The World100 Representative
Lara McKay - Executive Director of Marketing and Communications
As the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, Lara oversees a team responsible for the development of university-wide strategies and policies to successfully market and communicate The University of Melbourne’s brand and reputation. In this role, Lara works in partnership with internal and external stakeholders to ensure a collaborative and multidisciplined approach in the areas of marketing, brand management, digital engagement, market research, communications, media, and issues management.
Recent News from The University of Melbourne
- War Heritage Roadshow: state-wide tour to help families preserve their wartime history
Posted: 23 March 2017, 6:35 am
- Fatal snake bites in Australia: facts, stats and stories
Posted: 22 March 2017, 5:40 am
- Masculine ideal of self-reliance puts men at risk: study
Posted: 20 March 2017, 11:04 pm
- Mary Vallentine AO receives Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award
Posted: 19 March 2017, 10:31 pm
- Nuclear family part of the family violence problem: Germaine Greer
Posted: 17 March 2017, 3:42 am
University of Melbourne key facts
Over 40,000 students
Over 12,000 international students from over 100 countries
Over 200,000 alumni, 35,000 of which live overseas in more than 140 countries
AU$1.17b research expenditure in 2014
Australia’s largest cohort of research students
Part of the Parkville precinct - Australia’s largest concentration of medical research institutes, hospitals and biotechnology companies
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
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.
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.