Conferences and campus upgrades

Published: Tuesday 14th June 2016

As we move through the exam period and student numbers diminish for the mid-year break, the St. Patrick’s Campus continues to be busy with both conferences, essential maintenance works and ‘shuffles’.

The conferences coming up in early July include:

5-8 July: SIMGHOSTS 2016 Symposium Australia. Now in its 6th year, the international gathering of healthcare simulation technology specialists (SimGHOSTS) will be held on Campus and promises the demonstration of an array of new technologies to support healthcare simulation (local contact: Mr Stephen Guinea).

7-10 July: Australian Catholic Theological Conference 2016; this year is aligned with the theme that the International Network of Societies of Catholic Theology (INSeCT) has adopted for an intense three-year research project on gender justice with a particular focus on the role of women in decision making in the church and society (local contact: Dr Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer)

13-14 July: The Smith Family Conference

13 – 17 July: The Annual Conference of the Colloquium on Violence & Religion (COV&R) and 6th Annual Conference of the Australian Girard Seminar. The conference seeks “ critically analyse the link made between religion and violence, and explore contemporary topics of great significance, such as Islamist terrorism and radicalization in its various political, economic, religious, military and technological dimensions” (local contact: Dr Joel Hodge).

Works and shuffles underway on Campus and include:

  • continued roll out of the new access control system to replace the current fob access to that of our recently issued ID cards;
  • minor plant room upgrades; and within the Mary Glowrey Building,
  • extending space for psychology;
  • improving disability access;
  • upgrading the Chemical Laboratory; and
  • submitting plans to refurbish the lower ground floor to extend the Gym and to upgrade the music rooms.

Also, Works are underway to design a disability ramp to access the Modular Building and develop 340 Albert Street to accommodate the Melbourne activities of Marketing and External Relations (MER) who will then relocate from 232 Victoria Parade to enable the expansion of Student Administration.

The Executive Dean and staff of the Faculty of Law and Business have vacated offices at 486 Albert Street and relocated to level 8, 250 Victoria Parade, formerly occupied by the members of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy.

The team from Theology and Philosophy have temporarily moved to the top floor of Cathedral Hall whilst space within the Faculty on Level 4 of 250 Victoria Parade is refurbished, leaving the way open to refurbish to top floor to accommodate the Museum dedicated to Dr Sr Mary Glowrey, JMJ, Servant of God.

At the same time we are in a period of public consultation on the Development Plan Overlay lodged with the City of Yarra, focusing on the proposed construction next year of a 15 story building with 7 underground levels of car parking on the site of the existing car park on Victoria Parade.

This building will link with the Mary Glowrey Building and accommodate the growth in student numbers and deliver improved teaching space. Internal consultation has commenced and will continue over the coming months.

The Properties and Facilities maintenance team often go unrecognized and I particularly wish to thank them for balancing the dominoes as they work through thecomplex logistics of maintaining and improving our Campus.