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.

Joanne Blannin 04/09/19
New Zealand
Elizabeth McKinley 08/09/19
United Kingdom 
Michael Kirley 09/09/19 SXF TXL CDG MAN United Kingdom Meeting
Pauline Thompson 09/09/19 SXF TXL CDG MAN United Kingdom Meeting
Gosia Klatt 11/09/19 MEL BNE MEL
Amy Gullickson 13/09/19 MEL SYD MEL Sydney Conference
Stanley Koh 13/09/19 MEL KUL SIN TGG Malaysia Teaching
Fazal Rizvi 14/09/19 MEL SIN HEL LHR IAD BWI  USA Meeting
Emily Qing 15/09/19 MEL SYD
Joann Cattlin 17/09/19 MEL ADL MEL Adelaide Conference
Mary Leahy 17/09/19 MEL SIN KUL Malaysia Teaching
Maree Conway 18/09/19 MEL SYD MEL Sydney Other
Vernon Crew 19/09/19 ARM SYD ARM Sydney Other
Jenny Chesters 26/09/19 MEL SIN AMS FRA Germany Conference
Shiralee Poed 29/09/19 MEL HKG ORD USA Conference
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.

Pocket Guide for International Travellers

The University has created a resource for staff who undertake overseas travel:

1.The Pocket Guide contains important information and relevant emergency contact numbers. Please note the section on “Travelling with Electronic Devices” as it provides some important advice to prevent data loss or theft, device hacking and identity theft.

2.The University has partnered with Healix International to support employees travelling on University business. Healix offers a single point of contact for travellers and provides global and real time advice and support during emergencies or crises.

It is important that all staff travelling for University business are familiar with the above and aware of emergency contact numbers and support available, in the event of an incident.

If you have any questions please contact UniTravel.

MGSE Functional Review

The MGSE Professional Staff Functional Review is now in Stage 2, with a Change Proposal for the professional staff structure endorsed by MGSE Executive and available for consultation.

Staff can access the Change Proposal via the intranet. 

The period of consultation on the proposed changes commenced on Tuesday 3 September, and staff input and feedback is welcome.  The process for providing the feedback is included on the Intranet site in the Change Proposal.

Academic promotions to Level C

Congratulations to the following staff will have the title of Senior Lecturer or Senior Research Fellow:

Dr James Waghorne Melbourne Centre for Study of Higher Education (MCSHE)
Dr Jenny Chesters Youth Research Centre (YRC)
Dr Jo Blannin Science and Maths Education Cognate
Dr Jon Quach Centre for Program Evaluation (CPE)
Dr Kathryn Coleman International Centre for Classroom Research (ICCR)

Australian Financial Review Higher Education Award

Congratulations to Dr Tan Chyuan Chin and the Centre for Positive Psychology who have been awarded the Australian Financial Review Higher Education Award for Community Engagement. This Award aims to recognise strategies and initiatives that bring together students and external communities or community groups in a way that delivers significant and demonstrable benefits to both – and contributes meaningfully to the educational and social goals of the Higher Education sector. In receiving this award, the Centre was recognised for its development and success of The Well-Being Profiler – a measurement and reporting service developed for schools to examine the well-being of their students from ages 10 to 25 years old.

This award celebrates the Centre for Positive Psychology’s commitment to working with the community in understanding and improving youth well-being.

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

LMS to Canvas

Movement of all Learning Management System (LMS) subjects to Canvas for 2020 has been approved by the Executive Directors of each Faculty/School. A staged plan will move subjects into Canvas, and staff will be supported through the process with professional development workshops and consultations. The approach will involve three transition windows to ensure the student experience is as consistent as possible, avoiding any prolonged period where students are required to use two different LMS. More

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Student Life appointed

Professor Kerri-Lee Krause has been appointed to the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Student Life at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Krause has extensive experience in the higher education sector and will bring exceptional vision to our University. She is an expert on the contemporary student experience and higher education quality standards.

Professor Krause will lead our approach to an improved student life across the University and her appointment follows the recent endorsement of our Student Life White Paper and our ambition for a new Melbourne student experience.

Students are at the heart of our University and everything we do must shape and deliver a better experience for them today and into the future. We want to offer students the very best experience on our campuses and encourage and nurture them so that they are able to interrogate knowledge in productive ways and to help them grow into the leaders of tomorrow.

Professor Krause is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Professor of Higher Education at La Trobe University and is recognised nationally and internationally for her contributions to higher education research and policy. She is Deputy Chair of the Higher Education Standards Panel. Prior to La Trobe, Professor Krause was Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at Victoria University and was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Western Sydney. She has a Master of Arts and PhD in Education from Macquarie University.

Professor Krause will commence on 2 December 2019.

A strategy for undergraduate student life

Earlier this year the University released the Belonging to Melbourne Green Paper, which identified several areas in which the student experience could be enhanced. The Green Paper focused on issues such as students’ sense of belonging and engagement with the University, and the support provided for making curriculum and co-curriculum choices and, ultimately, successful study outcomes.

During the Green Paper consultation process over 1,000 staff and students provided feedback and attended forums. There was overwhelming endorsement of the new attention being given to the issues affecting students.

University Executive has now endorsed a strategy for undergraduate student life. The Student Life White Paper describes the ambition for a new Melbourne student experience and makes a series of commitments to deepen the relationship between the University and its undergraduate students.

Expressions of Interest - Melbourne Reconciliation Network Committee

Expressions of interest are now being sought for the University's Melbourne Reconciliation Network (MRN) Committee. The MRN was launched during National Reconciliation Week to allow academic and professional staff at the University and in affiliated organisations to connect and share information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, programs, events, activities and research. The purpose of the Committee is to provide practical support in the management and communication within the Network. Applications close end of August.
Enquiries: Karen Davis or call 8344 1417

Hosting an event with an Indigenous theme?

If you're one of the many staff around campus who host events with content that relates to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, when you 'submit an event' on the University's event webpage, could you please include the word 'Indigenous' in the tag field (before including any other tags you want to feature)? This field is pretty low down the page, coming after 'Other information' and just before you upload the event image. When the 'Indigenous' tag is added, the event will automatically load to the University's Reconciliation website
Enquiries: Gabrielle Murphy or call 9035 4152

Coffee cup recycling

Disposable coffee cups cannot be recycled at the University, most cups contain a plastic inner layer that is too difficult to separate in the recycling process. Be sure to put yours in the red landfill bin. Visit the Sustainability website to find out more, including how to avoid disposable coffee cups altogether.

Branded templates available on the Staff Hub

Staff Hub houses a range of branded templates for use by all staff across marketing, communications and teaching materials. These templates include the latest PowerPoint, email signature and Word templates (reports, agendas, signage and name tags etc). Be sure to bookmark this page and share these resources with colleagues - and check back often for updates. You can also find MGSE templates available for download on the MGSE Staff Resources and Communication page.

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.