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.

A range of training resources are available including quick reference guides, full user guide and videos. Weekly drop-in Zoom sessions will be run each Thursday between 2pm-3pm until Thursday 11 June to give you the opportunity to resolve any issues.  Please join using the following
Zoom ID: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/97357714107
Password: 212121

Drawing on/from home: An online exhibition of student drawings

In the breadth subject Drawing, Painting & Sensory Knowing, students have engaged in direct and remote learning to develop perception and visual analysis. This exhibition showcases how drawing can be an enriching personal experience during a period of social isolation.

Visit Drawing in the morning

Visit Drawing in the afternoon

University House Professor's Walk re-opening

University House Professors' Walk has re-opened. They will be offering table service meals for lunch and dinner in the Professors' Walk lounges, and cafe style service and takeaway from the Matthaei Room using the East entrance.

Breakfast: 8.00am - 10.00am
Morning Tea: 8.00am - 11.30am
2 Lunch Services: 11.45am - 12.45pm, 1.00pm - 2.00pm
2 Dinner Services: 5.45pm - 7.00pm, 7.15pm - 8.30pm Matthaei Cafe: 8.00am - 3.00pm

Rooms are set according to Government physical distancing requirements and service practices are in accordance with guidelines, including contactless payment processing. Bookings are strongly advised - please contact the team on 8344 5254 to make a reservation. For more information visit the University House website.

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.

Policymaking in a Crisis - with Zali Steggall OAM

Date: Thursday 4 June
Time: 120m - 12.45pm

Australia, and the world, is facing an unprecedented health and economic crisis. COVID-19 has forced considerable changes to the way we live our lives. Many of us have had to adapt our work, social and family life in ways we probably never imagined; the same goes for our politicians. Politicians are having to both respond to the crisis at hand, while also continuing the job of politics and policymaking. Though COVID-19 may feel all-consuming, Australia has only just emerged - and is still recovering - from a catastrophic bushfire season and is still grappling with its response to the climate crisis.

In this Disruptive Ideas Seminar, our Research Fellow in Regulation and Design, Timothy Kariotis, is joined by independent Member for Warringah, Zali Steggall, to discuss how politics and policymaking on critical issues to our society continue in the shadow of the pandemic.


Engaged University e-Symposium

Date: Thursday 9 - Friday 12 June
Time: 10am - 5pm

Find out more

The Engaged University e-Symposium will provide a space for professional and academic staff to reflect and explore different levels and scales of engagement initiatives for research, teaching and community, and their impacts across the University of Melbourne.

Research Connect

Date: Thursday 9 June - Friday 3 July

See the full program

Launching on Tuesday 9 June, 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.

Coffee Chat and Q&A for Sessional Teachers

Dates: Tuesday 9 June and 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.

What we can learn from educating during the COVID home schooling exercise – to take forward

Date: Tuesday 9 June
Time: 5.30pm - 6.30pm


The University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health are hosting a webinar by Laureate Professor John Hattie. Professor John Hattie is the Laureate Professor of Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne. He is also the Chair of the Board of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

Professor Hattie will share his extensive knowledge on education and provide strategies that improve educational outcomes.

Learning design for experienced sessional teachers - Semester 1

Date: Thursday 11 June
Time: 9am - 12.30pm
Venue: Zoom Meeting

Book now

Enhancing your teaching by incorporating theory and research into curriculum design

This half-day program is designed for experienced sessional teachers who wish to enhance their understanding of comprehensive learning design. During this program, theory and research around effective learning design will be discussed, and participants will have the opportunity to explore how those theories and findings can be incorporated into their own lesson planning. This program considers a range of teaching contexts and includes the opportunity to interact with colleagues from various disciplines in the University.

For more information please see the program page.

MGSE Funding, Costing & Pricing Roadshow

Date: Thursday 11 June
Time: 11am - 12pm
Password: 419596

Join via Zoom

After the launch of the new Research Funding, Costing and Pricing policy on 23 April 2020, Sam Shokravi and Frank Anastasopoulos, from RIC, will present a version of the launch, the policy and related tools and materials to MGSE.  Questions welcome.

The presentation will be recorded.

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?