Dean's letter: End of Semester 2

In this letter, Professor Paul Kofman wishes all students well as they approach their exams and final assignments.

Dear Students,

We are nearing the end of Semester Two, which has been delivered fully online. I would like to thank you for your support and trust, as well as your dedication to online learning. As we continue to work and study on a virtual campus in these challenging times, you should all feel proud of your efforts and commitment.

Next week is SWOT VAC, which means that your examinations will be around the corner. You can find information on your exam dates online, and prepare for online examinations with these live webinars. Don’t forget to take some time out during this busy period for yourself, too. The university runs mindfulness sessions and online sessions on tips for dealing with exam stress. Beyond your examinations and final assignments, it is also important to look ahead. There are a range of workshops including professional resume writing and preparing for interviews that are available for you, too. All of these support sessions and workshops are held online.

Our academics have been busy with not just teaching, but they have also contributed impactful research of direct relevance to impact measurement and public policy response to COVID-19. Professor Jeff Borland (Economics) features in the third episode of our Faculty ECON-19 Podcast, taking us inside the workings of the post-pandemic job market, and Dr John Tang (Economics) discusses the relationship between pandemics and transit, and how globalisation will be a necessary part of our economic recovery in the fourth episode. In this week’s upcoming podcast, Professor Lisa Cameron(Melbourne Institute) will talk about why the COVID recession has had a disproportionate impact on women.

With restrictions easing in Victoria, for those of you who are in Melbourne, I hope that this brings you some much-deserved reprieve to enjoy the company of friends and families safely. I wish all of you, no matter where you may be, the very best with your upcoming examinations, and look forward to checking in with you again at the end of the year.

Stay safe,

Paul Kofman