Ormond College Handbook 2023

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Ormond College acknowledges the Traditional Owners of this land, the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation The Wurundjeri People are the people of the wurun, the river white gum, who have been custodians of this land for thousands of years We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres StraitIslander Elders — past, present, and emerging


Welcome to Ormond College. Please take the time to read this handbook in detail, reflecting on the values of the College and what it means to be a member of the Ormond community.

Our values of Respect, Learning, Community, Integrity, Diversity and Heritage continue to define who we are and how we live and work together, and by joining our community you are agreeing to live by them

Every member of the Ormond community is appreciated for the individual contribution they make to College life, and I am looking forward to seeing the unique mark students leave over the coming year


Ormond College is so much more than a place to live It is a place to pursue your passions and interests and is at its heart a community where learning is valued and cherished

At Ormond, learning extends beyond the knowledge gained through university lectures and tutorials, to dinner conversations with people whose passions and subjects are different from your own. It extends to learning through action when you engage in community activities, create music or art, or take up a leadership role in the College or University, as well as interpersonal learning as you negotiate living in a community with over 400 residents

The opportunity to be a part of a remarkable community like ours is a privilege I urge you to make the most of the opportunities presented to you at Ormond, pursue them with enthusiasm and relish every moment



For over 140 years, Ormond College has been a place for young people to discover who they are, forge lifelong friendships, and establish the foundations for reaching their full potential.


A remarkable ethos

Ormond College was founded on the progressive ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment Our founders believed that education made for better people: individuals who could make good moral decisions and citizens who would contribute productively to their community

Part of this ethos was opening the College to students of ‘all faiths and none’, which saw students of all creeds welcomed as part of the Ormond community Also part of this ethos was the decision to almost immediately open the College to women students, who competed successfully for scholarships, attended tutorials and were involved in Ormond’s scholastic life Ormond later became fully co-educational when women were admitted as co-residents in 1973

Growth and development

In the post-war years Ormond experienced huge demand for places In response, the College added a series of new buildings beside its magnificent, heritagelisted main building The new accommodation was designed by the iconic Melbourne architectural firm Grounds Romberg and Boyd, and was noted for its distinctive and ground-breaking design When the fourth new building, McCaughey Court, was opened in 1968, Ormond’s resident student population grew to over 250 students for the first time. The College also added a new Master’s Lodge and Library during this period

A community with impact

In recent years the Ormond community has expanded to include a tight-knit graduate community of nearly 50 students, housed in two custom-built buildings

In 2015 Ormond founded the Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship which was established with a gift from entrepreneur Peter Wade The Institute creates and empowers the next generation of audacious entrepreneurs and delivers University of Melbourne’s Master of Entrepreneurship

Ormond graduates have gone on to make significant contributions to Australia They are well represented in State and Federal Parliaments, are leaders in academia, business, agriculture, military, law, sport, education and many other areas

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Ormond College prides itself on being a values-centered community. In practice this means the values are taken into consideration in our decision-making, planning, interactions, and behaviour as members of our community.



Ormond’s members participate actively to build strong friendships, develop networks, show care and support to one another, co-creating a cohesive and dynamic community together


Ormondians live in and contribute to an environment with strong ethical values and clear behavioural expectations where compassion, moral courage and honesty are recognised and modelled


We have a rich tradition of generations of Ormondians who share an intrinsic desire to make a significant difference — in their field, the College, and the world.


Ormondians from different disciplines, backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs interact positively to develop mutual understanding and expand each other’s perspectives


Ormondians are involved in exploring diverse academic, arts and sporting pursuits that enrich and enhance their studies and university experience


Our culture is built on respect for ourselves, each other and our shared home, and is reflected in our words and actions




Academic gown

At the start of Semester, you will be provided with an academic gown in your room. This gown is your responsibility for the duration of the year and must be left in your room at the conclusion of semester two. Missing gowns will attract a charge (see ‘Fines and Charges’).

During the semester break, your gown must be packed with your things, it may not be left in your room. Academic gowns are part of the heritage of the College and your gown should be worn to every Formal Hall dinner, and all official College events (including Commencement, ReCommencement, Valedictory, Student Club Dinner and Scholars Dinner). Scholars Gowns feature a gold trim and are presented prior to the Scholars Dinner in honour of outstanding academic achievement. If you are presented with a scholar’s gown during your time at Ormond, this is yours to keep.

Arrival procedure (Check in)

When you arrive at Ormond College, you will check in at the College Reception. It is here you will receive your room key and be checked into the College Resident systems. For new students, you will have received an email inviting you to create your Gallagher profile, this will get you in and out of the College’s common doors and gates. Please activate this prior to arriving to Ormond. The staff will be able to assist with any enquires you may have about this when you check-in. New students will also have a photo taken at this time, for College records.

Room Allocations are handled by the Seniority Committee, not in conjunction with College staff. If you have any queries about your room allocation, please get in touch with the Head of Seniority via email seniority@ormond.unimelb.edu.au

The following items are provided by Ormond College and can be found in your room at arrival:

» bed

» mattress

» mattress protector

Cleaning responsibilities

It is your responsibility to keep your own room clean. Vacuum cleaners can be loaned from Reception at any time. Due to the limited number of vacuums, your mobile phone will be held as collateral until the vacuum is returned. Please keep common areas tidy by picking up after yourself.

The College kitchenettes, bathrooms and corridors are all cleaned regularly, but it is the student’s responsibility to keep these areas tidy. Please store your toiletries in your room, so our cleaning team can effectively clean bathrooms.


Ambulance and health insurance

The College does not cover ambulance costs for students.

It is advisable that students arrange their own ambulance cover. In the event of an emergency, if a student has been assessed by a Duty Manager or other staff member and requires an ambulance it will be assumed that the student has ambulance cover. The College will not be held liable for any ambulance related costs. International students are required to have suitable Health Insurance cover.

» pillow

» desk

» chair

» waste bin

» academic gown

If any of these items are missing when you arrive, please contact reception as soon as possible.

Since the emergence of COVID-19 in 2020 we have come a long way, and fortunately we are now learning to live with the virus. Despite this, our unique residential setting does present some challenges and we all must play our part to keep healthy and minimise transmission within our community.

Please refer to this web page for the latest advice and information about COVID-19 and campus life.


College heating

The College heating runs via a boiler system. This system is not active all year round. When the weather starts getting colder, the Master will declare that ‘winter is here’ and the heating will be turned on. Please notify Maintenance or Reception immediately if your heater system is leaking water.


Communication from the College

During semester you may receive information by the College via email and SMS. Please ensure your mobile phone and email contacts remain up to date by notifying the College Reception of any changes. Please do not attempt to reply to these messages, as these replies do not filter back to the sender. Please get in direct contact with the sender or contact Reception for more information.

Departure procedure

Please ensure all items that were present in your room when you arrived are left in your room when checking out at the end of semester one or two.

When you are moving out of the College, you must check out with reception and return your room key, as well as your spare key (if checked out) and proximity fob. This applies to both mid-year departures and end of year departures, even if you are checking out earlier than usual. Once you have departed the College, access to your room will no longer be available for yourself or other students.

Corridors (fire hazards)

The corridors must remain free of items as these areas are fire escapes and must be kept clear. This includes any furniture or other items from your room. Any items found in the corridors will be placed in storage and storage fees will apply (See fines and charges).

You must ensure your room is clean and tidy, all rubbish placed in the outside bins and all your belongings have been packed and taken with you. During the July break you are welcome to store items in the small secure section of the cupboard in your room. Please note you may need to provide a lock for this. Bar fridges may also be stored in your room over the July break, but must be empty and clean.

Charges apply for any missing items or failure to comply with any of the above (see ‘Fines and Charges’). Students must check out of College prior to Midday on Check-Out Day unless they have permission from the Associate Dean of Students.

Emergency and evacuation procedures

In case of an emergency, you will be informed of evacuation over the loudspeaker. Please leave all your belongings behind and proceed immediately to your nearest Evacuation area.

If you are in the McCaughey Building or the Academic Centre, go to the McCaughey Lawn

For all other areas of the College go to Picken Lawn

Please follow the directions of the Fire Wardens and Fire Fighters, you must stay at the evacuation zone until the Chief Fire Warden informs you it is safe to leave.

Fire and emergency systems

All of Ormond College is heritage listed and our beautiful buildings are some of the most iconic in Melbourne. Preservation and protection of our magnificent buildings is paramount and therefore our buildings have advanced fire, emergency warning and sprinkler systems installed. These systems are highly sensitive and should not be tampered with in any way. Both steam and smoke can trigger these systems and result in the fire brigade attending campus so please be especially mindful of falsely triggering the alarm. Students may be liable for the costs associated with a false alarm call out and intentionally triggering any aspect of the fire or emergency infrastructure will not be tolerated.


Fines and charges

Below is a list of common fines or charges that may be applied to your student account.

Any charges on your account will appear on your monthly statement. If you wish to settle a charge on your account, please contact the Ormond College Finance team. Charges are not able to be settled at Reception.

First aid and emergencies

Please contact Reception immediately for any urgent or emergency requirements. The Manager on Duty is present on campus 24/7 and is the first responder who is first-aid trained.

Flammable items

Open flames and other flammable items are not permitted in student rooms. This includes candles, incense and toasters. Please be mindful that items such as kettles, hair straighteners and aerosols may trigger the smoke detectors. When using communal kitchenettes, please be mindful of any items cooking.

Fire brigade call-out fees may apply for anyone setting off smoke detectors or alarms.

Guests and visitors

Please see Student Guest Policy on The Grail.

Common Fines and Charges: Extra servery meal (Guest) $15.00 Lost room key $60.00 Lost proximity fob $25.00 Lost Locker key $40.00 Bedroom door lock replacement $250.00 Missing academic gown $105.00 Missing/Damaged items of furniture dependent on item Pillow $10.00 Waste Bin $10.00 Mattress protector $25.00 Mattress Single/King Single $280.00 Queen $320.00 Desk Chair $350.00 Bed Frame $800.00 Furniture moving (in or out of room) $75.00 Furniture storage per semester $250.00 Additional end of semester room clean required: $80.00 $200.00+ Carpet tile replacement per tile $25.00 Removal of items stuck to bedroom wall including damage to walls $50.00 Semester parking $400.00 Unauthorised parking $65.00 Semester fridge charge $50.00 Fridge left not empty or unclean $50.00 Missed student service shift $55.00

The Grail

The Grail is an internal Ormond website that has all the key information you need whilst at the College. By accessing the Grail you can view and sign up for events, request assistance and make sure you are up to date with College news. Some of the specific things you can find on the Grail include:

» IT, Maintenance and Housekeeping Requests

» Library and Learning updates

» Booking Student Success Sessions

» View the Food Menu for the week and submit late meal requests

You can access the Grail by visiting https://grail.ormond.unimelb.edu.au

IT services

We have a range of IT services available at Ormond. This includes WIFI, Printing and Audio Visual devices. If you have any issues with IT, you can submit an IT Support Request through the Grail. On the home page, there is a yellow button on the side titled ‘IT SUPPORT REQUEST’. Through this form you can provide detail of the issue, priority for when you would like it solved and attach any information that will help the team to solve the issue.

Keys and access

For access around the College, you will need your College key for your bedroom, and access via the Gallagher mobile app for all other common doors and gates. Proximity fob’s are available from Reception on request and are used in the same way as the mobile app.

Kitchen and Formal Hall

Insurance and security

While security breaches are uncommon, the College is located in the inner-city of Melbourne and vigilance is recommended. Our campus is fully fenced and access should only be granted to resident and non-resident students, staff and their approved visitors. College gates are fitted with intercoms, so please ensure you do not allow access to any people you do not recognise. This still applies for anyone who says they are a permitted guest of the College, as they must contact Reception via the intercom for further direction.

Please contact Reception immediately if you see any suspicious people or activity on College grounds.

Opportunistic theft has occurred on campus from time to time so please ensure all bikes are securely locked and items aren’t left unattended on campus.

Student belongings are not covered by Ormond College insurance and is advisable for students to obtain their own contents insurance for their personal belongings.

If you are working in the Kitchen or on Formal Hall, you will be helping our kitchen team with a variety of tasks including washing dishes, setting up/ cleaning the hall, serving meals and helping with the general management of one of the busiest daily areas of the College.

Your bedroom door will automatically lock, so please ensure you have your key with you when you exit your room. If you lock yourself out of your bedroom, you will need to come to Reception to sign out a spare key for your room. Your spare key must be returned immediately after retrieving your College key from your bedroom. If you lose your College key or fob, please notify reception immediately. Replacement keys and fobs are available (see ‘Fines and Charges’). If you change your mobile phone, please see Reception to re-issue your Gallagher Mobile access.

Do not leave you room key in your door. This is a security issue, and any keys found to be left in doors may be removed by a Duty Manager.



Lockers are available for Non-resident students, please see Reception at the start of Semester to apply.


Lost property

Our Cleaning team handle lost property, please lodge a housekeeping request if you believe you may have lost something. Valuable items may be stored at Reception, so please check here also. At the end of each semester, lost property will be displayed for your last chance to claim, before being donated to charity.

Mail and packages can be addressed to your name at 49 College Crescent Parkville 3052. When a package arrives for you at the College, you will receive a text message informing you that a package is ready for collection from the package cupboards at Reception. Standard letters will be delivered each afternoon to the Junior Common Room for Undergraduates or the Middle Common Room for Graduates. Pigeonholes are sorted by first letter of your last name. Please ensure to check for mail regularly.


Notices may only be posted on official noticeboards and digital screens around the College, not placed on any of the College walls or other surfaces. Notices should pertain to College events or items of interest to the community, and never be personal or sensitive in nature. If you are unsure about the content of your notice, please see Reception for advice.

Maintenance and housekeeping

You can lodge a housekeeping or maintenance request via The Grail at any time. If you lodge a request afterhours, the Duty Manger will also be informed and will contact you if the matter is urgent.


Communal laundries are located in all accommodation areas of the College, including both washers and dryers. The cost is $1.15 per wash cycle and $3.15 per dry cycle. The machines can be paid for electronically at the machine please bring a debit card or your mobile when you wish to use the laundry. Please ensure you empty the machine directly after use. Students need to provide their own laundry powder and drying racks, if required.

Membership of the College

Membership to the College is typically granted for the full academic year. Students must provide the College with 8 weeks written notice if they intend to depart mid-year and can only do so if they are: (i) accepted into an exchange program; (ii) deferring or completing their degree at the end of Semester; (iii) or there are exceptional circumstance which have been approved by the Master or their deputy. All students are required to advise the College of their intention to return to the College for the following year by completing the Return to College process.

Pest control

Given the age of our period buildings active pest control is required and a contractor visits the College on a fortnightly basis. To assist in reducing pests on campus, please ensure your room is kept clean and tidy and no food items are left open or unsealed. Please notify Reception or lodge a maintenance request if you have any concerns.

Reception and Duty Mangers

Ormond College Reception is open 24 hours and staffed by a Duty Manager at all times. Please feel free to come to Reception at any time or contact us on 03 9344 1100 or the Duty Mobile on 0417 380 480.

Our Receptionists and Duty Managers are trained to assist you with any queries you may have, either by being able to resolve your issue, or by directing you to the correct person to speak to.



Students are welcome to have their own bar fridges in their room if they wish. A per Semester charge applies to assist with the additional power costs (see ‘Fees and Charges’). There are communal fridges available in the student kitchenette areas. Please ensure that any food stored here is labelled and fresh.

Student service

Student service is a compulsory community programme where first and second year students contribute to the College community by participating in one two-hour session each fortnight during semester.

Trunk room storage

Security Cameras

Security Cameras are installed in outdoor and indoor communal spaces across campus. Cameras are required for security purposes and to meet liquor licensing requirements in some areas. Outdoor cameras are periodically monitored in real time by the Duty Manager but the majority of cameras are not monitored, however footage is recorded and can be utilised if required to investigate any incidents on campus.

Student service is an important part of College life, and allows students to learn new skills as well as give back to the community they live in. Participating fully in student service does enhance a student’s changes of gaining a student employment position and it is also looked at favourably when student leadership positions are awarded. If a student misses their student service shift, without prior arrangement with the Chief Steward, a fine of $55 will be placed on their account. If a student repeatedly misses shifts, they will be asked to meet with the Vice Master. Service is split between two different areas of the College — Kitchen and Gardening/Property.

There is a limited amount of trunk room storage space available for students wishing to store items at the College during the semester or summer break. This space is prioritised for interstate and international residents and must be applied for. Information on how to apply will be sent out to all eligible students prior to the conclusion of each semester.

Items must be packed into a contained box, bag or suitcase and clearly labelled. Although all care is taken to look after items stored, the College is unable to accept any responsibility for missing or damaged items. Please do not store any liquids, sharps or hazardous items.

Vehicles, bicycles and parking

Smoking/vaping policy

Smoking and vaping is strictly not permitted in your rooms or any indoor communal spaces. Smoking and vaping is not permitted on campus with the exception of three designated smoking areas. These areas are behind the McCaughey Building, a small area of Picken Lawn and the Wade Garden. Butt bins are provided in these areas so please ensure you use them and leave these areas clean and tidy. Please see College map.


Students and College staff work together on initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint, via the Sustainability Committee. In a community our size just doing the little things makes a big difference for example always use the correct bin for your rubbish, turn your lights off when you leave your room, and shave a few minutes off your shower.

The College has a small number of car parks available onsite. If you wish to have a car park, you may apply to do so, prior to each semester. All applications are reviewed and allocated by the Vice Master based on seniority and need. A car-parking fee is charged per semester (see ‘Fines and Charges’). Unfortunately parking for guests is not available. There is ample street parking around College Crescent. Any unauthorised vehicles parked on College grounds, may be clamped. A fee is charged for the removal of the clamp (see ‘Fines and Charges’).

Bicycles may be parked at dedicated bike racks only. Students must supply their own bike locks.



One of the greatest features of Ormond life, and the heart of the College, is our Dining Hall. It’s a place for great conversations, meeting new people and delicious healthy meals.


Formal Hall

Formal Hall is a tradition in which the College community sits down together for dinner wearing academic gowns.

While we have been dining this way at Ormond for over 140 years, the tradition goes back a millennium at Oxford and Cambridge and is practiced at university Colleges across the world.

Formal Hall recognises our existence as a community of scholars on a shared journey of growth and learning. As staff and students, we come together to nourish body and mind with a meal whilst nurturing our shared community built on common values. We come to Formal Hall to exchange ideas and knowledge; to celebrate an achievement by a group or team and to mark occasions important to our community.

Part of the tradition of Formal Hall is to wear academic gowns. This symbolises our equality as scholars and signifies our shared pursuit of knowledge, understanding and truth. Another element of Formal Hall is the High Table, at which the Master and staff sit. The Master invites students to High Table to acknowledge particular achievements or to give them the opportunity to meet guests.

Formal Hall takes place each Monday and Wednesday evening up to SWOTVAC. A gourmet plated main and dessert are served alongside beverages, which regularly include wine.

Students are involved in all aspects of Formal Hall including student service shifts where students assist with the setup, service and pack down of the dinner.

Attending students gather at 5.50pm to await the striking of the dinner gong. Students are then able to be seated for dinner, which runs from 6pm–7pm.

Students should not leave the Dining Hall until the Master and other High Table guests have left for the evening. This also applies at other dinners such as Commencement Dinner.

Formal Halls are a great way to celebrate students artistic, sporting, and academic achievements and often feature interesting guest speakers or themed cuisine.

Food services College Grace

At the commencement of Formal Hall, the Master opens the dinner by saying the College Grace in Latin: Benedictus Benedicat opera nostra et nova et vetera per Jesum Christum Dominum Nostrum. Amen. This translates as:

May the blessed one bless us and our works new and old, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Dietary requirements

Ormond College caters for all dietary requirements including but not limited to, Vegetarian, Vegan, Fodmap, Gluten free, Coeliac and nut allergies.

If any special requirements or food plans are needed, our experienced kitchen team are ready to help. Please reach out to our let one of our friendly staff know.

The Head Chef is always available by email and willing to assist with any special needs.

Please contact Lisa Tippins on ltippins@ormond.unimelb.edu.au


Sandwich orders

early morning pick up

If you are unable to attend breakfast or lunch at the designated time, you can order a takeaway sandwich. These orders can be collected from the kitchen any time after 7am. Orders can be placed via The Grail and can be found by clicking the Food tab and selecting ‘Sandwich Orders’. Orders must be placed prior to 5am the morning of collection.

Late meals

If you are unable to attend dinner you can order a late meal via the Food tab on the Grail. The daily menu is posted on the order page to assist you with placing your order.

Late meals can be collected from the JCR fridge after dinner service and will be labelled with your name. Meals can be re-heated using the JCR microwave.

Monday—Friday Breakfast 6.30–10.00 Lunch 12.00–14.00 Dinner 17.00–19.00 Saturday Breakfast 7.30–10.00 Lunch 12.00–13.30 Dinner 17.30–19.00 Sunday Breakfast 7.30–10.00 Brunch 10.30–13.00 Dinner 17.30–19.00



Student wellbeing

Student wellbeing is a priority at Ormond College, and while the entire College contributes to ensuring the community is safe, healthy, and as happy as possible, the Student Success Team has wellbeing at its core. Student Success facilitates holistic wellbeing by having a psychologist or counsellor on hand for one-onone support, a careers consultant to help guide you to internships and employment opportunities, physical health programs such as the Ormond gym and exercise classes, programs to help you develop your personal and employability skills and work closely with the academic staff at the College to ensure you get the most out of your degree.

In addition to the professional staff, Ormond has a range of trained and enthusiastic student leaders to help you on your journey through College. These leaders are a great first stop for any concerns or questions about College life.

Bullying, discrimination and victimisation

Bullying, discrimination and victimisation behaviours at Ormond are taken very seriously and will not be tolerated.

Bullying is defined as repeated, unreasonable behaviour that creates a risk to health and safety. Examples of bullying are aggressive or intimidating behaviour, spreading rude or malicious rumours, or teasing and practical jokes. Discrimination is unjust or prejudicial treatment of a person or people based on certain attributes such as age, gender, race or disability.

Victimisation occurs when a person or people are subjected to detrimental conduct because they have made a complaint or are believed to have made a complaint or have been involved in a complaints process.

Ormond College has a policy and procedures in place to manage complaints of the above behaviours — these fall under the SAFE Policy: Discrimination, Bullying and Victimisation Policy and Procedures

SAFE policies and procedures

Ormond College is committed to the safety of every member of our community and has zero tolerance for behaviours such as sexual harm, bullying, discrimination and victimisation.

There are policies and procedures in place, named collectively SAFE Policies and Procedures, to manage complaints of the above behaviours. Reports can be made in person to the SAFE Coordinator, Head of College, or any other staff member or via an online reporting system, and the College will do all it can to support students through the procedures. Anonymous reports can also be submitted via the online system; however, the College will rarely be able to take action in the case of an anonymous report. Head to The Grail for access to the policies, the online reporting system, and a list of resources for available support, including SAFE Contact Persons and SAFE Coordinator details.

Please see SAFE Policies for more information on how and where to report.

Ormond College has a policy and procedures in place to manage complaints of the above behaviours these fall under the SAFE Policy:

Sexual Harm Policy and Procedures

Please see SAFE Policies for more information on how and where to report. Ormond also supports students who wish to report these behaviours to external bodies such as Victoria Police.

Alcohol and drugs

Ormond College promotes positive physical and mental health practices and so takes a harm minimisation approach towards the use of alcohol, smoking and other drugs. Harm minimisation recognises that the use of substances may be a part of life for young people in Australia and seeks to decrease any harm as a result of this. The College encourages any member who may be struggling with substance use to connect with the Student Success Team who may provide counselling or referrals to appropriate support.

Sexual harm

Sexual harm is extremely damaging and is strictly prohibited by Ormond College. Sexual Harm is a range of behaviours that are unwelcome and sexual in nature and includes sexual assault (which includes rape), sexual harassment, stalking, drink spiking and other criminal behaviours that are sexual in nature.

Ormond College promotes a consent-based culture which seeks to ensure all students understand, appreciate and practice consensual relationships and sexual interactions. Students are provided with education on consent and respectful relationships during their orientation period and throughout the academic year.

Responsible Service of Alcohol laws apply at Ormond College and community members under the age of 18 years are not permitted to consume or possess alcohol. Students aged 18 years or older may choose to consume or possess alcohol.

Illicit use

and distribution of

drugs is not tolerated by Ormond College and may result in termination of your residential agreement, however, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the community, a student who seeks assistance for another intoxicated or drugimpaired student will not face any disciplinary action for having done so.


Intercollegiate sport

The intercollegiate sports program involves competition between Ormond and 9 other residential Colleges. This friendly sporting rivalry dates back to 1921 and is managed on behalf of the Inter-Collegiate Sports Council by Melbourne University Sport.

A list of all the sports available each year can be found at https://sport.unimelb.edu.au/playsport/College-sport

The Students’ Club elects two Sports Representatives who are tasked with managing the sporting calendar. Each individual sport has an elected Captain who arranges trainings and other key information.

If you are interested in participating in the sport, please get in touch with the sports representatives who will be able to assist. Even if you don’t participate in the Sport program, Ormondians are encouraged to get along and support our teams in all competitions.

Student events

The College, The Students’ Club and The Middle Common Room committee provide a wide and engaging calendar of both student and staff organised events throughout the year. These can range from visiting speakers, to large parties and everything in-between. Most commonly student events are organised by the Students’ Club and the Middle Common Room Committee. Each of the committees works closely with different staff to ensure that events are safe, welcoming and enjoyable for all those who attend. Our events have different planning needs depending on the space they are held in and comply with local, state and federal legislation and College policies. Any student interested in being involved with events is encouraged to talk to a member of the Students’ Club General Committee or the Middle Common Room Committee.

Student employment

Ormond College enables students to develop new skills and to earn money through a range of student employment opportunities. From working at the Junior Common Room café to interning with the Ormond Marketing team, there are a wide variety of roles available for students. Each year approximately 60 student employment roles are available throughout the College.





All your research, reading, and writing needs are supported by the Ormond Library. We will ensure that you have access to any textbooks and required reading for your subjects. The library collection also offers key scholarship to support your research in most subject areas and should be a first stop for resources when working on university projects. We can also offer support in how to cite and prepare bibliographies, as well as help you with your writing.

In addition, the library offers access to key national and international newspapers and journals to keep you up to date with news and current affairs.

Studio sessions

Subjects in creative disciplines such as fine art, music, and design sometimes don’t suit the standard tutorial model. So, the College runs weekly two-hour Studio Sessions to allow students undertaking these subjects an opportunity to work on their creative endeavours with the support of a practicing professional artist/musician/designer.


Broaden your horizons Forums, speakers and other events

Academic and tutorial program Tutorials

Tutorials are run in many subjects across all faculties. With the support of a tutor, they can help consolidate the content, expand your understanding, and add depth to your learning. Classes are generally smaller than you’ll find at university, allowing you to be more engaged in your learning, and develop strong bonds with the other students in your class, as well as your tutor.

Study sessions

Subjects that are too small to support a full tutorial are often grouped together for a Study Session. These too are weekly sessions, linking thematically connected subjects where students can study and support each other, with the assistance of a tutor well versed in all of them. Setting aside this hour every week to work on your subject is a good way to keep up to date with material, and having a tutor nearby to answer questions is a great bonus.

Hour-long one-on-one consultations with a tutor in your field of study are often available if you have been attending tutorials or study sessions regularly, or if no weekly academic support in your subject is available. Eligible students are offered up to two one-hour consults per subject per semester. There are limitations on the timing of consults, so seek them early and don’t assume you’ll be able to have one at short notice or after the end of semester. Contact your tutor if you wish to have a consult.

Feedback on academic programs

Naturally, there might be times when a tutorial or tutor is not working well for you. If you have any concerns about the academic support you are receiving, you should speak either to your tutor or the Academic Program Manager at tutorials@ormond.unimelb.edu. au. Tutors are always willing to take student feedback into account, so do let us know so changes can be made to improve the tutorial experience.


Tutorials, Study Sessions, and Studio Sessions are usually created only if we receive enough interest in the form of requests. You can make a request via the form on the Grail, or by emailing the Academic Program Manager on tutorials@ ormond.unimelb.edu.au

We understand that not every student wants or needs this support so only make a request if you are committed to attending the sessions. Tutors’ employment is cancelled if students do not attend, so please be mindful of this when requesting.

Beyond the tutorial program, Ormond offers a variety of other academic and intellectual events to discover and engage with new ideas outside your university studies. Forums are weekly themed sessions, open to students of all disciplines, and requiring no previous knowledge: just enthusiasm for learning. The forums on offer change each semester so keep an eye out for them.

Forums in previous years include:

» Poetry Project

» Philosophy Forum

» Science Symposium

» Linguistics Forum

» Economics Forum

» and more.

The College also hosts special guests and other one-off events on all sorts of topics. If you have anything in particular you’d like to see at Ormond, let someone on the academic team know and we’ll see what we can do.


In the winter and summer breaks, the College runs Intensives: weeklong academic events that take students beyond what they are learning at university and delve deep into a fascinating topic, led by a member of the teaching staff. These are great opportunities to study something purely for the sake of curiosity, without the pressure of assessment.

Past Intensives include:

» Plato’s Republic

» Celestial Mechanics

» Marx’s Kapital.

Due to the limited number of spaces available, applications are usually sought, with priority given to students who have engaged with the academic programs at College.

First-year academic commitment

Participating in the academic life of the College is key part of living in an academic community. All first-year students at Ormond are expected to commit to at least one weekly academic event each semester (such as a tutorial or a forum), although you will probably want to do more!



Academic Centre

Centre for Theology & Ministry (CTM)

Graduate Centre A

Graduate Centre B

McCaughey Court
Reception MCR WADE Institute WADE Garden Room The Lodge Performing Arts Centre Wyselaskie House 2 Wyselaskie House 1 Wyselaskie Hall Maclean House
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GATE Main Drive Picken A Picken B Picken C Allen House
CLOSE COLLEGE CRESCENT Reception Quad Lodge Performing Centre Staff Residence 2 1


Ormond staff are available to help in a range of areas from meal requests and maintenance, to university life and career goals, as well as general wellbeing. You can contact staff directly or book appointments and consults for some, through The Grail.


College Executive

Lara is the leader of the Ormond community and sets the overall direction, delivers strategic initiatives, and supports the wellbeing of the College.

ametuamate@ormond.unimelb. edu.au

Areti (Ari) is responsible for delivering a holistic and transformational experience for students. He leads the areas of academics and enrichment and student success, and is passionate about promoting a culture of safety, inclusion, and respect for all.


Jacqui leads the Operations and Innovation Portfolio including the Corporate Services functions of finance, human resources, and information technology, the operations function, and the Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship.


Kim leads the Engagement Portfolio including communications, marketing, recruitment, admissions, alumni, philanthropy, partnerships, and community insights.


Di plays a key leadership role supporting student programs, events and the financial assistance program.

Lara McKay (she/her) Master master@ormond.unimelb.edu.au Kim Howells (she/her) Executive Director Engagement Dr Areti Metuamate College Dean & Vice Master Di Bambra Assistant College Dean Jacqui Walker Chief Operating & Innovation Officer

Academics and Enrichment

Michael Patterson

Associate Dean, Academics and Enrichment

mpatterson@ormond.unimelb. edu.au

Michael manages the educational offering of the College, from tutorials and study sessions, to forums, guest speakers and intensives.

Bryan Cooke

Leading Tutor in Humanities


Bryan teaches classes and taking consults in philosophy, politics, history, literature and social theory.

Dr Tom Davies (he/him)

Seymour Reader in Ancient History and Philosophy


Tom is an academic researcher in the fields of Ancient World Studies, Philosophy, and Linguistics and runs enrichment programs for Ormond students.

Meena Iyer (she/her)

Leading Tutor in Biomedicine


Meena runs academic programs in Biomedicine, including tutorials, forums, guest lectures and lab visits.

Emma Hoskins (she/her)

Leading Tutor & Academic Advisor


Emma can help with course planning and subject choices, time management and special consideration. Emma also teaches subjects in Social Anthropology, Sociology, Development Studies, Human Geography and Gender.

Tiane Ryman

Academic Program Manager


Tiane is part of the Academic team which put on a wide ranging program of events throughout the year. She manages the tutorial program, meaning if there is a particular subject you need assistance with, let her know.

Hala Zabakly

Technical Services Librarian


Hala is always happy to help with any general library questions, including borrowing and catalogue enquiries. If we don’t have your textbook, Hala can also help you with your request for purchase.

Jo Allan (she/they) Librarian


Jo can help you get the most out of your wonderful Ormond Library and is always happy to chat with you about research, referencing and general writing questions.


Student Success


Rose leads the Student Success team who are there to support you on your journey through personal coaching, wellbeing and community building.


Sandy assists students with their transition from university to either the world of work or further study through advice, workshops and mentoring programs.


Jarita is passionate about collaborative and inclusive individual therapy and believe psychological support can be a space of exploration and growth.


James assists students with all aspects of their academic experience including, academic advice, course planning and wellbeing.

ahigginson@ormond.unimelb. edu.au

Adam supports mental health and community wellbeing through the delivery of individual consults and tailored workshops, with a particular interest in sport and performance psychology.


James is a champion of the College’s pastoral care model. He also works with student leaders on events, volunteering opportunities, intercollegiate sports, and oversees the College gym.

Rose Jost Associate Dean Student Success Jarita Winslow College Counsellor Sandy Cran Careers Advisor James Kelly Junior Dean Adam Higginson Psychologist James Brown Senior Academic Consultant

mhatherall@ormond.unimelb. edu.au

Meghan supports student events and programs.

Director of Operations


Sally looks after everything to do with living on campus from cleaning, catering, residential services, events, JCR, property and gardens.

Head of Property Services


Ian maintains all our buildings and responds to maintenance requests.

Community Associate


Yi is passionate about supporting students from all backgrounds, to achieve engagement and development within their community.

Alison Sheumack-Guld (she/her)

Residential & Events Manager

asheumack@ormond.unimelb. edu.au

Alison is responsible for all events at the College including student events, as well as overseeing the running of Reception and all things residential.

Head Chef


Chef Lisa runs the Ormond kitchen and can assist with enquiries about student events, dietary requirements, and allergies.

Sally Robinson
Residential and Corporate Services Student Success
Ian Lever Yi Su Lisa Tippins Meghan Hatherall Community Associate


Fran works closely with students in the JCR café, training them to work behind the cafe and make delicious coffees and with other hospitality jobs outside College.


Oliver provides IT support on campus, managing the network infrastructure and maintaining the College’s IT equipment.



Joe manages the day to day finances of the College and can help with any account enquiries.


Andrew looks after non-food aspects of the kitchen including student service and formal halls.

Facilities Assistant


Mark takes care of our event set ups, furniture placement around the College and assists the property team.

Human Resources


Overseeing the Employment Lifecycle for Ormond Staff

— encompassing

» attracting the right people

» onboarding people

» the employee experience

» performance

» people related systems and processes.

Francesca Aleandri JCR supervisor Joe Dimasi Director Finance Andrew Roach Chief Steward Mark Rigg Oliver Vrklevski Systems Administrator and Support Louise Anderson Manager



Contact Kim for all student recruitment, admissions and financial assistance enquiries. Kim manages the College’s student ambassador program.


Sam is responsible for fostering the College’s network of 10,000 alumni, donors and supporters, including the College’s alumni mentoring program Ormond Connect.


Hedieh oversees communications across marketing and digital channels for Ormond College and Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship. She also teaches the AoC unit ‘Personal Brand Development’.

Sam Hawkins Community Engagement Manager Kim Exell Admissions Manager Dr Hedieh Hatami Communications and Marketing Manager



Emergency Police, Fire, Ambulance 000

Mental Health

Lifeline 13 11 14

Beyondblue 1300 224 636

University Counselling 8344 6927


Nurse on Call 1300 606 024

National Home Doctor 13 74 25

University Health Service 8344 6904

Sexual Harm

1800 RESPECT 1800 737 732

CASA House 03 9365 3610

If you’re not sure who to call, don’t hesitate to contact the Ormond College Duty Manager at 9344 1100 or 0417 380 480

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