with the University of Melbourne and maintains close links with its academic and professional staff.  A special link is formed through our Academic associates programme. Distinguished members of the University staff have accepted the role of Academic associate of the College. This enables them to attend events at the College, give talks and group sessions and in other ways interact with the students.

At the present time our Academic Associates are:

Academic Journal

Every year in October the residents of Queen’s produce an academic journal. It is called Aedificamus, after the first word of the College motto (it means in Latin “we build”).

The aim of the Journal is to publish academic work written by the residents of the College during their time at Queen’s. It is produced by an editorial board consisting of senior editors and general members, who are assisted by the Master and other senior members of the College.

When the Journal is ready it is launched by an invited speaker. Among those who have launched it are the publisher Ms Louise Adler, the poet Prof Peter Steele, Justices Elizabeth Hollingworth and Marcia Neave, and author Helen Brown.

Academic Journal

Academic Dinners

Every year Queen’s holds a series of academic dinners. Their purpose is to introduce residents to the academic world and the professions which they may join on graduation. Each dinner features a guest speaker (often a Wyvern) from the University, the professions or the world of business.

The Queen’s Inn dinner is for Law students or those residents who are thinking of studying Law as a graduate degree. It was started in 1966 by a group of Law students and can boast a remarkable list of guest speakers. The speaker in 2013 was Matthew Albert, a young barrister who spoke about how legal knowledge can be used to help people in desperate circumstances, such as asylum seekers. The speaker in 2014 will be Justice Marcia Neave of the Court of Appeal.

The Health sciences dinner will appeal to those who are studying in the field of medicine and related areas such as physiotherapy and dentistry, as well as undergraduates studying biomedicine and all others aspiring to a medical career. The guest speaker in 2013 was Prof Neil Strathmore, a cardiologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital who teaches in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

The Commerce dinner targets students in the fields of economics, finance, business and management. The guest speaker in 2013 was Prof Paul Kofman, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, who spoke on the highly relevant subject of “Ethics in the Finance profession.”

Other dinners for students studying the Humanities, Science and Engineering are held on rotation. At last year’s Engineering dinner the guest speaker was Wyvern Max Ervin, who spoke about building the world’s skyscraper in Dubai. Academic dinners are open to all members of the residential and wider communities, numbers permitting.

Associate Prof Neil Strathmore

Associate Prof Neil Strathmore (1970)- Health Sciences Dinner 2013

Academic Engineering Dinner 2013

Engineering Dinner 2013

Sugden Fellow

For over twenty years Queen’s College has invited a distinguished scholar or scientist to live for up to a semester at the College as its Sugden Fellow. The Fellowship is named after the first Master, Dr Sugden, a renaissance man who excelled in both the humanities and the sciences.

Sugden Fellows live at the College and participate in many of its activities. They give a Sugden Fellow lecture to the broader community and talks to the residents. A highlight of their stay is the Sugden Fellow excursion, undertaken with the Senior and the Middle Common Rooms.

Among Sugden Fellows in recent years have been:

  • Prof Ronald de Leeuw (Director Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)
  • Prof Neil Greenham (physicist)
  • Prof Doris Schroeder (philosopher)
  • Prof Jill Carrick (French art history)
  • Ms Simran Sethi (environmental journalist).

Professor Herman Philipse, Sugden Fellow 2014

Library Special Collections

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Named after the first Master of Queen’s College, the Sugden Heritage Collections are an internationally significant collection of rare books, Bibles and Methodistica.

The Methodist Collection of books, pamphlets, serials and manuscripts documents the history and theology of Methodism in Australasia and Britain from the earliest years until the commencement of The Uniting Church in Australia. This collection includes signed manuscript letters by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, and outstanding items of Wesley realia. The Rare Book Collection consists of a remarkable collection of Bibles dating from 1495 to the 19th century and many other volumes from the 17-18th centuries.

The Wesleyan heritage items and resources in the Sugden Collections have been augmented by several notable bequests, including the Dodgson Collection of Egyptian Antiquities and Coptic Textiles. Digital images of these materials are available to researchers.

The Sugden Heritage Collections are a valuable resource for study and research. For this reason Queen’s College has entered into a partnership with The Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research (ACWR) to promote and support research on the life, work and times of the Wesleys and their successors in the Wesleyan tradition.

Queen’s College welcomes researchers for in-house use of the resources. Access is by appointment, Monday – Friday, 9.30 – 4.30pm. Some material may be available on Interlibrary Loan, for ‘In-library-use only’ at the requesting library. Personal loans are not available. Permission to copy/scan will depend on the age and condition of the item.

Contact: The Curator – Tel. 61+ (0)3 9349 0741
Email: Jenny Bars archives@queens.unimelb.edu.au
Location: Queen’s College Library, 1-17 College Crescent, Parkville, Vic 3052, Australia.

More information on the Library can be found in the Undergraduate and Graduate sections