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Students chained to ladder demand #FreeEducation

Photo by Martin Ditmann

Words and photography by Martin Ditmann Left-wing Melbourne student activists have grabbed attention after chaining themselves to a ladder and staging a sit-in at the university’s Future Students Information Centre. The snap protest comes on the day that parliament prepares to debate the Liberal government’s controversial higher education reforms, and […]

Animal House


It might come as a surprise to many students that animal research is conducted on every University of Melbourne campus. At Parkville, it’s performed in the basement of the Zoology building and the tenth floor of the Medical building. Animals are delivered via truck in plain sight. In the case […]

Support to divest put to the test

The University of Melbourne staff and students surveyed in a ‘referendum’ are 97 per cent in favour of the university’s divestment from fossil fuels. The referendum was held in September and received 1,876 votes. This latest initiative from Fossil Free MU challenges the university on its commitment to climate change […]

For & Against: The University of Melbourne


University of Melbourne or University of Smellbourne? FOR Words by Jenny van Veldhuisen Ah, Melbourne Uni, the innumerable things I could write about you. The usual clichés are to be expected in my argument: your consistently high world university rankings; your prestige and history that saturates the beautiful old-timey buildings; […]

Chat with the Band: Andy Bull

Andy Bull may well be one of Australia’s greatest contemporary songwriters, and after speaking to him only briefly, it becomes clear how he got so good. He is incredibly incisive and articulate, almost bordering on academic at times, and it’s clear he has a thorough understanding of himself and his […]