Research News

  • Call for proposals: MGSE Graduate Research Conference 2020

    The MGSE Graduate Research Conference is returning in December 2020 as a Summer Ideas Festival.

    As many conferences are postponing their events until 2021, this is a great opportunity for your Graduate Researchers to gain experience presenting their research, learn about others’ insights and methods, and make new connections at MGSE. If you think your Graduate Researchers would like to present at the conference, please ask them to consider submitting a proposal. A proposal template for Graduate Researchers to complete has been provided for download.

    The call for proposals will close on Sunday 25 October at 11.59pm.

    Presenters will be notified in the following weeks, and the programme will be announced in early November. Please request your Graduate Researchers submit their proposals and queries to

    Download Proposal Template

  • Implementation of 2020 ANZSRC codes

    The ARC has released the following statement on  the implementation of the 2020 ANZSRC codes:

    The ARC has developed a plan to adopt the updated 2020 Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) codes into the Research Management System (RMS) for National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) application and peer review activities.

    Understanding current pressures on universities, the aim is to provide enough time for the research sector to plan for, and manage, this change and minimise the burden on researchers and research offices in managing the transition.

    The ARC sought feedback from Research Office Directors on a proposed staged approach:

    • This year the 2020 codes will be implemented into RMS user profiles only, so researchers can commence selecting the 2020 codes (alongside retaining their 2008 codes) in their individual profiles.
    • The 2020 codes will start to be used in next year’s College of Expert nomination round.
    • The 2020 codes will be introduced into NCGP grant application forms for schemes opening from September 2021.

    New 2020 ANZSRC code changes will not be introduced into application forms for any scheme rounds that are currently open or are due to open in late 2020 or early 2021.

    Further advice and instructions on how to select the 2020 ANZSRC codes will be published by the ARC, at each new stage of the implementation process.

  • Hiroshima University Faculty Position Open

    Hiroshima University is developing educational and research activities from the perspective of advancing diversity.  On this occasion, Hiroshima University is looking to recruit a specially appointed assistant professor. Note that the applicant does not have to come to Japan, and your field of research can be any within educational research. Please download the application details for further information. For any queries, please email Professor Takuya Baba.

    Download application details

  • Scholarship awarded: Dr Pauline Thompson

    Congratulations to Dr Pauline Thompson, who has been awarded an ACEL ‘New Voice’ Scholarship. These scholarships aim to welcome the recipients into the ACEL network and support the dissemination of new learning and thought. In congratulating Pauline, The New Voice Scholarship recognises her as a forward-thinking, relevant, and responsive educational leader in the wider education community, at a national level.

  • REEaCh study: Call for participants

    The Research in Effective Education in Early Childhood Hub (REEaCh) is conducting a survey about families' experiences with early childhood education and care services during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact of the pandemic on parent and child wellbeing and parent-child relationships (Ethics #2057564). If you are a parent or carer of a child aged 1-6 years who usually attends childcare and you live in Victoria, they would love to hear from you. Participation involves completion of three online surveys (10 minutes each):

    1. Now: the first survey will take place now
    2. Three months: another survey in three months
    3. 12 months: the final survey

    You will also be asked if you would like to take part in a one-off individual interview. Survey participants will enter into a prize draw to win a $50 Coles voucher.

    Take the survey

  • CSHE study: Call for participants

    A CSHE study, 'Understanding University engagement capacity and capability,' is seeking professional and academic staff to participate in interviews via Zoom on their experiences of engagement with external organisations and individuals as part of teaching, research, community programs, and events. How have we changed the way they engage with the wider community, government, and organisations during COVID-19? The purpose of the study is to identify the professional development needs of university staff in public engagement as they move through different phases of COVID-19 related disruptions. For any queries, please contact the study team.

    More information

  • Library material ordering to recommence

    As of Friday 25 September the recent pause on orders for new library material has been lifted. Thank you to all for working with us during this recent process. Those items already requested and placed in a backlog will be processed without any further action required from the requestors, and any new requests can now be submitted for evaluation.

    This short pause has allowed focus on reconciliation of orders and payments to ensure  commitments can be met and introduce new methodologies to manage the volume of orders and payments received. The challenging times in which we are operating have been recognised and SASS have supported additional funding to maximise the ability to support purchasing of scholarly materials in 2020.

    For more information on how to order items for the Scholarly Services collections, please visit their website. Any queries can be directed to Ruth Baxter.

  • Reminders

    Open Access and Research Visibility

    Student and Scholarly Communications has created a new Open Access & Research Visibility page on the Research Gateway. The University's Principles for Open Access to Research Outputs at Melbourne state that researchers are expected to deposit the post peer-reviewed and corrected version of their published research (the Author’s Accepted Manuscript) in the Institutional Repository or an accredited subject repository within three months of publication. It includes a 2-minute video on how to make your research Open Access in Minerva Access, which hopefully demystifies the process for researchers.

    More information

    Academic Advisers portal now live

    Supporting our students to build meaningful connections within the University's scholarly community is more important than ever.

    Advising relationships enrich student thinking and set them up for better academic, professional, and personal outcomes. The Academic Advising website has many resources to help academic advisers prepare for meetings including quick reference guides to prepare and run productive first meetings. Key dates and contacts are listed on the website as well.

    Visit the website to learn more about your:

    • Allocated students and meetings
    • Students' University experiences so far
    • Senior Academic Advisors and Student Life professional support staff

    Visit the website

    Manchester-Melbourne International Research Training Group

    The call for project proposals will close on Monday 26 October.

    In the second Call for Joint PhD Projects with the University of Manchester, up to six collaborative academic pairings will be funded, with two PhD scholarships and supporting funding for each pair, with project proposals open to all research areas. More details about applications can be found in the Joint Call Guidelines.

    ARC scheme EOIs now open

    Expression of Interest (EOI) for ARC schemes opening in the third and fourth quarter of the year are now available. If you are interested in applying for the current rounds please complete the EOI so that the MERI team can support you through the application process.