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.

Jon Quach 17/10/19 MEL SYD MEL Sydney Conference
Fazal Rizvi 17/10/19 LHR GVA LHR Switzerland Conference
Jim Watterston 19/10/19 MEL SYD PVG China Conference
Chi Baik 21/10/19


United Kingdom

Kate Coleman 24/10/19 MEL DXB FRA CPH Denmark Conference
Joe Lo Bianco 24/10/19 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 its 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.

Wellness Week - Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

October is WorkSafe Health and Safety Month. The Health and Safety Services team is hosting an event highlighting the importance of a healthy diet and mental health on Thursday 17 October. Fresh apples and mandarins will be handed out together with key information on mental health, and ways to achieve a healthy diet.

There will be a Healthy Dinner Recipe Competition (including prizes), and all diets are welcome! For more information and to enrol in the competition visit the Healthy Mind, Healthy Body page. More information and registration for the event are listed on the Health and Safety page. For an OHS Enquiries email

How well does meditation work at work?

A free meditation course for UoM staff will start on Monday 21 October for a period of six weeks. The sessions are every Monday during lunchtime from 1pm - 2pm. The benefits of meditation for workplace success can be divided into two main categories - a set of techniques that help us solve the fundamental and most common challenges at work. These include our ability to manage stress, produce creative solutions, build relationships, become effective communicators and so on. The second category of benefits is more deep-rooted and long-lasting. As we meditate and establish a meditation routine in our lives, we develop innate abilities through the overall improvement of our subtler being that influences our personality traits and abilities.

Contact to make a booking.


The University is introducing a new student timetabling system (formerly class registration) for 2020 called MyTimetable. The system will be open to students from Monday 11 November, with the release of the University timetable and Handbook and the opening of re-enrolment period.

There will be two main University timetabling allocation timelines for the first half year:

  1. SUM/JAN/FEB subjects – preference entry from Tuesday 26 November to Monday 9 December, review and adjust from Wednesday 11 December
  2. SM1/YRL/MAR/APR/MAY subjects – preference entry from Tuesday 26th November to Monday 3 February, review and adjust from Monday 10 February

Note that different dates apply for most of our MTeach cohorts – alternative timelines for each are available in the schedules posted on our website.

Key Points for Academic Staff

  • Students will now register into all their first half year subjects prior to and at the start of the year (rather than a month before subject commencement), so we’re being encouraged to make as few late changes to subject timetables as possible
  • There are firm guidelines informing the timetable allocation process, especially relating to MTeach timetabling, so all student queries and class swap requests should please be directed to our team at We ask that teaching staff please not approve any class changes without contacting our team, as we need to ensure all changes align with MGSE guidelines.
  • Our MTeach programs have alternative timetabling timelines to the rest of the University. We will be emailing all MTeach candidates from Monday 28 October and have our alternative schedules for each MTeach cohort available online.
  • Students can find more information about MyTimetable on the MGSE website, and on the University website. Further information for staff is available in this fact sheet and through the Staff Hub, on the Preferential Class Registration Project page.
  • Subject Coordinators will now have the option to generate class attendance and photo lists for their subjects themselves through the MyTimetable system – more details to come.

Reminder to have your say on the Strategy 2030 Discussion Paper

Don't miss the opportunity to provide feedback on the Strategy 2030 Discussion Paper. Your responses will help shape a final strategy that will express the University's priorities over the next decade. You can provide your feedback via the Strategy 2030 webpage within Staff Hub or by sending an email to: Submissions for will close Thursday 31 October.

Review of the Melbourne Declaration

Following the public written submission process and consultation events held across Australia on the Review of the Melbourne Declaration, an Exposure draft of the Declaration on Education Goals has been developed and the Education Council is now seeking final input from stakeholders about the goals and aspirations for educating Australians into the future.

Visit the Education Council website to access the draft Declaration and provide any final feedback. Submission for feedback on the draft will close Friday 25 October 5pm.

For more information about the review visit the website or email

2019 Governor of Victoria Export Awards

The University of Melbourne has been named the Victorian Exporter of the Year at the 2019 Governor of Victoria Export Awards. The University also won the International Education and Training category.

The Governor of Victoria Export Awards (GOVEA) are the most prestigious export awards in Victoria. Rewarding the state's most successful and innovative exporters with the stamp of international success, a GOVEA gives your business recognition in local and international markets. Celebrating a milestone 40th anniversary, the 2019 GOVEA awards will span 13 categories with an additional two Victoria only Awards.

In addition to the University’s far-reaching international engagement, the UoM application highlighted The Inclusive Education and Sustainable Learning program in Ecuador, led by Professor Lorraine Graham– to illustrate the importance and ‘on the ground’ impact of its work as an education exporter.

Canvas 2020 Migration

Subject coordinators would have received an email from the Migration team that asks them to complete a short survey. The survey asks a few questions:

  • Which subjects you need migrated in the first batch of migrations
  • Where you want the content to be taken from (if you have multiple versions of the subject)
  • Whether you are the correct Coordinator for 2020 or who is
  • When you would like to meet with a Migration Support Assistant to work on your new subject.

In order to have the Melbourne Graduate School of Education subjects ready for complete migration to the new Canvas LMS in time for teaching from Semester 1, 2020 onwards, we need your support with responses to our Migration Questionnaire.

So far, only 53% of subject coordinators at MGSE have responded to this questionnaire.

This brief questionnaire requires responses by subject coordinators at MGSE by Friday, 18 October 2019.  Responses to this questionnaire will inform the correct migration of subjects in transition windows 1 and 2 (2020 Year Long Subjects (YRL) and intensive subjects to Semester 1, 2020).

Please email Jo Blannin if you have issues completing this survey by the cut-off date.

Expressions of interest - Science of Learning Network 2020

Expressions of Interest are now open to be part of a partnership initiative with the Science of Learning Hub. In 2020 the focus of the Science of Learning Network will be to support schools to build metacognition in their learners. The program will offer a range of online modules, supported with online focus sessions with leading education researchers, consultations and personalised support, to develop teacher understanding of:

  • Metcognition
  • The concept of surface
  • Deep and transfer learning
  • Learning strategies that support effective learning at each stage.

Based on this, teachers can engage students with high level learning strategies at the right time, and teach students when the appropriate time is in learning to access these strategies.

Word on Waste - Victoria bans plastic bags from November 1

Lightweight plastic shopping bags will be banned from retailers across Victoria including supermarkets, greengrocers, clothing stores, restaurants and more from Friday 1 November. Opt for reusable bags made from durable material instead, and keep a couple at work, home and in your bag so you won't forget. Build better bag habits now to make sure you don't get caught empty-handed at the checkout. Visit the Sustainability page for more tips.

MGSE Staff Dialogues

The fourth round of MGSE Staff Dialogues will be held in November. If you wish to add this to your calendar please visit this page.

StaffDateTime Location Update
Professional Staff Wednesday 27 November 3pm 100 Leicester Street, Level 9, Frank Tate Room
Early Career Academics Thursday 28 November 11am Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 5 in music studio Q503/504
Mid-Career Academics Thursday 28 November 3pm 100 Leicester Street, Level 9, Frank Tate Room
Professoriate Friday 29 November 11am Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 1 room Q101

The MGSE Dialogues provide staff with the opportunity to discuss issues informally with the Dean and other members of the Executive.

The agenda is informal and driven by each individual MGSE staff cohort to enable discussions which are specific and relevant for each group.