Trinity College launches new residential building, aims to build largest scholarship program in Australia

By Our Reporter

Trinity College has reinforced its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in education by increasing its residential capacity to a record 380 tertiary students with the opening of a modern new residential building.

The $28 million building, the latest addition to the University of Melbourne’s oldest residential college, will accommodate 100 additional students, providing a vibrant collegiate experience and enabling the expansion of Trinity’s extensive scholarship program.

This program enables students from a variety of backgrounds, aspirations and experiences entry into tertiary education and the opportunity to experience living on the university campus.

Coupled with its new infrastructure projects, Trinity College is aiming to build one of the largest college scholarship programs in Australia. In 2019, Trinity supported 204 students through scholarships and this number is set to increase to around 300 by 2023.

The privately funded scholarship program offers scholarships to Indigenous Australians plus refugee, rural, low socio-economic and general scholarships. There are also scholarships for theology students and this year, Trinity will introduce a scholarship program for Indonesian students, building on its existing international program for Cambodian students.

Trinity College CEO, Professor Ken Hinchcliff, said Trinity College was committed to investing in major infrastructure projects that allow the college to enhance its student experience, and provide more opportunities to more students.

“With the opening of our new building, the residential capacity of Trinity College has increased considerably,” Professor Hinchcliff said.

“This will allow more students to access Trinity’s transformative educational experience and allows the College to enhance the student experience through added programs, more high-quality facilities and increased support services.”

The planet-friendly residential building and its surrounds were designed by award-winning architecture firm Hayball, whose culture of diversity, emerging talent and collaboration is aligned with the values of Trinity College.

Key features of the newest and largest residential building on Trinity’s Parkville campus include 100 student rooms, a number of common spaces including a study area on the sunken ground floor, a gym, an art studio, a music practice room, central and quiet study rooms on each floor and secure basement bike storage. Eco-friendly features include solar panels, rainwater harvesting, double glazing throughout, and geothermally powered heating and cooling. Furniture has been procured from local manufacturers with sustainability credentials where possible.

Students will begin occupying the new building towards the end of February.

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