Exploring the Monash campuses

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We visited the two main campuses, both in Melbourne. Clayton seems to be a bit smaller than Warwick, with less student accommodation apparent. The buildings are more closely placed, and generally taller than Warwick buildings. The buildings are designed to a high-tech aesthetic, and are clearly intended to make a statement.

The buildings are interconnected with a network of walkways, which are well signposted and given their own unique characteristics – such as Rainforest Walk. There are small gardens and many social spaces scattered around, along with a variety of cafes and restaurants.

Navigating Clayton is quite easy. Getting to the nearby Caulfield Campus took a while by bus, and then a return by taxi. The roads are busy, but not jammed in the morning. At Caulfied we visited the design school, which has a large multi-story building. On the ground floor there are maker-space styles workshops for students, with prototyping tools including laser cutters and 3D printers. Students are allowed to use these unsupervised and in their own time.

Dr Robert O'Toole NTF

Senior Teaching Fellow, Arts Faculty, University of Warwick. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, National Teaching Fellow, Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence.

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