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.

Patrick Soo


MEL CAN HKG MEL ChinaMarketing/Recruitment
Tan Chyuan Chin10/04/19 MEL OOL MEL Gold Coast Conference
Kathy Racunica10/04/19 MEL OOL MEL Gold Coast Conference
Fazal Rizvi18/04/19 MEL DUB LHR  United Kingdom Conference
Joe Lo Bianco27/04/19 MEL SYD MEL BME Broome Conference
Peter Woelert27/04/19 MEL PER MEL Perth Research
Maree Conway28/04/19 MEL SYD MELSydney Teaching

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.

EOI Executive Assistant

Administration Officer, Zane Kingi, has been successful in securing a 12 month secondment with the MGSE People & Culture team commencing shortly.  With Zane’s secondment, a vacancy exists for a 3-month secondment for a capable Executive Assistant in the Office of the Dean supporting both the School Executive Director and Deputy Dean. This role will be for a 3 months to enable a review of the position to occur to ensure we have the right support structure in place. Expressions of interest from interested MGSE staff are sought. Download a copy of the position description.

The Executive Assistant will work closely with both the School Executive Director and Deputy Dean and other key academic and professional staff leaders to provide high-level administrative and secretarial support.  This roles presents a fantastic opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment with a diverse group of academic and professional staff colleagues.

If you have the skills and experience to perform in this role, please send an Expression of Interest in the form of a one-page statement addressing the selection criteria and CV (up to 4 pages) to the MGSE HR inbox.  Applications close Friday 5 April at 5pm. A selection process will follow shortly thereafter.

For further information about the role, please contact Keryn Negri, School Executive Director or 8344 1285.

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 outcomes

The results of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 assessment have now been released by the ARC. The overall score for Education. (Field of Research code 13) of the University of Melbourne is 5 (=Well above world standard), especially since only 2 out of 39 Australian universities have received this maximum score. This means that we have maintained our top score from the last assessment in 2015.

The three domains within Education were assessed as follows:

1301Education Systems4
1302Curriculum and Pedagogy5
1303Specialist Studies in Education4

We are the only university that scored 5 on Curriculum and pedagogy; no university scored higher than 4 on Education Systems.

This document lists the scores of the University of Melbourne on all disciplines, both at the 2-digit and 4-digit Field of Research levels.

If you are interested to compare the scores of the University of Melbourne on Education with those of other universities, please follow this link:

Enterprise Agreement approved

On Wednesday 20 March the University received confirmation from the Fair Work Commission that the UoM Enterprise Agreement 2018 was approved. The Agreement has come into effect as of last week on Wednesday 27 March 2019.

The University has worked on updates to a range of university systems (primarily to payroll and associated HR systems) which will be introduced as part of the implementation of the new Agreement. Importantly, the retrospective salary adjustment and backpay will proceed on the pay date due this week, Friday 5 April 2019 for fixed term and continuing staff and the pay date due Thursday 11 April 2019 for casual staff. More information.

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

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

New Learning Management System (LMS)

As you may be aware, the University is moving to a new platform/software for our LMS, the new software is called Canvas. Canvas offers a wider range of interactivity than our current Blackboard LMS and will be much more accessible on portable and mobile devices. Canvas is widely used at other tertiary institutions and has a strong history of being a stable and easy-to-use platform.

Jo Blannin will be the main contact for the University team leading the introduction of the new LMS. This University team are called ‘Project Evolve’. 

The project team will be providing a lot of support to ensure we are able to take full advantage of Canvas.

Note about the timeline:

  • A pilot of Canvas will run with 10 MGSE subjects in Semester 2, 2019.
  • Program coordinators will be working with Subject and Course Coordinators to invite 10 subjects to be a part of the pilot for Canvas at MGSE. Download information about the pilot study in this 2-page overview.
  • All subjects will use Canvas in Semester 1, 2020.

New Research Hub - Research in Effective Education in Early Childhood (REEaCH)

The REEaCh Hub has been formed in 2019 as part of the Early Childhood Cognate Group. The Hub’s activities will involve research projects, engagement with the early childhood education sector, and creating a community of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) researchers and students from within MGSE.

Therefore, researchers  and RHD students with an interest in ECEC are invited to be part of our network. REEaCH plan to have regular meetings for ECE RHD students - to discuss their projects and support each other’s work. We will also organise and host an ECE Seminar Series for staff and students and will advertise these events through the MGSE news. If you would like to be part of REEach's mailing list, please contact Lisa Murray.

New lecturer joining MGSE

Dr Sean Kang will be joining MGSE as a Lecturer in July. Sean received his Phd in Cog Psych from Washington University (supervisors including Kathleen McDermott, Henry Roediger), and is currently Assistant Professor in the Dept of Ed at Dartmouth College.

His research interests include: Human learning and memory: Applying cognitive science to education; Effects of testing on long-term retention; Distributed / spaced practice; Effects of guessing / errors on later learning; Metacognition and strategic learning; Effects of interleaving on category learning: and Visual word recognition.

Conference season is coming

As many staff travel regularly to conferences in Australia, and across the world, it is important that we present a consistent look in our presentations.  

By doing this we create a memorable image of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and our place as part of the University of Melbourne. This helps in building the reputation of the Graduate School and assists people outside of the Graduate School to understand the breadth of our work.

The latest University Powerpoint templates and versions of the logo are available to download from the Intranet.

The new MGSE video is also available to download or embed in your presentations if you would like to use it.

New process for ordering design and print

As of Monday 1 April staff will be able to order design and print services using the new order management software, PrintIQ (no need to fill in a jotform). All you'll have to do is log in with your UoM login to place your order, and you'll now be able to see your order history. The Design, Print and Merchandise team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have:

Dental care for staff and students at the Melbourne Dental Clinic

Comprehensive, accessible and unique dental care is available for both staff and students at the Melbourne Dental Clinic (MDC) located near the corner of Grattan and Swanston Streets. Conveniently located in a world class facility, MDC offers a 'one-stop-shop' with all of the dental specialties available in the one location. All dental services are delivered by our post-grad students and supervised by leading dental specialists and dental general practitioners. Fees are discounted for all UoM staff and students - no referrals necessary.

Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5pm
Level 1, 723 Swanston Street, Carlton.
Book by phone: (03) 9035 8402. More information:

MGSE Excellence Awards - Call for nominations extended

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education will confer awards to recognise excellence in Teaching, Engagement, Research and Professional Staff in 2019, and nominations from MGSE staff are now open.

The following awards are available:

  • Engagement Excellence Award
  • Professional Staff Excellence Award
  • Teaching Excellence Award
  • Research Excellence Awards:
    • Early Career Research Excellence Award
    • Mid-Career Research Excellence Award
    • Mentor Excellence Award
    • Research Partnership Excellence Award
    • Research Supervision Excellence Award
    • Research Excellence Award
    • Research Leadership Excellence Award
    • Distinguished Research Award

Guidelines for making a nomination for each award together with nominations forms are available on the MGSE Intranet.

Electronic applications must be submitted by COB on Monday 8 April to

Awards will be recognised at the 2019 Awards Evening on Tuesday 4 June.

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 Helen Godsall 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.


UoM joins global management education alliance

The UoM joins seven of the world's leading business schools to form the Future of Management Education Alliance, the first collaboration of its kind in the business education sector. The Alliance will launch a new digital learning platform that combines faculty expertise with cutting-edge technology to meet growing demand from students and executives for a more flexible, bespoke and globally accessible study experience. Set to revolutionise business and management education, the Alliance will enable partner schools to enhance the student experience through complementing face-to-face learning with experiential and online learning methods. Full details on the Staff Hub.

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.

MGSE Annual and Triennial Academic Performance Review

The Academic Performance Development Review (PDR) process is now due to commence.  Academic staff are now invited to complete either an Annual or Triennial Performance Reviews online via Academic Careers @ Melbourne in accordance with established processes.

You will have approx. 3 and half months to complete the process and all Annual and Triennial Reviews should be completed by 30 April 2019.

If you have not done so already, can you please commence discussions with your staff/supervisor.

The People & Culture (P&C) team will also be holding drop-in sessions if any staff or supervisors need additional assistance; dates and times to be advised.

For assistance, please see the details below,

To access Academic Careers @ Melbourne

  • Log in to the HR Services Portal 
  • Click on 'HR Applications' and follow the links to the Academic Career dashboard of your choice.

How to Guides are located under Performance Development Framework, located here including:

  • How to Guide for Academics
  • How to Guide for Supervisors and Department Administrators
  • Find answers to your questions by viewing the Frequently Asked Questions


Contact HR Assist using the General Enquiry form or phone +61 3 9035 4000 (option 1.1)