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.

Maree Conway 14/09/18 NTL SYD Sydney Teaching obligation
Carroll Graham 14/09/18 SYD PER SYD Perth Conference
Bruce Bonyhady 17/09/18 MEL CBR MEL Canberra Meeting
Stanley Koh 17/09/18 MEL BWN SIN BWN MEL Singapore Teaching obligation
Lil Ang 17/09/18 MEL BWN SIN BWN MEL Singapore Other
Matt Smith 18/09/18 MEL HBA MEL Hobart Conference
Vernon Crew 20/09/18 ARM SYD BNE SYD ARM Sydney Teaching
Peter Hill 23/09/18 ABX SYD MEL Sydney Conference
Suzanne Rice 23/09/18 MEL SIN MEL Singapore Other
Peter Hill 05/10/18 MEL ABX Albury Other
Russell Cross 01/11/18
MEL SYD MEL Sydney Teaching obligation
John Polesel 11/11/18 MEL SCL BOG SCL SYD MEL Bogata Other
Joseph Lobianco 30/10/18
Los Angeles
Jim Watterston 17/11/18 MEL SYD PEK SYD MEL China Conference


Today is R U OK? Day. A place where asking the question “Are you ok?” can really work is in the workplace. As employers or staff, we can all create a culture where people feel confident asking and answering this simple yet important question. Besides our legal responsibility of providing a safe and healthy workplace, these conversations can make a real difference to staff going through a tough time.

For resources and practical tips on how to have this important conversation, visit the R U OK website.

Online training for staff – Supporting student mental health

Counselling has developed a new 40 minute online mental health training module for University staff to assist them in supporting students experiencing mental health problems. It is particularly useful for academic staff who haven’t undertaken any mental health related training and contains clips of academics talking to students, getting advice on how to deal with concerning issues, and discovering who and which services can provide assistance on campus.

Visualise Your Thesis 2018

Congratulations to PhD student Hugh Gundlach who received second prize in this year's Visualise Your Thesis competition. Hugh's thesis is entitled 'Nature and Nurture – What schools need to know about retaining teachers'. Well done to Hugh who produced an extraordinary amount of work while dealing with many challenges to produce his entry.

Hugh's entry can be viewed in the Visualise Your Thesis website.

Universitas 21 Scholarships for Professional Staff

Congratulations to Joann Cattlin, Project Manager from the ILETC Project who has been recognised for her outstanding performance. The scholarship she has been awarded provides development opportunities for recipients and benefits the University through the advancement of its administrative and management practices. By receiving the scholarship Joann will be able to develop her expertise, pass on what she learns and strengthen links with other institutions.

Read more about the scholarship.

Academic promotion Level B and C

Congratulations to the following colleagues who have been promoted to Levels B and C.

The following staff now have the position title of Research Fellow (Grade 2):

  • Nafisa Awwal
  • Dr Rebekah Luo
  • Dr Babak Dadvand

From the beginning of this month the following staff have had the position title of either Senior Lecturer or Senior Research Fellow:

  • Dr Kerry Woods
  • Dr Marnee Watkins
  • Dr Julie Choi
  • Dr Tan Chyuan Chin
  • Dr Gavin Slemp.

Update to technology support

Over the coming weeks our Information Technology support arrangements for a number of teaching spaces and meeting rooms in both 100 Leicester St and the Kwong Lee Dow Building will be updated, to enable access to the standard support model provided by the Infrastructure Services team in University Services.

The onsite directions for contacting technical support will also be updated as part of these changes: a series of new support ‘stickers’ and other signage will be clearly displayed in these venues, to include the following details for:

  • For Learning spaces call: 834 40777
  • For IT and facilities support call: 834 40888
  • Logging a ticket via the Services Portal:
  • A life threatening emergency call: 000 and then University Security 834 46666

This approach to support is now in place across the majority of the university, and gives MGSE staff and students access to a level of support that works to a 5 minute on-site support model where over the phone or remote support is not possible. An extensive network of support staff is also available from 7.30am-7.30pm weekdays, and 9.00am-5.00pm weekends (excluding University holidays and announced closures).

University of Melbourne's Pilot Crowdfunding Project

The University of Melbourne has launched its first crowdfunding platform FUNDER@Melbourne last week. The platform will give researchers an opportunity to ask for financial support more widely from the community. It has become increasingly evident that researchers and students are looking to use this method of fundraising to support their projects, with Advancement receiving a steady number of enquiries over the last 18 months.
In 2018, the University is trying out crowdfunding as a way of continuing to raise financial support for great research and innovative ideas. Visit the FUNDER@Melbourne website to learn more about the projects which have been chosen for the pilot.