Academic support is an important part of the House experience. At International House, the tutorial program is the centrepiece of this support. This year IH is offering almost 80 tutorials which are conducted each week across all of the undergraduate degree areas.
With our residents coming from many corners of the world, and many parts of Australia, adjusting to a new city, a new home and the tertiary environment can be challenging. For this reason tutorials are compulsory for first year students, providing support in the transition to a tertiary learning environment. In addition, the easy access to the sixteen resident tutors for consultations or a chat in passing over meals, means that the residents do not have to struggle on alone, without support.
Early in the first semester the resident tutors, Dr Michael Pickering, Ms Lenka Hadravova and Mr James McCluskey conducted a number of workshops to assist Arts students with the nuances of how to write an academic essay, while Dr Caitlin Stone the librarian ran a workshop on referencing. Ms Fiona Yew and Ms Jacqui Beech followed up with a workshop on writing reports for science students.
Thursday after dinner talks have also been a great success exposing the residents to a range of interesting speakers.
Mr Ben Gray a former resident of International House from 2011-2012, spoke to the students after High Table early in the year. Ben completed a Bachelor of Science (Computer Systems) in 2013 and a Master of Engineering (Software with Business) in 2016, both at The University of Melbourne. Following an internship at Deloitte in Technology Consulting he accepted a graduate position, and started full-time work in July 2016.
Ben was able to provide valuable insight into how organisations search for and select entry-level staff, how to stand out to potential employers, and how to ace the application process after passing through CV screening.
In April 2017, Dr Omid Kavehei discussed how his research team at RMIT is using nanotechnology to develop highly innovative ways to protect these systems.
While advances in sensing, computing and networking are providing enormous opportunities to improve many aspects of our life, these systems are vulnerable to breaches of security with potentially devastating results.