Student Support

Academic Support

Library

The Whitley College Library features state-of-the-art systems and digital technology, with a strong and comprehensive collection of books and journals supporting all the foundational and specialist areas of theological studies offered through Whitley College. Students have access to an ever-increasing ebook collection and a wide range of online resources, as well as the expert assistance of library staff, who are theologically trained.

Special strengths of the library include its collections in biblical studies, mission and the Australian context, and the Baptist Historical Collection.

While Whitley’s Parkville premises undergo redevelopment, the library is located at St Paschal’s in Box Hill, with a portion of the collection stored off-site. The location of books can be identified in the catalogue, which can be searched online, and requests for retrieval of off-site items can be submitted to the librarian.

The library is open throughout the day on Tuesday to Thursday, with additional hours on some evenings during teaching weeks. Opening hours for the library are advertised on the library catalogue home page.

Whitley College students may use their University of Divinity ID card to establish their right to borrow from the libraries of the other Colleges within the University of Divinity. Please check first for any conditions or restrictions on access to a specific library.

Access to a range of online library resources is also available through the University of Divinity library hub, accessible via the University website or the ARK Learning Management System.

Library orientation sessions are offered at the beginning of semester, and various library guides are available in the ARK Learning Management System, under Whitley College News and Resources.

Study Skills

Detailed study skills training materials, including videos, are available to enrolled students in the ARK Learning Management System, under Whitley College News and Resources.

English Language Support

Undergraduate students whose first or primary language is not English are strongly encouraged to undertake the unit AL1003W English for Theological Studies at the beginning of their studies. Postgraduate students are welcome to participate in those classes as an audit student, by arrangement with the Dean.

We also provide an English language unit at Diploma level for students in the TransFormation program.

Students needing additional English language support are encouraged to speak to the Dean of Students about available options.

Internet Access and IT Support

All students are advised to apply for a Whitley College IT Account, which provides WiFi access at the College, a Whitley email address and access to Office365 online.

Student Mentoring and Course Advice

The Dean of Education, the Dean of Students and the Registrar are available to meet with students requiring advice regarding course structure, selection of units for study or to discuss any concerns the student may have regarding their studies. To make an appointment, please contact the office on 03 9340 8100 or whitley@whitley.edu.au.

Orientation

As part of the enrolment interview process, all students are offered an orientation tour of the Whitley College facilities, and an introduction to key people, information and procedures.

Whitley provides a structured orientation session for international students at least one week prior to commencement to familiarise students with how to access support that is available to them.

Health and Wellbeing

Emergency
Fire, Ambulance, Police
Phone 000

International Students
For urgent assistance after hours, please call the University of Divinity’s after hours hotline:
Phone 1800 775 691 Outside Office Hours 

Hospital
Box Hill Hospital, 8 Arnold Street, Box Hill
Phone 1300 342 255

Doctors
My Health Box Hill, Shop 16, Box Hill Central, 1 Main Street, Box Hill
Phone (03) 9020 4222
https://myhealth.net.au/box-hill/

Guardian Medical, Level 1, 459 Station Street, Box Hill
Phone (03) 9890 4585
https://www.guardianmedical.com.au/box_hill/

Check the websites and/or enquire at the clinics regarding fees payable and any concessions available to students.

Legal Aid
Legal Aid Victoria
Phone 1300 792 387  https://www.legalaid.vic.gov.au 

Counselling and Advocacy
Students are encouraged to contact the Dean of Students regarding referral options for pastoral advice or counselling.

Accommodation

Whitley is no longer a residential college. Please contact the Dean of Students or Registrar for any information they may have regarding student accommodation options.

Facilities

Campus

While Whitley’s Parkville premises undergo redevelopment, the College campus is located on the University of Divinity premises at St Paschal’s in Box Hill. The campus offers a range of teaching and learning environments, including large seminar rooms and a number of smaller classrooms, as well as flexible spaces suitable for meetings and prayer or worship.

Students’ Common Area

Students are welcome to use the kitchen facilities on the ground floor, which include sandwich toasters, fridge and microwave ovens. Tea, coffee, milk and biscuits are always available.

Transport and Parking

St Paschal’s is conveniently located in relation to public transport. The closest train stations are Laburnum and Box Hill, each 1.5km away (15 minute walk).
Bus Route 733 departs Box Hill train station and has a stop immediately outside the College campus on Albion Rd.
Bus Route 765 departs Box Hill train station and has a stop 200m from St Paschal’s at corner of Victoria St and Albion Rd.

Free all-day parking is available in Bedford St.

Bicycle Parking

If you choose to ride your bike, there are plenty of places to park your bike.

Financial Support

Whitley College does not currently have any scholarship funding available.

Australian citizens and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa enrolling into an accredited award course may be eligible to defer the payment of University of Divinity tuition fees through the Australian Government FEE-HELP loan scheme.

International students who are granted a student visa do have permission to work: please refer to the Australian Government information on the website of the Department of Home Affairs.

Students subject to financial hardship may be eligible to apply for a University of Divinity Bursary after completing at least one semester of study.

Further Information