Dean's report

Dean Jim Watterston

Welcome to the new MGSE newsletter which will arrive in your inbox every second Wednesday (with the deadline for content the previous Friday). The newsletter combines the former MGSE News and What's On in a new format, bringing you more news from across the Graduate School.

Talking Teaching

As announced last week, I was very pleased to be able to launch Talking Teaching, a podcast series developed and produced for the Melbourne Graduate School of Education by our Honorary Enterprise Professor, Maxine McKew and MGSE staff members Kerry Elliott and Sophie Murphy.

I encourage you to tune in, and note that the podcasts will be released in the first week of every month and will address a wide range of issues and interviews with specialists.

Deputy Dean office location

Helen Cahill has jumped right in as Deputy Dean, and I’m delighted to confirm that Helen will be using Office L.908 here in the Office of the Dean on Level 9 for undertaking these duties.

Professor Farrell's new office

Professor Lesley Farrell will be relocating as an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education. She will work in the Melbourne CSHE with other researchers on related projects that intersect with her interests including new workforce requirements, ongoing and post-secondary education to support a new workforce, and the role of digital technologies in education. She will continue to work with MGSE colleagues on these issues, supporting collaboration between MCSHE, the broader MGSE and the university. She will also be active in providing support for the Centre’s significant number of doctoral students. While she will now be on the main campus, I look forward to continuing to work closely with Lesley.

Workshops for Academic Supervisors

We continue to make good progress on the development of a revised supervision structure for academic staff.

The development of an initial workshop for prospective supervisors is well advanced, and the details for this will be confirmed shortly. I encourage all academic staff to get in touch with their current supervisor and their colleagues and keep the conversation going about what we want from our academic supervision model.

The Smith Family

As many of you will be aware, The Smith Family is an outstanding organisation that makes a significant difference to the lives of many Australian families and to young people in particular. The University has held a formal partnership with The Smith Family for several years, which has previously been hosted by the Social Equity Institute. The hosting of this agreement is now transitioning to MGSE, and MERI will take the lead in enabling this most valuable partnership.

A range of opportunities are being explored to re-establish existing connections and make some new ones – if you have an interest in joining in sooner rather than later then I encourage you to get in touch with Matt Smith in MERI in the first instance.

Jim