Academic Promotions to Level B

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

Dr Tracii Ryan Melbourne Centre for Study of Higher Education (MCSHE)
Dr Jun (Eric) Fu Youth Research Centre (YRC)
Dr Ana Garcia-Melgar Centre for Program Evaluation (CPE)
Ms Lara Mossman Centre for Positive Psychology (CPP)

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.

Finance Services, Appropriate Purchasing Channels (APC) Initiative Update

The APC Initiative commenced in March this year with the goal of promoting the best channels for purchasing. It was identified purchase orders (via Themis iProcurement) and University corporate cards were the preferred payment options. Purchase orders provide more accurate reporting, timely payments to suppliers, decreased invoice handling for approvers and overall reduction in queries being directed back towards departments.

At present, the APC initiative has 159 nominated suppliers for which invoices submitted for payment, and are required to quote a purchase order to facilitate efficient processing. This means if you submit an invoice without a PO for these suppliers, you will be contacted.

Support materials have been developed or refreshed to assist staff with the APC initiative.

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.

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:

Management Development Program (MDP):

Both courses are designed to focus on the emotional and psychological journey essential to enabling us to transition into new environments and situations.

  • Managing with Emotional Intelligence a new 1x90 min + 1x60 min virtual session on 29 October
  • Manager Essentials a 3x1hr virtual seminar 9-10 November
  • Me, My Team and Change a new 2x1hr virtual seminar on 28 and 30 October, 4 and 6 November
  • Navigating Change 2x1hr virtual seminar on 26 and 27 October, 12 and 13 November
  • Responding with Resilience, Hope, Optimism and Efficacy a new 2x1 virtual seminar on 24 November

Managing my work a new (3 x 1 hr) webinar, the next available sessions are on 17, 23, 26 November.

This course is designed to equip staff with tools for managing their work effectively and wisely through prioritisation and time management.

Responding with Resilience, Hope, Optimism and Efficacy a 2x1hr virtual session on 1, 5, 12 and 19 October and 24 November. Builds understanding of psychological capital and provides strategies for building resilience.

Pride in Action Ally Training (pre-requisite completion of LGBTI+ Employee Awareness Briefing) the next session is on 22 September.

LGBTI+ Employee Awareness Briefings (2 hr webinar) the next session is on 20 October.

For any enquiries contact: