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.

Elizabeth McKinley 18/09/19 TOS LHR  United Kingdom  Research
Maree Conway 18/09/19 MEL SYD MEL Sydney Other
Vernon Crew 19/09/19 ARM SYD ARM Sydney Other
Gosia Klatt 22/09/19 MEL SIN DXB MXP Italy Teaching
Jenny Chesters 26/09/19 MEL SIN AMS FRA Germany Conference
Shiralee Poed 29/09/19 MEL HKG ORD USA Conference
Fiona Young 29/09/19 SYD MEL SYD Sydney Research
Sue Arney 1/10/19 MEL PER MEL Perth 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.

Checklists for travel and off-campus activities

The following checklists/templates are available for risk management of excursions. They are designed to be used as tools to think about the potential risks and possible prevention methods and solutions if they occur.

  1. The Low Risk Metropolitan/Regional excursions document is a one-page checklist that can be used for excursions like going to the MCG or for visiting regional locations like Ballarat or Geelong
  2. This document is a template for excursions to remote areas of Australia
  3. This final document is a template for international locations.

All the documents can be filled out and edited as needed and then need to be signed by the user. Contact James Vassilopoulos if you have any queries about how to use and edit these templates.

High risk travel

High risk staff travel (deemed by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advice to be DO NOT TRAVEL or RECONSIDER NEED TO TRAVEL) needs to be approved by the Dean. MGSE student - High Risk travel - needs to be approved by the Registrar based on advice from Safer Communities.

It is also important for Supervisors/Managers to assist in assessing and controlling the risks, and to approve the completed risk assessment.

More information can be found on the Travel and off campus page.

Book Emirates for your chance to win

Book any Emirates economy class ticket with UniTravel between Sunday 1 September and Monday 30 September to go into the draw to win one of five one-way business-class upgrades. There are four upgrades available for travel to Europe, and one to Singapore. Upgrades will include lounge access and complimentary chauffeur-driven transfers where applicable. Travel must commence before 31 January 2020. All bookings must include an Emirates Skywards number. Emirates Skywards is free to join. For any enquiries:

MGSE Functional Review

Drop-in information sessions

From next week there will be two drop-in information sessions for professional staff:

Session 1 Tuesday 24 September 3.30pm - 4.30pm KLD Q219
Session 2 Thursday 26 September 1pm - 2pm KLD Q219

Anonymous feedback

In addition to giving staff the opportunity to ask questions directly at each session, staff can take an anonymous Qualtrics survey, where you can submit your questions online. Feel free to send these through up until midday on Monday 23 October, with submitted questions to be answered in each of the drop-in sessions.

Q&A document to be updated shortly

An updated version of the Question & Answer PDF on the MGSE Functional Review page will be available soon.

Canvas Migration Survey

Subject Coordinators are invited to complete the first step by taking a very brief Migration Questionnaire by Wednesday 14 October. The questionnaire will:

  • Identify/confirm subjects for which you are the Subject Coordinator
  • Indicate the version of your existing Blackboard subject/s to use as the source of creating your subject/s in Canvas, and when it would be suitable to make a copy of the subject/s
  • Choose your preferred week to meet with the team for a migration consultation.

For more information please refer to the following announcement from the Project Evolve and Learning Environments teams.

Reimagine Education Awards

Congratulations to Dr Joanne Blannin who has been longlisted for the Reimagine Education Awards for her submission Personalising Online Learning through Chatbots as Virtual Learning Assistants in the ICT Tools for Learning and Teaching Award Category.

The longlist is passed on to 150 judges for shortlisting who evaluate submissions between 16 September  - 11 October. Shortlisted applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission via email at 11.59pm Friday 11 October.

Updates to the University's privacy policy

The University's privacy policy has recently been updated to incorporate compliance provisions relating to the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Commonwealth Notifiable Data Breaches scheme (NDB). For any enquiries contact

Ballots closing Friday 20 September

Election of staff member to University Council

The ballot to elect one staff member to University Council closes at 5.00pm on Friday 20 September.

Election of professional staff to Academic Board

The ballot to elect two professional staff members to Academic Board closes at 5.00pm on Friday 20 September.

For any enquiries contact:

Open Day survey winner

Congratulations to Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, Jeanne Marie Iorio who won the draw for the MGSE Goodie Bag after completing the 2019 Open Day Survey.

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.

Install the new desktop sustainability calendar

The new desktop sustainability calendar is now available for Windows. The updated calendar allows users to navigate between months to view upcoming sustainability events. To install:

  1. Open 'Software Center'. You can search for this program in your Start Menu.
  2. Type in 'Sustainability Calendar 2019 v3' in the search bar and tick the checkbox once it appears
  3. Select 'Install selected'. Your desktop wallpaper will then update to the new Sustainability Calendar!

This feature is not currently available for Mac users. For an enquiries contact:

Seeking teaching staff and clinical specialists

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship course is entering a new phase with a two-year course now being offered to interns, from November 2019.

We are looking to build a team of teaching staff and clinical specialists to support interns in their first and second years of the course.

Subjects that are taught in the course include: Connecting and Engaging Students, Evidence-based Learning & Teaching, Learning and Teaching Contexts, Language, Literacy and Numeracy, Learning Area subjects and Developing Clinical Practice.

The course commences with the first intensive in November, 2019 and runs for four weeks before the Christmas break and two weeks after. Subsequent intensives are five days in duration and occur in the second week of the July school holidays 2020, January 2021 and July 2021. Work in 2019 will be treated as part of the 2020 teaching load.

If you are interested in teaching in this program or providing ongoing and frequent support as a clinical specialist, please contact the course coordinator, Merryn Dawborn-Gundlach

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) appointed

Professor Michael Wesley has been appointed to the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Wesley is an expert in international affairs who has worked in higher education, government and the private sector and will bring global experience and strategic thinking to lead our international activities.

One of our focus areas is to take a ‘working together’ approach and build partnerships with key universities, industry and governments around the world.

Professor Wesley is currently Professor of International Affairs and Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. He has published on Australian foreign policy, Asia’s international relations and strategic affairs, and the politics of state-building interventions.

Professor Wesley was the Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU, the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Director of the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University, and Assistant Director-General for Transnational Issues at the Office of National Assessments. He has a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews.

Professor Wesley will commence on 18 November.

Student Art Prize 2019

The Student Art Prize is a $1500 prize to be awarded to a student of the University of Melbourne. Through a University-wide open call, students are asked to submit an image in response to the curatorial prompt “the future will only contain what we put into it.”
The artwork will be reproduced as a temporary vinyl billboard and presented on the east wall of the Peter Hall building. Applications will be considered from individual artists and collectives. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applications will be judged by the selection panel according to the selection criteria.
For more information and to apply, visit the New Student Precinct website.

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.