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.
The library is located primarily in the Mervyn Himbury Theological Studies Centre, 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.
Generally the library is open throughout the day on Monday to Friday, with additional hours on some evenings and Saturday mornings 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.
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.
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 or Registrar 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 Academic Dean of Whitley College is 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 with the Dean, please contact the office or Registrar on 03 9340 8100, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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
Fire, Ambulance, Police
For urgent assistance after hours, please call the University of Divinity’s after hours hotline:
Phone 1800 775 691 Outside Office Hours
Royal Melbourne Hospital, 300 Grattan Street, Parkville
Phone (03) 9342 7000
Carlton Family Medical Centre, 88 Rathdowne Street, Carlton
Phone (03) 8300 3900
Brunswick Betta Health, 30 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Phone (03) 8388 5200
Check the websites and/or enquire at the clinics regarding fees payable and any concessions available to students.
Legal Aid Victoria
Phone 1300 792 387 https://www.legalaid.vic.gov.au
Students are encouraged to contact the Dean regarding referral options for pastoral advice or counselling.
Our Commitment to a Safe Environment outlines procedures to follow if you have a concern.
Whitley is no longer a residential college. Please contact the Dean or Registrar for any information they may have regarding student accommodation options.
The campus of Whitley College offers a range of teaching and learning environments within the Mervyn Himbury Theological Studies Centre. These facilities include 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 open area adjacent to the front entrance for social space during College opening hours. Facilities in the adjoining kitchen include sandwich toasters, fridge and microwave ovens. Tea, coffee, milk and biscuits are always available.
Transport and Parking
Whitley College is conveniently located in relation to public transport. Take the route 19 (North Coburg) tram in Elizabeth Street to stop number 15 on the corner of Royal Parade and Leonard Street, or the Upfield line train to Royal Park Station and enjoy a short walk to Whitley through the parkland surrounding the Melbourne Zoo.
Metered all-day parking is available in surrounding streets. Bring coins or consider registering with the PayStay system: https://www.paystay.com.au/about.html.
A locked bicycle-parking shed is available for staff and student use.
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.