Supporting students to make the best career and study choices for them is your most important role – and one we also see as ours.

That's why we offer a range of informative and engaging events, services and publications dedicated to facilitating students' successful transition from secondary to tertiary education.

Events & activities

We love engaging with you and meeting your students so that we can help them understand all the choices they need to make for life beyond school.

Campus tours and presentations allow year 10 to 12 students to see why they might choose VU, while our academic programs help students transition to tertiary study.

Book an engagement activity

One of our Student Ambassadors will come to your school and deliver a student-centred presentation, so that your students can find out what it's like to attend VU from the lens of a current VU student.

At our Footscray Park Campus, we now offer VU Explore, an augmented reality campus tour that provides students with information about our campus including facilities, services and opportunities for students studying at VU.

Please note that students will be required to bring mobile devices to complete the tour. Students will get to search for VU Diamonds located across the campus, and get a prize for collecting them all.

Book in for one of our friendly Future Student Advisers to deliver a general presentation which covers off “those topics”. Then, go on a general guided tour to see our facilities.

The topics covered in the standard presentation are as follows:

  • VU's Block Model
  • industry connections
  • career ready
  • dual-sector institution
  • pathways
  • scholarships
  • the study areas
  • student diversity
  • Moondani Balluk
  • student life
  • applying for a course
  • question time.

The topics covered in the standard presentation are as follows:

  • VU's Block Model
  • industry connections
  • career ready
  • dual-sector institution
  • pathways
  • scholarships
  • the study areas
  • student diversity
  • Moondani Balluk
  • student life
  • applying for a course
  • question time.

VU's College of Engineering and Science offers students in years 9 to 12, free hands-on activities, providing them with opportunities to use measurement and design skills to come up with creative prototypes. Each of the four available team activities is designed to give students a general understanding of the engineering processes from design to construction and testing.

Our students will be on hand, to enable your students to ask young, aspiring engineers about their experiences, study and career aspirations.

Tsunami

To learn about stability and wave motion, students will work together to design and construct a structure to withstand the passing of a seismic wave.

The structure will be made to support a load and placed on a floating pontoon in the computer-controlled wave simulation tank. The aim is for the structure to be as light and tall as possible while capable of supporting the load as well as withstanding the largest possible seismic wave. Students will apply principles related to design, stability, structural engineering (strength) as well as wave motion.

Tall buildings for earthquakes

Teams will learn about stability and seismic motion by making a tall building model to withstand seismic ground motion (earthquakes).

The structure will be made to support a load and placed on a computer-controlled earthquake simulation machine. The aim is for the structure to be as light and tall as possible while capable of supporting the load as well as withstanding the largest possible earthquake. Students will apply principles related to design, stability, structural engineering (strength) as well as seismic motion.

Shock absorbing landing pad

While learning about material properties (elasticity), inertia and shock absorption, students will create a landing pad to protect a fragile object from damage during a landing.

An egg will be dropped onto the landing pad from a pre-determined height and the aim is to ensure that the egg withstands the landing shock without breaking while using the least possible amount of material. Students will apply principles related to engineering design, material properties (elasticity), inertia and shock absorption.

Wind turbine design

This activity teaches students about material strength, aerodynamics, balancing and vibration through designing turbine blades.

Each design will be subjected to efficiency (and survival) tests using an instrumented wind tunnel where the wind and turbine speeds will be measured along with the turbine power output. The aim is to design turbine blades that will extract the wind’s energy most effectively for the widest possible range of wind speeds. Students will apply principles related to design, material strength, aerodynamics, balancing, and vibration.

The Sport and Recreation Industry Pathway (SARIP) program provides activities and programs that complement students' VCE study. Through SARIP, students also gain exposure and access to leading academics and researchers in sport. They also get exposure to VU's state-of-the-art sport and learning precinct and benefit from VU's extensive list of industry partnerships, including the Australian Institute of Sport and the Western Bulldogs AFL Club.

Who are the VU Future Students team?

Our Future Students team works collaboratively with career practitioners and teachers to ensure that future students receive the most relevant, up-to-date information. We deliver presentations at schools, career expos and information evenings, and offer on-campus tours and activities at VU.

We take part in:

We also offer one-on-one consultations to mature-age students who are interested in returning to study at any level.

Find out more about VU's Future Students team in their bios below and contact us to discover how we can help guide your students to success in tertiary studies with our exciting VU Block Model.

Alex Sims

Director, Future Students
[email protected]

With nearly 20 years' experience in student recruitment in the tertiary sector, Alex leads the Future Students domestic team.

Emily Bodey

Future Students Program Manager
+61 3 9919 5761 | [email protected]

Emily manages the VU Guaranteed program as well as a large number of recruitment projects such as VU in Focus and VU News.

Alex Hanlon

Alex Hanlon

Regional Recruitment Manager
+61 3 9919 5078 | [email protected]

Alex is part of the Victoria University International Future Students team and supports recruitment activities for international students in Australia and New Zealand.

Jessica Bartolotta smiles at camera

Jessica Bartolotta

Future Student Adviser
+61 3 9919 5386 | [email protected]

Jessica is driven to connect with students and help them find their passion. She comes with extensive experience in higher education, working with students at high school, university and postgraduate level. In addition, she has also been in the classroom teaching economics and English as an additional language. She loves supporting communities and has volunteered with a number of organisations including Western Bulldogs Community Foundation. She’s a proud Westie!

Melanie Inturrisi

Future Student Adviser
+61 3 9919 4623 | [email protected]

As an alumni of Victoria University, Melanie is passionate about VU and aims to continue creating positive outcomes for education, industry and our community. She supports schools in the north and east of Melbourne and the Albury–Wodonga, Shepparton and Mildura areas of Victoria.

 headshot of Jonathon Ioannou

Jonathon Ioannou

Future Student Adviser
+61 3 9919 5191 | [email protected]

Jonathan has a wealth of experience in the Higher Education sector, particularly in TAFE. He will be supporting schools west of Melbourne, as well as the Bendigo region. Jonathan always has a smile on his face and is very approachable, he has a passion to help students find the course for them.

Joanna Little, smiling, outdoors

Joanna Little

Future Student Adviser
+61 3 9919 5261 | [email protected]

Joanna works part time (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) and is a highly experienced Future Student Adviser at Victoria University. She supports schools in the north west of Melbourne, as wells as having a focus on the schools in the Ballarat region and Western Districts of regional Victoria.

Administration Assistant

+61 3 9919 5495 | [email protected]

For general enquiries and event bookings please email [email protected].