MGSE staff news

Update on COVID-19

MGSE return to campus update

  • The University’s industry status has moved from ‘Heavily Restricted’ to ‘Restricted’. The Premier has re-iterated "if you can work from home you must work from home" and the University Return to Campus roadmap has been updated.
  • MGSE will have very limited on campus activity for the remainder of the year - only those who need to be on campus.
  • Extensive planning is underway for a COVIDSafe return to campus in 2021.
  • We know that under ‘COVID Normal’, the COVIDSafe principles of limiting density and movement, and promoting appropriate hygiene will still apply. This means that we will not be able to return all staff to the office full time and we will need to change the way that we use our spaces. Staff should expect that they will continue working from home for some portion of their week for the foreseeable future.

MGSE Staff Return to Campus survey

To inform our return to campus planning, all staff are invited to complete a quick survey. The planning team need an indication of how soon our staff would like to be working on campus, so they can prepare the buildings for a gradual, phased return of staff activity in 2021. The survey is not anonymous as the team need to know which spaces and/or teams will return, and in which order.

Take the survey

Digital Taskforce Update

Training: Introduction to H5P

Date: Thursday 19 November
Time: 10am - 11.30am


This introductory workshop is designed to give participants the confidence to create interactive content with H5P and embed the activities into Canvas. Participants will learn to recognise the different reasons to use H5P, understand the technical specifications for H5P integration for Canvas, and create new interactions and reuse existing H5P activities. For further enquiries contact

Visit the Digital Taskforce page for further updates.

Results submissions due in Semester 2

The Results due date for MGSE is  Monday 30 November COB. Non-standard subject results (eg Term 3, Winter) are due within 20 working days of the end of the assessment period. Check the Handbook for the assessment end date. For more results information visit the MGSE intranet.

Congratulate students on completing their course

For this year's End of Year Celebration event, the Student Experience team will share a congratulatory video. All academic staff are invited to send a 5-10 second video congratulating students on successfully completing their studies, getting through this challenging year, and wishing them the best for their future careers. If you would like to contribute to the video please send an email to Taylor Eisen via

New E-Reuse service

The University has refreshed its approach to unwanted electronic products like computers that are no longer needed. In keeping with our sustainability goals, the approach now focuses on reusing equipment within the University or donating to local charities. If products can't be used anymore, we've sourced a new recycling partner that responsibly processes this material in Australia.

So when you're able to come back onto campus, remember to declutter your office with the E-ReUse service. Collect your unwanted electronic products like cables, monitors or computers and submit a request on ServiceNow to have a Field Services agent come to your office to collect them.

Dookie new release wines

The new release wines from Dookie winery are now available and at a special price delivered to your door. The wines are sourced from the Tallis family vineyard about 3kms from the campus and made at the historic winery by FVAS Wine and Viticulture lecturer Chris Barnes. There are two six packs available to purchase until Thursday 3 December. Each pack contains the following wines:

  • 2020 Bertie Rose
  • 2020 Bertie Riesling
  • 2019 Bertie Shiraz

For more information visit the FVAS website or for any enquiries contact Chris Barnes on 0411 264 114  or via email

Season's greeting cards now available

University branded Season's Greetings cards are now available to download from Staff Hub. There are eight designs to choose from that can be used as an e-card or ordered for print. You can personalise the cards with your own message when you place your order. The last date to order printed cards is Tuesday 8 December. For more information contact Georgina Wilkinson 8344 2993 or Liz Szalay 9035 8386.

Melbourne MicroCerts - staff discount

University of Melbourne staff are eligible to receive a 25 per cent discount on Melbourne MicroCerts. Melbourne MicroCerts are short, industry-aligned and highly accessible online courses designed to equip you with in-demand skills and knowledge you can apply immediately. Bringing industry needs together with expert research, we have a comprehensive suite of relevant and evidence-based MicroCerts in technology, leadership, sustainability and a range dedicated to power skills - or soft skills. For any enquires contact or visit the Melbourne MicroCerts page.

Books available on request

Inter-library loans can now lend physical items. Items will be posted to you and can be returned by pre-paid mail.  The library is currently working through existing requests. If you would like to request a book go to the loan request form.

Food on drink vendors open on campus

Here is a list of some of the food and drink vendors open on campus operating in line with government regulations:


  • Espresso Bar
  • MoFo Burgers (Mood Food)
  • Bar Commercio
  • Baretto Cafe
  • House of Cards
  • Standing Room
  • Home Two Cafe
  • Brew Sisters
  • Pronto Pizza


  • Betwixt Cafe
  • Little Black

For more recent updates visit the University's COVIDSafe page.

University House open for dining

University House Porfessors' Walk is open for lunch and dinner, or a beverage in the garden. There is a new lunch, dinner and bar snacks menu available, and seated service is from Monday-Friday. For more information about opening hours, or to make a booking visit the Table Booking Form.

VCE Summer School enrolment

If you 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 2021. 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, we try to provide a trained tutor. The two-week program is priced at $50 AUD per student, which includes all classes, materials, activities, workshops and seminars. For any enquiries contact or visit the UMSU Summer School site.

Applications close Sunday 13 December.