Dean's Report

Staff Professional Day

Tomorrow professional staff from across MGSE will gather at the University’s historic boathouse for a day of strategic thinking, team building and fun. It’s not often in our busy days that we take the time to reflect on what we have achieved and what our priorities are for the future. MGSE’s professional staff is spread across floors and buildings and in a wide variety of roles; this day together will also give us the opportunity to connect and find out a bit more about each other. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the videos each team has made. The day will also mark the first of the new conversation forums I will be running quarterly across MGSE with sessions for early career and mid-career researchers and the Professoriate coming up soon.

10 year anniversary

In November we will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education with a series of events to commemorate this milestone. The week-long program will include masterclasses, workshops and a Golden Alumni morning tea, and the final Dean’s Lecture for the year presented by Professor Lindsay Oades. All of these events give our alumni, donors and our staff a great chance to reconnect and to showcase MGSE.

Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor Lyn Yates

Also in November, we will be honouring the career of our esteemed colleague, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor Lyn Yates, who has contributed so much to MGSE and the University and who is widely regarded as the leading curriculum scholar in Australia. Lyn has also been a generous mentor and supervisor for many and a tireless advocate for educational research. I hope many of you will join me for her retirement celebration on Tuesday 13 November.

Listening and Learning Tour

Lastly, just a reminder that next Thursday 1 November our new Vice-Chancellor Professor Duncan Maskell will be spending some time with us at MGSE. Please make the time to attend this important event (Q230 at 11 am) to both hear from Professor Maskell and to take this opportunity to ask him some questions on his emerging vision for the University of Melbourne.