The Western Edge Biosciences (WEBS) program involves the construction of a world-class precinct for teaching, research, and training. This program seeks to improve research performance and enrich learning experiences, helping to train the next generation of bioscientists, vets, and doctors. The program is distinctive as it meets the requirements for the global accreditation of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program in 2020, safeguarding the only accredited veterinary course in Victoria.
This includes two projects:
- WEBS Stage 1 at the Parkville campus
- Werribee Redevelopment at the Werribee campus
At the University of Melbourne four faculties are deeply engaged in the
teaching, research and engagement of the biosciences. These are the
Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences,
Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Melbourne
School of Engineering.
The program aims to:
- Facilitate high quality learning and teaching in the biosciences, at scale and across disciplines, in line with the Growing Esteem strategy.
- Enable growth in the biosciences faculties, namely the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, and Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.
- Underpin improvements in the University’s research performance in the biological sciences.
- Facilitate international accreditation for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program in 2020. This is the only globally accredited (Australasia, UK and USA) Veterinary Medicine degree in Victoria.
- Substantially improve student experience across the biosciences. The experience and educational outcomes of students will be enhanced by learning in highly shareable, state-of-the-art facilities.
- Provide space for the teaching activities that require relocation due to the construction of the Melbourne Metro Rail.
SOLVING GLOBAL ISSUES
WEBS brings together three faculties, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science and the Faculty of Science with the aim of increasing collaboration in the biosciences, while working within world class facilities. The biological sciences will play a significant role in solving the global challenges of health and food security which include: improving the quality and length of life, better stewardship of essential natural resources, water, energy and global ecosystems and increased productivity of crops, livestock, other foods and natural fibres.
Preserving System Garden
The project gives the University the opportunity to celebrate the historic elements of the campus particularly the System Garden – which was originally conceived for the teaching of biosciences over 160 years ago. The design of WEBS Stage 1 is designed to be harmoniously composed into the surrounds of the garden, and its footprint references the garden’s original circular shape. The project will see a new, protected entrance into the garden from Tin Alley side, providing enhanced access for the public.
The WEBS program has been undertaken in close collaboration with the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science and the Faculty of Science, including user groups with representatives from each faculty.