Reminder: Campus-based research update
In light of Stage 4 restrictions, the research and research return to campus pages on the Central University's COVID-19 website have been updated with the latest information on eligibility criteria for on-campus research to ensure compliance with relevant Stage 4 restrictions, as well as advice regarding the new worker permit processes.
All previously approved on-campus research is to be reassessed to ensure it complies with Stage 4 restrictions. This work is being undertaken at the Academic Division level. No new approvals for return to campus can be given at the Divisional level but are to be managed via the process that was in place for Phase 1 requests. Requests will be routed to the DVCR for approval.
Guidance on the website will continue to be updated in line with new advice from PRG or any further clarifications from the Victorian government.
Call for papers: Technology, Knowledge and Society Conference
The Technology, Knowledge & Society Research Network 2021 has issued a call for papers for its 17th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society, to be held on 8-9 April 2021.
This conference is brought together by a shared interest in the complex and subtle relationships between the histories of tech, knowledge makers, and social realities.
For more information on proposal submissions and registration deadlines, please visit the conference website.
Reminder: Applications now open for TRAM Track
TRAM (Translating Research at Melbourne) Track applications are now open for their Semester 2 cohort. In response to popular demand, this second intake of TRAM Track will create more opportunities for all researchers to interact with and participate in their programs. TRAM Track is undertaken by dynamic research teams over eight weeks to build their understanding of how to achieve impact. To do this, Track will support you to engage with customers to understand what problems they care about, generate a business model, and get your head into a business mind frame.
Applications are open from Wednesday 26 August through to Wednesday 21 October.
Reminder: ARC scheme EOIs now open
Expression of Interest (EOI) for ARC schemes opening in the third and fourth quarter of the year are now available. If you are interested in applying for the current rounds please complete the EOI so that the MERI team can support you through the application process.
Call for participants: Discovery
The Library Discovery team (the team that manage the discovery of and access to books, ebooks, and journals) are conducting a user research project to understand the needs, motivations and difficulties of people using the library systems and platforms. This includes Discovery, the Library catalogue, LeanLibrary, and Minerva.
The project aims to identify improvements that we can make to the discovery and access to Library resources. The team is seeking to interview both research academics and Graduate Researchers.
The interview will be conducted via Zoom and will take approximately 30 minutes. If you choose to participate, you will be asked questions about you and your research, which systems you use, and how you access them.
If you are interested in participating in the study and would like more information, please contact Hannah Armitage, Discovery UX Specialist, Student and Scholarly Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Capability Mapping tool is live
The new Research Capability Mapping (RCM) tool offers users an aggregated view of research capability with an easy-to-interpret visualisation, and thus provides an alternative to the low-level lists of individual research activities or simple activity counts that are the output of existing tools. RCM allows users to explore our activities using rich queries across keywords, researchers, academic divisions, external partnerships, and Field of Research (FoR) Codes.
Visit the RCM website to learn more about the tool, explore the user guide, and get answers to common queries.
ARC Fellowship Buddy Program
Researchers preparing major grant proposals often find it helpful to exchange drafts and feedback with others who are applying for the same grants. This program is a buddy system for the ARC DECRA and Future Fellowship schemes. You'll be paired with another researcher who is applying to the same scheme/level and matched according to which ARC Panel you align with. Matches will take place across all Academic Divisions to simulate the diversity of assessors. Once you have been paired, you can support each other to develop your proposals. Buddies are assigned on a weekly basis on a Thursday. You will receive an email informing you of your fellowship buddy along with further guidance.
Feedback from Chancellery's survey on Engagement with Latin America
Thank you to all colleagues who responded to the Chancellery’s request for input about engagement with Latin America. MGSE provided 16% of the responses that have been summarised in the brief report. Though currently on hold, plans remain in place to strengthen UoM’s ties with Latin America. Please contact Chancellery International if you are interested in a copy of the survey questions and raw data used for this report.
Erasmus+ programme funding outcomes
Congratulations to Gosia Klatt and Stanley Koh from the Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy, for being awarded EU funding. Of the 1447 eligible applications received from around the world, 360 were selected for funding.
Gosia and Stanley will receive €30,000 (approx. $49,375 AUD) for 'Education Policy in Practice: European education policy and national systems.'
Learning and teaching initiatives: 2020 round 2 outcomes
Congratulations to Sandra Milligan, Paula De Barba, Pauline Thompson and Narelle English for being part of an interdisciplinary team from Computer Science to be awarded a Learning and Teaching Initiatives grant. The successful project is entitled 'Employment skills: closing the gap between academia and industry through personalized student journey maps.'