NCV alumnus Dr Matt Schiller returns as guest speaker

Friday 18 December, 2015
by Rachael Harland
NCV welcome former resident and Assistant Dean of NCV, Dr Matt Schiller, as guest speaker for the Spring Formal Dinner.

On the 8th October 2015 the New College Village (NCV) community welcomed former resident and Assistant Dean of NCV, Dr Matt Schiller, as guest speaker for the Spring Formal Dinner.

Dr Schiller Matt completed degrees in Medicine and Philosophy at UNSW before embarking on a career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company where he worked on strategy in consumer goods, healthcare, telecommunications/technology and education, with a particular focus on young and high-growth companies. His talk shared his thoughts on innovation, a little about his own business activities and how they came about, as well as discussing career building.

Matt was a resident at New College from 2006-2009 and at NCV from 2011-2012. During his time at New College he was awarded the New College Academic Award (2008), an award that recognises academic excellence and contribution to the wider life of the College. He was also an Academic Tutor for Medicine in year 2009. While at NCV he was a Senior Resident (2011) and Assistant Dean (2012). He is the recipient of a number of University prizes including the UNSW Dennis Balson Philosophy Prize (2007), 1st Place, UNSW Medicine Portfolio Exam (2008) and 1st Place, UNSW Medicine Independent Learning Project (2009-2010).

In his final year of university, Matt co-founded ‘GownTown’ with former New College resident Ed Kearney. GownTown offers students the option of purchasing quality new academic dress for a similar price to hire. After a successful pilot of their online business model, the idea caught on like wildfire and the business is going from success to success. GownTown has now expanded to Universities across Australia as well as offering graduation frames, photography and gifts. During his time at University he also founded two not-for-profit projects: the Australian Medical Student Journal which is a national peer-reviewed biomedical journal for students and EasyChem a website to help students studying Chemistry in the NSW HSC.

The NCV Spring Formal Dinner was a wonderful opportunity for the NCV community to learn from Matt’s remarkable entrepreneurship. New College and NCV wish him all the best in his future endeavours.