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An idea that started a revolution

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True to its mission, any student from any background, you come to Victoria University and you will get the best education and you will succeed. The revolutionary first year model with its Australian first block mode of delivery was a game changer for VU and the higher education sector in Australia.

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The Block Model. A VU journey

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Three years on it's a story worth telling. The idea was seeded in May 2017 and implemented 10 months later through the commitment of staff and students across the university. Introduced in 2018, the first year model transformed the first year student experience on an unprecedented scale and delivered on the fundamental principles of The VU Way for engaged and active learning.

True to its transformation goals VU had created a dynamic higher education model that was relevant to the needs of our students and their aspirations to thrive in the 21st century. Through VU's Block Model, the student could truly be at the center of all we do and benefit from a learning and teaching experience like never before.

This aligned with VU's vision and mission with the aim of continuing to create positive outcomes for education industry and our community into the future. Indeed it was a bold idea which required a fundamental shift. Teams across VU shared their expertise, experience and passion to rapidly conceptualise, develop and implement a first-year model that would focus on student success retention, satisfaction and engagement.

The entire ecosystem of how we recruit, engage, support and develop our students in and outside of the classroom was transformed to offer our students a new highly personalised model.

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The VU student experience

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Today that is known as the VU student experience. Quite early we started to see improved grades and student retention rates. By November 2018 VU was making headlines with a stunning year of results. The sector and the media were taking notice and VU received a number of prestigious awards.

Following an overwhelming show of support from students for the first year experience, block mode was extended across all years of undergraduate and sub bachelor courses by 2020. In doing so we transformed our curriculum on a grand scale.

We are the first university in the world to implement block mode at this scale and the first university in Australia to have introduced the Block Model. What began as a bold idea has made a profound impact. We're seeing results amplified in more ways than we imagined.

We look forward to celebrating with our first cohort of Block Model graduates and their families later this year.

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The new way to do uni.

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