A history of giving back

Over his impressive three-decade career at RMIT, Professor Tony Dalton has held teaching, research, student management and senior leadership positions at the University. Through it all, his commitment to supporting students has never wavered.

Tony’s connection to RMIT began in 1967 as an Architecture student with a special interest in built environment social issues.  

“There was a subject called ‘the history of planning’ which taught me about the social history of cities, as well as the experiences of those who inhabit them. I found it incredibly interesting, and it inspired me to make the shift into social sciences and public policy around housing and cities.”

Tony has supported the RMIT community over the years through teaching students from many undergraduate and post graduate programs, research supervision and research management.

His research accomplishments earned him the notable role of Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation in the College of Design and Social Context, which Tony held until 2010. He then resumed his focus on urban and housing research, teaching students how to do research and research supervision.

It gave me the flexibility to concentrate on research and teaching again, and I was able to mentor students, which was a fantastic experience and something I am hugely passionate about.
Professor Tony Dalton Professor Tony Dalton

During this time, Tony also made the generous decision to become a staff donor, showing his support for students in more ways than one.

Dedicated to helping others not only in his work at RMIT, Tony has advocated for action to combat declining housing affordability and homelessness. He has volunteered with community organisations providing housing support, improved housing policies and offered advocacy for people experiencing homelessness. Tony was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 1991 in recognition of service to the community, particularly homeless people.

Tony’s deep connection with RMIT continues today in his current role as an Emeritus Professor in the Centre for Urban Research. It also extends to his family, with his daughter and son-in-law both RMIT Alumni who met as International Studies students. 

Reflecting on his decision to become an RMIT donor, Tony was inspired by his experience at the University.

“I’ve had such a good experience at RMIT both as a student and then as an academic, I see it as a way of giving back. I think RMIT has a history, mission and a commitment to students that’s worth supporting.

“If you’re able and have the resources to donate to RMIT, now is a time that the need for support couldn’t be greater.”

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