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 invites all MGSE staff to participate in weekly sessions with an expert panel who will present a different topic each week and will include time for discussion. Each session runs from 10am - 11am.

This mentoring series is for MGSE staff only.

TopicDate Expert Panel/PresenterRegistrations
Publishing your research Friday 13 November Professor Yong Zhao, Associate Professors David Gurr and Helen Stokes


Understanding engagement and impact in your narrative for promotion Friday 27 November 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 released Monday 9 November and Module 2 released Monday 16 November


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.

EduTECH International Congress & Expo 2020

Dates: Monday 9 - Tuesday 10 November
Cost: Visit the registration page for more information

Find out more

This year’s EduTECH will explore the core theme of “Disruption, Creativity and Diversity” and is the most important two-day meeting on the education calendar for the educators, leaders and administrators who want a decluttering of all the latest news and curriculum updates that affect you, your peers and students.

Laying the Foundations for Treaty:
Agreements, Treaties & Negotiated Settlements (ATNS)

Date: Thursday 12 November
Time: 6pm - 7.15pm


Learn more about the important business of treaty making when the University of Melbourne joins the Melbourne Reconcilaition Network's partners – the National Native Title Council and ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) – for a conversation about treaty, agreement making and nation building.

In this seminar, part of the National Treaties Summit (NTS) webinar series, you’ll also be given a first-hand guide through the new Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements (ATNS) website. ATNS is a one-of-a-kind resource aiming to empower Traditional Owners with information that captures the range and variety of agreement making with First Nations peoples in Australia and other parts of the world, and encourages transparency and knowledge around agreement making, with a focus on nation building, First Nations governance and treaty.

For any enquiries contact meribah.rose@unimelb.edu.au, read more about the University's commitment to reconciliation.

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.

View the Conference Agenda via the Corwin Conference page.

Embracing individuality and diversity within education - Panel discussion

Date: Wednesday 18 November
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm


Join MGSE's webinar and help continue to shape a future that embraces individuality and diversity within education and beyond. Both LGBTQIA+ community members and allies are warmly encouraged to attend.

The discussion will be led by panellists from the MGSE LGBTQIA+ community and allies - a collaborative and motivated group of students and staff - who advocate for and support diversity at the MGSE and the  University of Melbourne. The panel will include current students and our Assistant Dean (Diversity and Inclusion), Dr Richard Sallis (he/him).

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.

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.

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.

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).