Frequently asked questions
- Joining the Alumni community
- How do I join the alumni community?
- Is there any cost to join?
- How do I organise a reunion or event for University of Melbourne alumni?
- Where does my Faculty fit into the alumni community?
- Benefits and Activities for Alumni
- What are the benefits of being a University of Melbourne alumnus?
- How many alumni does the University have?
- How do I keep the University informed about what I've been doing?
- What is E-news?
- What is the Alumni Resource Guide?
- What is the Melbourne University Magazine?
- What kind of career assistance is available to alumni?
- Making a Gift to the University
- Why does the University of Melbourne need money?
- As an alumnus of the University, how can I make a gift to benefit current students?
- Who can I call if I want to talk about making a gift to the areas I think are most important?
- What is the University Fund?
- What is the Chancellor's Circle?
- How can I contact a Faculty to find out how I can give to a specific program?
- Where can I find out more about what kinds of scholarships there are?
- If I make a donation online, does the University keep my credit card details?
Q: How do I join the alumni community?
A: It's automatic! Any student who has successfully completed a full year of study, or a study abroad/exchange program of one semester of study at the University of Melbourne, or has been a permanent member of staff for 3 or more years, is considered an alumnus when they leave, whether they graduate or not. Membership of the alumni community is free, lifelong and worldwide. The only thing you need to do to stay connected to the alumni community is to update your details when you change address.
Q: Is there a cost to join?
A: There is no cost to join the University's alumni community. Some alumni events such as dinners or forums incur a cost however the University aims to ensure that prices for these events are kept to a minimum.
Q: I want to organise a reunion or event for University
of Melbourne alumni. Where do I start?
A: The reunions page of this website hassome information about organising reunions. The University itself organises many events for alumni throughout the year.
Q: Where does my faculty fit into the alumni community?
A: Each University faculty has an alumni program, although some are more extensive than others depending on the size of the faculty. Check the Faculty alumni page for more information. The University also has a central alumni office (the Advancement Office) which manages the University's alumni database, communications with alumni (including this website) and local and international alumni programs.
Q: What are the benefits of being a University of Melbourne alumnus?
A: University alumni receive invitations to special events and networking opportunities, can access special discounts and services and are sent magazines and newsletters for alumni to stay up to date on the latest research, alumni news and special offers. Check out the full list of benefits.
Q: How many alumni does the University have?
A: The University has more than 260,000 alumni located all around the world. Around 85% live in Australia with the remaining 15% living in more than 120 different countries.
Q: How do I keep the University informed about what I've been doing?
A: The University is always keen to hear from alumni. In addition to keeping your contact details up to date, we'd love to hear about what you've been doing with your University qualification. How has it helped you? What have been your achievements and experiences since you left the University? Visit our tell us your story page for more information.
Q: What is E-news?
A: E-news is a monthly email newsletter that is sent to all Alumni on our database with an email address. It gives you all the latest information, special offers, news and event details, and features a profile of an alumnus each month.
Q: What is the Alumni Resource Guide?
A: The Alumni Resource Guide is a publication for alumni that is given to all new graduates of the University but which is relevant to all alumni. It contains information about alumni networks, sports and cultural programs, services and resources available along with key contacts in the faculties and throughout the University to assist alumni involvement.
Q: What is Melbourne University Magazine?
A: Melbourne University Magazine is the primary publication for alumni and friends of the University. An electronic copy is emailed out to all alumni on our database with an email address, and posted to those without. The magazine is packed with news from around the University and about the achievements of your fellow alumni, including Alumni in Print and Class Notes.
Q: What kind of career assistance is available to alumni?
A: The University's alumni program works closely with the Careers and Employment Office to assist alumni with furthering their careers. Up to one year after graduation, alumni can continue to use the full range of services offered by the Careers Office. After a year, alumni continue to have access a range of useful services, including up-to-date career information and employment opportunities via Careers Online, Careers & Employment's comprehensive website, a weekly email bulletin and access to the Careers Resource Centre.
Q: Why does the University of Melbourne need money?
A: It surprises many people to learn that less than half of the University's income is provided by the government. In recent years, the University has seen a steady decline in Commonwealth funding as a proportion of its budget.
Private support doesn’t just help fill gaps. Philanthropy dates back to the earliest days of the University and has been the key to ensuring Melbourne’s high standards, allowing the University to flourish as one of the world’s top-ranked institutions. In an increasingly competitive market, the growth of the University Fund is important in providing support for key priorities which will maintain both excellence and access.
Q: As an alumnus of the University, how can I make
a gift to benefit current students?
A: Support in the form of a donation or bequest is of invaluable assistance to the University. Whether you choose to give to a faculty, scholarships, or research, your support will help to strengthen our institution and open doors for our students. You can make a donation via our secure online giving site or by fax or mail, or find out more about making provision for the University in your Will by visiting the Giving pages of this website.
Q: Who can I call if I want to talk about making a gift?
A: The Giving pages of this website about some of the different ways you can give to the University. If you'd like to speak with an Advancement Office staff member please don't hesitate to contact us.
Q: What areas or activities can I support?
A: You can direct your donation to a wide range of areas and activities in the University including scholarships, research, financial aid, a particular faculty or department, the library and cultural collection and many others. You can also direct your donation to the University's highest priorities allowing the Vice-Chancellor to determine the best application of your donation to achieving the University's current goals.
Q: What is the University Fund?
A: The University Fund is an annual campaign that reaches out to our alumni and friends. Through asking for private support, the University can open precious doors of opportunity to students through scholarships and financial aid and keep Melbourne on the forefront of teaching, learning and research.
Donors may specify the designation of their gift, or choose to support the University's highest priorities. Whether you choose to give to a faculty, scholarships or research, your support will help the University Fund campaign to strengthen our institution.
Q: What is the Chancellor's Circle?
A: The Chancellor’s Circle is our community of generous benefactors who demonstrate leadership and commitment to the University of Melbourne through annual gifts of $1,000 per year or more.
In recognition of the University’s gratitude for their support, Chancellor’s Circle donors are invited to special events to interact with the University leadership, academic staff, students, and fellow Chancellor’s Circle donors.
Q: How can I contact a Faculty to find out how I can give to a specific program?
A: Please call the Advancement Office on phone (+61 3) 8344 1751 with any queries about giving to specific programs or direct your gift to a particular Faculty via our giving form (PDF 106kb) or by making a gift online. Visit the Faculties page to find out more about their programs.
Q: Where can I find out more about what kinds of scholarships there are?
A: Information about scholarships is available from the Melbourne Scholarships Office.
Q: If I make a donation online, does the Uni keep my credit card details?
A: No, credit card details used when donating via our secure online giving page are not stored by the University.
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