Janet Clarke Hall
|Janet Clarke Hall|
Janet Clarke Hall Crest
|University||University of Melbourne|
|Location||Royal Parade, Parkville, Victoria|
|Full name||Janet Clarke Hall The University of Melbourne|
|Motto||Deo Duce, Verbo Luce|
|Motto in English||God as Guide, the Word as Light|
|Named for||Janet Lady Clarke|
|Previous names||Trinity Women's Hostel|
|Sister college||Trinity College|
|Principal||Dr Damian X. Powell|
Janet Clarke Hall (JCH) is an Anglican residential college of the University of Melbourne. JCH is one of the smallest of the colleges of the University of Melbourne, and was the first university college in Australia to admit women. JCH has a strong academic focus, with a plurality of students in residence achieving a first class average in their university studies.
Established in 1886 as a residential hostel for women students of Trinity College, JCH was named after a significant benefactor Janet Clarke. JCH became an independent college in 1961, and co-educational in 1973.
JCH's current Principal is historian Damian X. Powell, a specialist in Australian and British legal and military history. The current Vice-Principal is Donna Davies, a scientist and consultant for the International Baccalaureate Organisation.
Janet Clarke Hall offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to students upon the basis of academic merit and financial need. Academic and community service scholarships were awarded to more than a third of students this year.
The scholarships are awarded upon the recommendation to the College Council of a committee comprising the Principal, Chairman of Council, and a representative of the University of Melbourne. All details regarding requests for financial assistance are kept strictly confidential to the College.
JCH has an Artist-in-Residence program, whereby a prominent artist is resident in the college, offering tutoring and mentoring to JCH students. The current Artist-in-Residence is Alice Pung, an acclaimed novelist. JCH's Kenneth Moore Memorial Music Scholar is Dr Anna Goldsworthy, an acclaimed classical pianist and writer. Throughout the year, Dr Goldsworthy performs recitals for the JCH community, and runs masterclasses for JCH's music students.
JCH has an annual literature dinner where an established author speaks about their writing and any topical issues. Past speakers have included Helen Garner, Peter Goldsworthy, Chloe Hooper, and Peter Singer.
The Student Club
The Student Club of Janet Clarke Hall Inc. provides students with support and organises social, sporting and cultural activities. Particularly significant is the college's "Orientation Week," inducting new students into the unique culture of JCH. It is reported to have been "the best week of my life" for many. The Student Club is administered by an eight-member executive, comprising President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Arts & Culture Rep, Female & Male Sports Reps, and a General Rep.
People associated with the college
The current College Visitor is Nobel Laureate Peter C. Doherty, winner of the Nobel Prize and Australian of the Year in 1997.
Distinguished Alumni include;
- Elizabeth Blackburn, Morris Herzstein Professor of Biology and Physiology at University of California, San Francisco, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine 2009.
- Adrienne Clarke, former Lieutenant Governor of Victoria and Chancellor of La Trobe University.
- Helen Garner, one of Australia's most distinguished writers.
- Peter Yates, former CEO of PBL.
- Sally Walker, former Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University.
Distinguished former tutors include;
Alumni who were awarded Rhodes Scholarships include;
- James Watson
- Leng Lee
- Lauren Rickards
- Catherine Button
- Jenny Tran