Research News

  • MERI Contact Information

    Visit the MERI contact page to learn more about the team.

    General inquiries: bblaher@unimelb.edu.au
    Grants: mgse-grants@unimelb.edu.au
    Graduate research: mgse-research@unimelb.edu.au

  • Ethics Support Contacts

    The Infonetics Ethics Review Manager (ERM) is now fully operational for researchers to apply to conduct studies involving humans.

    Ethics support contacts

    Infonetica technical support

    General human ethics support

    Human Research Ethics Committees (HREC)

    • General information, including meeting dates and committee membership, can be found on the HREC page.
    • For information regarding a specific HREC, please contact the Research Ethics Officer assigned to that committee, found under the Committee Membership of the HREC website.
    • HREC queries can be emailed to the Human Ethics Enquiries team.

    Apply for ethics approval

    Complaints or concerns

    • Any complaints or concerns about the conduct of a research project should be emailed to the Research Integrity Administrator. You can also call on (03) 8344 1376.
  • Research activity in government schools and early childhood settings

    All research and evaluation activity involving Victorian government schools and Victorian early childhood services requires approval through the Department of Education and Training’s (DET’s) Research in Schools and Early Childhood settings (RISEC) process.

    A phased resumption of the Research in Schools and Early Childhood settings (RISEC) process will commence in early 2021, subject to public health advice and operational guidance about external visitors to education settings.

    Research activity involving education settings may resume in Term 1, 2021 for research commissioned, partnered, or supported by DET or other Victorian government departments. This research must meet the following conditions:

    • that data have been provided to us about the anticipated time burden on education settings (further advice will be emailed to existing RISEC approval holders)
    • we have subsequently confirmed that the research may proceed
    • researchers may not contact schools or early childhood sites or participants until Week 3, Term 1 (week commencing 8 February 2021).

    DET will accept new RISEC applications, or requests to amend existing RISEC approvals, meeting the above requirements from the week commencing Monday 25 January 2021.

    The Department will provide advice regarding the resumption of RISEC for remaining research activity in Term 1, 2021. This webpage will be updated once further information becomes available.

    Any queries may be directed to the Strategic Research Team at research@education.vic.gov.au

    For more information visit the Conduct research page on the Education and Training website.

  • Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM): Applications to conduct research

    CEM is still accepting applications to conduct research in CEM schools and these applications will be subjected to the usual review process. However, even if approved, researchers are not yet permitted to approach schools until they are given written permission by CEM. All approvals at the moment are ‘conditional’. Some projects have been exempt from this current ban on approaching schools (e.g. research that has been instigated by a school not an external researcher, or research that had already begun pre-COVID), but this is considered by CEM.

  • Travel Updates

    The University of Melbourne has a central Staff Travel and Off Campus Work page which is continuously updated with advice to be considered by anyone travelling on University business. Please see the following page (access requires a UoM username and password).

  • Scholarly Services Updates

    All students, including graduate researchers, are permitted to come on campus once they've completed the COVIDSafe training module and Health Declaration, for any of the following reasons:

    - an on-campus subject they are enrolled in

    - to visit the Baillieu library (note: bookings required for Reading Room for access to Archives and Special Collections)

    - to attend an in-person booked appointment (eg via Stop 1 or the Health Service)

    All graduate researchers and academic staff are eligible to book an appointment to browse general library collections in the Brownless Biomedical Library, Giblin Eunson Library and Southbank Library. This is in addition to walk-in access to the Baillieu Library from Monday 4 January and booked appointments to use the Archives and Special Collections in the Reading Room, located in the Baillieu Library. While in Brownless Biomedical Library, Giblin Eunson Library and Southbank Library, graduate researchers will be able to shelf browse, use informal study areas, and access self-service borrowing, printing and scanning.

    Reminders for everyone

    Everyone attending campus must still complete the COVIDSafe training module and Health Declaration before coming. Email essential-access@unimelb.edu.au regarding any access issues.

    The University has not been notified of any new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community this week. In the event of a positive case of COVID-19, the ability of the University and DHHS to conduct quick and thorough contact tracing will be critical. This can only happen if we have current contact details for our staff and students recorded in the Themis HR and StudentOne.

    All individuals should check their details are current, and divisions should also reinforce this message with students and staff.

  • Studies in Higher Education

    Associate Professor Martin Davies has co-authored a chapter in the second edition of the monumental work Studies in Higher Education.

  • Survey: Facilitating Academic Promotion

    Closing Date: Monday 8 March

    All academic staff at MGSE are invited to complete a short online survey about your perceptions of factors that can facilitate or hinder academic promotion.

    Contact Marian Mahat for any queries.

  • Survey: Academic resilience in times of adversity

    Closing Date: Friday 30 April 

    You are invited to participate in a short online survey to identify one strategy that has helped you manage your academic work during COVID-19.

    Contact Marian Mahat for any queries.