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University of Ballarat

Tagline Dare to be Different
Established 1994
Type Public
Vice-Chancellor Prof David Battersby
Staff 260
Students 22,000
(5,000 HE; 17,000 TAFE)
Location Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Website http://www.ballarat.edu.au/

The University of Ballarat is a dual-sector university in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. It was formed by the passage of an Act of the Victorian Parliament in 1994, from the Ballarat College of Advanced Education. It subsequently merged with the Ballarat School of Mines and Industries and the Horsham based Wimmera Institute of TAFE in 1998 to create a larger University. A tagline is a variant of a branding slogan typically used in marketing materials and advertising. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... A Vice-Chancellor (commonly called the VC) of a university in the United Kingdom, other Commonwealth countries, and some universities in Hong Kong, is the de facto head of the university. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ... The University of Cambridge is an institute of higher learning. ... Technical and Further Education or TAFE institutions are a type of adult education organisation in Australia. ... Ballarat is a city in regional Victoria, Australia, approximately 120 kilometres north-west of Melbourne, with a population of 84,000 people. ... Capital Melbourne Government Const. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, typically common to a particular domain name or subdomain on the World Wide Web on the Internet. ... Representation of a university class, 1350s. ... Ballarat is a city in regional Victoria, Australia, approximately 120 kilometres north-west of Melbourne, with a population of 84,000 people. ... Capital Melbourne Government Const. ... The Parliament of Victoria is a bicameral, or two-house, legislature. ...

It has a total student population of over c22,000 consisting of c5,000 Higher Education students and c17,000 Technical and Further Education (TAFE) students. The University of Cambridge is an institute of higher learning. ... Technical and Further Education or TAFE institutions are a type of adult education organisation in Australia. ...



Heritage buildings and old Gaol at the School of Mines and Industry. Lydiard Street, Ballarat CBD
Heritage buildings and old Gaol at the School of Mines and Industry. Lydiard Street, Ballarat CBD

The University of Ballarat has a long history that goes back to the famous gold rush era of the 1850s. Tertiary education at Ballarat began with the establishment of the School of Mines and Industries in 1870 making it Australia's third oldest tertiary institution. It is for this reason that the 1870 Founders Hall at the University of Ballarat came into existence. Image File history File linksMetadata University_of_ballarat_city_campus. ... Image File history File linksMetadata University_of_ballarat_city_campus. ...

People such as Redmond Barry were involved in the original establishment to create an institution of equivalent standing to a university to offer degree level courses at Ballarat. Sir Redmond Barry (1813 - November 23, 1880) was a British colonial judge in Victoria, Australia. ...

The School of Mines had two divisions - a tertiary division and a technical division. The tertiary division provided higher education courses such as mining engineering, geology, education and business studies, while the technical division provided technical programs such as wool classing, plumbing and bricklaying.

The organisation remained in that form until the 1960s when it was split into two institutions. The School of Mines remained intact offering technical and secondary level programs, while the tertiary division became Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education. In the 1970s it was renamed Ballarat College of Advanced Education.

In the late 1980s the Dawkins Revolution had arrived and Ballarat CAE was in trouble in terms of losing its long historical identity. In an era where larger metropolitan colleges were opting for mergers with existing universities, such as Chisholm Institute of Technology with Monash University, Melbourne College of Advanced Education with Melbourne University, Philip Institute of Technology with RMIT University, Lincoln Institute of Health Science and Bendigo College of Advanced Education with La Trobe University, and Victoria College and Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education with Geelong's Deakin University, Ballarat was faced with the prospects of merging with Deakin University, an option the board of Ballarat CAE did not want to accept arguing in the words of the then director Professor John Sharpham who publicly declared that "Deakin is not strong" and who attempted to arrange a merger of "equal sides" where Ballarat CAE, Warrnambool IAE, and Deakin would merge to become the University of Western Victoria. Under this arrangement, Ballarat would get 50% of voting power, with Geelong and Warrnambool the other 50%. The Dawkins Revolution was a series of Australian tertiary education reforms instituted by the then Labor Education Minister (1987-92) John Dawkins. ... Menzies Building at the Clayton Campus Monash University is Australias largest university with about 55,000 students. ... The University of Melbourne, located in Melbourne, in Victoria, is the second oldest university in Australia (the University of Sydney is the oldest). ... RMIT, or the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology is a university in Melbourne, Australia. ... La Trobe University is a multicampus university in Victoria, Australia. ... Victoria College is or was the name of several institutions of secondary or higher education, including: Victoria College, Alexandria, Egypt Victoria University in the University of Toronto, University of Toronto Victoria College, Texas Victoria College of Art Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne Victoria College, Jersey, Channel Islands... Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education was an independent higher education institution that began operating in 1970 in the city of Warrnambool on the South-West Coast of Victoria. ... Deakin University is a large Australian public university with around 32,000 students studying Bachelor, Masters, Doctoral and Professional programs as of 2004. ...

The proposal was rejected by Deakin, which left Ballarat alone as the remaining college in Victoria not to become a university. Then along came the University of Melbourne which allowed Ballarat CAE to become an affiliated college of the University. The name of Ballarat CAE was changed to "Ballarat University College, an affiliated College of the University of Melbourne" which are the actual words put on graduates' testimurs. At this point it seemed that BUC was heading to become the Ballarat campus of Melbourne University which would have given it a sizable rural campus in Western Victoria. However this did not eventuate with some critics suggesting that it was too prestigious.

Ballarat University College then pursued the push to become a fully-fledged university in its own right. This began when Professor John Sharpham asked the board of BUC, that if Southern Cross University is allowed to divorce the University of New England by becoming a university in its own right, then Ballarat should be allowed to do the same. This lead to lobbying efforts to the Federal Government which responded by sending three Vice-Chancellors (incidentally one from University of New England) from Australian Universities to Ballarat to consider whether Ballarat could become a university in its own right. The result was favorable and the university college became a university in 1994 without any links to Melbourne University except that Melbourne would observe the academic standards at the new university for a five-year period. Southern Cross University Southern Cross University is a University based on the far north coast and mid north coast of New South Wales, Australia. ... The University of New England can refer to: University of New England, Maine, in Biddeford, Maine University of New England, Australia, in New South Wales, Australia This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

Upon creation of the university, the announcement by the Foundation Chancellor Professor Geoffrey Blainey of the inaugural Vice-Chancellor of University of Ballarat proved controversial with Professor Sharpham being overlooked in favour of Professor David James (incidentally Deakin University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor!). Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC (born 11 March 1930), is one of Australias most significant historians. ...


The University has six campuses; 3 are in Ballarat itself, and 3 are in smaller, rural towns west of Ballarat along the Western Highway.


  • Camp Street Campus
  • Mount Helen Campus
  • SMB Campus (incorporates the old School of Mines Ballarat and old Ballaraat Gaol)

Western Victoria

  • Ararat Campus (offers TAFE courses)
  • Horsham Campus (offers TAFE courses and a Higher Education course in Nursing)
  • Stawell Campus (offers TAFE courses)

Location of Ararat in Victoria (red) Ararat () is a regional town in south-west Victoria, Australia. ... The Rural City of Horsham is a Local Government Area in Victoria, Australia. ... Location of Stawell in Victoria (red) Stawell is a town in the Wimmera region of Victoria, Australia. ...

Mount Helen campus

The main Ballarat campus is located in Mount Helen, an area of beautiful natural bushland. It contains 2 residences Peter Lalor Hall and Bella Guerin Hall and contains the following schools: Ballarat is a city in regional Victoria, Australia, approximately 120 kilometres north-west of Melbourne, with a population of 84,000 people. ... The Hon. ...

  1. Behavioural and Social Sciences and Humanities
  2. Business
  3. Education
  4. Human Movement and Sport Sciences
  5. Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences
  6. Nursing
  7. Science and Engineering

Camp Street Arts Academy

The Camp Street Campus is the newest of the University of Ballarat's 6 campuses. Bordered by Camp Street, Sturt Street and Lydiard Street, this campus houses the University of Ballarat's Arts Academy. The campus consists the Old Post Office Building, the Old Courthouse building, and several new buildings which were completed in 2002.

Student Association

Students are represented by the University of Ballarat Student Association (UBSA) and the University of Ballarat Postgraduate Association.

Notable alumni

  • Steve Bracks, Premier of Victoria, Australia: Dip Bus.
  • Steve Moneghetti, Olympic Marathon Runner: BEng
  • Libby Tanner, Australian Actress: BA
  • Nadia Dyall, Australian Actress: BBus, BAppSci (Human Movement)
  • Ian Toope, Geography Teacher

Steve Bracks (born October 15, 1954), Australian politician, has been Premier of Victoria since 1999. ... Steve Moneghetti (born September 26, 1962 in the town of Ballarat, Victoria) is a long-distance runner from Australia, who was not considered to be a good runner in primary school as he never managed to win a single medal. ... Libby Tanner (born Elizabeth Tanner, February 25, 1970, Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian actress. ...

Honorary graduates

  • Jeff Kennett, Former Premier of Victoria: Hon DBus (Honoris Causa)

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Status and rankings

The University of Ballarat's teaching performance was ranked in the top ten of Australian universities according to data released by the Federal Department of Education, Science and Training in 2005. Melbourne Institute Rankings.

External links

  • University of Ballarat – official website

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