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.

Seminar series presented by the Educational Leadership Cognate Group

The Educational Leadership Cognate group invites all MGSE staff to participate in weekly sessions which will include time for discussion. See more information about the Spotlight and Mentoring series below.

Education Leadership Spotlight Series

The Spotlight series will be lead by members of the cognate group presenting their research followed by a 30 minute group discussion. Each session runs from 10am - 11am.

Reach for greatness: Personalisable education for all children Monday 26 October Professor Yong Zhao


Leadership, moral courage and ethical behaviour Monday 9 November Dr Natasha Ziebell


Multiple faces of leadership: a focus on aspirant female leaders Friday 20 November Dr Barbara Watterston


Mentoring Seminar Series

Each week an expert panel will present on a different topic which will be followed by time for questions from attendees. Each session runs from 10am - 11am. This mentoring series is for MGSE staff only.

TopicDate Expert Panel/PresenterRegistrations
Navigating gender barriers: Implications for mentoring and progression Friday 30 October Dr Barbara Watterston and Dr Lisa Ehrich


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.

Final Sustainability Plan community consultation

Date: Thursday 22 October
Time: 5.30pm - 6.30pm


The University's Sustainability Plan expires at the end of 2020, with a new five-year plan being developed over the coming months. Thank you to the 270+ people who have already participated in our ten feedback sessions since early September. We need the whole University community to envision our sustainable future. Have your views and ideas heard at the final interactive online event open to the University community.

Australia India Institute's India Week

Date: Monday 26 October - Friday 30 October

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India Week is the Australia India Institute’s annual celebration of all things India. From culture and thought to politics and society, the week is packed with activities that deepen mutual understanding and strengthen links between our two countries. The 2020 program will be held online from October 26 – 30.

Mathematics, Science & Technology Education Group Research Webinar

Teaching Geoscience out-of-field with digital technologies: Understanding agency through Positioning Theory

Date: Tuesday 27 October
Time: 12pm - 1pm


This research sought to understand the lived-experience of 10 secondary science teachers as they prepared to teach an out-of-field area of the curriculum using digital technologies. Positioning theory was the overarching methodology used to better understand teachers’ evolving sense of agency at this curricular intersection. A model illustrating the relationship between subject-specific and institutional expectations was created. This model could be applied to other occupations where workplace professionals change roles and continually refine their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

Ms Emily Rochette recently completed her PhD while continuing a career as a secondary science teacher. She has been lecturing at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education since 2013 and now supports pre-service teachers there full-time while contributing to research in the field of science education focusing on the use of digital technologies and the out-of-field teaching experience.

Social Transformations Webinar
Global Studies and Climate Change Education Policy

Date: Wednesday 28 October
Time: 10am - 11am

Join via Zoom

In this presentation, Professor Marcia McKenzie will share theoretical and methodological approaches from two current studies of intergovernmental processes of climate change education policy development.

The stories we are not telling: Why Australian literature can't gain traction in schools (and what needs to be done about it)

Date: Wednesday 28 October
Time: 1pm - 2pm


Stories and literature play an important and necessary role in understanding the past and in creating the future. Yet, Australian literature, particularly texts reflecting the diverse voices of Indigenous writers, women, and other marginalised groups, continue to be underrepresented in schools. In this talk, Associate Professor Larissa McLean Davies will explore the reasons why Australian texts continue to be marginalised in education, when there is a clear desire for diverse Australian voices amongst the reading public.

Farewell for Tim Mattingsbrooke

Date: Friday 30 October
Time: 4pm - 5pm

Join via Zoom 

As Tim Mattingsbrooke has recently accepted a new role with OREI, the MERI team invites you to join his farewell. Tim has been with the University for almost 25 years, initially supporting MDHS’s clinical schools before joining the then Faculty of Education. The subsequent 18 years saw Tim excel in his positions supporting research training and human research ethics. He has long been a critical part of the research success of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, and wish him all the best with his new team over at OREI.

Please join MERI for a drink, a few words from his old colleagues, and any farewells you would like to make before Tim starts his next chapter at the University.

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).

EduTECH International Congress & Expo 2020

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

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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.

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.

Teaching and Learning Summit 2020

Dates: Tuesday 24 - Wednesday 25 November


Melbourne CSHE presents the Teaching and Learning Summit on 24-25 November 2020. This summit seeks to bring together academic and professional staff involved in teaching and learning from across the University to share scholarly approaches that contribute to a unique Melbourne experience.