Diary dates

Events will no longer be published in the University's Staff News newsletter. The University's Events Calendar promotes a range of virtual public events from lectures and seminars to exhibitions and performances. Staff with an '@unimelb' email address can submit an event to the Events Calendar once your account has been established. If you are a new user,  you can request access via this form.

Mentoring Seminar Series

The Educational Leadership Cognate group has held weekly sessions for MGSE staff throughout October and November. The final webinar will be presented by Professor Helen Cahill and A/Professor Larissa McLean Davies.

This mentoring series is for MGSE staff only.

TopicDateTime Expert Panel/PresenterRegistrations
Understanding engagement and impact in your narrative for promotion Friday 27 November 10am-11am Professor Helen Cahill, Associate Professor Larissa McLean Davies


University House online events

Are you looking for an end of year event idea? University House can assist with your very own faculty trivia night, or perhaps a wine tasting. University House can put something together for you, all via Zoom. Send your enquiries to Kelly Murray, Events Manager. Remember that University House is also offering home delivery on a wide range of food options, as well as wines. Free delivery is available to everyone within a 30km radius of University House. The menu changes every two weeks.

Supporting Schools in a time of COVID-19

Dates: Module 1 and Module 2 released now available


Supporting Schools in a time of COVID-19 (SSCOVID) is an online professional learning opportunity for primary classroom teachers and education staff, consisting of a series of modules and live webinars.

The modules have been developed to assist primary school educators to support their students’ mental health and wellbeing during and following COVID-19 and can be accessed and completed at times that suit the educator.

Being Human Festival

Dates: running until Saturday 22 November

Explore the events

Founded in the UK as the only national festival of the humanities, Being Human is now a global celebration dedicated to demonstrating the breadth, diversity and vitality of the humanities. The 2020 Faculty of Arts international hub invites you to discover the thrill of Being Human with a series of fun and interactive events. Visit the festival webpage to explore the full program.

Engagement Strategy 'Brown Bag' lunch consultation

Date: Thursday 19 November
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm


Building on the all-staff session in early October, staff are invited to contribute further to the MGSE Engagement Strategy.

This session will provide an update on the strategy’s development and unpack the principles and priorities for MGSE’s engagement activities.

Teaching and Learning Summit 2020

Dates: Tuesday 24 - Wednesday 25 November


The theme of this year's Teaching and Learning Summit is 'A new blended approach? Optimising the best of online and face-to-face learning'. Hear from keynote speakers, Professor Diana Laurillard and Professor Richard James, on opportunity and change in teaching and learning post-pandemic, as well as other University experts on the themes of assessment, student engagement and teacher-student interaction. For University of Melbourne staff and graduate researchers only.

Online event case studies series

Dates: Wednesday 25 November and 2 December
Time: 2pm - 2.45pm

Contact the Events team

There are many online event platforms, but which one is best for you? Join the Events and Marketing team at the online event case studies series to hear from colleagues who have delivered virtual events recently. This series will provide insights into a range of events and the online platforms chosen to deliver them. Presenters will summarise the functionality they needed, why they chose the platform, and how it performed for them and their audience.

Taking stock and resetting for the new normal

Date: Thursday 26 November
Time: 12.30pm - 2pm


The impact of COVID-19 will result in a transformation of Australian higher education as it responds to changing student cohorts, funding shortfalls and new work practices, amidst a different policy context. This joint LH Martin Institute and ATEM seminar will review the past year’s unprecedented changes, reflect on what we can learn from past changes and disruptions, share staff and student experiences, and look ahead to 2021.

The panellists will draw upon their most recent papers on university responses to COVID-19 and impact on jobs, casual university staff, and professional staff and sustainable organisational change. They will provide the latest publicly available information on the sector’s job losses. Finally, the panel in an interactive session will explore ideas on how we can renew the higher education post-pandemic workforce and recognise the valuable contributions of academic and professional staff into the future.

Narrm Oration 2020: 'Our Country, Our Way: How Indigenous people and knowledge can save Australia's environmental and social unravelling'

Date: Thursday 26 November
Time: 6pm


Associate Professor Fletcher is a descendent of the Wiradjuri, the Director of Research Capability at the Indigenous Knowledge Institute and Assistant Dean (Indigenous) in the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne. His oration will focus on the important research he is undertaking within the School of Geography on the long-term interactions between humans, climate, disturbance (such as fire) and vegetation. Held every November since 2009, the Narrm Oration enriches our ideas about possible futures for Indigenous peoples and Australia as a nation.

For any enquiries contact karen.davis@unimelb.edu.au.

The 2020 Jenny Leaper Lecture

Date: Monday 30 November
Time: 5pm - 6pm


In this live webinar presentation, Associate Professor Tricia Eadie (Director, REEaCh Hub) and Dr Penny Levickis will present new research about the experiences and wellbeing of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) professionals and parents’ engagement with ECEC services during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia.

Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Webinar Series

Understanding and addressing mathematics anxiety using a multidisciplinary perspective

Presented by: Dr Sarah Bukley, Senior Research Fellow, ACERR

Date: Wednesday 25 November
Time: 12pm - 1pm


In this webinar, Sarah will present a multidisciplinary model for conceptualising mathematics anxiety. The implications of this model for reducing the negative impact of anxiety on mathematical teaching and learning will be discussed, along with the preliminary results of studies designed to address anxiety in pre-service primary teachers.

Building Connections:
Schools as Community Hubs International Conference 2020

Dates: Thursday 3 - Friday 4 December
Costs: $95 full price or $45 student price


LEaRN is pleased to invite registrations for the Schools as Community Hubs International Conference.
This unique academic conference will be held online, over two half-days.  The event will feature presentations on practice-based insights and academic analysis of schools as community hubs initiatives from Australia and North America. Presentations will be accompanied by full written proceedings.  The program allows for detailed discussion and delegate reflections.

For enquiries please contact Sarah Backhouse, Project Manager building-connections@unimelb.edu.au.

VCE Summer School enrolment

Date: Applications close Sunday 13 December
Cost: $50 per student


Know a student entering Year 11 or Year 12 in 2021? The VCE Summer School (VCESS) is a UoM Student Union two-week tutoring program, running online from Monday 11 January to Friday 22 January. Applications are now open for the 2021 program. VCESS has a particular focus on creating a healthy study-life balance and on providing tutoring on the widest range of subjects: no matter how small the subject may be, and try to provide a trained tutor. The two-week program is priced at $50 per student, which includes all classes, materials, activities, workshops and seminars.

Contact summerschool@union.unimelb.edu.au for any enquiries.

MGSE End of Year Celebration

Date: Friday 18 December
Time: 5.30pm


MGSE is hosting an End of Year Celebration webinar for students who are set to finish their courses this year. We're looking for an Academic to host this session. Academics are also welcome to attend.

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).