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.

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.

Research Connect

Date: June - 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.

How has COVID-19 impacted teacher wellbeing?

Date: Thursday 18 June
Time: 4pm - 4.30pm


With uncertainty and disruption stretching into the foreseeable future, understanding how to quickly and reliably support the ability of educators to care for their wellbeing should be a priority for every school. So how can we help educators care for their wellbeing?

Online public forum 
Bushfires and Pandemics: How to Support Child Wellbeing

Date: Thursday 18 June
Time: 4pm - 5pm


The past six months has seen Australians confront a catastrophic bushfire season followed immediately by a once-in-a-generation pandemic. Many children – particularly in regional Victoria and New South Wales – witnessed bushfires firsthand while others have seen images in the news of homes destroyed and livelihoods lost and now the effects of Covid 19 here and around the world. With so much disruption, what can parents and guardians, teachers and allied health professionals do to create supportive communities and build resilience and optimism in our children?

Human Research Ethics Drop-in

Date: Monday 22 June
Time: 11am - 12pm
Zoom password: 344732

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, about any concerns you have. Save the date to your calendar.

Adapting fieldwork during COVID-19: Panel Discussion and Q&A

Date: Wednesday 24 June
Time: 3pm - 4pm
Zoom password: 4c949s

Join via Zoom

Educational research is inseparably connected with learning environments affected by COVID-19. Join other researchers to explore solutions to the challenges created by these disruptions, and share ideas to adapt your research.

The panel features:

  • Professor Julie McLeod
  • Ben Symon, PhD Candidate
  • Professor Lorraine Graham

Save the date to your calendar.

Supporting language rich educator-child interactions in early childhood education

Date: Wednesday 24 June
Time: 5pm - 6pm


Associate Professors Tricia Eadie and Jane Page will draw on Australian evidence that demonstrates how language-rich interactions between educators and children can improve over time with targeted intentional teaching strategies (e.g., Abecedarian Approach Australia and Instructional Support, Classroom Assessment Scoring System) and be sustained in daily educational programs and practice.

Coffee Chat and Q&A for Sessional Teachers

Date: Thursday 25 June
Time: 10.30am - 11.30am


These casual, flexible sessions are designed to discuss the changing contexts of small-group teaching and new challenges for sessional teachers. What challenges are you facing? What new teaching strategies or resources would be valuable for you right now? Grab a cup of coffee and come with your thoughts, questions, or ideas.

Ethics Q&A Panel Discussion

Date: Tuesday 30 June
Time: 2pm - 3.30pm
Password: 6m364n

Join via Zoom

MERI is hosting an Ethics Q&A panel discussion where you can ask questions on everything, from your role in your GR’s ethics application to ethical considerations of externally funded research. Answering your questions will be Sophie Arkoudis, Tricia Eadie, Kylie Smith, and Tim Mattingsbrooke. Save the date to your calendar.

Register for TRAM Track presentation day

Date: Tuesday 30 June
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm


Staff are invited to join the upcoming TRAM (Translating Research at Melbourne) Track Presentation Day, celebrating the efforts of this semester's TRAM Track cohort and their dedication to transforming both their research and their thinking. Presentation Day will see the nine teams that have participated in TRAM Track in first semester 2020 share their research entrepreneurship journeys to date, and their path forward.

Hear from this sensational cohort on their insights and journeys toward turning their research projects into viable businesses. You can learn more about the teams over on the TRAM blog.

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.