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Christina Buckridge on 0412 101 316.

Australian students are showing their strong approval of the Melbourne Model as the University of Melbourne’s university offer outcomes reflect growing demand particularly for Science and Biomedicine.

Just over 5700 students will once again be excited to receive the offer of a Commonwealth-supported place to study at the University of Melbourne in 2010, in the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre’s first round offers today.  The University is offering five less undergraduate courses in 2010 as part of the move to the Melbourne Model.

Nearly 5000 or 87 per cent of the University’s offers for this year are for its New Generation degrees – Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science.

Acting Vice-Chancellor and Provost Professor John Dewar says the increased demand and consequent rise in ENTERs for courses such as Arts, Science and Biomedicine is a strong endorsement of the New Generation degrees and the Melbourne Model.

“It is quite clear that students have embraced the Melbourne Model,” he said.

“Our New Gen degrees provide today’s students with an important choice and the high quality of the students receiving first round offers from Melbourne clearly shows the solid understanding and acceptance of the Melbourne Model today.”

Four of the New Generation courses at Melbourne are represented in the five most popular courses – based on first preferences - in the VTAC system.

Arts at Melbourne continues to top the ‘pop polls’ with its ENTER moving up from 88.3 to 89, and 1636 offers - an additional 100 offers on 2009.

Increased ENTERs for New Generation science-based courses - Biomedicine and Science - follow a sharp rise in first preferences (up 45 per cent and 32 per cent respectively) after the December change of preference

This exceptional demand has resulted in increased offers and an ENTER for Science of 89.05 up from 85 in 2009 and 97.90 for Biomedicine from 95 in 2009.

Dean of the Faculty of Science Professor Rob Saint is delighted with the growing popularity of the Bachelor of Science.

“Despite national concerns about a decline in students embracing science, students are flocking to the Melbourne Model approach to Science which offers strong employments outcomes on graduation plus clear pathways to graduate study in Engineering, a range of Health fields and Veterinary Science.

“Science is vital to Australia’s nation-building and these students will be fine contributors to the future well-being of our society.”

There have also been increased offers for the New Generation Bachelor of Environments degree and Bachelor of Commerce at Melbourne.

Access Melbourne is also a success story. A University priority is to broaden the mix of its students from diverse backgrounds. In November, to encourage more students from rural and financially disadvantaged backgrounds to study at Melbourne, the University announced guaranteed ENTERs into New Generation degrees.  

This year Melbourne has made 25 per cent of offers to students who applied through Access Melbourne with large increases in offers to rural and financially disadvantaged applicants.

Professor Sue Elliott, Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for access and equity, says these are high-quality students who have experienced educational disadvantage during their schooling.  “Research has shown that these students perform at much the same level at university as other students.  The undergraduate experience at a good university is a level playing field where students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to flourish.”

The University’s success in the 2010 student selection extends to graduate programs such as the Master of Teaching which has made 17 per cent more offers this year - a total of 849 - following a similar rise in demand.

Interviews:
Professor Dewar, Professor Elliott and Professor Saint are available for interview, please contact Christina Buckridge.

Professor Dewar talks more about first round offers in the Melbourne Newsroom Studio.
Professor Elliott discusses the Melbourne Access program here.
Professor Saint talks about increased interest in the Bachelor of Science, likewise in the Studio.