A mum of three, engineer, scientist, educator, and all around dabbler, I'm far better at finding interesting things to do than I am at doing housework.
Published July 29th 2012
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When your mind is longing for some expansion, but your budget is looking lean, there is a solution.
While a free university degree is sadly a thing of the past, there is a way to legitimately attend one of Melbourne's best universities without spending a cent! And, even better, there's no exam at the end. You won't end up with a cap and gown like university bear, but you can be sure of getting a couple of hours of mind stretching entertainment.
Free public Lectures are regularly offered at Melbourne university on a variety of topics. Some of these will certainly only be attractive to those who already have a qualification in the area under discussion, but others are more accessible. At present, offerings include parenting (should you babytalk to your child?), art appreciation, history and politics, as well as a variety of vocational lectures.
Lectures are offered during the middle of the day (for lunchtime attendance) as well as evenings (usually 5:30 onwards to suit city workers and students after their regular lectures). Bookings are often required, but they are simply made via the link above.
Venues vary, but are usually on the main Parkville campus of the university. If you aren't familiar with the university, make sure you allow enough time to find the venue - Melbourne University is renowned for being somewhat of a maze for the unfamiliar. Fortunately, maps are available online.