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.

Well being in times of change

Date: Thursday 2 July
Time: 12pm - 1pm


COVID-19 has brought about many changes in clinical work and in clinical training. For many, the opportunity to train and prepare for exams in clinical settings has been disrupted. This webinar will provide an opportunity to discuss and learn coping strategies to help maintain well being as we return to the new normal. The webinar will run for 45 minutes, followed by a short Q and A. The strategies discussed in this webinar are broadly applicable, so while pitched for those already working as clinicians, we encourage all to register and attend.

Graduate School Briefing:
Proposed government changes to the higher education sector and the UOM graduate student experience

Date: Thursday 2 July
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Password: 208678

Join via Zoom

The Melbourne Law School will coordinate a webinar session on the proposed government changes to the higher education sector and what it means for the University. The session has a particular focus on graduate students in the context of the Melbourne Model.

Louise Davidson, Executive Director Strategy Planning & Performance in Chancellery will share the University’s analysis and what it might mean for different graduate courses in the event that the legislation is passed.

Research Connect

Date: Runs until Friday 3 July

See the full program

This online event for University of Melbourne academics and graduate researchers runs over 19 days. It will offer a diverse range of workshops and seminars, expert panels, research platform showcases, virtual drop-in 'clinics', and more to help accelerate your research.

The program starts with the 'Meet the Platforms' series running over two weeks (9 - 18 June), then ramps up with an intensive fortnight (22 June - 3 July) of activities showcasing digital tools, research services and support.

Featured events include a Researcher Connect Poster Competition and the launch of the 2020 'Visualise Your Thesis' competition. New events will be added progressively to the site, so bookmark the Researcher Connect site and keep checking back for events.

For more information contact the Research Connect Team.

MGSE LMS Drop-in sessions

A series of LMS online drop-in sessions have been organised for MGSE staff – anyone seeking support or advice regarding set-up of their Canvas subject/community is encouraged to attend.

Join via Zoom

Password: 492858

Monday 6 July 10am - 12 pm
Thursday 9 July 1pm -2 pm

Canvas for tutors workshop

Date: Tuesday 7 July
Time: 10am - 11am


This interactive session is designed to give participants the skills to confidently use Speedgrader to annotate and grade student submissions in Canvas. Participants will be given the opportunity to watch demonstrations and complete activities in Canvas.

Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Navigation of Canvas and subjects
  • Communicating through the Announcements and Inbox tools
  • Acting as a student in a subject
  • Using Canvas Speedgrader and Gradebook to mark a submission
  • Getting help and support.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Navigate Canvas and communicate with students through Canvas
  • Provide grades and feedback using a variety of methods in SpeedGrader
  • Navigate the Canvas gradebook.

Installing Zoom
Participants must have Zoom installed on their device to be able to participate in the webinar. Please see the University's Zoom support page for more information.

Early Career Research Scheme webinar

Date: Tuesday 7 July
Time: 1pm - 2pm


This session is recommended for both ECRs intending to apply for the scheme and research administrators, and will include time for question and answer.

What will the Tehan changes mean for students and universities?

Dates: Tuesday 7 July
Time: 1pm - 2.30pm


The Coalition Government have proposed significant changes to funding universities and student contributions, alongside other policy measures that affect Australian higher education. Melbourne CSHE is hosting an expert discussion to examine key details and implications, with presentations by Professor Emeritus Frank Larkins, Associate Professor Tamson Pietsch and Mark Warburton.

Melbourne Institute Virtual Colloquim

Date: Thursday 9 July - August 20
Time: 11am - 11.45am


Join this colloquium designed for policy makers, practitioners and analysts. This regularly held colloquium will showcase the Melbourne Institue's projects and researchers. This is a forum that encourages discussion on how research insights should inform policy and practice. The colloquia will be moderated by the Institute's Professor A Abigail Payne, Director and Professor Ronald Henderson and Professor Roger Wilkins, Deputy Director.

For any enquiries contact: melbinstitute-tickets@unimelb.edu.au.

Human Research Ethics Drop-in

Date: Thursday 9 July
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Join via Zoom

Do you need a hand with your ethics? Not quite sure how to tackle a particular problem? Come chat with Tricia Eadie, Acting HEAG Chair, and Tim Mattingsbrooke, Ethics Consultant at MERI, and get all your questions answered. Save the date to your calendar.

Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Research

Date: Tuesday 14 July
Time: 12pm - 1pm


Identifying emerging algebraic reasoning when Australian and Chinese students solve fraction tasks.

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).

Online Q and A sessions on assessment

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Select a date and time

To support staff in (re)designing their assessment, the Melbourne CSHE is offering weekly virtual office hours with an assessment expert who will discuss alternative assessment options and answer assessment-related questions. These are curriculum-oriented sessions designed to complement the more technical and design-oriented sessions offered through Learning Environments.

Mindfulnees group program

Date: Monday 3 August - 7 September
Times: 12pm - 2pm and 3pm - 5pm

The University of Melbourne Psychology Clinic is offering a series of six-week mindfulness programs via telehealth. The program will teach participants mindfulness skills and each session will build on the previous session. The first program will commence Monday 3 August and will run until 7 September.
Two session time options are available: 12-2pm and 3-5pm.

For any enquiries or to register contact clinic-psych@unimelb.edu.au. For more information: visit the UMPC clinic page.

Save the date: 2020 Professional Staff Conference

Dates: Monday 14 - Friday 18 September

The Professional Staff Conference (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.