Past Initiatives

#MyDreamRetail Competition

Students were invited to have their say on which food and beverage retailers are chosen to open at RMIT as part of the New Academic Street Retail Precinct. Using the #MyDreamRetail, all students had to do was post or re-gram a photo of their dream food or beverage retailer that they’d like to see open at RMIT’s City campus. More than seventy students entered the competition, adding their voice to the retail selection process. The winner walked away with a voucher for famous Melbourne restaurant Chin Chin.

Be Aware Bear

As part of a work integrated learning project, RMIT second year Advertising students developed a Student Safety campaign called ‘Be Aware Bear’. Be Aware Bear is RMIT’s Safety representative on campus but he’s just a little bit naughty! Check out his adventures with Instagram or Facebook.

New student spaces by RMIT Interior Design

RMIT Property Services have identified new student spaces for both study and socialising across the three Melbourne campuses. In 2015, they looked at Building 75 as a proposed space to be repurposed. This brief was given to RMIT Interior Design students from which they developed concepts.

See the incredible designs they came up with.

Visual Merchandising Installation Project

Set up as a temporary space for student events, the Alumni Courtyard marquee provides shelter but also needed a bit of styling love. RMIT Visual Merchandising students developed concepts for an installation and restyling of this space which was then installed in December 2015.

Watch the video or read the story.

Music Industry performances

While construction work continues in Bowen Street, the Alumni Courtyard will host RUSU’s ‘Chill n Grill’ weekly events. But it ain’t a party without music, so RUSU has teamed up with RMIT’s Music Industry program to deliver a series of performances by emerging student DJs. Be sure to keep up to date with upcoming ‘Chill n Grill’ events and who is performing via RUSU’s Facebook page.

Read about the performances in Semester 1, 2015.

Student Safety Campaign

Safety Week was held at the beginning of Semester 2, 2015 to raise students’ awareness about safety, on campus, in the city and at home. RMIT second year advertising students developed a Student Safety campaign video called ‘Don’t let uni be the death of you’. It was uploaded to RMIT’s Facebook page and received more than 46,000 views, 1000 likes and more than 230 shares!

Watch the video.

Room Finder application

All building projects bring with them disruption. To assist students to find alternative study and social spaces around the City campus while rooms are temporarily closed in the New Academic Street project construction zone, an online Room Finder application has been launched. Students use the application to access classrooms when they are vacant.

See which rooms are available in real time through Room Finder.

New Academic Street Unleashed

New Academic Street Unleashed officially launched the project to students. It provided students with an opportunity to find out what will happen on campus and learn more about the new study and social spaces available to them. Other activities included: the Careers Deconstruction Series, sponsored RUSU barbeques, a public art program launch and a Student Demo Party.

Read the summary story of the week’s events.

Demo Party

To celebrate the start of the New Academic Street project and the launch of the first Urban Animators: Living Laboratory public art program comissions, RUSU hosted a student Demo Party in one of the spaces scheduled for refurbishment. The party also featured live music from RMIT’s Music Industry program.

See the photo gallery from the RUSU Demo Party and check out the highlights video.

Orientation for Engineering Students

New labs for engineering students have opened up at the Bundoora campus. To orientate these students with the Bundoora campus and the new Light and Heavy Structures labs, a welcome lunch and tour was organised with approximately 35 students and staff attending. Professor Sujeeva Setunge and Mr Pavel Ryjkov guided the students through the new spaces to showcase the available facilities.

Furniture recycling - Take a Chair Day

The ongoing Library Transformation presented an opportunity for students to take furniture that was no longer needed on campus. More than 100 chairs and office drawers were in need of a new home – and RMIT students were happy to oblige. Office chairs were the biggest hit and everything students could carry was cleared out quickly. All wastage from the New Academic Street demolitions is sent to a facility where it is separated and recycled. Humanity for Habitat collects remaining furniture for reuse in community projects.

Indoor Games

Students told us that they wanted to spend more time on campus and just be able to ‘hang out’ between classes. For students looking to unwind between or after classes, some foosball tables have been installed in Building 57, Level 4.

Explore the New Academic Street

Launch the Interactive Map