Executive Director's Report

MGSE Strategic Plan Update Newsletter

Following the launch of the Strategic Plan earlier in September, I am keen for all staff to be regularly updated as we progress the delivery of our key priorities in MGSE.

From next week we will commence a monthly update newsletter on achievements, highlights and key initiatives of our ongoing strategy in each of the six priority areas. Rossella Lo Conte will support members of MGSE Executive who will lead work in each of these areas. Rossella’s work will include the coordination and alignment of our strategies, and progress reporting to MGSE staff through the monthly newsletter. For any enquiries or feedback, please contact Rossella.

Capital Works in 100 Leicester Street

I am pleased to advise that a capital proposal for building works at 100 Leicester street has been confirmed by University Executive. The capital proposal will allow for a modest reconfiguration of work areas throughout the building, with a view to enabling outcomes including the co-location of staff in our new Academic Cognate Groups. Limited details are available at this early planning stage, noting staff will be consulted as part of the planning process.

Research Review

The MGSE Research Review is currently underway with a primary intent of uplifting support for and enabling improved outcomes in academic research. A focus through the review will be providing improved opportunity for career fulfillment and advancement for academic staff, including new support programs.

Accessibility Update

An accessibility upgrade has recently concluded on Levels 6 and 9 of 100 Leicester Street, with the installation of automatic doors improving access for these floors including the accessible bathrooms. The upgrade has been generously supported by the University with co-funding from the School and the Melbourne Disability Institute (located on level 6).

The automatic doors operate through pressing a button for entry and egress, or via an authorised swipe card (for secured doors), with the doors swinging open and closed automatically. To prevent wear to the mechanism please use the buttons/swipe rather than manual force on these doors.

Working with Children Check

Victoria’s Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 has been amended, and the Victorian Child Safe Standards now apply to universities. In order to ensure a safe environment for children and meet the University’s obligations under the Standards, the University is introducing measures for staff to provide a declaration and obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) to align with checks to take place as set out in the policy.

The University has identified the following areas most likely to include direct, ongoing contact with children, which will fall within the scope of this important initiative:

  • Academic Teaching and/or Research (as agreed with faculty)
  • Childcare and Pre-school Services (already subject to WWCC requirements)
  • Student and Academic Services
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Other specific positions as identified.

Employees (with the exception of casuals) in identified positions will soon receive an email explaining in greater detail the process and requirements.  Employees will also be provided assistance through the process, and the University will cover the application fee for the WWCC, so no current employee is out of pocket. If you receive this notification please follow the instructions to record your WWCC with the University. Queries on the process can be directed to HR Assist in University Services.

Quarterly Conversation Forums

Please note the dates and times Staff Conversation Forums commencing with the Professional Staff group tomorrow.

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