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.

Sandra Milligan


MEL PER MEL PerthOther
Fazal Rizvi18/04/19
London Conference
Joe Lo Bianco27/04/19
New York 
Peter Woelert27/04/19
Maree Conway28/04/19 MEL SYD MEL Sydney Teaching
Joseph Connellan01/05/19 MEL ADL MEL Adelaide Meeting
Bernadette Murphy05/05/19MEL CNS GOVGoveTeaching
Gosia Klatt11/05/19MEL DXB BRU WAWPolandMeeting
Victoria Leighton15/05/19BNE MEL BNEBrisbaneResearch
Gavin Slemp17/05/19MLE DXB AMSAmsterdamConference

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.

Train disruptions in April

For the first three weeks of April 2019, major rail works may affect your journey to the University if you travel by train. For more information on affected lines and dates visit Victoria's Big Build page.

University Square Master Plan

Construction of University Square is nearing completion, with a few weeks to go before Leicester Street reopens, and just over a month before the central park is complete. Several recognisable elements from the University Square Masterplan are now complete, such as the Thomas Ferguson fountain on the corner on Leicester Street and Pelham Street.

For more information download the University Square Master Plan bulletin.

For comment and feedback
Belonging to Melbourne: Enhancing Student Life and Success Green Paper

The Melbourne Student Enhancement Project (MSEEP) was initiated by the Provost in 2018. The project was developed to consider the challenges the University and students face in designing and delivering the highest quality student experiences for both students and staff. The overarching aims of the project were to:

  • Interrogate the student experience data available and investigate what constitutes the student experience at the
  • University of Melbourne as well as other institutions;
  • Understand from students what their experiences have been at the University of Melbourne and what options they think would help to improve their experience both inside and outside of the classroom;
  • Develop a vision for student life and test options for implementation that would enhance student life; and
  • Publish a Green Paper for consultation.

Feedback on the Green Paper will be used to inform a series of working groups which will develop a White Paper that will set the vision and strategy for student life at the University of Melbourne.

Green Paper Released

The Green Paper proposes a number of actions for discussion, grouped into themes which reflect the key challenges identified from the research undertaken into our students' experience. The themes consist of:

  • Foundations and belonging
  • Navigating and thriving
  • Readiness and next steps

Feedback on the desirability, feasibility, and likely impact of the options proposed in the Green Paper is now invited, and proposals for options not listed here are also welcome. The Green Paper is available on the Learning, Teaching and Student Life website. Feedback is welcome by 30 April 2019 via email to

Two new Themis Finance capabilities for cross-divisional research

Research Support Staff now have capability to share income on cross-divisional projects and view financial data of child projects.

The new responsibilities that were released on 18 March in the Themis Finance system means researchers:

  • Involved with cross-divisional projects will have an accurate view of their income which will enable them to effectively manage their budgets
  • Support staff no longer need to manually journal income to the correct cross-divisional project
  • Researchers and research support staff will be able to have a holistic view of rolled-up financial information on cross-divisional research projects to facilitate good financial management.

The rebus project has initiated a Finance and HR Workstream to significantly improve finance and HR practices relating to research management processes and systems. Eight capabilities are being developed this year from the pain points identified during the rebus requirements and design workshops.

For more information about the new capabilities please visit the FES website:

rebus Finance and HR Workstream, please refer to the rebus webpage

An initiative against harassment and sexual assault

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Duncan Maskell, speaks for all senior leaders at Melbourne when he says that “unequivocally … we will accept nothing less than a University where all of our students, staff and visitors are respected and safe.” With this important goal in view, the University has introduced an initiative to gather depersonalised data which will help us eradicate these unacceptable behaviours on campus.

This initiative is the Anonymous Register for Inappropriate Behaviour. The Register will shed new light on the experiences of students, staff and visitors, giving those who have experienced bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault and discrimination a simple, unobtrusive way to inform the University about what has happened. Anyone who is or has been a student, staff or visitor to the University can use this form to provide information anonymously about inappropriate behaviour they have experienced or witnessed whilst at the University.

The collated information is published annually on the Respect Taskforce website.

Join the University of Melbourne Staff Choir and Orchestra

This is your chance to join the University of Melbourne Staff Choir and Orchestra! No matter your musical background, department or role, we’re seeking applications from anybody who loves to sing or play their instrument. Whether you sing in the shower, play a bit for fun, or perform regularly outside of your work at the University of Melbourne, we’d love you to apply.

Time Commitment  
The All-Staff Choir will have 6 rehearsals over May/June culminating in a performance on the 21st of June, under the baton of ANCA State President Marianne Rigby Black with works across a range of eras from J. S. Bach to the Manhattan Transfer.

The All-Staff Orchestra will have six rehearsals over November, culminating in a performance on the 3rd of December, conducted by the fantastic Ingrid Martin of VYSO, Crosswinds Ensemble and State President of ABODA, presenting a mixture of works including the stunning Melbourne-based Ed Fairlie’s “A Cloud of Dust and Fire” about the Westgate Bridge collapse.

Both pieces will also feature new commissioned pieces by current Melbourne Conservatorium students.

Applications now open
To sign up, follow the below links and fill out the forms by the Friday 26 April.

Submit an expression of interest for the
UoM Staff choir
UoM staff orchestra

If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to email Alex, choir project manager, or Steph, orchestra project manager.

The University of Melbourne Staff Choir and Orchestra are two new initiatives funded generously through SSAF grants with the primary goal of giving music students music management experience in a professional environment.

Assistant marker policy and process

Please refer to this document which has been endorsed by the MGSE Executive Committee to regulate the process of engaging assistant markers in the MGSE coursework subjects.

Class size policy

Please refer to the Subject and Class size communication document outlining the class size policy which has been endorsed by the Executive.

Access to Springer eBook Collection

Springer eBook titles from 2018 – 2020 will now be accessible via the catalogue. Titles with high levels of downloads will form part of the permanent UoM collection. For any queries contact Mary-Louise Edwards, Education Librarian for MGSE.

University of Melbourne Excellence Awards

The University of Melbourne has a national and international reputation for excellence thanks to a community of highly committed staff. Each year the University celebrates the work of staff at the University through the Melbourne Excellence Awards. These awards recognise the outstanding achievements of academic and professional staff in the key areas of research, teaching, engagement, professional excellence and strategic priorities.

  • The Melbourne Research Excellence Awards, which recognise the outstanding achievements of academic staff in the areas of graduate researcher supervision, team-based research programs and industry-engaged research
  • The Melbourne Teaching Excellence Awards, which celebrate excellence in contributions to teaching and student learning
  • The Melbourne Engagement Excellence Awards, which recognise the achievements of staff in advancing public value contributions and the development and delivery of engaged teaching and research.

The integral work of professional staff is also recognised through the Melbourne Professional Excellence Awards.

Finally, the Melbourne Strategic Priorities Excellence Awards recognise excellence and innovation in priority areas for the University, including internationalising the student experience, enhancing the University's international research profile and impact through key research initiatives, facilitating diversity, social inclusion and equity and providing outstanding mentoring to University colleagues.

Each award includes a trophy and a grant of $10,000. The Bronwyn Jane Adams Memorial and Cornelius Regan Trust Awards are valued at $5,000 each. An award ceremony is held later in the year to acknowledge and celebrate recipients’ success in all University of Melbourne Excellence Awards. Visit the Melbourne Excellence Award page for further information.

Applications close: 12pm Monday 6 May

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.

Strong Women Network - call for mentors

Staff are invited to join the inaugural Strong Women Network - an exciting new mentoring program which will match current women student-athletes with women from our UoM community. The Network will enable women student-athletes to develop crucial leadership and vocational skills, networks and career pathway opportunities through mentorship and professional workshops held at the University. UoM staff with experience in high-performance sport are encouraged to apply. Mentor applications close Friday 12 April. For any enquiries contact Bridgid Junot.

2019 Staff Influenza vaccination - May/June

The 2019 Staff Influenza Vaccination Program is scheduled to commence in May. Further information regarding dates, locations, eligibility and how to book will be available shortly and updates will be available through Staff News, on Staff Hub and the Health & Safety website. For enquiries contact Jo Magdic or call 8344 0897

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.


Save the date - Awards Evening 2019

Please save this date in your calendars, we will be holding the 2019 Awards evening on Tuesday 4 June at the Copland Theatre, The Spot, more information to come.