Message from the Vice-Chancellor

Welcome back – while only a week, it’s always good to take a break and come back refreshed and ready to tackle the end of the year.

The Semester 2 exam timetable is now online for you to start your planning and preparation. This can be a stressful time of year so take the time to take care of yourself, keep an eye on friends and if you are concerned about final assignments and exams, you can visit The Learning Hub for additional support or advice for the last part of the semester.

It is with pleasure I advise that La Trobe has appointed Professor Dennis McDermott as our inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous). In his role, Professor McDermott will work across all areas of the University to guide and develop strategies to enhance the participation, support and success of Indigenous Australian students, as well as the recruitment and retention of Indigenous Australian staff, and furthering the University’s Indigenous Education Strategy. Another key aspect of the role will be to enhance the integration of Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into La Trobe’s research, course curricula and governance processes.

Congratulations to Bendigo-based Tejas Deshmukh, a community planning and development student from India, who was recently presented with the ‘International Student of the Year – Regional’ by Minister for Trade and Investment, The Hon. Philip Dalidakis at the Victorian Government’s International Education Awards ceremony last month. Well done also to Huy Tran, an early childhood education student from Vietnam who was a finalist alongside Tejas and a fellow student at the Bendigo Campus. Huy is another great example of how international students really make their mark while studying and contributing to our La Trobe community as well as their local communities. Congratulations, Tejas and Huy! Read more on our website.

That’s it from me for now – enjoy October and the improving weather.