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University of Notre Dame Australia

The University of Notre Dame Australia is a national Roman Catholic private university with campuses in Fremantle and Broome in Western Australia and Sydney in New South Wales. The university also has eight clinical schools as part of its school of medicine located across Sydney and Melbourne and also in regional New South Wales and Victoria.[2]

The University of Notre Dame Australia
University of Notre Dame Australia Logo.svg
MottoIn principio erat verbum
Motto in English
"In the beginning was the Word"
TypePrivate
Established1989
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic
ChancellorChris Ellison
Vice-ChancellorPeter Tranter (acting)[1]
Location,
32°3′24″S 115°44′37″E / 32.05667°S 115.74361°E / -32.05667; 115.74361Coordinates: 32°3′24″S 115°44′37″E / 32.05667°S 115.74361°E / -32.05667; 115.74361
CampusUrban
Affiliations
Websitenotredame.edu.au

Notre Dame is not part of the Western Australia Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) or the New South Wales Universities Admissions Centre and students apply directly to the university through its admissions process.[3]

The university crest is an open Bible. The waves below the open Bible represents the Fremantle area, where the university was founded, and Australia, a nation surrounded by water.[4]

HistoryEdit

In 1945, Father Patrick Duffy, an American navy chaplain, met Cardinal Norman Thomas Gilroy, Archbishop of Sydney, to discuss the possibility of the University of Notre Dame and the Congregation of Holy Cross being involved in the establishment of the first private Catholic university in Australia.[5]

At the time, there were roughly 1.5 million Catholics living in Australia[6] and an established network of Catholic primary and secondary schools. Cardinal Gilroy believed that there was a strong appetite for a Catholic university and that it would enable the education of an "elite Catholic laity that had been the glory of the church in the United States".[7]

The project was pursued for a number of years and property was purchased in Sydney on behalf of Holy Cross in 1948,[8] but ultimately the charter to establish the university was never acquired and the endeavour was abandoned in 1953.[9]

In the mid-1980s, concerns were raised that state universities were not able to properly train lay teachers to work in Catholic primary and secondary schools in Western Australia.[10] The idea of a private Catholic university again surfaced, this time on the opposite side of the Australian continent.

Peter Tannock, who headed the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia, discussed these concerns with William Foley, Archbishop of Perth.[10] They enlisted the help of Denis Horgan, a local Catholic businessman and founder of Leeuwin Estate, who they hoped would provide financial assistance in establishing the university.[10]

Horgan was supportive of the idea, as long as the institution would provide more than teacher education.[10] A small planning committee with Tannock, Horgan, Foley and Michael Quinlan, a Catholic physician, was established and developed the plan for a Catholic university with a number of sites in Western Australia that would provide medical and nursing education among other fields.[10]

The university was created through the University of Notre Dame Australia Act 1989 in the Parliament of Western Australia.[11] The act was given assent on 9 January 1990, the university was inaugurated on 2 July 1991 and classes commenced in February 1992. The first college, the College of Education, had 35 postgraduate students in its first year and the University of Notre Dame (US) sent 25 study abroad students to spend a semester at the Fremantle campus.[12]

The Broome campus, originally known as the Kimberley Centre, was opened in 1994 in service of the church and Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley region.[13] In 2006, the Sydney campus was formally opened with an initial enrollment of 450 students.[14]

CampusesEdit

 
St Benedict's Church and the University of Notre Dame, Sydney
 
Westpac Bank building, one of the many buildings in Fremantle's west end restored and used by UNDA

Notre Dame has campuses located in Fremantle and Broome in Western Australia. The university's Sydney campus is spread across two sites – one based in Broadway and the other in Darlinghurst adjacent to St Vincent's Hospital.

The Fremantle campus is located in the historic West End of the city, a designated heritage precinct famous for its late Georgian and Victorian-style architecture.[15] The university has rejuvenated much of the West End and has worked to restore the traditional architecture of the precinct, occupying 50 properties since its establishment in 1992 and restoring many buildings.[15][16][17] Due to the presence of Notre Dame, Fremantle is commonly referred to as a "university town"[18][19][20] much like older university towns in Europe and is the only one of its kind in Australia.

The School of Medicine Sydney has eight clinical schools in Sydney, Melbourne and in rural locations across the east coast.

The Sydney Clinical School is located across St Vincent's & Mater Clinical School at St Vincent's Hospital, Auburn Clinical School at Auburn Hospital and Hawkesbury Clinical School at Hawkesbury Health Service. The Melbourne Clinical School is located at the Werribee Mercy Hospital.

The rural clinical schools are located at the Lithgow Clinical School at Lithgow Hospital, the Ballarat Clinical School at St John of God Hospital Ballarat, the Riverina Regional Training Hub (RRTH) and the Wagga Wagga Clinical School at Calvary Health Care Riverina.

Organisation and administrationEdit

The university has three campuses offering courses in the following schools:[21]

  • School of Arts and Sciences (Broome, Fremantle and Sydney)
  • School of Business (Fremantle and Sydney)
  • School of Education (Broome, Fremantle and Sydney)
  • School of Health Sciences (Fremantle)
  • School of Law (Fremantle and Sydney)
  • School of Medicine (Fremantle and Sydney)
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery (Broome and Fremantle); School of Nursing (Sydney)
  • School of Philosophy and Theology (Broome, Fremantle and Sydney)
  • School of Physiotherapy (Fremantle)

The university is a self-accrediting institution and is subject to regular quality audits and registration processes undertaken by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.[22]

The governance structure of Notre Dame is determined largely by its enabling act of parliament and its statutes. These specify the source, role and functions of its trustees, board of directors and board of governors and the principal officers and academic leaders of the university.[23]

AcademicsEdit

All undergraduate students must undertake courses in theology, philosophy and ethics. This is known as the core curriculum in Fremantle,[24] and the LOGOS programme in Sydney.[25]

Notre Dame's medicine students study a core course, bioethics, whilst students on the Broome campus study Aboriginal people and spirituality as part of their degree.[26]

RankingsEdit

The Australian Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching 2018 Student Experience Survey results place Notre Dame as one of the top universities in Australia.[27][28]

Undergraduate results
Category Western Australia New South Wales National
Overall Quality of Educational Experience[29] 1st 2nd 2nd
Teaching Quality[29] 1st 2nd 3rd
Skills Development[29] 1st 1st 2nd
Learner Engagement[29] 1st 1st 2nd
Student Support[29] 1st 2nd 3rd
Postgraduate by Coursework results
Category Western Australia New South Wales National
Overall Quality of Educational Experience[29] 1st 3rd 3rd
Teaching Quality[29] 1st 2nd 2nd
Skills Development[29] 1st 1st 1st
Learner Engagement[29] 1st 1st 1st
Student Support[29] 1st 1st 2nd

ResearchEdit

Notre Dame has three institutes for scholarship and research located across its campuses.

  • The Institute for Health Research (Fremantle campus)
  • Nulungu Research Institute (Broome campus)
  • The Institute for Ethics and Society (Sydney campus)

The Institute for Health Research draws on the clinical expertise within Notre Dame's Schools of Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing & Midwifery and Physiotherapy to develop research partnerships and projects that support the healthy ageing of all Australians. Nulungu collaborates with national and international universities, government and Indigenous Australian communities to develop research outcomes of benefit to the country's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It was established by Lyn Henderson-Yates, who herself is an indigenous Australian and is also vice-chancellor of the university's Broome campus.[30] The Institute for Ethics and Society pursues philosophical and interdisciplinary research across five core areas: applied and professional ethics; ethics education; bioethics; religion and global society; and Indigenous research and ethics.[31]

The university is one of the partners in the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study, one of the largest cohorts of pregnancy, childhood, adolescence and early adulthood to be carried out anywhere in the world.[32]

Student lifeEdit

 
Tannock Hall

The Sydney and Fremantle campuses both have representative student associations, created to represent all the students at each campus. The Sydney campus is home to the Student Association of the University of Notre Dame Australia (SAUNDA), while the Fremantle Ccmpus hosts the Notre Dame Student Association (NDSA). These organisations are currently not recognised in the university statues, making them student associations and not guilds.

Mass is celebrated each weekday and on Sunday evening at the Fremantle campus,[33] weekdays on the Sydney campus,[34] and on Wednesdays at the Broome campus.[35]

The student population across Australia at Notre Dame campuses numbers 12,394 as of February 2018, 6,544 of these being in Fremantle, 5,685 in Sydney and 165 in Broome.[36]

LibrariesEdit

Notre Dame has six individual libraries across the three campuses: St Teresa's Library, Galvin Medical Library and the Craven Law Library at the Fremantle campus; Benedict XVI Medical Library (Darlinghurst) and St Benedict's Library (Broadway) at the Sydney campus; and the Broome Campus Library at the Broome campus.[37]

St Teresa's LibraryEdit

St Teresa's Library, located at 34 Mouat Street, Fremantle, is a heritage listed building in the West End and supports the programs of the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education and Philosophy & Theology.[38] Built on land first owned by John Bateman, the building was originally a warehouse for Bateman Hardware.[38] The building was first adapted to become a university library in 1994 when only limited, low cost adaptive re-use works could be afforded, and was renovated again in 2011 to provide maximum floor area.[39]

Galvin Medical LibraryEdit

Galvin Medical Library, located at 38-40 Henry Street, Fremantle, is contained within the School of Medicine, a heritage listed building.[40] The library supports the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy and Health Sciences. Constructed from 1900 onward, the building was known as Fowler's Warehouse and served as the principal premises in Western Australia for D. & J. Fowler Ltd., the wholesale grocery company. The library was opened in 2005 after Notre Dame took over the lease of the buildings from the City of Fremantle.[41]

Craven Law LibraryEdit

Like St Teresa's Library, Craven Law Library is located in the former Bateman family warehouse complex between Mouat and Henry Streets in Fremantle. The library was established in 1997, but renamed the Craven Law Library in 2003 to commemorate the foundation dean of the School of Law, Greg Craven. The library supports the School of Law and contains a print collection in excess of 30,000 volumes, including historic primary materials.[42]

Benedict XVI Medical LibraryEdit

The Benedict XVI Medical Library, located at 160 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, is housed next to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in a building originally occupied by a Catholic school run by the Sisters of Charity of Australia.[43] The building was taken over by Notre Dame in 2004-05[43] and supports the Schools of Medicine and Nursing.[44] It was named in honour of Pope Benedict XVI during a visit he made to the university and library on 18 July 2008.[44]

Notable peopleEdit

The current and fifth chancellor of the university, serving since 2017, is Chris Ellison, a WA-based former senator.[45] The vice-chancellor and chief executive officer of the university from 2008 until February 2019 was Celia Hammond, a former lawyer who resigned to seek election to federal parliament.[46][47] The next vice-chancellor is Francis Campbell (commencing January 2020).

ChancellorsEdit

Neville John Owen 2005–2008[48]
Michael Quinlan 2008–2011[49]
Terence Tobin 2011–2017[50]
Chris Ellison 2017–present[51]

Vice-chancellorsEdit

David Link 1990–1992[52]
Peter Tannock 1992–2008[53]
Celia Hammond 2008–2019[54]
Francis Campbell commencing January 2020[54]

See alsoEdit

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