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.

Michelle Locke 6/02/19 SYD MEL SYD Melbourne Other
Jacob Prehn 6/02/19 HBA MEL HBA Melbourne Other
Melitta Hogarth 6/02/19 BNE MEL BNE Melbourne Other
Carmen Parter 6/02/19 OOL MEL OOL Melbourne Other
Sharon Taylor 6/02/19 NTL MEL NTL Melbourne Other
Barbara Matters 6/02/19 PER MEL PER Melbourne Other
Gemma Barry 10/02/19 MEL ADL MEL Adelaide Other
Kamei Toshiko 14/02/19 MEL BNE MEL Brisbane Meeting
Jane Strickland 14/02/19 MEL BNE MEL Brisbane Meeting
Pamela Robertson 17/02/19 MEL SYD MNL SYD MEL Philippines Other
Terry Bowles 25/02/19 MEL LAX ATL LAX MEL Los Angeles 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.

Associate Professor Jane Page awarded Medal of the Order (OAM)

Congratulations to Associate Professor Jane Page who was awarded the OAM of the Order of Australia (General Division) on Australia Day for service to early childhood education and care.  Associate Professor Page has had a distinguished career in Education. As well as being an inspiration to her students at the University of Melbourne, she has conducted numerous research projects with young children and their educators pertaining to social justice and equity, acted as an advisor to the Victorian Department of Education and the Victorian Assessment Curriculum Authority and been a long-standing council member at Newman College.

Within MGSE and the University of Melbourne she has made a distinctive contribution to advancing equity and diversity in key leadership roles including Assistant Dean (Equal Opportunity) and Senior Sexual Harassment Advisor. She has received international, national and university awards for distinction and leadership in research, teaching and equity and diversity.

Read more on The Sector.

Alumni of the Faculty of Education and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education received the following honours on Australia Day:

Emeritus Professor John Murtagh
Bachelor of Education (Post Graduate)(1965), Bachelor of Science(1958) - Officer of the Order of Australia
For distinguished service to medicine, and to medical education, in the field of general practice, and to professional groups

Ian Watts
Bachelor of Primary Teaching(1967) - Medal of the Order of Australia
For service to the museums and galleries sector

Robert Augusteyn
Graduate Diploma in Education (1975) - Member of the Order of Australia
For significant service to vision science and eye health research

Dr Ian Dickson
Graduate Diploma in Education(1973) - Member of the Order of Australia
For significant service to higher education in the fields of chemistry and the information sciences

Janet Limb
Graduate Diploma in Inter-Ethnic Studies and Education (1980) - Officer of the Order of Australia
For distinguished service to the community through philanthropic support for charitable, social welfare, and medical research groups

Lyn Swinburne
Graduate Diploma in Movement and Dance(1982) - Officer of the Order of Australia
For distinguished service to women's health through advocacy roles, to public health governance, and to the community of Melbourne

Professor Barney Glover
Graduate Diploma in Education(1983) - Officer of the Order of Australia
For distinguished service to tertiary education, to professional associations, and to cultural organisations

Professor Karen Quinlan
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)(1985) - Member of the Order of Australia
For significant service to the visual arts as an administrator and gallery curator, and to higher education

Mark Williams
Graduate Diploma in Education(1986) - Medal of the Order of Australia
For service to the community as a volunteer

Dr Bronwyn Hughes
Graduate Diploma in Education(1988) - Medal of the Order of Australia
For service to the visual arts

Ruth Christian
Graduate Diploma in Mathematical Science (1992) - Medal of the Order of Australia
For service to the community of Geelong

Dr Jackie Watts
Graduate Diploma in Education(1992) - Medal of the Order of Australia
For service to local government, and to the community of Melbourne

Dr Christine Durham
Master of Education (1993) - Medal of the Order of Australia
For service to education

Nicholas Roder
Graduate Diploma in Education(1999), Master of Education (2005) - Ambulance Service Medal
For service to Ambulance Victoria and commitment to clinical excellence and education

Beverley Begg
Doctor of Education (2010), Master of Education (2002), Graduate Diploma in Student Welfare (1996) - Medal of the Order of Australia
For service to education

Dr Elise Klein
Graduate Certificate in University Teaching (2017) - Medal of the Order of Australia
For service to community through a range of social welfare roles

Appointment of Executive Positions for 2019

The candidates for these positions were incredibly impressive from members of the MGSE Professoriate. Congratulations to Professor Lorraine Graham who has been appointed to the position of Associate Dean International and Engagement, and Liz McKinley and John Polesel have been appointed as the two additional members of the Executive Board.

New Breadth Program Coordinator

Congratulations to Dr Gavin Slemp who will be our new Breadth Program coordinator. He will be taking up the position that Dr Richard Sallis has undertaken so capably over the last few years.

Learning & Teaching Manager

Fleur Hickman has been appointed to lead the Learning & Teaching support team until January 2020, during Emily Mackay’s absence on extended leave. Fleur joins us on secondment from the Office of the Provost, where she has worked as Policy & Strategy advisor for four years. Prior to this Fleur has extensive experience in both the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning and the Faculty of Engineering, working across a broad range of roles supporting academic staff, students, and engagement activities. Fleur’s knowledge and skills are a welcome addition to the MGSE team, and she can be contacted at, or ext. 54734. Fleur will commence in MGSE next Monday 11 February.

Gemma Barry from the L&T team will commence a Jawun secondment from 11 February through 22 March, working to advance educational outcomes in a remote indigenous community in far western South Australia. In Gemma’s absence Lucy Bond has joined the team from this week to provide continuity of support for our academic programs.

Contact information for MERI

Matt Smith finished up as the Manager Research and Industry at MERI last week, if you have any enquiries please direct them to:

Supervisors needed: Education Research Design (EDUC90558)

Dr Rhonda Di Biase is currently looking for more people to supervise in the revised subject Education Research Design (EDUC90558).  Please look at the subject design in the handbook.
In this updated version of the subject, students now design a substantial educational research investigation and complete a research proposal as the major task (so do not undertake research). As this subject serves as a pathway to further research, this task has been designed so that it could subsequently be used to inform the development of a PhD proposal.

This is an opportunity open to all academic staff including honorary fellows, research only and sessional staff.

  • For Continuing and Fixed term staff,  these students are often your D Ed and PhD students in the future
  • For Honorary fellows if you are not currently doing other supervisions or other tasks for the Graduate school this could be the task you can do to meet your obligations as an Honorary Fellow.
  • For Research Only and Sessional staff there is a sessional rate available for you to do these supervisions at standard sessional rates. It also provides an opportunity for supervision experience.

If people are interested could you please complete this short survey asap about your areas of interest for supervision and participation in the subject.

If anyone has any queries could they please contact Rhonda Di Biase, the subject coordinator.

Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPP)

The Program provides funding to universities to undertake activities and implement strategies that improve access to undergraduate courses for people from low SES backgrounds, as well as to improve the retention and completion rates of those students. These can include activities and strategies targeted towards low socio-economic status students who are also Indigenous students, students from regional and remote locations, students with disability, women in non-traditional areas or students from non-English speaking backgrounds.

There are two opportunities for funding available:

  1. An internal call for proposals for the use of the University’s 2019 HEPPP allocation of $1.58m, with a deadline of Friday 8 February.  Apply via the university's HEPP Funding Form. Part of the University’s allocation will be used to fund existing programs of work, such as in Murrup Barak.
  2. A Federal call for EOIs to conduct research/evaluation projects under the National Priorities Pool focused on Low-SES students.  The deadline is Thursday 21 February.  If you are interested in this second opportunity, please contact me directly as I will  be liaising with Professor Richard James regarding MGSE bids.

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)

MGSE Policy Taskforce and Working Groups

Throughout October and November 2018, the Policy Taskforce Working Groups reviewed current MGSE policy guidelines relating to learning and teaching, comparing these with University of Melbourne policies. Each Working Group engaged in extensive consultation with key stakeholders across all courses and programs to identify priority policy issues.

On 23 November 2018, the Working Groups submitted their final reports to the Learning and Teaching Committee, including the recommendations reached by each Working Group. These recommendations were considered at the 5 December meeting of the Learning and Teaching Committee. The majority of recommendations (including step-by-step guidelines) were endorsed in principle by the Learning and Teaching Committee, with some recommendations requiring further consideration. The refined draft recommendations will be made available to all staff ahead of the forum so that you can have input before they are finalised.

In the first half of 2019, Phase 2 of the Policy Taskforce will focus on:

1.Providing an opportunity for all staff to provide feedback on all Working Group recommendations before they are finalised, at the Connecting with policy forum, Thursday 14 February 12pm-1pm in Q230. The aim is for this to be a forum, not a lecture – so please come with questions/suggestions ready.

2.Following this forum, questions/suggestions will be further reviewed and incorporated where relevant. Recommendations will then be finalised by the Working Groups and submitted to the Learning and Teaching Committee for consideration and full endorsement.

3.Once endorsed, policy familiarisation sessions will be organised for all staff to access.

4.Policy guidance materials will be published ahead of Semester 2 implementation.

Please note that for all programs, courses and subjects in Summer and Semester 1, the current assessment policy guidelines will apply.

Launch of the Reconciliation website

The University’s recently-launched Reconciliation website is a fantastic new hub and showcase of the University’s commitment to reconciliation. I encourage you to spend time exploring the site.

New Current Student website

The university's Current Student website has had a refresh. The update includes more information about student support services as well as onboarding and enrolment information for our Courses for Professionals students.

In addition to the previous content students can now access  information about:

Learning and Teaching Initiatives

Applications are invited from academic staff for Learning and Teaching Initiative (LTI) grants for 2019.

This round of LTI grants follows the 2018 Planning and Budget Committee decision to fund the implementation of FlexAP recommendations as a strategic, University-wide program of work over five years. From 2019, the supported recommendations will become eight defined activity streams of work.

This call for LTI applications welcomes applications that align to any of the following three FlexAP activity streams:

  1. Intensive, summer and winter subjects
  2. Online subjects
  3. Assessment reform

There will be two LTI rounds in 2019 to accommodate the new program of work generated by FlexAP activity streams.

All applications in this first LTI round of 2019 must respond to one of the above three FlexAP activity streams.

Applications close Friday 15 March 5pm. Visit the Learning and Teaching Initiatives page for more information.