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.

Carmelina Mesiti 08/08/19 MEL DXB FRA PRG MXP Prague Conference
Hernan Cuervo 11/08/19 MEL DXB CPH Denmark                 Conference         
Lisa McKay Brown 17/08/19 MEL BNE Brisbane Conference
Russell Cross 19/08/19 MEL SIN HKG PVG China Teaching
Yin Zhang 19/08/19 MEL SIN HKG PVG China Teaching
Jan van Driel 21/08/19
Joe Lo Bianco 22/08/19 MEL SYD Sydney Meeting
Vicky Millar 22/08/19 MEL DXB FCO Italy Conference
Jim Watterston 22/08/19 MEL BNE Brisbane Conference
Dina Uzhegova 24/08/19 MEL DXB AMS Netherlands Conference
Pam Robertson 25/08/19 MEL SYD MNL Philippines Other
Hilary Slater 26/08/19 MEL SYD MNL Philippines Other
Louise Young 26/08/19 MEL SYD Sydney Conference
Helen Stokes 27/08/19 MEL DXB HAM Germany Conference
Liz McKinley 29/08/19 MEL DXB HAM LGW London Research
Pauline Thompson 30/08/19 MEL DXB HAM MAN United Kingdom Meeting
Alexandra Johnston 30/08/19 MEL DXB HAM Germany 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.

2019 Open Day staff briefings

The University's annual Open Day will take place on Sunday 18 August, an important event in the University's calendar that showcases both our Master of Teaching and Professional Development courses.

There will be two event briefings for all staff working on Open Day (18 August) to ensure you are prepared. You are only required to attend one of the briefings:

Briefing 1
Friday 9 August
Time: 12pm-1pm
Location: Q102

Briefing 2
Date: Wednesday 14 August
Time: 10am-11am
Location: Q219

For more information visit the Open Day page on the MGSE intranet.

MGSE Staff Dialogues

The third round of MGSE Staff Dialogues will start from next week. If you wish to add this to your calendar please visit this page.

StaffDateTime Location
Kwong Lee Dow Building Level 1
Professional Staff Tuesday 13 August 3pm Q101/102
Early Career Academics Wednesday 14 August 3pm Q101
Mid-Career Academics Thursday 15 August 3pm Q101
Professoriate Friday 16 August 11am 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.

As the Dean is away next week, John Polesel and Keryn Negri will attend the dialogues and report to Jim when he is back on deck.

Chief Operating Officer Portfolio

Phase 1 of the three-year Enabling Operational Excellence (EOE) program ended on Thursday 1 August with the implementation of the new Chief Operating Officer Portfolio (COO-P). Organisational information for the COO-P is now available on the Staff Hub. More information on the EOE program can be found on the Strategy and Planning page.

Filming on campus

If you receive requests from external parties wanting to film anywhere on campus, the University's Filming on Campus website is a great resource. It covers all a film crew/student need to know about using the campus as a backdrop for filming activity. Please remember there are processes and protocols that need to be followed when external parties come on campus, including TV and film crews. If you receive a request to film in your building or on the grounds, please check in with the Filming Coordinator via: if the request is for fictional purposes, and with the Media team if your request revolves around research or documentary-type activities

UoM major events listing

The UoM Marketing and Communications team have created an internal-facing listing for major & high-risk events to help all colleagues identify what's happening, where and who to contact. All staff can access this calendar via the Sharepoint site. Data in this calendar has been provided by faculty and division event/marketing managers. If you have an event you would like included, please contact your faculty/division representative. If you have any feedback or question relating to this, please email

Join UoM's LGBTIQA+ Ally Network

The University is committed to diversity and inclusion, to do this we recognise that empowering our staff and students is critical in the University's ability to continue to foster a diverse and inclusive institution by firmly and publicly showing that we value the diversity. To support our endeavours, we are inviting all staff and students to become members of the University-wide staff and student LGBTIQA+ Pride in Action Network. The purpose of the network is to contribute to building and promoting a supportive and visible inclusive culture where diversity is celebrated. The network contributes to the University's diversity and inclusion agenda by connecting with staff and students who identify as LGBTIQA+, allies and supporters, to create opportunities to engage, share information and foster an inclusive and supportive workplace and campus. Register via this form. For more information about the Network visit the Pride in Action Network page.

Join the UoM all staff orchestra

Join the inaugural All Staff Orchestra by registering today. The Orchestra welcomes staff from all faculties and departments within the University, whether casual, part-time, full time or honorary. We will come together to create and encourage community, and build our networks and relationships through music. There will be six rehearsals and a performance on Tuesday 3 December. Complete an expression of interest or for more information contact:

John and Eric Smyth travelling scholarship

Srinivas Manchikanti and Rhiannon Simpson are the joint recipients of the prestigious John and Eric Smyth Travelling Scholarship for 2019.

Each recipient will receive $45,000 annually for two years. Srinivas will be studying a Master of Public Administration at London School of Economics, focusing his studies on the international comparison of best practice policy to reduce segregation in countries with significant school choice and selection, and the implications for Australia. Rhiannon will be studying her PhD in Music Education at The University of Western Ontario under the supervision of Professor Ruth Wright, a significant, international figure in the area of sociology in music education and engagement of marginalised students in music. Rhiannon’s studies will be focusing on students who have demonstrated behavioural/truancy issues within disadvantaged public schooling systems, something informal music programs have been shown to influence positively.

Both recipients will be collaborating with MGSE on part of their research and will be recognised at the 2020 MGSE Awards.

Applications for the 2020 John and Eric Smyth travelling scholarship will open in September this year.

Green impact recycling initiative

The MGSE Go Green team has set up a waste collection station at the front counter of the Kwong Lee Dow Building. Anyone in the area can drop off a range of items to be collected and repurposed:

There is an out of hours trug where items can be dropped when the front counter is closed. Kwong Lee Dow building hours are 7am-8pm on weekdays and 8am-5pm on weekends.

Universitas 21 Scholarships and Fellowships now open

The Universitas 21 (U21) Scholarship Scheme provides awards of up to $12 500 to UoM professional staff to undertake a management development activity across U21 institutions. The Scheme is designed to encourage visits and exchanges of key professional staff across participating institutions.

The purpose of the U21 Fellowships for academic staff is to recognise outstanding teaching performance, provide development opportunities for the recipients and benefit the University through the advancement of its quality of teaching and learning. Successful Fellowship applicants will receive an award of up to $12 500.

Applications for both of these programs close at 12.00pm on Monday 12 August, details are available from the Melbourne CSHE website. More information:
Enquiries: Nina Grange | 8344 1121

Melbourne Law School Tax Clinic

The Melbourne Law School Tax Clinic will be providing free tax assistance to unrepresented taxpayers in semester 2. The clinic will be staffed by Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor students who will work under the supervision of a dedicated clinic supervisor and volunteer tax professionals. The clinic is open to all taxpayers. Please visit for more information and to apply for assistance. Enquiries:

UoM Psychology Clinic

The UoM Psychology Clinic provides low-cost, high-quality and accessible psychological services to students, staff and members of the public. Services include clinical psychological assessments and treatments, neuropsychology services and educational psychology services. The UoM Psychology Clinic is located on Level 2, 138-146 Cardigan Street, Parkville. For enquiries or to make a time to see a psychologist, please contact the clinic: (03) 90355180 |

Book United Airlines to USA and win

United Airlines is offering the first 30 travellers to book a return United Airlines ticket between Australia and the USA a complimentary upgrade to Economy Plus along with a one time use United Club pass. Bookings must be made in August with UniTravel for any travel dates. The Economy Plus upgrade will be offered on the flight departing Melbourne to Los Angeles or San Francisco. In addition, two bookings will be randomly selected for space available upgrades to United Polaris Business Class. Read the flyer For more information contact Gareth Payne

LMS readiness for the Second Half Year

LMS checklist - Tips for getting started

Be prepared for the start of the Semester with this quick reference list.If you do not have access to a 2019 subject you will be coordinating this second half year, please contact Jeni Rasche and she can assign an LMS coordination role for you. Please note that any staff member with a coordinator role in LMS can assign staff roles to other staff members.

Canvas at MGSE

In the next few weeks staff who have yet to move to Canvas can attend Spring Cleaning sessions. The migration of current subjects into Canvas is now planned in three stages and subject coordinators will need to clean up the BlackBoard subjects where possible, before the migration occurs.

The Spring Cleaning sessions are:

Morning - Tuesday 13 August 9am - 10.30am Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 5, Q508 Media Lab
Afternoon - Tuesday 13 August 1.30pm -3pm 100 Leicester Street, Level 9, Room L915
Morning - Thursday 22 August 9am - 10.30am Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 1, Q101 
Afternoon - Thursday 22 August 1.30pm - 3pm Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 1, Q101

Staff are invited to attend one of these informal sessions and work through a checklist that will help you streamline, clean up and remove any content you don't want to transfer over to Canvas. The sessions are 90mins long, but you are welcome to attend for as long as you need/want.

There is no obligation to attend a Spring Cleaning session, however, your preparation now may help your move to Canvas later in the year.

Review of subjects for 2020 Handbook delivery

Subject and Course coordinators are asked to review their subject details in the Handbook, and submit any required changes for 2020 delivery.

Submission deadlines are Wednesday 31 July or 28 August. The 31 July deadline must be met for new Electives, new MGSE Breadth subjects, Subject Title changes, and Assessment and / or Intended Learning Outcomes for compulsory or specialisation core subjects.

Contact Christine Eckhardt or on ext. 43774 for an approval form and information on the approval process.

Assessment reminder

There are two policies: Double Marking and Review of Assessment of Student Work 

1. Double Marking: this only applies when a student will fail a subject. If a student will fail a subject due to failing a particular assessment task, then this task should be double marked.

2. Review of Assessment: students can request that their mark be reviewed, but this is not an automatic right. It is helpful in this process, to avert student queries and concerns, to provide comprehensive information about the assessment and marking process for the subject on the LMS and/or via a subject guide, and when assessment is discussed during the subject.

A) if a student believes they have just cause to request a review of a result, they should do so to the Subject Coordinator in writing within 10 business days after the publication of the results for the assessed item – with a rationale that explains why they believe a review should be conducted. An adequate and reasonable justification for why a result should be reviewed does not include merely gaining a second opinion on their result – this would be a request for double marking, which only applies in the specific circumstances outlined above.

B) The Subject Coordinator and the Course Coordinator together act as the Board of Examiners in making decisions related to a student request for a review of assessment.

C) If a review is deemed appropriate then the Subject Coordinator should make sure that the nature of the concern is understood and this should be used as the basis for checking the mark and comments e.g. checking aggregation of marks, use of rubric, that the comments provide adequate feedback, etc. Following this check, the Subject Coordinator (with the knowledge of the Course Coordinator) should advise the student of the outcome and, if required, make any adjustments to the mark and/or provide additional feedback on the assessment task.

D) If a student is not satisfied with the consultation provided by the Subject Coordinator and Course Coordinator (the Board of Examiners for this subject), the student has the right to appeal as per the appeal procedure . If the student appeal concerns academic judgment, then the student should put their case in writing and send this to the MGSE Associate Dean Learning and Teaching. If the student appeal concerns procedural matters, then the student should address their appeal to the Academic Registrar after reading the Student Complaints and Grievance policy. In this circumstance it would also be helpful if the student informed the MGSE Associate Dean Learning and Teaching.