MGSE staff news

UoM Early Childhood Centres - applications open for 2021

Applications are now open to enrol your child for a place in one of the UoM Early Childhood Centres at Queensberry and Swanston Street. To apply, please complete and return the application form by Friday 23 October to be considered for vacancies commencing from January 2021.

For any enquiries email

Bruce Pascoe's Art Forum recording available

More than 900 people from across the world tuned in to hear Bruce Pascoe's insightful, powerful presentation and humane view of the world in the Art Forum. His presentation is now available online. Co-presented by the VCA and Melbourne Reconciliation Network, Art Forum provides opportunities for staff and students to move towards a deeper understanding of reconciliation. Bruce Pascoe is the University's most recent appointment as Enterprise Professor in Indigenous Agriculture in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.

For any enquiries contact Karen Davis, Indigenous Strategy or for more information the Melbourne Reconciliation Network:

Update on COVID-19

COVID-19 Case Management Team - Case Manager

Expressions of interest close tomorrow

As you may be aware the case management team has been established earlier this year to support members of the University who test positive for COVID-19 and to undertake risk assessment and pre-emptive contract tracing (prior to DHHS formal contact tracing).  Due to some of the team members returning to their normal duties Health & Safety Services is seeking EOIs from other staff interested in acting as Case Managers within the case management team. The case management team sits within the Public Health Network (PHN).

The PHN consists of public health and infection control experts, and extends to a University-wide network of functional experts and key stakeholders. The PHN supports, guides and provides reassurance to the University community on public health and infection control matters.

A key responsibility of the PHN is the management of cases of COVID-19 on campus or in the University community. Case Managers undertake the following tasks:

  • Monitoring correspondence and responding to enquiries about COVID-19
  • Responding to and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19 including contact tracing, wellbeing checks, and follow-up
  • Notifying close contacts of cases of COVID-19 and determining risk of transmission to other University community members or sites
  • Liaising with relevant stakeholders about case details
  • Thoroughly documenting details of cases of COVID-19
  • General administrative and record keeping tasks, for example, collecting and collating information; preparing summaries of events; data entry, transfer and analysis.

Case Managers will be required to contribute approximately one day per week of their time over the next 6 to 12 weeks through an agreement with their reporting Manager. Case Managers work over a seven-day roster, however, weekend work is kept minimal when cases of COVID-19 are low (which is currently the case). Note weekend work would be subject to TOIL.

Training and support will be provided by the PHN.

If you are interested in assisting, contact Angela Theil by close of business Thursday 22 October and outline your interest in the role and the skills and experience you would bring. Please also confirm your Manager’s support of you assisting with this work prior to submitting an EOI.

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.

IT Update

Zoom screen sharing resolved

Zoom has now fixed the screen sharing issues that prevented meeting participants from sharing their screen. Meeting participants can now share their screen without being made a co-host. If you're still experiencing issues with screen sharing log a ticket with IT through ServiceNow.

Apply macOS 11.0 Big Sur upgrade coming soon

Apple is introducing a new look that's modern but familiar, with a focus on translucency, consistency, and content. The Notification Center has been redesigned with more interactive notifications grouped by app and iOS-style widgets that can be customised in three different sizes.

Safari is faster and more battery efficient than ever. Safari privacy has been improved with a privacy report that lets users know which trackers Safari is blocking when you visit websites. Safari also comes with a built-in translation option for translating entire webpages from seven languages with a click. Keep an eye out for this upgrade. The University will make it available in the Self-Service app as soon as Apple releases this upgrade. For any enquiries log a ticket with IT through ServiceNow.

More features coming to Microsoft Teams

New features coming soon include breakout rooms and an improved meeting recording experience. Breakout rooms allow meeting hosts to create smaller rooms for meeting participants to facilitate group discussions. Meeting recordings will soon store themselves into your OneDrive or Sharepoint depending on the meeting setup, making it easy to share recordings with others. Microsoft Teams brings together voice and video calling, instant chat, file sharing and collaboration in one easy app. Visit the knowledge article about Microsoft Teams or log a ticket with IT for assistance.

New online module for students: Academic Integrity for Open Book exams

Academic Skills is launching an interactive Canvas Commons module to help students maintain academic integrity during open-book exams. It also contains tips on how to prepare for this type of exam. Teaching staff who have open-book exams in their subject(s) are encouraged to import the "Academic integrity for open-book exams" into their subject LMS site(s) and direct students to it. For any enquiries contact

Greeting card design competition for students

Help spread the word - students could win $500 by designing a new University greeting card. The greeting card will be available as an online version this year for staff, sitting alongside the University's Season's Greetings cards, and in 2021 will be sold to the public at the Pop Up shop. This year's theme is Optimism. Students are being asked to visualise what makes them feel optimistic about the future and articulate ways that, as members of the University of Melbourne community, they can help make the world a better place for all.

Applications are now open and close Monday 26 October. Visit the competition page for more information.

Sustainability Update

Have your say - University's Sustainability Plan

The University's Sustainability Plan expires at the end of 2020, and a new Plan for 2021 to 2025 is being developed over the coming months. The new Plan will shape the University's commitment to lead and act on the critical challenges of global sustainability and a changing climate, and to model our campuses as sustainable and resilient communities.

To inform the new Sustainability Plan,  the University is seeking input from staff, students and alumni on three key questions:

1. What does sustainability mean to you?
2. What role do you think the University can and should play in transitioning society to a sustainable future?
3. What priorities would you like to see reflected in the University's Sustainability Plan 2021-2025?

Have your say by submitting your response via a survey or join an online session:

Visit Our Sustainability Commitment page for more information or for any enquiries contact: