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.

Joann Cattlin 16/06/19  IAD DCA  JFK New York  Other
Sophie Rudolph 16/06/19
Mildura Teaching
Stephen Dinham 17/06/19 MEL SYD MEL Sydney Conference
Russell Cross 18/06/19
Mahtab Janfada 19/06/19 MEL HKG Hong Kong Conference
Pauline Thompson 19/06/19 MEL SYD MEL Sydney Teaching
Bernadette Murphy 22/06/19 MEL ASP MEL Alice Springs Other
Lisa McKay-Brown 23/06/19 MEL BNE MEL Brisbane Conference
Larissa McLean Davies 23/06/19 MEL DXB MAD FCO DXB Rome Conference
Shiralee Poed 23/06/19
Jim Watterston 24/06/19
Lynda Ball 29/06/19 MEL PER MEL Perth Conference
David Clarke 29/06/19 MEL PER MEL Perth Conference
Catherine Pearn 29/06/19 MEL PER JNB PER MEL Johannesburg Conference
Terry Bowles 30/06/19 MEL DXB CDG Paris Other
Scott Cameron 30/06/19 MEL PER MEL Perth Conference
Esther Chan 30/06/19 MEL PER JNB PER MEL Johannesburg Conference
Victoria Millar 01/07/19 MEL ZQN MEL Queenstown Conference
Jan van Driel 02/07/19 MEL ZQN MEL Queenstown Conference
Sue Mentha 03/07/19 MEL CBR MEL Canberra Conference
Nicola Yelland 03/07/19 MEL CBR MEL Canberra Conference
Leo Goedegebuure 04/07/19 AMS LCY AMS London Other
William Locke 05/07/19 MEL DXB LCY DXB MEL London 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.

Volunteers required to be first aider or warden

MGSE require volunteers to be floor wardens and first aid officers for the Kwong Lee Dow (234 Queensberry St) and 100 Leicester St buildings. These positions are vital for the health and safety of all staff and students working within the building. First aiders provide initial emergency treatment and life support for people suffering injury or illness. Wardens assist in evacuating people in an emergency situation.

Lists of first aiders and wardens are affixed near elevators. Currently our Emergency Assembly area is Lincoln Square South.

Free training is provided and the skills learned can be applied at home or in the community. RHD students can also volunteer as long as they are regularly studying on their floor.

We are seeking volunteers to become wardens and first aiders in the following locations:

100 Leicester St

  • Level 2: One first aider and one warden
  • Level 6: One First aider
  • Level 7: Two floor wardens

Kwong Lee Dow Building

  • Ground floor: One warden

Please contact James Vassilopoulos, MGSE OHS Coordinator if you are interested in volunteering.

Theodore Fink Education Endowment

The Theodore Fink Education Endowment has $8,000 available in 2019 to support a seminar concerned with historical or comparative studies of Australian education. Funds can be used to support speaker travel costs, fees and seminar running costs. Please note that the seminar must be held in Melbourne and be called “The Theodore Fink Memorial Seminar in Australian Education”. Interested academic or professional staff can contact Pian Zhang to obtain the application information sheet and application form. Applications close at the end of June.

Vice-Chancellor's inaugural address to the University

Professor Duncan Maskell, Vice-Chancellor will present his inaugural address to the University from 4.45pm on Tuesday 18 June in the Old Quad, Parkville.

A limited number of tickets are available, please register early to avoid disappointment.

9035 8836

2018 Social Inclusion Barometer

The University’s Social Inclusion Barometer reflects social inclusion indicators and benchmarks for students and staff.  The Barometer also identifies key equity and inclusion initiatives that work to advance our diversity goals.

The primary measures of performance reported in the Barometer are participation share, success rate and retention rate.  We compare our data with both the Group of Eight (Go8) and Victorian university data.  The data has been drawn from the most recently published data available from the Department of Higher Education and Training as well as our own internal data.

Currently, the University’s high priority areas for students are:

  • Indigenous students
  • Low Socio-Economic Status (SES) students
  • Regional and remote students
  • Students with a disability

The University’s high priority areas for staff are:

  • Indigenous staff
  • People with a disability
  • LGBTIQ community
  • Female representation

If you have any questions, or to request a hard copy, please contact Fleur Hickman, Chancellery (Academic) on 9035 4734.

EOI Assessment Reform - Learning and Teaching Initiatives Round 2

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) announced in late May that applications are now open for Round Two of the Learning and Teaching Initiative (LTI) grant.

MGSE has decided to apply for one major Assessment Reform Project for the whole School. This project is intended to drive major assessment reform that will lead to change in our practices, processes and systems. We are interested in your suggestions as to how systematic assessment reform can be applied to:

  • Clusters of subjects, groups of subjects (specialisations) or whole programs
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate subjects
  • The design and implementation of alternative assessment approaches
  • Summative assessment towards more developmental and continuous approaches to assessment
  • Adapting more peer based and student-centred assessment
  • Digital assessment methods

MGSE is also keen to include names of academic staff who are interested in participating in this project. Please provide the areas of assessment expertise/interest you will bring to this project.

The Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) will consider all suggestions and incorporate into the MGSE application. Please email your suggestions/interest to participate in this project to Leonie Benson (Manager, Learning and Teaching)  by Tuesday 18 June at 12pm.

For more information on this project refer to the LTI website which includes guidelines and the application forms.

Intensive and online subject -
Learning and Teaching Initiative Round 2

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) announced in late May that applications are now open for Round Two of the Learning and Teaching Initiative (LTI) grant. This email is inviting applications for Categories 1 and 2 only:

Category 1: Development of intensive summer and winter subject
Category 2: Development of ‘signature’ online subjects

Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the LTI website:

MGSE has prioritised the following projects for this round of funding. Please note all must correspond directly to FlexAP activity streams:

  1. Core subjects, especially those that are interdisciplinary, or offered across a range of courses
  2. Development of subjects that will be delivered intensively in summer or winter
  3. Development of 100% online subjects

Some ideas for suitable projects are:

  1. Subjects that support the change to Part Time mode for the Master of Teaching
  2. Electives where the change to delivery mode would result in increased enrolments
  3. Developing the ICAS as an online subject
  4. Subjects that target specific cohorts eg. Principals, leading teachers

The Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching must endorse all MGSE projects as part of the application process.  Please email your completed application to The deadline for final submissions to MGSE will be Tuesday 18th June at 12 noon.

All endorsed applications will be uploaded by the MGSE Office of Learning and Teaching by the deadline of Friday 21 June 5pm.

Further information on this round of funding can be provided by Leonie Benson (Manager, Learning and Teaching) via email  or phone ext. 442085.

UoM Major Events calendar listing

The External Relations team have created an internal-facing calendar listing for major and high-risk events to help all colleagues identify what's happening, where and who to contact. All staff can access this calendar via the SharePoint site.
Data in this calendar has been provided by faculty and division event/marketing managers. If you have an event you would like included, please contact your faculty/division representative. If you have any feedback or questions relating to this, please contact:

Semester 1 Subject Experience Surveys (SES) is now underway

The Subject Experience Survey (SES) for Semester 1 is currently underway and will close on Sunday 9 June. During this period, we ask staff to support and promote the SES to students. The University aims for a minimum response rate of 50 per cent for each subject. Materials to help with survey promotion are available on the SES website. More

The Melbourne Dental Clinic (MDC)

MDC has three services - two are student based with clinical specialist supervision and the third service is a private practice with fully qualified, registered and established dentists. Fees for the Student General Dental Service and Student Specialist Dental Service are broadly set at 20 per cent less than the average Australian Dental Association's published annual fees (ADA Average Rate). Graduate students are in their final year and are supervised by fully qualified, registered and experienced dentists. We also offer a Private Practice where fees are set at standard Melbourne metro rates and are generally less than the ADA rate. MDC also offers an additional 5% discount (totalling 25% off) for staff and student based services.

Make an appointment today
Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5.00pm,
Level 1, 723 Swanston Street.
More information:
Book by phone on: (03) 9035 8402.

Get your eyes checked on campus and receive 25 per cent discount

The UM eyecare clinic caters for all eye and vision care needs and is conveniently located on campus at 800 Swanston Street. UoM staff and their immediate family members can receive a 25% discount on UMeyecare services, glasses and most contact lenses. Staff can book an appointment that fits around their work schedule by calling 9035 6666. UM eyecare has a full range of spectacle frames, spectacle lenses and contact lenses to suit all budgets, and can handle acute eye problems such as significant red eye or infections. The clinic has all the latest equipment to assess vision and ocular health, and we can also advise patients on myopia management. More information:

Bookings: 9035 6666

2019 Professional Staff Conference

The 2019 Professional Staff Conference to be held on Thursday 19 September, is an enjoyable and interesting full-day, staff-led event, bringing together committed and motivated individuals to share skills and transfer knowledge. Now in its fifth year, the conference aims to encourage the exploration of best practice, reporting of project outcomes, sharing of new trends and opportunities while engaging staff through motivational and creative practice. Delivered within a project framework, the conference focuses on broadening networks and collaboration across the different campuses of the University while contributing to the sustained excellence of services supporting learning, teaching, research and engagement at the UoM. Registration and program details to follow. Contact Debra Menser for any enquiries.

2019 MGSE Results Submission dates

Results are due to by the following dates:

Mid-year: Monday 1 July
End of year: Monday 25 November 2019.

Non-standard subject results, (e.g. Summer, Term 1, Term 4): within 20 days of the end of the assessment period.  Check handbook for assessment end date.

More information about results can be found on the 2019 MGSE Result Information document or on the MGSE intranet.