Excellence (Research, Education)
Monash University research continued to improve its standing across many key indicators in 2021, including global university rankings, research income and highly cited researchers. For every dollar of research funding we receive, Monash contributes approximately an additional dollar, in the support of research of the highest international quality that addresses global challenges, and to develop understanding and solutions for the betterment of our communities.
In 2021, Monash University continued to provide high-quality teaching and learning under the significant pressures and unpredictability of COVID-19. We transformed our educational offering to enable our students to complete their studies in a virtual environment, where necessary. We were able to significantly enhance on-campus and online learning, and conduct assessments remotely. The year saw high full-time graduate employment rates and new opportunities for students around the world to study with Monash.
Monash University continued to navigate the ongoing disruptions of COVID-19 in regard to its international engagements in education and research, and across its global sites and presences. The University developed and implemented ways of sustaining international engagement through new models of education, research and digital collaboration. We continued to work with the higher education sector and state and federal governments to prepare for, and facilitate, the return of international students to Australian campuses in a safe, secure and timely manner, while also preparing for the safe reactivation of international experiences for students at Monash campuses outside Australia and at our international partner universities.
Monash University has continues to build deeper connections and enduring partnerships with industry, government and global communities.
- Implemented a new scholarship structure providing clarity for students and donors and focused on increasing the level of financial support to students from under-represented communities.
Equity, access and diversity – low socio economic status
- Access and participation rates for students from low-SES backgrounds increased – in 2021, 28.4 per cent of commencing domestic undergraduate students were from a low-SES background (an increase from 28 per cent in 2020), and 27 per cent of all domestic undergraduate students were from a low-SES background (an increase from 26.6 per cent in 2020). The proportion of students from low-SES communities accessing postgraduate study rose from 26.4 per cent in 2020 to 27.2 per cent in 2021.
- The Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) and Monash Guarantee Scheme continued to support students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to access the University. There was an increase in students eligible for both schemes in 2021, which resulted in a higher number of offers being made to students from low- SES communities, and a subsequent increase in the number of enrolments of low-SES students. Due to new SEAS considerations, including the 2019 bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic, there was a substantial increase in the number of offers under SEAS, from 1037 students in 2020 to 1677 students in 2021.
- In 2021, 14 new Monash Humanitarian Scholarships were awarded, with 63 students receiving a scholarship to cover full course fees and a study support allowance.
- The Access Monash Mentoring program delivered intensive one-on-one mentoring by Monash students to Year 11 and 12 students from low-SES backgrounds aspiring to attend university. In 2021, the program was successfully delivered online to 670 mentees across 41 schools, with the support of 449 mentors. Analysis of the mentoring program showed that mentees who enrol at Monash have a higher retention rate in comparison to other under-represented school students.
- Recruitment of students from low-SES communities for alumni mentoring programs continued to be a focus in 2021. The Betty Amsden AO Alumni Mentoring program supported a number of Monash final-year students from low-SES backgrounds to transition successfully into the workforce and beyond. On completion of the program, mentees expressed that they felt greater clarity regarding their career goals and aspirations, and greater preparedness for the transition to graduate positions or further study.