University of Melbourne Magazine

Welcome from Professor Rick Roush, Dean, Melbourne School of Land and Environment

  • Over the coming months, the University will consolidate geography, resource management, and forestry from the Melbourne School of Land and Environment into the Faculty of Science, and separately merge agriculture with the Faculty of Veterinary Science.

    These changes will only strengthen our research and teaching programs.

    The expanded Faculty of Science will assume responsibility and explore options for increased use of the Burnley and Creswick campuses in research and teaching.

    The Bachelor of Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture and Food Systems will move into a renamed the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences (FVAS). FVAS will drive the primary teaching and research activities of the Dookie campus.

    This merger of agriculture and veterinary sciences is only part of the University’s increased commitment to agriculture. In the last few months, for example, we have made key new appointments, including professors in soil science and meat quality. We also aim to double the number of places available in the Bachelor of Agriculture to 200 commencing students.

    It has been a pleasure supporting such a committed and hard working group of academic and professional staff over the last seven years.

    My engagement with you in the alumni community has been a highlight. I remain committed to the role of geography, resource management, agriculture, and forest and ecosystem science in solving major societal problems. I’ll be joining the new FVAS, and will continue to be personally engaged in agriculture research, teaching and program development.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for your support of this vital area of work. Philanthropy has played a crucial role in the success of MSLE. Your support has aided our research and increased the opportunities for students to join us. I seek your continued support for our efforts and am confident the planned changes will enable us to build on our great successes.


    – Professor Rick Roush, Dean, Melbourne School of Land and Environment