The St. Patrick’s Campus, consistent with the experience of the whole of the ACU, has grown rapidly over the past five years. New course offerings continue to attract students from metropolitan and regional Victoria, in addition to a strong enrolment from overseas. This has required an extensive upgrade to the settings for teaching, research and student amenity across the Campus.
Our inner city location in Fitzroy, on the fringe of the central business district, with outstanding public transport and proximate cafes is a great strength. Our limitation as an inner city Campus is the lack of open space. The St. Mary of the Cross Square on Brunswick Street opened last year, and over the coming months is to be extended. The derelict building between the Square and Cathedral Hall is to be demolished to provide more space and create ‘Graduate Walk’, a pedestrian link between Brunswick and Young Streets.
Modular buildings have been installed on the development site on the other side of the Square to temporarily accommodate growth as we plan further teaching space adjacent to the Mary Glowrey Building, and ultimately, on the site of the modular buildings. The Mary Glowrey Building itself is undergoing extensive renovation to create an improved student environment and amenity.
The scale of works is extensive and has resulted in short term disruption, endured admirably by my colleagues and the student body. Collectively, these enhancements to the Campus are contributing to a people friendly environment, conducive to ongoing learning.
The works are guided by a master plan with a 20 year horizon to provide coherence, flexibility and long term sustainability.
When next visiting St. Patrick’s, take some time to wander around the Campus, we have a relatively small footprint so it does not take long. You will always be welcome.
Dr John Ballard
Associate Vice Chancellor (Melbourne) | Office of the Vice Chancellor