Former federal Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella has returned to her alma mater, Melbourne University, as a public policy fellow, the university has announced.
Ms Mirabella, who lost her Victorian rural seat of Indi to independent Cathy McGowan at the September election, begins the part-time post immediately, according to a media statement released by the university on Wednesday.
In December, the Abbott government appointed Ms Mirabella to the board of the government-owned naval shipbuilding firm ASC Pty Ltd.
Ms Mirabella said in media release that she was excited to be joining the university, where she studied law and commerce.
"I hope to be able to impart some real life experience about politics," she said.
"It's one thing looking at 'Politics 101', it's another thing to look at how things actually operate."Mrs Mirabella will be involved in all aspects of public life at the University, including delivering lectures, holding seminars, contributing to workshops and assisting students.
The Head of the University's School of Social and Political Sciences, Professor Adrian Little, said securing Mrs Mirabella has been a real coup.
"Sophie's experience in public policy and deep understanding of politics will be invaluable."
"We all look forward to her insights and contributions while at the University."
Mrs Mirabella is a former President of the Melbourne University Liberal Club and Vice-President of the Australian Liberal Students' Federation.
The University's only other dedicated Public Policy Fellow is Nicholas Reece, a former senior adviser in the Bracks/Brumby and Gillard governments.
The story Sophie Mirabella appointed public policy fellow at Melbourne University first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.