Students continuing to influence the Project

The Project’s co-creation and Teaching and Learning program has continued alongside the design process this year, with over 6,207 students, staff and community members actively influencing the Precinct design and development.

An overview of some of the co-creation activities for 2018, including how the outcomes of each activity has impacted the Project, is provided below:


Number of people engaged: 1,200
Objective: To seek feedback on the Project animation video and provide Project updates to returning and commencing staff and students.
Impact on Project: The launch of a new dedicated student space demonstrated the direct impact student voices have on the Project. The event also increased knowledge of the Project, engaged with new audiences and signed up 1000 new subscribers to the Project's mailing list.


Number of people engaged: 794
Objective: To better understand what makes informal study spaces work and to determine the kinds of spaces students like to use and what they would like more of.
Impact on Project: The Design Team will use the data gathered through the research and survey to inform informal study space planning as part of the next stage of design.


Number of people engaged: 400+
Objective: To provide an overview of the Project to prospective students and their families.
Impact on Project: Increased knowledge of the Project among future students.


Number of people engaged: 60
Objective: To build on the Project's sustainability aspirations and determine the kinds of sustainability initiatives the Project should target.
Impact on Project: The outcomes of workshops with staff and students will be used to develop an integrated design approach which will form the basis for guiding and supporting the implementation of sustainability initiatives in the Precinct.


Number of people engaged: 3,174
Objective: To showcase the ways students and key stakeholders have been involved in the Project to date and to share and seek inputs into the latest Precinct designs through co-creation activities.
Impact on Project: Awareness of the Project as increased through attendance at Festival events. The data gathered from the event facilitators will inform the ongoing planning and design of the Precinct.


Number of people engaged: 94
Objective: To seek feedback from our Indigenous student community on what they value and what they would like to see represented in the Precinct.
Impact on Project: Findings of the survey will be used by the Project's Indigenous Engagement consultants to inform the design development of the Project in alignment with the Project's Reconciliation Action Plan 3 commitments.

The Project’s Teaching and Learning program continued in 2018 with six curricular subjects and two research projects completed.  As a key commitment and ongoing co-creation platform for the Project, Teaching and Learning opportunities have provided students across multiple faculties with practical experience and exposure to one of the most significant developments on the Parkville campus.

To date, the Project’s Teaching and Learning program has engaged with and supported over 500 students across twelve subjects, four research projects, three faculties and two campuses at the University of Melbourne.  In 2018 curricular subject topics ranged from exploring risk management on large-scale construction projects, to designing temporary, multipurpose outdoor furniture for specific spaces in and around the Precinct, to the complexities of soil management in urban spaces and the effects on ecosystems.

The Project also supported two research projects this year including a Master of Architecture student at the Melbourne School of Design who used the Project’s Growroom as a test case by exploring the use of sensory technology to determine how users engage with public spaces.

The Project Team also welcomed post-doctoral researcher, Dr Rimi Khan from the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, School of Culture and Communication to the team in August 2018, to explore how the Project’s co-creation process can contribute to new forms of cultural engagement, community and citizenship among students, and what this means for our changing understanding of ‘student experience’.

Visit the Teaching and Learning page on our website for more information on the Project’s Teaching and Learning program.