MGSE staff news

Who's travelling?

The following MGSE staff will be travelling soon. If you have colleagues, potential RHD scholars, prospective students, events, or opportunities in or near the locations that they are travelling to, you are encouraged to get in touch with these staff directly to explore the potential for collaboration.

Megan Collins12/10/18MEL AUH RUH AUH MELAbu DhabiOther
Lorraine Graham16/10/18
Buenos Aires 
Patrick Soo16/10/18MEL NRT ITM HND MELJapanMarketing/Recruitment
Julie Mcleod18/10/18MEL LHR MELLondonOther
Russell Cross19/10/18MEL NRT SYD MELJapanMarketing/Recruitment
Joseph Lobianco30/10/18
Los Angeles
Russell Cross 01/11/18
MEL SYD MEL Sydney Teaching obligation
Cisilia Goh2/11/18MEL SYDSydneyUndertake research
John Polesel11/11/18MEL SCL BOG SCL SYD MELBogataOther
Jim Watterston 17/11/18 MEL SYD PEK SYD MEL China Conference

Quarterly Conversation Forums

These forums are intended as an opportunity for regular dialogue between staff and the executive, to discuss the issues that are important to you, and to hear from you directly about the Graduate School and our work together. The Quarterly Conversation forums will be diarised as one hour events, but otherwise with an informal agenda driven by the MGSE staff cohort. The forums may build on discussions which led to our revised Strategic Plan, or other issues of importance to you.

The forums will be separated into specific groups in order to discuss issues which are relevant to these particular areas. The regular Dean’s and Staff Forums for all of Faculty communications will continue as usual. The dates for the new forums are:

Professional staffThursday 25 October 9.15 - 10.15amUniversity Boathouse
Mid-Career Academic staffMonday 29 October 2-3pmKwong Lee Dow Building, Arts Studio, Level 5
ProfessoriateWednesday 31 October 4-5pmDean's Boardroom
Early-Career Academic staffThursday 1 November 10-11amKwong Lee Dow Building, Arts Studio, Level 5

Change of date: Vice-Chancellor's Roadshow visit to MGSE

Due to a change in our new Vice-Chancellor's schedule, Duncan Maskell will now visit MGSE on Thursday 1 November in Q230 from 11am - 12pm. As  the date of the Vice-Chancellor’s visit is very close to the Dean’s Forum scheduled on the 24 October 12-1pm, this forum will be cancelled.

MGSE TV - Open Day

Did you know that MGSE has its own TV studio? Located on Level 4 of the Kwong Lee Dow Building, the Studio is the hub for a number of rooms wired for high quality audio and video data capture. Originally developed and funded by the Science Of Learning Research Centre Project, and managed by the International Centre for Classroom Research (ICCR) Technicians (Cameron Mitchell and Reggie Bowman), the room and technical team are now servicing MGSE teaching and research staff in various projects.

Rooms attached to the facility include the Q417 Classroom, ICCR Computer LAB and all of Studio 5 including art, music, and drama studios. In addition to these hard wired facilities, the technical team also specialise in fieldwork with dedicated, custom built solutions for teaching, research or PD material production. Recent work includes Department of Education Training Videos, Master of Teaching materials and teaching seminars, Research Platform Training videos, Lecture Filming, and promotional videos.

The studio will have an open day on Monday 12 November, in the TV Studio located on Level 4, Room Q418. Further information about the services and facilities can be found on the ICCR website.

For all enquiries please contact Cameron Mitchell

Academic Women in Leadership Program 2019

This Leadership Program is one of several strategies aimed at addressing women’s under-representation in higher level academic appointments and on key policy, decision making and governance bodies. This remains an issue of strategic importance to the University.

As potential participants are required to speak with the Dean to gain endorsement for their application,  applicants are asked to arrange a meeting by  Monday 19 November at the latest to enable MGSE to assess all applications and ensure they are submitted by the official close date of Monday 26  November.  Please also ensure you speak with your direct supervisor prior to finalising your application.

If you have any questions about the program or the process, please contact the Program Manager, Julie Eastman via email or call ext 44159. Alternatively you can contact the Dean directly.

Employee Agreement 2018

The University (UoM) has now settled the remaining drafting issues arising from our quality assurance review of the document with the NTEU. UoM would now like to seek employee approval of the proposed agreement through a confidential employee ballot.

It will be an online ballot conducted by Cirrena IVS (CiVS) and will open from Wednesday 17 - Monday 22 October. Staff will receive further information including your unique PIN and User Number directly from CiVS, prior to the ballot commencing. This information will enable you to lodge your vote online or via SMS.

To assist your understanding of the proposed agreement visit the Bargaining page on the Staff Hub to find the following resources:

  • The full Agreement
  • The summarised explanatory document
  • Material referred to in the agreement.

For any questions, please speak to your HR Manager or email:

Casual Tutor Recruitment System (CTRS)

MGSE is trialling a new recruitment tool for casual teachers called the CTRS for the 2019 academic year.  This best practice recruitment system will allow for easier and more efficient administration of our casual teaching process and will assist MGSE to provide high quality teaching for our students.

The CTRS Project Team is communicating with our existing casual staff informing them of this new system and asking them to register their details online.  In addition to our existing casual staff, an advertising campaign has commenced so that we can proactively build a pool of suitably qualified casuals teachers for MGSE. Please alert your networks to these upcoming casual opportunities and encourage them to register online and apply for roles as they become available.

Demonstrations of the CTRS for academic staff will be held late October - please attend at least one of these sessions.

If you have any questions regarding the CTRS please contact Terri Hanlon, HR Consultant on ext 54853 or email

Deputy Chair - MGSE Human Ethics Advisory Group (HEAG)

Congratulations to Associate Professor Tricia Eadie who has been appointed as Deputy Chair in the MGSE Human Ethics Advisory Group (HEAG), following the recent retirement of Professor Susan Wright. Tricia will act as Chair until the end of 2018, due to the study leave of the current Chair, Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick.

Tricia brings a wealth of experience in ethics, across both research and professional committees. She has acted as both a reviewer and committee member of Human Ethics advisory groups at University of Melbourne in the Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) faculty and in the MGSE. Prior to that, she was a member of the Ethics Board for Speech Pathology Australia. This work, and her experience in research with very young children and in Indigenous communities, has allowed Tricia to think broadly about ethical issues in research and become deeply aware of particularly sensitive consenting and cultural issues.

Reasonable adjustments in the workplace questionnaire

Chancellery HR, in conjunction with researchers from MDHS, is seeking to better understand the accessibility and use of reasonable workplace adjustments at the University. A reasonable workplace adjustment is defined as a necessary alteration to the workplace environment or working arrangements of an employee. This can include, but is not limited to ergonomic adjustments, permanent, long-term/chronic or short-term/temporary disability or injury, either physical, non-physical or both.

As such, we are undertaking this University-wide survey until Friday 19 October to further understand what staff experiences are of the accessibility and use of such adjustments. This questionnaire will help our understanding of current needs, practices and gaps across the University. We have heard from over three hundred staff already and are particularly keen to hear from more academic staff. The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and is anonymous.

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