MGSE staff news

Update on COVID-19

New online tool RideSpace and off-peak discounts

The Victorian Government has launched a new online tool called RideSpace which provides real-time information for public transport passengers on metro trains. The app shows how busy or quiet their journey will be before getting on board.

RideSpace is now available via a dedicated, mobile responsive mini-site – and its capacity data will soon be made available in third party journey planning apps to help passengers make informed choices about travelling safely on the network.

There will be a 30 per cent discount off myki fares for passengers touching off between 9.30am and 4pm or after 7pm on weekdays. The off-peak discount will be in place for the next three months.

Public health reminder

As we continue to increase our on-campus activities it's critical we all do our part to keep the community safe. This means:

  • Do not come to campus if you are unwell
  • Maintain physical distancing and hand hygiene, observe building density limits, and get tested if you have any symptoms (fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness  of breath, runny nose, loss or change in sense of taste or smell)
  • Monitor the DHHS website for details of exposure sites
  • Follow the testing and notification process for COVID-19 if you, a staff member, student, or another member of the University community tests positive for COVID-19.

Supervisors who suspect someone may be unwell should approach them politely and advise that you have noticed they are displaying symptoms (eg coughing, runny nose) and, to ensure the safety of all staff and students present and in line with the University's COVIDSafe policy, they should go home and arrange to be tested for COVID-19 and/or seek medical advice.

Important updates for parking on campus

Due to the impacts of the pandemic and flexible work arrangements, the University will not increase the cost of a salary sacrificed parking permit in 2021, and has reduced the price of the staff casual parking from 1 February.

More information on parking rates in 2021 is made available on ServiceNow.

All previously held salary sacrificed parking permits were cancelled in March 2020. If you're working flexibly for the foreseeable future it's recommended you register for the staff casual parking discount and park at larger carparks with pay machines. You can apply for the staff casual parking discount via ServiceNow.

If you prefer a salary sacrifice permit or if you park in a location without pay machines, you will need to reapply for a salary sacrifice permit via ServiceNow.

You can update your staff casual parking discount details such as your vehicle registration by following these instructions on ServiceNow.

If you were issued a special parking permit for essential workers during 2020 this permit has expired as of 1 February as we transition back to normal carpark operations. Specific instructions have been emailed directly to affected staff by the Transport and Parking team. The email includes advice on how you can transition to either the staff casual parking discount or salary sacrifice permit. Contact the Transport and Parking team for any further enquiries.

Digital Taskforce Update

Are you enrolled in the MGSE LMS Support Community?

Subject coordinators: If you are a subject coordinator in 2021, please ensure you have access to this site, as LMS news and updates specific to MGSE subjects will be communicated through announcements.

If you are a staff member who uses the LMS and is keen for Canvas supports, news and regular tips and tricks, you can join the MGSE LMS Support community via the LMS Subject and Communities Catalogue.

Go to our recent announcement for some of the resources available to you in readying your 2021 LMS site, and check in regularly with the Tip of the Week page for weekly tidbits, ideas and advice to support you in your use of Canvas.

2021 LMS Content Copying

A reminder that, if you are a subject coordinator and still need content from a 2020 LMS copied into your 2021 shell, you can request this via the 2021 MGSE LMS Subject Copy Requirements spreadsheet on Sharepoint.

Instructions for entering your copy requests can be found in our recent announcements. LMS support page.

LMS Recorded and Live Workshops and PD

If you missed out on the workshops presented as part of the MGSE 2021 Canvas Kickstart Clinic you can still sign up for sessions offered to all Unimelb staff by the Learning Environments team.  The schedule of upcoming workshops can be found on the LMS Workshops and webinar page, which also includes links to pre-recorded webinars you can interact with at any time.

Visit the Digital Taskforce page for further updates.

MGSE Costing and Pricing Tool template

MGSE Finance has updated the UOM Research Costing and Pricing Tool v2.5A template, which includes additional MGSE information.

Please use this template for externally funded projects, research and consulting activities. Contact the Grants & Contracts Consultant Michelle Tonissen for further information.

MGSE Alumni receive Australia Day Honours

Congratulations to the following alumni for receiving Australia Day Honours:

Ms Margaret Bartkevicius-James OAMAwarded a Medal of the Order of AustraliaService to dance, and to the community of Tasmania
Mr Philip D Holmes-Smith OAMAwarded a Medal of the Order of AustraliaService to education, particularly to research and evaluation
Mr Norman M Houghton OAMAwarded a Medal of the Order of AustraliaService to community history
Dr David C Howes PSMAwarded a Public Service MedalOutstanding public service to education in Victoria
Ms Wendy A Lewis OAMAwarded a Medal of the Order of AustraliaService to the not-for-profit sector, and to education
The Rev Dr Colleen A O'Reilly AMMade a Medal of the Order of AustraliaSignificant service to the Anglican Church of Australia, and to religious education
Professor Jonathan W Serpell AMMade a Medal of the Order of AustraliaSignificant service to medicine, particularly toendocrine surgery
Ms Fiona M Thomson OAMAwarded a Medal of the Order of AustraliaService to youth through Guides, and to academic librarianship

Volunteers required - SecondBite

The SecondBite Free Meals program has been extended until 25 March. More UoM staff volunteers are required to assist in distributing fresh, healthy, frozen meals to students. The distribution site is just off campus at UniLodge, Lincoln Square. Service runs Monday to Thursday with a two hour commitment required between 1.30-3.30pm. For enquiries or to volunteer contact Inoka Amarasekara.

IT Update

Having trouble opening Adobe Acrobat Pro?

As part of the Adobe Acrobat Pro Enterprise license renewal in 2020, you may be prompted with a login notification the next time you use Adobe software like Acrobat Pro or CC products. If you receive this prompt, please follow the instructions and sign in with your University email address to continue using Acrobat Pro. If you're prompted with a message that asks for a serial number, please close and re-open Adobe Acrobat to progress to a login screen.

For further enquires contact IT services and support.