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.

Nafisa Awwal 12/07/19 MEL SCL AKL MEL New Zealand Conference
Terry Bowles



New Zealand 
Vernon Crew 17/07/19 ARM SYD ARM
Gale Fitzsimons 19/07/19 MEL DXB OPO DXB MEL Portugal Conference
Jason Pietzner 21/07/19 MEL ADL MEL Adelaide Conference
Patrick Soo 26/07/19 MEL SIN KUL SIN MEL Malaysia Marketing and Recruitment
Bernadette Murphy 31/07/19 MEL CNS GOV CNS MEL Gove         Conference         
Jim Watterston 01/08/19 DRW GOV CNS Cairns Conference
Sue Arney 02/08/19 MEL SYD MEL Sydney Conference

Travel advice

A reminder to staff that all University-related travel must be booked in the UniTravel system, which enables the University to fulfil it’s duty of care to staff and students travelling on our behalf. This is particularly important where risk to travellers can escalate quickly, such as in the case of recent advice regarding the risk of travel to Iran.

Booking travel within the UniTravel system also eliminates the need for a travel diary for staff, where the dominant purpose of travel is University business.

Winter Construction News from PTV

During July, major construction works take place across the metropolitan and regional train networks in preparation for the Metro Tunnel, to remove level crossings and upgrade regional lines.

More people will be using roads, tram services and different train lines if their regular journey is disrupted. We encourage you to plan ahead and allow more time for your journey. Avoid the peak if you can and consider alternatives where possible.

Cranbourne and Pakenham lines

Buses replace trains between:

  • Flinders Street and Caulfield from Saturday 6 July to Friday 12 July.
  • Flinders Street and Westall from Saturday 13 July to Sunday 14 July.

Frankston and Stony Point lines

Buses replace trains between:

  • Flinders Street and Caulfield from Saturday 6 July to Friday 12 July.
  • Flinders Street and Moorabbin from Saturday 13 July to Sunday 14 July.
  • Mordialloc and Frankston/Stony Point from 8pm Friday 19 July to Sunday 28 July.

Mernda Line

Buses replace trains between:

  • Thornbury and Epping from 8.30pm Friday 19 July to Sunday 21 July.
  • Thornbury and Mernda from 8.30pm Friday 26 July to Sunday 28 July.

Sandringham Line

Buses replace trains between:

  • Flinders Street and Sandringham from Saturday 13 July to Sunday 14 July.

Route 3/3a, 16 and 67 trams

  • Service changes affect Route 3/3a, 16 and 67 trams from Saturday 20 July to Sunday 28 July.

Ballarat Line

  • Coaches replace all trains between Southern Cross and Ballarat/Wendouree from Monday 24 June to Sunday 7 July.

Gippsland Line

  • Coaches replace all trains for the full journey between Southern Cross and Traralgon/Bairnsdale from Saturday 6 July to Sunday 14 July.

Visit PTV’s website for more information about the disruptions and tips to help you plan ahead during the winter construction blitz.

To find out more about Victoria’s major road and rail projects, visit Victoria’s Big Build.

For information on changes to traffic and roadworks, visit VicRoads.

MGSE Green Impact update and reminders

A quick update on important green improvements MGSE has recently implemented:

  • Mug Station at Mood Food & Refuel
  • Compost bins in the kitchens of KLD Ground Floor, 100 Leicester St level 4 and 9
  • Soft plastic bins (also in the kitchens of KLD-Ground, 100L-L4 and 100L-L9). This is an important improvement for MGSE, because soft or flexible plastics are not recyclable in a commingled bin and is considered contamination. For details about what can be recycled visit this page
  • Richard Sallis won the Zero Waste Competition with the brilliant idea of using reusable and washable beeswax wrap instead of cling wrap.

And a reminder to continue using:

What's on:

Plastic Free July! Challenge one or two of your plastic habits and go plastic free in July!

Call for nominations: Election of MGSE Health and Safety Representative on Health and Safety Committee

There is a vacancy for an elected Health and Safety Representative (HSR) for MGSE to be a part of the Health and Safety Committee, which meets four times a year. If you are interested in the occupational health and safety of your colleagues, please consider nominating.

A HSR is a staff member who has been elected by the members of their Designated Work Group, in this case, the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, to represent them. The HSR provides a way for staff views and concerns about health and safety to be heard by their employer. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (2004) they have a number of powers. These powers include to:

  • inspect any part of the workforce; and
  • issue a Provisional Improvement Notice to fix an OHS issue in the workplace.

The term of office for the position is three years. The Health and Safety Representative is also entitled to attend five days of OHS training.

If you are interested please fill out the nomination form, including details of a proposer and seconder from MGSE. Contact James Vassilopoulos if you are interested in the position but require more information.

Strategy 2030 - have you had your say?

Thanks to all who've provided input into the development of the University's new strategy. Some clear themes are emerging: staff agree that key UoM strengths lie in the power of our brand, central location, and high calibre of our students and academics. There is also some consensus that we need to consider current and projected levels of international student intakes, the siloed nature of business units and faculties, and the imperative of living up to our strong reputation. As for future direction, many point to taking the lead on societal issues such as climate change, improving the student experience, being diverse and inclusive in all our dealings, and maintaining strong links to community with a focus on the common good. You can have your say via the survey until 5pm Friday 12 July.


Academic Rankings of World Universities

The ARWU ranking for education can be found here:

Our scores on the 4 metrics compare as follows between 2018-2019:

2018: Ranking 51-75  
Article Publications: 77.8
Citations of articles: 61.3
Articles with international co-authors: 57.7
Articles in 3 top journals: 0

2019: Ranking 30
Article Publications: 80.5
Citations of articles: 70.9
Articles with international co-authors: 55.9
Articles in 6 top journals: 40.8

MGSE Mid-career women Leadership Development Retreat

This initiative focused on bringing a group of women academics from MGSE to work together and support each other in understanding and developing leadership skills in research, teaching and engagement by developing an intellectual understanding of:

  • the characteristics of leadership qualities expected from women in academia
  • how different these may be from the historical and traditional interpretations of leadership
  • and explore these issues by hands-on application of these understanding through writing.

A short presentation of the Retreat is available on Sway.

Call for submissions open - 2019 Professional Staff Conference

Closing Friday 12 July

The Professional Staff Conference has opened the call for submissions to present at the conference. University staff are invited to explore the theme People - Our Most Important Asset in whichever way sparks creative interest or prompts the flow of ideas.

This year’s Professional Staff Conference will be held on Thursday 19 September at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. This conference takes a #workinginharmony focus through the lenses of Harmony & Success, The Importance of Being Us, Future World and Career Evolution.

Submissions can be based on opportunities you have capitalised on, or innovative ideas you have explored. It can be best practice guidance, case studies, review of a critical project, or discussion of a current 'hot topic'.

If you'd like to know more about the themes or to submit your presentation ideas visit the 2019 Staff Conference page.

Join UoM's LGBTIQA+ Ally Network, Pride in Action

The University is committed to diversity and inclusion, to do this empowering our staff and students is critical in the University's ability to continue to foster a diverse and inclusive institution by firmly and publicly showing that we value diversity. To support our endeavours, staff and students are invited to become members of the university-wide staff and student LGBTIQA+ Pride in Action Network. The purpose of the network is to contribute to building and promoting a supportive and visible inclusive culture where diversity is celebrated. The network contributes to the University's diversity and inclusion agenda by connecting with staff and students who identify as LGBTIQA+, allies and supporters, to create opportunities to engage, share information and foster an inclusive and supportive workplace and campus. Register via this form. Further details:

New Student Precinct

Visit the New Student Precinct page to keep up to date with the project stories, events and much more.

Making it easier to report phishing emails

Many successful cybersecurity compromises are the result of phishing campaigns and making it easier to report suspicious emails is an important part of improving our cybersecurity defences. The Mimecast Outlook plug-in makes reporting a phishing email as easy as two clicks. The plugin will be rolled out to all University-managed Windows computers. You don't have to do anything to install the plug-in, it will automatically install after a restart of Outlook. Mac users can manually install the plug-in from the 'Self Service' application. Solutions are being looked into for Linux users but, for now, those users will have to continue to report phishing emails to: If you have any issues with the installation process, please contact the Service Centre via the Staff Services Portal or call 834 40888.

Compliance update - Victorian Labour Hire Scheme

Do you engage labour-hire workers or temporary labour in your area? The Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Scheme will take full effect on Wednesday 30 October 2019 and requires the University to only engage licenced labour hire providers to avoid significant penalties. To mitigate the risk of non-compliance with the Scheme, University staff are strongly encouraged to use the University's preferred suppliers when engaging temporary labour.

Please contact Legal and Risk for any questions on how the Scheme may apply to you and your work. Compliance Staff Hub page - Labour Hire Licensing Scheme:

Metro Tunnel - Parkville update

A construction milestone has been reached at Parkville, with the completed installation of a temporary acoustic deck over the top of the excavation site that will help reduce construction noise and dust. Stage two excavation continues underneath the deck, currently down to eight metres at the site's eastern end. The third and final phase of excavation is expected to start in late 2019. For a more detailed update:

Video templates available for all staff

A suite of video templates are available for all staff to use when producing videos for internal and external purposes. These templates ensure a consistent brand look and feel across all our communication activities. You can access and download the templates from the Staff Hub. Anyone producing video content for the University should use these templates. Always ask the Brand team if you're not sure.