Academic Promotions to Level C

As of Tuesday 1 September, the following staff were promoted to  the position title of Senior Lecturer or Senior Research Fellow, Level C. Congratulations to:

Dr Jane BirdArtistic & Creative Education Group (ACE)
Dr John WhitehouseArtistic & Creative Education Group (ACE)
Dr Zhonghua ZhangAssessment Research Centre (ARC)
Dr Chelsea Hyde Centre for Positive Psychology (CPP)
Dr Catherine PearnMathematics, Science & Technology Education (MSTEG)
Dr Maurizio ToscanoMathematics, Science & Technology Education (MSTEG)
Dr Merryn Dawborn-GundlachMathematics, Science & Technology Education (MSTEG)
Dr Licho Lopez LopezSocial Transformations & Education Group (STEG)
Dr Rhonda Di BiaseSocial Transformations & Education Group (STEG)
Dr Sophie RudolphSocial Transformations & Education Group (STEG)

Update on the Marketing and Recruitment team

Stephanie Do Carmo and Emily Silvester have recently joined the Marketing and Recruitment team. Steph will be in our Student Recruitment Coordinator (Domestic) role covering for Chantelle while she is on parental leave. Steph has been at UoM for over six years in various roles and most recently comes to us from the Faculty of Arts. Steph is passionate about helping students and in her free time creates beautiful ceramic tableware. Emily will be in our Marketing Officer role (replacing Georgie) and comes to us from previous roles at Swinburne and La Trobe and has a love of writing and creating content.

MGSE Events Officer

Welcome back to Events Officer Liz Carter who has returned to MGSE from 12 months maternity leave. Liz is working part-time and her days at work are every Wednesday and Thursday.

Themis unavailable 16-18 October

Business Services advise that Themis will be unavailable from 4pm Friday 16 October until 6pm Sunday 18 October. During this period, Security, Finance and HR/payroll patches will be applied. Themis will be made available earlier if the upgrade is completed ahead of schedule. For any queries contact Prashanth Janardanan.

Pulse Survey results

Staff were asked to share their experience of the challenging circumstances that we are dealing with as a result of the pandemic. In the survey there were questions about your wellbeing, about things that are working well and about areas the University could help improve. As you will recall, the survey was conducted just prior to the Stage 4 restrictions being introduced by the Victorian Government.

The survey points to the critical factors that make a difference in working productively under these trying conditions, including: flexible working arrangements, regular communication, an appropriate work area and IT set up, a manageable workload, and support from leaders and work colleagues. A summary report with a more detailed overview of the results and analysis can be found on the Staff Hub human resources page. The University will provide further updates on how your feedback is being addressed over the coming months. Find out more about the Pulse Survey on the Human Resources website.

Public and University holiday Friday 23 October

The usual AFL Grand Final eve public holiday on Friday 23 October will be a 'Thank you day' for all Victorians this year, in recognition of everyone's contribution to bringing the incidence of COVID-19 back to manageable levels after a long period of lockdown. Staff with leave already entered and approved in Themis on 25 September will have their record updated to deduct the additional day (or pro-rata for part time) from their leave balance. Staff with leave already entered and approved in Themis on 23 October will have their record updated and the equivalent leave credited back to their leave balance.

If staff wish to update or cancel their leave, they can do this in Themis self-service by following these instructions.

Unisuper webcast: Retirement considerations

Date: Wednesday 14 October
Time: 5.30pm


Like any new chapter in your life, preparation can go a long way in ensuring you're emotionally and financially ready for the road ahead.  But where to start? This online seminar provides information on the key issues to consider in the lead-up to retirement so you can start planning. In this live webcast, Unisuper discuss a variety of topics associated with managing your retirement: challenges in retirement, establishing retirement objectives, contribution strategies, income in retirement.

Please note: Your registration details are kept confidential by UniSuper and will never be shared with your employer.

For any enquiries contact UniSuper Advice on 1800 823 842.

Staff mental health training programs

Staff Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) programs have resumed through online delivery and are now open for registration. The Blended Online MHFA Community course has been adapted from the two day Standard MHFA course and is an equivalent qualification that leads to accreditation as a MHFAider.

The course has two parts, a 5-7 hours e-learning component, delivered by MHFA Aus that can be completed at any time prior to the second component which comprises two CAPS run group sessions of 2.5 hours each.

Upcoming dates for the CAPS group sessions are:
7 and 14 October, 5, 12, 16 and 23 November

A shorter 40 minute online program "Supporting Student Mental Health" is also available on CANVAS LMS. For more information contact Clare Kentmann on 8344 6927  or via email

TrainMe: Working from home safely and effectively

There is a now a new module ‘Working from home safely and effectively’ available on TrainME.

This module provides a range of information and resources to assist staff in working from home, from setting up home workspaces to practices to assist with well-being, connection, establishing habits and understanding expectations.

There is also a pdf link at the end of the module to capture all the resources referenced. To access the module go into TrainME>Learning Catalogue and search ‘Working from home’

Staff Development

Please note there is no cost for the following courses, please enrol via TrainME:

  • Responding with Resilience, Hope, Optimism and Efficacy a new 2x1 virtual seminar on 12 and 19 October and 24 November
  • Navigating Change 2x1hr virtual seminar on 26 and 27 October, 12 and 13 November
  • Me, My Team and Change a new 2x1hr virtual seminar on 28 and 30 October, 4, 6 and 18,19 November
  • Managing with Emotional Intelligence a new 1x90 min + 1x60 min virtual session on 29 October
  • Manager Essentials a 3x1hr virtual seminar 9-10 November
  • Managing my work a new (3 x 1 hr) webinar, the next available sessions are on 30 November and 3,8 December.

Pride in Action Ally Training (pre-requisite completion of LGBTI+ Employee Awareness Briefing) the next session is on 9 December.

LGBTI+ Employee Awareness Briefings (2 hr webinar) the next session is on 12 November and 3 December.

For any enquiries contact: