The latest SRC Newsletter — for week commencing May 23 — is now available. Please visit the SRC News page: go to the “Newsletters” menu and choose the “SRC News” item.
Social Policy Connections Newsletter, May 2016
Introducing our Peer Contact Officers
If you have any concerns about your rights and responsibilities as a student then you should feel free to contact one of the peer contact officers. Their names, photos and contact details can be found in this document.
Sentir Undergraduate Units
The following units are offered by Sentir: Ignatian Spirituality Seminar, Ignatian Discernment and Christian Decision-making, Group Leadership, Organisation and Spirituality. Enrolments are through the student’s home college. Please find the details in this document. A detailed description of the Ignatian Spirituality Seminar may be found in this document.
YTU Handbook 2016
The YTU Handbook for 216 is now available for download.
Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education – 2016
YTU offers the course, Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education, which is taught at the rate of one unit per semester over two years at Box Hill and Mildura. It is also taught in Ballarat where the course is known as, Religious Education and Pedagogy (secondary teachers only).
When the course is successfully completed, a registered teacher in a Catholic school can apply to the Catholic Education Office for accreditation to teach religious education in a Catholic school.
The Catholic Education Office Melbourne (CEOM) offers sponsorship for many applicants. Notice of the availability of sponsorship can be found on the CEVN website (Catholic Education Victoria Network). However, applications for 2016 sponsorship closed Friday 21 August 2015.
The Catholic Education Office in Ballarat also offers sponsorship, but there are no new enrolments for 2016. Students in both Ballarat and Mildura will be completing the second year of the course. Advice can be sought from Dr Gina Bernasconi, Religious Education Centre, Catholic Education Ballarat, PO Box 576, Ballarat 3353.
For advice about the course at Box Hill, Ballarat or Mildura please contact: Rev. Associate Professor Michael A Kelly, CSsR at Yarra Theological Union. Phone: 03 9890 3771 ext 4; Email:
Please follow these links for more details about sponsorship, application and re-enrolment forms and dates for 2016:
English Language School for Pastoral Ministry (ELSPM)
The Passionists have an accredited English language course which will be offered at YTU. When successfully completed it fulfils the requirement for entry into University of Divinity awards that are offered at YTU. Please see the dedicated website for further details: www.elspm.org.au
A Guide to Accessing Ark, the University of Divinity Learning Management System
Please find attached a guide to accessing the University Management System known as ARK. It is used by most lecturers to post unit descriptions, reading materials and assessment tasks. You can download the guide.
FIRE – Friends Igniting Reconciliation through Education
During the Inaugural Mass on Friday 15 March, Vicki Clark of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry in Victoria, presented to YTU the FIRE Carriers Symbol in acknowledgement of YTU’s commitment to Reconciliation. This involves an ongoing commitment to developing a Reconciliation plan and continuing to promote Reconciliation throughout the YTU community, continuing to support the Opening Doors Foundation and incorporating Aboriginal spirituality into YTU’s identity. For more details and an image of the Fire Carriers symbol please see this brochure.
Financial Support of YTU
YTU is an important centre for theological education and ministerial formation for the churches of Australia, Asia and Oceania. It is a Recognised Teaching Institution of the MCD University of Divinity and offers awards from Diploma to Doctorate. It is governed by a number of Catholic Religious Orders. It is ecumenical in terms of faculty and in its offering to students drawn from the communities of religious orders but its largest constituency is the wider lay community. If you would like to support the work and mission of YTU you might like to consider some form of financial support. Details of how you might contribute are in this form.