The Brotherhood and the University share a history of collaboration that spans at least 50 years. In 2003 the organisations formalised this relationship as a partnership underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding. At the University of Melbourne responsibility for the partnership rests with the School of Social and Political Sciences in the Faculty of Arts; however partnership activities are University-wide.
The partnership has four main objectives:
A Partnership Board and Steering Committee oversees the collaboration and works to ensure the partnership has a University-wide impact. The Board is jointly chaired by the Executive Director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Mr Tony Nicholson, and the University Dean of Arts, Professor Mark Considine.
There are three joint academic appointees working across both the Brotherhood and the University of Melbourne:
A professional appointee – the Partnership Support Officer, Ms Shari Black – based within the School of Social and Political Sciences, provides high level executive support for the partnership. This role has responsibility for ensuring the partnership is a University-wide initiative, developing research and other collaborations and organising external events.
This long-standing partnership focuses on a joint research agenda that addresses social inclusion across the life course, with a particular focus on helping to shape inclusive growth, social inclusion and poverty-prevention policies.
A number of research council initiatives have been developed as a result of the partnership, including:
The partnership is also engaged with three major initiatives:
Contact: Shari Blanck, Partnership Support Officer: blancks(at)unimelb.edu.au
The Brotherhood of St Laurence's Research and Policy Centre works with government departments, universities, large NGOs and smaller community service providers to undertake research and policy projects.
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Acknowledgement of country
The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.