The McCoy Project is a joint initiative between the University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria, which fosters innovative and high impact research projects that leverage the strengths of the two partners. The University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria have a history of collaboration that stretches back to the mid-1850s. At the heart of this history is the remarkable and controversial Sir Frederick McCoy (1823-1899), polymath, professor and museum builder.
On the 14th of October 2015, the University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria commemorated a significant step in the history of their partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the McCoy Project. The event saw the Director of Collections, Research and Exhibitions from the Museum, Dr Robin Hirst and the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) from the University, Professor James McCluskey sign the MOU, which covered the McCoy Project joint collaboration.
The McCoy Project aims to:
- Create an environment where scholarship based on Museum Victoria's collections can flourish
- Develop and deliver quality collaborative projects that will have significant impact
- Bring scholars from different disciplines to work together to develop innovative and inspiring projects
- Develop the next generation of research communicators
Participants in the McCoy Project are drawn from the University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria who share common interests. Contact us to become part of the McCoy Project.
The McCoy Project Steering Committee provides strategic direction and guidance for the McCoy Project. The Committee will:
- Oversee the execution of joint activities that enhance and develop interactions between Museum Victoria and the University of Melbourne
- Explore and recommend new ways in which the collaboration between the University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria can be diversified and enhanced
- Oversee the McCoy Project research seed fund selection committee< /li>
- Oversee the communication and promotion of the Project within the two partnering organisations and to external audiences
- Oversee any other activity deemed suitable to further the objectives of the McCoy Project to the mutual benefit of Museum Victoria and the University of Melbourne.
The McCoy Seed Fund is a joint fund comprising contributions from both the University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria to support the development of collaborative research projects between Museum Victoria and the University of Melbourne.
The McCoy Project offered two PhD Scholarships for commencement in 2016. Applications for the “Designed Public Spaces in Melbourne” McCoy PhD Scholarship are now being sought.
The University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria have a long history of collaborating that is almost as old as the institutions themselves. More recently, we have collaborated on Australian Research Council Linkage and Discovery Project grants, co-supervised many postgraduate students, undertaken visiting fellowships, jointly curated exhibitions, and undertaken joint collection activities. The McCoy Seed Fund is another initiative by both organisations to seed projects that are cross-disciplinary, innovative, collaborative and have the potential to have a significant impact beyond academia and the museum environment. See some of the collaborative projects that we have been involved in over past couple of years.
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