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.

Russell Cross1/12/18MEL SYD MELSydneyConference
Vernon Crew2/12/18ARM SYD BNE SYD ARMSydneyOther
Maurizio Toscano6/12/18MEL SYD MELSydneyConference

Travel advice

Just a reminder as we head into a time when staff and students may be planning travel to conduct academic research that all travel to countries designated at DFAT’s level three or four require the Dean’s approval. The University has determined to also include DFAT level 2 countries in the Middle East as high-risk destinations for the purposes of its travel approval and escalations, and this travel will also require the Dean’s approval. Staff are required to book all University funded travel through UniTravel. If travel is booked by a third party (e.g. travel is externally funded), staff are required to log the details of their trip using the ‘Log My Trip’ function. A complete travel itinerary for high-risk destinations must be recorded with the approving supervisor before any travel approval is granted. All University-related international travel by graduate research students must be logged via Student1. Here is the latest travel alert issued by the University.

Payroll cut-offs during Christmas and New Year

Please note that while HR will try and clear all payroll processing before the close down for Christmas, they now have to prioritise based on receipt of documentation for terminations and end of contracts received by 30 November 2018.  If you have any late notifications of terminations or resignations, we will end date the record to ensure there is no overpayment but cannot guarantee full processing of the termination pay until the new year. HR will endeavour to process all forms/tickets however cannot guarantee that requests received after the cut-off date will be processed in time for the pay due 28 December 2018, because HR need to finalise pay run early due to Christmas break.

Critical Dates and Cut Offs for Casual Pay-C13 due 20/12/2018

  • Paper cut-off to Payroll Services – 12/12/18
  • Themis Cut Off at 4pm on 14/12/2018

Critical Dates and Cut Offs for Fortnightly Pay –F13 due 28/12/2018

  • Paper cut-off to Payroll Services-14/12/2018
  • Cut Off for fortnightly pay due 28 December 2018– changed to 4pm on 19/12/18 for approval through Themis.

For full amended deadlines/payroll processing dates for Christmas and New Year, please refer to the 2018 Payroll Calendar which can be accessed via the Staff Hub.

Annual Leave Loading

Annual leave loading will be paid to eligible staff in the pay due on 14 December 2018. The maximum annual leave-loading amount is $1,445.30.

Academic procession registrations

A reminder that the MGSE Graduation Ceremony will be held on Saturday 8 December 2018  at the Royal Exhibition Building.  This ceremony will be MGSE only. If you wish to be a part of the Academic Procession please register via the University's graduation page. Registrations close on Thursday 29 November.

You will need to login with your University details and tick the ceremony you wish to attend, including the capacity in which you will be attending.

Further details about graduations can be found on the Graduation Information page.

New email for staffing

We now have a new email address for emails about staffing matters. Please send emails to this address:

This is to help with the management of the many staffing related emails Helen Stokes manages and to make sure no emails are missed. Fletcher and Helen will be the only staff monitoring this email account.

Examples of emails to send to this address would include information about loads, requests for meetings over staffing, questions about work allocations and Casual requests (cc in Stephen Goldstraw as well).

If the staffing matter is something private/confidential that you only want Helen to see please send the email directly to her.

Breastfeeding and family room

MGSE has a family room with breastfeeding facilities. It is located on Level 2 of Queensberry Street.

Celebrating our Diversity and Inclusion achievements 2018

Dr Richard Sallis is currently preparing a report for the UoM highlighting achievements and successes in our Graduate School over the past year in the area of Diversity and Inclusion. If you have anything you’d like to have mentioned in this report, please forward it by COB on Friday 23 November

MGSE End of Year Celebration

The Dean and the Executive Team would like to invite all staff to attend the MGSE End of Year celebration. We would like to thank everyone for their hard work and contribution to MGSE over the last year.

Date: Wednesday 19 December
Time: 1pm - 3.30pm
Venue: Kwong Lee Dow Building, studioFive, Level 5. 
RSVP by Wednesday 12 December 

ACEL Brian Caldwell Research Award

Congratulations to Professor Janet Clinton who has been recognised for her research contribution in the area of educational leadership. In 2018 she led the review of ‘Promoting Evidence Uptake in Schools’ for Gonski 2.0.  Overall, she has led over 140 national and international evaluation and research projects attracting over 15 million in funding. Janet’s evaluation work has been recognised by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the Australian Evaluation Association, the American Evaluation Association and she also received the Butland Teaching Excellence Award for Educational Leadership at the University of Auckland.

Learning and Teaching Initiatives Grant 2018

Congratulations to Daniela Acquaro, Caroline Cohrssen and Harry Galatis for securing a $30,000 grant for their project entitled 'Adapting to teaching in Australian educational settings: A cross-stream innovation'.

Ship for World Youth

The Ship For World Youth is a young leaders training program funded by the Government of Japan aimed at enhancing participants' international outlook and fostering a spirit of international co-operation through the establishment of strong human networks. Melbourne Graduate of Education student Anna Parker who completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) is one of the participants on this training program.

Taking place on the Nippon Maru cruise ship, the Australian delegation will travel to Japan on 15 January 2019 to embark on a six-week journey where participants will live and study alongside each other while discussing global issues and participating in multi-cultural exchange activities. The delegation will travel to Japan, Solomon Islands, Palau as well as two Australian ports: Darwin and Brisbane. We will be joined by delegates from Chile, Ecuador, Greece, Solomon Islands, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu and Japan.

Curriculum and Student Services manager

A new Curriculum and Student Services Manager, Gavin Godlieb, has been appointed and has started this week. Gavin recently worked as the Senior Coordinator, Selection and Admissions for the College of Science, Engineering and Health at RMIT. He has previously held a number of other roles at RMIT including with RMIT Online; Global Enrolment Services; and Student Records teams.

Curriculum and Research Leader

Dr Richard Sallis has been appointed to the new role of Curriculum and Research Leader – Work Integrated Learning.

Richard will take up the role effectively immediately with a 0.40FTE allocation for 2 years.

The role will see Richard leading the clinical teaching component of the MTeach by advancing both the curriculum, and the relevant elements of the program’s plan for demonstrating effectiveness and impact on the teaching profession.

This new role is pivotal in shaping MGSE’s commitment to opportunities that foster and elevate academic careers and facilitate both leadership development and research outputs.

Richard will continue to act in the role of Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion until mid 2019 when Dr Jessica Gerrard returns from leave. He will however, relinquish the Breadth Program Coordinator role – this role will be advertised shortly.

Last chance for First Aid Training

There are only a couple more classes available to complete first aid training in 2018. Staff who are nominated as first aiders have access to this University-funded training. For Provide First Aid (Level 2) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training dates, enrolment and session information, please navigate to the TrainME course catalogue. For more information or for any other queries contact: