Victoria University began its life as Footscray Technical School in 1916 when the 'Door of Opportunity' was opened to students from the greater western suburbs of Melbourne.

VU still prides itself on being the University of Opportunity and Success. We welcome and encourage participation by our alumni community in a wide range of activities, events and programs aimed at ensuring our diverse student population is given every chance to thrive.

Whether you're looking for a way to share your time and talents on campus or closer to home, find your inspiration right here.

The Door of Opportunity, taken from the Footscray Technical School 1917 Prospectus

Be a mentor

The Talent Connect mentoring program brings together the skills and real-life industry experience of volunteer alumni to provide additional support and development opportunities to final-year students and new graduates. Your help can make the difference in a successful transition from university to employment.

You have the opportunity to share your professional and personal experience and expertise with new VU alumni. Find out more about becoming an alumni mentor.

Become a speaker or panel member

Join a line-up of distinguished alumni who have graced the stages at VU. Past speakers have included leaders of major government agencies and startups, not-for-profits, public legislatures, partners at private law firms and, of course, academic researches and teachers. Help us expand the variety of influence we can offer our students!

Events include:

  • graduation ceremonies
  • College Awards evenings
  • Alumni Knowledge Network series
  • Student Leadership forum and conference
  • industry insights with first year students
  • employability workshops with final-year students.

If you are interested, please contact [email protected].

CEO of Ambulance Victoria, Alumnus Tony Walker ASM at VU Graduation August 2017

Victoria University course advisory panels

A course advisory panel is convened by the academic board for each College. They provide industry and content-specific advice and guidance in relation to the development and ongoing revision of courses offered at VU.

The University regularly seeks the support of alumni who are leaders in their field to participate in these panels. Bring your expertise and knowledge of current industry requirements to help us keep our courses up to date.

If you are interested in becoming a panel member or would like further information, please contact [email protected].

Provide a workplace learning opportunity

VU is committed to learning in the workplace and community. This is an innovative way for our students to gain practical work experience in a trade, industry or profession while studying. It allows students to produce work that has real benefits to industry and the community.

Find out how you can recruit or place a VU student.

Recruit a VU Graduate

You can post vacancies on the VU Learning Hub free of charge. To access our range of services to promote the employment opportunities available at your organisation, please contact us by emailing [email protected] or call +613 9919 5752.

Community volunteering

VU has a strong relationship with our community, especially in the Maribyrnong and Brimbank City areas. Every year, students, staff and alumni volunteer a day of their time through V4U to participate in a range of activities that support and strengthens our ties to the local community.  This is a great opportunity to get involved in partnership with like-minded members of the VU community.

To find out more about V4U, please visit

Support our scholarship program

You can make a significant difference to the lives of our current and future students by donating to VU. Help us provide opportunities through scholarships, and support the important work of our world-renowned researchers.

For more information about VU’s funding priorities and the positive impact your support can make, please see donating to VU.