VLS Announcements 036 - 8 May 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 036 of our weekly announcements.

Congratulations to Dr Garth Maker on successful completion of his probation and congratulations also to Claire McNaughton on her recent win at the State Dressage Championships. Well done to both of you. Recognising staff achievements is extremely important and at this year's Staff Awards we all have an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of our staff and their local and national achievements over the past year. It would be great to have as many staff as possible join me at this important event to show support to the recipients. Details are shown below and staff need to confirm their attendance by Tuesday 2 June 2015.

Event details:

Venue: Murdoch University Tavern
Date: Wednesday 10 June 2015
Time: 6pm - 8pm

Click here to RSVP 


David Hampson

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Sarah Gillett by COB each Friday for publication the following Friday.

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Teaching and Research News [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • Important information on Laser Pointers and the Controlled weapons act - WHS information sheet - Message from Shona Reese and Radiation Safety Committee

    Please see here for important information sheet on Laser Pointers and Controlled weapons act.

  • Graduate Destinations for 2014 AGS with National Comparisons - Message from John Bailey 

    See here the national comparison report from the 2014 National Australian Graduate Survey GDS results. These are for graduates who completed their courses in 2013 in a Murdoch Course at Murdoch, Rockingham, Peel or OUA. This does NOT include TNE and offshore graduates.

    These reports provide comparisons of Graduate employment outcomes for Murdoch graduates in their field of education for their degree against other Western Australian universities who have degrees in the same fields of education or Australian Universities if no state comparison is available.

    If a field of education has less than 10 respondents at Murdoch level then a comparison is not provided.

    The Veterinary Science results need to be treated with caution because degrees other than those leading to the award of a veterinary science degree have been included. As explained below:

    For the graduates of B1058 BSC/BACHELOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE AND SURGERY, the students are coded 61101 - Veterinary Science and are compared against students from other universities who have graduates coded 61101-Veterinary Science.

    La Trobe does indeed have 3 graduate responses in BACHELOR OF ANIMAL AND VETERINARY BIOSCIENCES coded Veterinary Science.
    Monash also has 3 graduate responses in Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) coded Veterinary Science.
    UWS’s graduate response is in BACHELOR OF SCIENCE. ANIMAL SCIENCE it is coded Veterinary Science too however since it is not a specifically stated Vet course there could be a case made for removing them from the list.

  • Updated Unit Information and learning guide template - Message from John Bailey for action

    We have been asked to include additional text in the UILG template for second semester units under the heading 'What you need to know' [link (]

    "What you need to know:

    Generic information which students need to know is available at What you need to know web page.

    The information includes:

    • links to the Assessment Policy
    • a description of Academic Integrity
    • links to information about:

    Examinations; Non-discriminatory language; Student appeals; Student complaints; Conscientious objection and assessment policy

    • determination of grades from components/marks
    • information for equity students"
  • How do YOU value the Kimberley coast? - Message from Jennifer Strickland-Munro, Research Fellow

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    Researchers are exploring how people value the Kimberley coastline and marine environment. An online survey was recently launched seeking stakeholder input to help guide future management of the unique and beautiful region. The survey asks people to place markers on a Google maps interface to show where and how they value the coast, as well as what kind of management they wish to see in the future.

    The research aims to assist Government to make informed decisions about coastal management, now and into the future, and will provide spatially explicit data to inform planning and management. The survey is part of the WA government’s $30m Kimberley Marine Research Program (KMRP) administered by the WA Marine Science Institution (WAMSI).

    We want to hear from as many different people as possible through the survey. Every voice counts! Just click on the link:

    The survey will take around 25-30 minutes and all information given is anonymous. There is also a small thank you gift once you finish the survey but these are limited so get in quick.

    Have your say about how you would like to see the Kimberley coast managed in the future.

    Please contact Jennifer Strickland-Munro ( if you would like any more information.

  • Supervisor Enhancement Workshops - New Dates - Message from Neal Enright, Dean of Graduate Studies and Chair of RDSC  for action

    In order to meet research training educational standards expectations under a range of national mandated and best practise policies, the Research Degrees and Scholarships Committee (RDSC) of the university has approved the implementation of a compulsory supervisor professional development program (don’t be alarmed – it is one 3-hour workshop once every 4 years) as part of the requirements for academic staff to be listed on the approved register of supervisors.

    Please see here the document that provides details of the background to development of the Workshop program, and identifies how it will be rolled out over the next few years.

    The next round of Supervisor Workshops will be presented on Tuesday, 30th June 2015 (9am -12) and Tuesday, 14th July 2015 (9am -12) in the Murdoch Business Building, rooms LL1.002/LL1.003.

    As per the roll-out information in the attached document, we require academic staff in your School who fall in to the first cohort for Workshop completion - i.e. all staff who are not eligible to act as a Principal Supervisor, and have not been required to complete the EPS (Enhancing Postgraduate Supervision) program - to attend a workshop session this year if they wish to continue to be eligible to supervise graduate research degree students. We encourage all academic staff who have not completed EPS within the last 4 years (or are not currently undertaking EPS) to attend a workshop as soon as possible so that they are fully informed about current policy, procedures and issues relating to GRD supervision. If you are unable to attend the forthcoming workshops in June – July, further workshops will be held in November 2015 and February 2016.

    Can the School Managers please circulate this information to all academic staff (and can GRDs provide advice to staff as may be appropriate), and ask them to determine if they need to complete a workshop session in this first round.

    Please ask Staff to contact Kellie O’Toole ( to register for one of these sessions by 5 p.m. on Monday, 22nd June 2015. Any queries can be directed to her.

    Neal Enright, Dean of Graduate Studies and Chair of RDSC

  • Grand Challenges Explorations: Application deadline May 13, 2015 - Message from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

    Dear Colleagues,

    This is a reminder that the application deadline for Grand Challenges Explorations is fast approaching. Please see below for details.

    Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies.

    Two-page proposals are being accepted online until May 13, 2015, 11:30 A.M U.S. Pacific Day Light Time on the following topics:

    Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at:

    We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

    Thank you for your commitment to solving the world's greatest health and development challenges.

    The Grand Challenges Team
    Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.
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Staff News and Events [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • Congratulations to Dr Garth Maker - Message from David Hampson

    I am very pleased to announce that Dr Garth Maker has successfully completed his probation. Congratulations Garth!

  • Career Connect May 2015 Newsletter - Message from Jane Foster, Careers Development Advisor, Academic Registrar’s Office

    The May edition of our monthly newsletter has just been distributed to those Murdoch students currently registered on CareerConnect (our Jobs, News Events, Resources portal). Given many students are yet to formally register on CareerConnect ( we kindly ask that staff assist where they can to help increase our reach to the student population by way of this newsletter which is aimed at increasing the employability of our student population (various formats available).

    Electronic Link to the Newsletter - PDF

    The May 2015 edition features:

    - Murdoch staff member and WAAPA graduate Mayin Chong offers tips for a career in Radio;
    - Community Development student, Jenna Woods a WA Youth Awards finalist;
    - Graduate TV Australia - a new Youtube Channel for researching employers;
    - Internship Units for second semester will be advertised soon;
    - The Big Issue, Big Idea national student competition is back for 2015;
    - Employment Preparation/Job Search Workshops for May;
    - Student and Final Year/Graduate – job opportunities and;
    - Job Search resource links.

  • Congratulations to Claire McNaughton - Message from Fiona Feist

    036 - Claire McNaughton.jpg  Congratulations to Claire McNaughton from the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences on her recent win at the State Dressage Championships, Para Equestrian division. It was her horses’ first time in an indoor arena and we are very proud of her achievement – well done Claire!

  • Colour photocopying - Message from Marilyn Davies, Technical Resources Manager

    This is a reminder that colour photocopying is 10 times the cost of producing in black and white. Please can everyone use colour only as necessary.

    There are a large number of photocopies supported by the School and it would be appreciated for both sustainability and cost reasons, that computers are defaulted to the grayscale and printed on both sides of paper.

    ITS can be contacted on ext 2000 to help enable the default settings if required.

  • 4 x 4 Course: Wed June 10th & Thurs June 11th - Message from Steven Goynich

    After the last course was cancelled (due to lack of numbers), there seems to be a few that need to complete a 4x4 Course for your studies or work at Murdoch University. Hence we have chosen some dates 5 weeks out on June 10th & 11th.

    Therefore if you would like to do the course, please get in touch with me, Steven Goynich at or Ext # 2445 for the application form & course information. Please note, the course costs $200, needs an account to be charged & your supervisors' permission.

Seminars, Conferences and Workshops [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • Seminar - 'Practices and current issues in visitor management of Finnish protected areas' - Message from Karen Olkowski

    'Practices and current issues in visitor management of Finnish protected areas'
    Wednesday 13th May, 12.30pm-1.30pm
    Biological Sciences Lecture Theatre (BSLT)
    Presenter: Miisa Pietilä

    Miisa’s seminar will introduce the visitor management practices that are applied to sustain the fragile Nordic environment and to deliver quality experiences to protected area visitors in Finland. She will also demonstrate how the role of recreation and tourism has increased in Finnish protected areas, especially its national parks. Additionally, the seminar will discuss current management issues such as promoting and monitoring parks' health benefits, branding national parks as tourism destinations, as well as utilising Public Participation GIS methods to support park management.

    Miisa Pietilä is a doctoral student at the University of Oulu in the Department of Geography. She is specialized in Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) methods and her research focuses on developing best practices of using PPGIS methods to promote visitor management of natural areas. Miisa is visiting Murdoch as a research scholar for three months under the auspices of Professor Sue Moore’s Nature Based Tourism Research Group.

  • WALGA invites you to the Launch of the Environmental Planning Tool (EPT), Version2.0 - Message from Ulrike Wolter, Marketing & Events Officer, WALGA

    WALGA’s EPT is off the Grid – EPT Launch

    WALGA would like to invite you for the Launch of the Environmental Planning Tool (EPT), Version2.0.

    The EPT is a geographic information system (GIS) especially designed to assist Local Government decision making. More than 300 datasets are supplied with the EPT and it is available at a fraction of the cost of all other commercially available mapping programs. However, the true gem of the EPT is its unique function to help Local Governments interpret environmental and planning legislation.

    The EPT Version 2.0 was released to the Local Government sector in March this year and this new and improved version is available as a desktop application instead of a web based tool, eliminating any technical issues with the web based mapping software, making the EPT even easier to use.

    This session will demonstrate the EPT and the value it can provide to your Local Government.

    Date: Thursday, 28 May 2015
    Time: 10.30am – 12.00pm
    Venue: WALGA Boardroom, ONE70, Level 1, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville
    Cost: Free event
    RSVP: Thursday, 21 May 2015

    To register please follow the link below.
    Online registration – EPT Launch

    If you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact me on 9213 2043 or email

    Kind regards,

    Ulrike Wolter | Marketing & Events Officer | WALGA
    (p) (08) 9213 2043 | (f) (08) 9213 2077 | (e)

  • Seminar - 'Irrigation and agricultural intensification' - Message from Richard Harper 

    Please see flyer here for a seminar being held next Thurs afternoon (14 May, 1-5 pm, ECL2) to discuss irrigation and agricultural intensification.

    There are speakers coming from across the industry and Government, and this will include discussion about the major Government investments in this area.

    This is both for the Water and Earth students and any from across Veterinary and Life Sciences who are interested in attending. (No need to RSVP)

VLS Announcements No. 036