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.

Designing and facilitating online classes with Zoom

This two-part training series is designed to build confidence in teaching live online classes in Zoom. Different approaches and tools to actively engage students when in Zoom will be introduced, with strategies for all sized classes. Strategies to prepare, plan, facilitate, troubleshoot and follow-up after live online sessions will also be taught.


Part 1
Thursday 30 July
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Experience Zoom as a learner, explore strategies for active learning, preparing and planning effective and engaging online sessions.

Part 2
Friday 31 July
Time: 10am - 11am

Tips for using Zoom as an instructor/lecturer/tutor and strategies for troubleshooting audio, video and connectivity issues.

Mindfulness 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.

Public access and the thesis

Date: Monday 3 August
Time: 3pm - 4pm


This webinar provides an overview of everything PhD and Masters by Research candidates need to know about preparing their thesis for the University's Open Access Repository. GR Supervisors and others supporting graduate researchers are invited to attend.

Human Research Ethics Drop-in

Date: Monday 10 August
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm

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.

For more information please contact mgse-ethics@unimelb.edu.au.

Research Impact and alternative funding routes through translation

Dates: Tuesday 11 August/Friday 14 August
Times: 1.30pm - 2.30pm/12pm - 1pm


Can your research be used to solve problems or generate real-world impact? If you are new to IP and research translation or just want to learn more about this important area, please join this webinar on: 'Research Impact and alternative funding routes through translation - Engineering and ICT start-up stories with IP Group'. This webinar will outline how creating a start-up can lead to additional impact for your research, without you having to run the start-up if you don't want to.

IP can be tricky sometimes, so before diving into the start-up world, let the Knowledge and Technology Transfer team in Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (RIC) know about the IP you created by submitting an "IP Disclosure" online via Service Now. Please click on "Request Something", followed by "IP Disclosure Request" to fill out the online form.

A member of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer team will contact you for a discussion and provide guidance as necessary.

Using FeedbackFruits, Peer Review and Group Evaluation in assessment

Dates: Tuesday 11 August or 18 August
Times: 4pm-5.15pm


This online webinar is designed to give you an overview on using FeedbackFruits to facilitate peer feedback assessments. Instructors can use Peer Review to create assignments for students to provide feedback to their peers on deliverables. The tool structures and streamlines the process of students reviewing their peers' work. Topics covered in this webinar include Peer Review, and Group Member Evaluation.

Producing excellent graphs

Dates: Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 August
Time: 10am - 11.30am


This free half-day seminar over two mornings online via Zoom will discuss the principles of producing graphs to enhance the quality of your thesis and research presentations. It will cover a software package freely available to University of Melbourne graduate research students and staff. If you are frustrated about the quality of the graphs you are currently creating and how much time it is taking, this seminar is for you.

What does success in Indigenous higher education look like?

Date: Wednesday 12 August
Time: 12pm - 1pm


In her chapter in the book Questioning Indigenous-Settler Relations, Dr Nikki Moodie asks 'what does success in Indigenous higher education look like?'. While there is data that shows there are real, positive achievements, she still finds herself asking 'what is this all for?'. Is it enough for universities to simply enrol more Indigenous students? Is it enough for more Indigenous students to be completing qualifications? Have 'our ideas of success [been] adopted simply because they are easy to measure?'.

Dr Moodie will speak at the second program of the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration's Critical Public Conversations series, this webinar will be closed captioned.

3MT Grand Final

Date: Thursday 13 August
Time: 2pm - 3.30pm


The Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT) is a professional and highly engaging international competition that challenges PhD candidates to present their research in appropriate language to an intelligent but non-specialist audience in the space of three minutes. Join us as we screen the video presentations of the ten finalists in this year's University of Melbourne 3MT competition. Following the screening, the winner of the competition will be announced, who will then go on to represent the University in the Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition.

Go Green compost bin/worm farm workshop

Date: Tuesday 18 August
Time: 4.30pm - 5pm

Join via Zoom

Learn from our in-house composting experts Jenny Lowe and Lucy Bond on how to set up a compost bin and/or a worm farm at home!

Melbourne Institute Virtual Colloquim

Date: Runs from 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.

Unpacking Education webinar: Pedagogic affect and its power

Date: Monday 24 August 
Time: 11.30am - 12.30pm

Join via Zoom

In this Social Transformations and Education webinar, Dr Dianne Mulcahy and Dr Sarah Healy ask how the transformative powers of pedagogic affect can trouble dominant norms and advance social and environmental change. Please contact Amy McKernan for further information and to register.

Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Group Research Webinar

Mathematical Grounding Activities: A Contemporary Mathematics Education Approach in Taiwan

Date: Tuesday 25 August 
Time: 12pm - 1pm


School mathematics education in Taiwan is often confronted by two challenges, these being a large performance gap between low- and high- achievers, and a new K-12 competence-oriented mathematics curriculum. Professor Kai Lin Yang will outline a contemporary mathematics education approach that has been designed to overcome these two challenges.

Save the date: 2020 Professional Staff Conference

Dates: Monday 14 - Friday 18 September

The Professional Staff Conference (PSC) committee is excited to announce one of the keynote speakers for this year's conference. Aligning with the theme 'Building Resilient Futures', Dr Jennifer Gray, CEO of Zoos Victoria, will be speaking about bushfires, conservation and zoo changes.

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).

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.

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.