Our First Year College and VU Block Model are designed to enhance the university experience of first-year students.

The success of this model relies on a highly trained, enthusiastic and dedicated team of academic and administrative staff who are focused on helping students adapt to higher education – improving their experience, satisfaction and overall engagement.

Students no longer study four units at the same time, or sit anonymously in large lecture theatres with hundreds of other students.

With the Block Model, students work:

  • closely with academic teaching staff
  • with a smaller group of peers
  • on one unit and its assessment tasks at a time (over a four week block).

This will equip students to succeed and excel in their chosen field of study.

 Block model for all VU students by 2020

“We are redesigning the university experience - so our students will have the skills to succeed in a future filled with jobs that are yet to be invented.”

– Professor Andrew Smallridge, Dean.

College senior leadership team

Name and role title Contact details
Professor Andrew Smallridge
College Dean
+61 3 9919 4758
[email protected]
Rechelle Martinez
Head of Operations
+61 3 9919 4884
[email protected]
Associate Professor John Weldon
Head of Curriculum
+61 3 9919 2584
[email protected]
Loretta Konjarski
Head of Community Engagement
+61 3 9919 5411
[email protected]
Associate Professor Maxwell Winchester
Head of Scholarship and Professional Learning
+61 3 9919 4618
[email protected]

 

Office of the Dean

Name and role title Contact details
Rechelle Martinez
Head of Operations
+61 3 9919 4884
[email protected]
Yildiz Djelal
Operations Coordinator
+61 3 9919 4699
[email protected]
Monica Surace
Appointment Officer
+61 3 9919 4618
[email protected]
Maria Romania
Scheduling Coordinator
+61 3 9919 5798
[email protected]
April Missale
Administrative Support Officer
+61 3 9919 5131
[email protected]

 

A–Z teaching staff

Staff are listed alphabetically by family name.

A

Name Contact details
Dr Sidney Adams +61 3 9919 5860
[email protected]
Kirsten (Kirsty) Agius +61 3 9919 2107
[email protected]
Dr Andrew Antiohos +61 3 9919 8158
[email protected]
Paul Ashton +61 3 9919 7095
[email protected]
Mariam Atib +61 3 9919 2111
[email protected]
Dr Roger Averill +61 3 9919 5171
[email protected]

B

Name Contact details
Rachael Beatson [email protected]
Jessica Bennett +61 3 9919 5804
[email protected]
Stephen Bews

+61 3 9919 5056

[email protected]

Professor Stephen Bigger +61 3 9919 2959
[email protected]
Joseph (Joe) Bovalino +61 3 9919 5805
[email protected]
Kiernan Box +61 3 9919 5824
[email protected]
Dr Carmel Brown +61 3 9919 5599
[email protected]
Dr Michael Burke +61 3 9919 4238
[email protected]
Teghan Butler +61 3 9919 5755
[email protected]

C

Name Contact details
Dr Domenico Caridi +61 3 9919 8077
[email protected]
Associate Professor Tom Clark +61 3 9919 2196
[email protected]
Simone Cliffe +61 3 9919 4121
[email protected]
Rachael Connor +61 3 9919 2603
[email protected]
Tracey Cooper +61 3 9919 4502
[email protected]
Corene Courtnage

+61 3 9919 2006

[email protected]

D

Name Contact details
Sam Dang +61 3 9919 8162
[email protected]
Fiona D'Costa-Box +61 3 9919 2032
[email protected]
Joelle De Saint +61 3 9919 95861
[email protected]
Joanna Doley +61 3 9919 5516
[email protected]
Dr Shane Dooley +61 3 9919 4779
[email protected]
Calum Downie +61 3 9919 5585
[email protected]

 

E

Name Contact details
Lloyd England +61 3 9919 1394
[email protected]
Gerard Everett +61 3 9919 7811
[email protected]

F

Name Contact details
Dr Neil Fernandes +61 3 9919 5808
[email protected]
Roman Fida +61 3 9919 4015
[email protected]
Dr Julie Fletcher +61 3 9919 5262
[email protected]

G

Name Contact details
Michael Ganci +61 3 9919 5984
[email protected]
Dr Effy George +61 3 9919 8747
[email protected]
Navneet Grewal +61 3 9919 2012
[email protected]

H

Name Contact details
Sue Habib +61 3 9919 8438
[email protected]
Jackie Hammill +61 3 9919 5429
[email protected]
Katherine Harkin +61 3 9919 1043
[email protected]
Dr Dale Harris [email protected]
Roderick Herbert +61 3 9919 1084
[email protected]
Janelle Hill +61 3 9919 5811
[email protected]
Samuel Howe +61 3 9919 8342
[email protected]
Julie Huf +61 3 9919 5169
[email protected]
Maja Husaric +61 3 9919 1156
[email protected]

 

I

Name Contact details
Dr Susan Irvine [email protected]

J

Name Contact details
Dr Susan Johnston +61 3 9919 1392
[email protected]

K

Name Contact details
Craig Kappes +61 3 9919 6378
[email protected]
Kostas Kastis +61 3 9919 2908
[email protected]
Dr Kate Kelly +61 3 9919 5888
[email protected]
Colin King +61 3 9919 1859
[email protected]
Dr Rudi Klein +61 3 9919 1859 2558
[email protected]
Dr Natalie Kon Yu +61 3 9919 2036
[email protected]
Loretta Konjarski +61 3 9919 5411
[email protected]
Dr Bichok Kot +61 3 9919 5556
[email protected]

L

Name Contact details
Mengbi Li +61 3 9919 5879
[email protected]
Rui Li +61 3 9919 5812
[email protected]
Keo Lin +61 3 9919 5113
[email protected]
Dr Edward Lock +61 3 9919 4172
[email protected]
Dr Sidney Lung +61 3 9919 4427
[email protected]

 

M

Name Contact details
Cameron McDonald +61 3 9919 95042
[email protected]
Meagan (Meg) McInnes +61 3 9919 2170
[email protected]
Dr Alan McWilliams +61 3 9919 1479
[email protected]
Michael Menton +61 3 9919 5159
[email protected]

N

Name Contact details
Dr Thinh Nguyen +61 3 9919 4281
[email protected]

O

Name Contact details
Dr Steven O'Bryan +61 3 9919 5806
[email protected]
Dr Lannie O'Keefe +61 3 9919 2465
[email protected]
Maree Olle +61 3 9919 4289
[email protected]
Dr Daniel Ooi +61 3 9919 2200
[email protected]
Dr Bert Oraison +61 3 9919 5172
[email protected]
Samuel Orchard +61 3 9919 5816
[email protected]

P

Name Contact details
Stella Pardalis +61 3 9919 1865
[email protected]
Stephanie Permal +61 3 9919 1870
[email protected]
Sunam Pradhan +61 3 9919 5803
[email protected]
Michelle Prawer +61 3 9919 5815
[email protected]

 

Q

Name Contact details
Dr Amy Quayle +61 3 9919 5892
[email protected]

R

Name Contact details
Dr Gayathri (Gaya) Rajaraman +61 3 9919 2132
[email protected]
Kathleen Raponi +61 3 9919 1998
[email protected]
Darren Reston +61 3 9919 5966
[email protected]
Sam Romijn +61 3 9919 2676
[email protected]

S

Name Contact details
Dr Fotios Sidiroglou +61 3 9919 4913
[email protected]
Aaron Simson-Woods +61 3 9919 5134
[email protected]
Jesse Singh +61 3 9919 5082
[email protected]
Associate Professor Puspha Sinnayah +61 3 9919 2262
[email protected]
Dr Ming Song +61 3 9919 5831
[email protected]
Gabriele (Gabe) Sorrentino +61 3 9919 5227
[email protected]
Andrew Stein +61 3 9919 4332
[email protected]
Andrea (Ande) Szendroe +61 3 9919 7075
[email protected]

T

Name Contact details
Grace Tan +61 3 9919 4685
[email protected]
Associate Professor Katerina (Kathy) Tangalakis +61 3 9919 2618
[email protected]
Dr Simon Taylor +61 3 9919 9527
[email protected]
Dr Nicholas (Nick) Tripodi +61 3 9919 1603
[email protected]

 

V

Name Contact details
James Venn +61 3 9919 2018
[email protected]
Kristina (Kris) Vingrys +61 3 9919 5339
[email protected]

W

Name Contact details
Natasha (Tash) Walta +61 3 9919 2946
[email protected]
Associate Professor John Weldon +61 3 9919 2584
[email protected]
Associate Professor Max Winchester +61 3 9919 4618
[email protected]
Dr Rebecca (Bec) Wospil +61 3 9919 1303
[email protected]

Y

Name Contact details
Dr Thomas (Tom) Yeager +61 3 9919 8103
[email protected]
Associate Professor Janet Young +61 3 9919 4762
[email protected]

Z

Name Contact details
Mahtab Zaerilolmani +61 3 9919 5813
[email protected]

 

Courses

We work closely with all of VU's colleges and schools to deliver the first year of your bachelor degree.

Check the course delivery plans to see the units (subjects) offered in first year.

Throughout the year you'll study one unit at a time over a four week block period.