Diary dates

The new Events Calendar is now live events.unimelb.edu.au. This platform has a new look and functionality, while retaining most of the standard features of the previous calendar. If you are a new user, or haven't already transferred your account over to the new system, you can register as a calendar user via the Events page on the Staff Hub.

New seminar series presented by the Educational Leadership Cognate Group

The Educational Leadership Cognate group invites all MGSE staff to participate in weekly sessions which will include time for discussion. See more information about the Spotlight and Mentoring series below.

Spotlight Seminar Series

The Spotlight Seminar series will be lead by members of the cognate group presenting their research followed by a 30 minute group discussion. Each session runs from 10am - 11am.

The changes we need in education Thursday 3 September Professor Jim Watterston and Professor Yong Zhao


Link between principal leadership and growth in student learning Monday 14 September Dr Pauline Thompson and Associate Professor HelenStokes


Aspiring female leaders Monday 28 September Dr Barbara Watterston


Critical leadership capabilities Monday 12 October Dr Teresa Angelico


Reach for greatness: Personalisable education for all children Monday 26 October Professor Yong Zhao


Leadership, moral courage and ethical behaviour Monday 9 November Dr Natasha Ziebell


Leadership preparation for the future Monday 23 November Dr Daniela Acquaro


Mentoring Seminar Series

Each week an expert panel will present on a different topic which will be followed by time for questions from attendees. Each session runs from 10am - 11am. This mentoring series is for MGSE staff only.

TopicDate Expert Panel/PresenterRegistrations
Researching your practice Friday 11 September Lawrie Drysdale and Helen Stokes


How to make an impact with your research Friday 18 September Professor Yong Zhao and Laureate Professor John Hattie


Cat 1 - 3 Grant writing Friday 16 October Professor Janet Clinton


Navigating gender barriers: Implications for mentoring and progression Friday 30 October Dr Barbara Watterston and Dr Lisa Ehrich


Publishing your research Friday 13 November Professor Yong Zhao, Associate Professors David Gurr and Helen Stokes


Understanding engagement and impact in your narrative for promotion Friday 27 November Professor Helen Cahill, Associate Professor Larissa McLean Davies


Wear it Purple Day 2020

Dates: Friday 28 August

Find out more

The Pride in Action Network has released resources to help celebrate 'Wear it Purple Day'. They have created a zoom background, web banner and social media images.

On Friday 28 August support rainbow young people to feel proud and safe to be who they are.

Education during COVID-19 - A catalyst for change or a retreat to the safety of the past?

Date: Tuesday 1 September
Time: 5.30pm - 6.30pm


Professor Jim Watterston will provide an insight into the state of educational practice during this elongated COVID-19 period and will identify six key challenges that all schools should be currently considering in order to optimise their student performance and outcomes in a post pandemic world.

Launch of Open Days

Undergraduate Open Days: Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 September
Graduate Open Days: Monday 14 - Thursday 17 September

Find out more

MGSE will be hosting a range of online sessions as part of the University's virtual open day experience in September.

Home visiting and early education intervention to support vulnerable children and families

Dates: Wednesday 9 September
Time: 5pm - 6pm


Research evidence from the right@home nurse home visiting program, and findings from a trial of the Early Years Education Program will be discussed.

Dungala Kaiela Oration

Dates: Wednesday 9 September
Time: 6pm


This year's annual Dungala Kaiela Oration will be delivered online by Dr Lois Peeler. Listen to Dr Peeler deliver the oration's theme 'The River is Us - Carrying the Spirit and Strength of Dungala'. Dr Peeler is a proud Yorta Yorta woman and Executive Director/Principal of Australia's only Aboriginal girls' boarding school, Worawa Aboriginal College, and has held senior positions in the community and public sectors. Dr Peeler's diverse public career includes being the first Aboriginal model and first Aboriginal person to work in television, and her experience as a member of the Sapphires, a musical group that toured Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam War, has been celebrated in the award-winning film of the same name.

For more information contact Janice Widdicombe.

Register for the 2020 Professional Staff Conference

Dates: Monday 14 - Friday 18 September


Professional staff can now sign up for the Professional Staff Conference (PSC) keynote sessions, panel discussion and intro/closing sessions, with additional sessions to be added in the coming weeks. Now in its seventh 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. This year's theme is 'Building Resilient Futures', with a focus on building capability and adapting to change. We are excited to announce our two keynote speakers, Hugh van Cuylenburg (co-founder and presenter of the Resilience Project) and Dr Jennifer Gray (CEO of Zoos Victoria). Dates: delivered virtually across 5 days (14 - 18 September), the conference is free for all professional staff from the University to attend.

The PSC will be delivered virtually for the first time in 2020 – this is an incredible opportunity to learn, network and engage with your peers from the comfort of your own home. Learn more about the PSC at the conference website. Send any enquiries to the psc-info@unimelb.edu.au.

Sustainable development goals, climate change and cities symposium

Dates: Wednesday 30 September - Friday 2 October
Cost: $30 AUD
Time: 9.15am


This virtual symposium will focus on providing delegates with practical tools and templates to tackle sustainable urban development issues, in particular those relating to climate change, urban planning and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Symposium will feature interactive workshop sessions, breakout rooms, keynotes and opportunities for delegates to connect across time zones. The Symposium will also showcase cities and their urban partners who are implementing the SDGs.

A key aspect will focus on developing sustainable development solutions with the 10 cities participating in the SDGs Cities Challenge. The symposium is relevant to all government, practice, academia, civil society and industry professionals and students engaged in urban sustainability and the built environment.

Virtual Cuppa - online teaching and learning help sessions

Date: Monday - Thursday
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm AEST


The Virtual Cuppa is your space to share online teaching and learning challenges, find practical solutions, and simplify your working life through partnership and collaboration. The Virtual Cuppa is hosted by Dr Allison Creed, learning designer and organisational coach, with co-host Dr Maxx Schmitz from the Faculty of Arts, Arts Teaching Innovation team.

Join the for a live Q and A with colleagues and industry experts to find solutions to your daily online teaching and learning design challenges. Watch this sample

Recorded live, the Virtual Cuppa engages with the higher education community and industry experts, including special guests in interactive and hands-on teaching and learning design for online and blended delivery. Topics include creating presence when teaching online, innovative language teaching and learning online, career and employability, working remotely and wellbeing, student transition, peer to peer teaching, group/team work, online assessment transformation, and co-creation (design and delivery).

2020 Corwin Professional Learning Conference

Dates: Monday 16 - Tuesday 17 November
Cost: Visit the registration page for more information


This virtual conference brings together international and national educational researchers and practitioners. Throughout the conference they will share their expertise, research and best practices in deliberately designing education to move learning forward. There will be multiple opportunities to collaborate with leaders, teachers and presenters from right across Australia as well as many practical strategies for you and your team to take away and employ within your own school.