The University of Melbourne

The World100 Representative

Siobhan Forbes - Executive Director Marketing and Communications

Siobhan Forbes joined the University of Melbourne in July 2017.

Siobhan has experience in the public and commercial sectors, mostly recently within financial services at National Australia Bank. She has also worked with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Employment, Education and Training, Telstra, Michelin, Transport Accident Commission, Australia Post and Transurban, among others. She has held non-Executive positions with the Australasian Shared Services Association, the Breast Cancer Institute and St Brigid's. Siobhan is also co-founder of a company specialising in measurement and development of social intelligence.



University of Melbourne key facts

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6,500 staff

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Over 40,000 students

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Over 12,000 international students from over 100 countries

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Over 200,000 alumni, 35,000 of which live overseas in more than 140 countries

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AU$1.17b research expenditure in 2014

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Australia’s largest cohort of research students

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Seven campuses

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Part of the Parkville precinct - Australia’s largest concentration of medical research institutes, hospitals and biotechnology companies

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Launched in 2008, the Melbourne Curriculum offers a different study path to most Australian universities, with 11 broad undergraduate degrees and and 270 professional graduate degrees

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About The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world ranking consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50 universities.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers. We collaborate with a wide range of organisations to achieve positive research outcomes with global impact. And, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene, as home to a number of museums, galleries and performing arts organisations.

Our researchers are at the forefront of international scholarship in fields as diverse as human rights law, climate change, telecommunications and medical research. Among our many distinguished academics are Nobel Laureate, Professor Peter Doherty and Laureate Professor, Professor Peter Singer.

International Partnerships

The University of Melbourne maintains over 200 agreements for academic cooperation and exchange with leading universities around the globe.  It is a member of Universitas 21 and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities.  The University also has the largest inbound and outbound student exchange program in Australia, with over 140 exchange partners from 37 countries.

Notable Research Areas

Research at Melbourne is guided by its research and research training strategy Research @ Melbourne: Ensuring Excellence and Impact to 2025. The strategy commits the University to pursue three Grand Challenges as a public-spirited, research-intensive institution:

  • understanding place and purpose
  • fostering health and wellbeing
  • supporting sustainability and resilience.

The University maintains a comprehensive research base across a broad range of disciplines. This comprehensive approach provides a critical advantage in tackling diverse research questions from a range of perspectives while maintaining preparedness for unknown challenges and opportunities. The interdisciplinary Melbourne Research Institutes bring together researchers from across the University to tackle key societal issues and challenges in innovative ways:

  • Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES)
  • Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI)
  • Melbourne Neuroscience Institute (MNI)
  • Melbourne Social Equity Institute (MSEI)
  • Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI)
  • Melbourne Material Institute (MMI)
  • Melbourne School of Government (MSoG)

At Parkville, the University serves as the dynamic hub of the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct – the largest cluster of medical researchers in Australia. Through initiatives such as the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, the Melbourne Brain Centre, and the Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the University is deeply involved with precinct partners, such as the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne Health, and the many hospitals in the area, striving to find ways to improve the health of Australians and to discover new treatments and procedures.