MGSE staff news

Recharge Leave

The Vice Chancellor recently announced that the University will provide continuing and fixed-term employees with five “recharge” days in addition to your annual leave. These five "recharge" days will be available for use from Monday 6 September through 30 June 2022. Additional information, including instructions on how to access this leave in Themis, may be accessed online.

SPELD Collaboration

On Thursday 19 August 2021, our Dean, Professor Jim Watterston, Professor Lorraine Graham and members of the MGSE Learning Intervention Academic Group met with representatives from SPELD, Ian McCubbing (Treasurer, SPELD) and Clair Stonier-Kipen (CEO, SPELD), to sign a formal Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate on targeted course content at the Graduate Certificate and Masters levels. This is a significant accomplishment that will benefit both educators and the community of people with Specific Learning Disorders (SLDs).

Open Day 2021

MGSE participated in the university's online Open Day on Sunday 22 August. MGSE received 420 registrations, were joined live by 200 attendees and answered 150 questions across our two events targeted at high school leavers.

As a follow up, MGSE is offering a suite of on demand video content for all our audiences, including professionals, along with 1:1 consultations and campus tours later in the year. Thank you to Dr Daniela Acquaro, our student ambassadors and marketing and recruitment staff.

Changes to web support

As a result of the new University Communications and Marketing operating model, Shaun Prinsloo has commenced as the Digital Product Manager (FBE/MGSE/MLS). We thank Karl Smith for his collegiality, ingenuity, and expertise as MGSE's Content and Communications Specialist over the past two years, and we wish him the best of luck in his new position as Digital Product Manager (Arts/FFAM).

In line with these changes, the online form for requesting web support has been updated. If you require updates to the MGSE website, please use the web support form on Service-Now:

If you require updates to the MGSE Intranet, please contact

MGSE Talks

A recording of MGSE Talks, held on Friday 20 August 2021, is now available to view for those who were unable to attend the live event. The recording includes:

  • [00:00] Welcome and update from our Dean, Professor Jim Watterston
  • [02:45] Introduction to our new MGSE colleagues: Dr Kapil Regmi and Professor Marcia McKenzie
  • [18:10] Student Life, Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Life, Professor Sarah Wilson
  • [38:00] Pre-service teacher program at Yirrkala Homelands School, Bern Murphy

China Engagement Grants

These grants aim to strengthen links between the University and its stakeholders across all areas of China engagement – students, staff, alumni, and partner institutions – by funding initiatives that align with the Engaging with China 2020-2024 plan's goals. Grants of up to $10,000 are available and will be awarded on an annual basis until 2024. (subject to availability). Applications must be submitted by 16 September 2021.

For additional information, please read the guidelines or contact Emily Mackay.

Indonesia Engagement Grants

Applications for the University's Indonesia Engagement Grants 2021 are now being accepted. This grant programme focuses on supporting projects in Indonesia which promote non-research engagement with academia, government, business, creative, or civil society groups. Applications close on 27 September.

For additional information, please read the guidelines or contact Emily Mackay.

InnovatEd Incubation seed funding applications now open

Have an innovative idea on how technology can be used to improve teaching and learning at the University? The Melbourne InnovatEd incubation program can help make your idea a reality. The incubation program supports educational technology innovations for tertiary education by providing funding of up to $25,000, plus in-kind opportunities such as mentoring, bespoke project guidance and hot desk space at Melbourne Connect. Applications close 5:00pm on 30 September 2021.

Visit the InnovatEd website for more information.

Survey: Are you interested in mindfulness, meditation and other contemplative practices?

The Contemplative Studies Centre invites staff and students to complete a five-minute survey on contemplative practice and study. The results will assist the Centre to develop guided practice sessions, events, education offerings and support. Complete the survey by 23 September for a chance to win a package of meditation and mindfulness books!

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