World-class biosciences

The Western Edge Biosciences (WEBS) program has produced world-class facilities for teaching, research and training in the biosciences. 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; and
  • the Werribee Redevelopment comprising of the U-VET Animal Hospital and the Teaching and Learning Building.

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.