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.

New 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.


Critical leadership capabilities Monday 12 October Dr Teresa Angelico


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


Leadership preparation for the future Monday 23 November Dr Daniela Acquaro


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
Cat 1 - 3 Grant writing Friday 16 October Professor Janet Clinton


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


Self Care Series


The Self Care Series is a new initiative diving into all self-care for MGSE students and staff. Running weekly from Wednesday 16 September, featuring a new guest speaker each session. Each session runs for 30-45 minutes.

TopicDatesTime Guest Speaker
Thriving despite struggles Thursday 8 October 12pm Peggy Kern
The four factors of connectedness Wednesday 14 October 12pm Terry Bowles and Janet Scull
Tips for creating a healthy headspace Wednesday 21 October 12pm Chelsea Hyde

Book Launch - Changing Higher Education for a Changing World

Date: Wednesday 14 October
Time: 5pm - 6pm


Changing Higher Education for a Changing World explores higher education in the major higher education regions including China, Europe, the UK and the USA. It sharply illuminates key issues of public and policy interest across the world. Do research universities make society more equal or more unequal? Are students graduating with too much debt? Who do we want to be attending universities? Will learning technologies abolish the need for bricks-and-mortar higher education institutions? What can countries do to improve their scientific performance? How can comparative teaching assessment and research assessment become much more effective?

Following an introduction by editors William Locke and Simon Marginson, other contributors will discuss their chapters, with time after this for Q&A, chaired by Claire Callender. Please join us to discuss this important new book.

The Endemics of Pandemics in the Settler University

Date: Wednesday 21 October
Time: 10am - 11am


This presentation provides an analysis of the coterminous events of the global pandemic and the viral uprisings against fascism, anti-Black racism, and state violence as they differently but relatedly elucidate the failures of racial capitalism and the settler state and thus, by extension, the promise and prospect of the university. The states of illness, precarity and unfreedom laid bare by these events further expose colonialism and white supremacy as the most virulent pre-existing conditions. Within this context, the university marches on, committed to ‘business-as-almost-usual’ despite the risk to (some) lives and wellbeing. Read more about this event via Eventbrite.

Schools of the future: vertical, viral, virtual?

Date: Wednesday 21 October
Time: 1pm - 2pm


Traditional models of educating school children in Australia have seen significant changes in recent years. Buoyed by growing inner-urban residential populations and land scarcity, several cities around the country have adopted a campus model with a long history in Europe, Asia and America: vertical schools. And while a shift to digital learning has been underway for some years, COVID-19 has escalated the use of online methods to deliver teaching and learning in ways previously unimagined.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.