VLS Announcements 041 - 12 June 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 041 of our weekly announcements.

For those not already aware, Sue Urbaniak retires this week and her last day with us is today! I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Sue for her dedication, hard work and for the incredible support she has provided me with whilst working together. The staff of the school, and I in particular, wish Sue all the very best in her retirement and we hope she has a fabulous time on her holiday cycling around France.

Sarah Gillett will be stepping in to the position of PA to the Dean from Monday 15 June, as well as continuing to work as PA to Fiona Feist.


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]

  • Thank you to Ravi Tiwari, Rhonda Loxley and Jason Kettle for their DNA lab presentation to year 10 Students from Carine High School - Message from Michelle Austin

    Hello Ravi, Rhonda and Jason

    Just wanted to express my thanks for the DNA lab and presentation you ran today for the 30 year 10 students from Carine SHS. I believe this is the 5th time you have delivered to the year 10s from this school, as the same teacher comes back to you year after year.

    Having now sat and witnessed the session for myself, I can see why. The students were totally engaged and enthused.

    Thank you to Rhonda and Jason for taking the time to set-up and pack-up the experiments also.

    The visit also gave me an opportunity to share with the students up and coming science events and open day. A win win for all concerned.

    Thanks again for your time, it is very much appreciated by all.

    Kind regards


    Michelle Austin
    Science Outreach Coordinator
    Academic Registrar's Office| External Engagement
    Murdoch University
    90 South Street, Murdoch - ph: 08 9360 7319 e:

  • Media story - 'Woylie woes continue despite reproductive success' - Article by Brooke Hunter

    Despite recent recovery efforts and substantial reproductive potential in the south west brush-tailed bettong (Bettongia penicillata) numbers continue to decline in the wild due to predators and parasites.

    Department of Parks and Wildlife and Murdoch University staff are currently monitoring the critically endangered species - also known as a woylie. See link below for full story:

  • Message from Anne Allen and Academic Policy Coordinators

    "I would really like to thank you all for your support and help with the 2016 Main amendment round to this point. We appreciate that you most willingly give your time and assistance. Can you also pass onto the staff in your Schools, both admin staff and Academic Chairs, our thanks also. In most cases we set up this years shared folders with Schools for Academic Planning and APCs attended numerous discipline planning meetings and it seems that these worked very well."

  • My Unit Readings - New customised reading lists - Message from Susan Ashcroft, Interim Associate Director, Client Services & Information Access

    As previously announced the Library is implementing a new system that creates customised reading lists for units and includes an integrated digitisation request management system.

    The new system called My Unit Readings is a replacement of our current eReserve system and provides substantial improvements, including:

    • all unit readings (digitised content, books, journal articles, websites etc) can be listed in the one place;
    • reading lists can be imbedded in LMS units for seamless access to electronic resources and to the Library catalogue;
    • personalised reading lists can be created to suit your unit, and arrange lists by week, topic, assignment or other category;
    • access to analytics for your unit via a dashboard feature.

    We appreciate the time constraints that academics are all under, and the Library would like to assist in facilitating the change process for you.

    Library staff will transfer existing Reserve and eReserve lists for your unit into the new system on your behalf. Following that, your subject librarian will then arrange a time with you to show you your reading list, including how you can arrange it to meet your particular needs.

    Thank you to those who have already taken up our offer of training, and have started to put their reading lists together.

    We aim to have all first year units using My Unit Readings in Semester 2, 2015.

    Please let me know if you encounter any problems.


    Susan Ashcroft
    Interim Associate Director, Client Services & Information Access | Murdoch University
    90 South Street, Murdoch WA 6150 | Tel +61 8 9360 2513 |

    We appreciate the time constraints that academics are all under, and the Library would like to assist in facilitating the change process for you.

  • Scholarships available by Schools - Message from Sandra De Freitas, Student Financial Support Coordinator, Student Services, Student Support, Academic Registrar's Office

    We are currently driving a new promotional direction for our Scholarships and Student Financial Support as a whole.

    Our first initiative was to drive students to view our scholarships available on our webpage but students found it quite challenging to find what criteria or stream they fall under in order for them to apply.

    We have now made it clearer for students and staff alike to view what scholarships are available by schools .

    We would appreciate if you could please add a scholarships link to your websites that will link to our pages.

    We hope this will help you and the students navigate and understand our scholarships available.

    We have also added a ‘News & Events’ page. Here we will publish upcoming scholarships opening & new scholarships available.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns or questions in this regard.

    Please feel free to:
    send through information you would like for us to publish on our news & events pages about things happening in your area
    send this information to anyone I may have missed


    Sandra De Freitas

    Student Financial Support Coordinator |Student Services|Student Support |Academic Registrar's Office
    (Phone +61 8 9360 7433 | * Email
    Murdoch University, 90 South Street, MURDOCH WA 6150
    CRICOS Provider Code: 00125J

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  • Murdoch Open Day - Sunday 26 July - 10am - 4pm 

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    Be part of Murdoch University's biggest event on campus!

    Not only do you get to play a part in helping hundreds of visitors discover their future, you will receive an Open Day t-shirt, lunch voucher, full briefing and an invitation to a thank you function.

    Register your availability today to receive regular event updates and details on the staff and student briefing sessions. If you are already working on the day within a school or service centre please register to ensure we have your details on record.

  • Immediate and future changes to OUA Support Office - Message from Martin Gwyn-Fawke OUA Support Manager, Student Registry, |Academic Registrar's Office

    Dear colleagues,

    I would like to bring to your attention details of two significant changes with regard to the OUA Support functions and responsibilities at Murdoch University. These changes are occurring for two reasons.

    1. The student focused administrative function of the OUA Support Office being integrated within other offices of the Murdoch University Academic Registrar’s Office.
    2. I am taking extended leave from 10th June 2015 to the end of January 2016.

    Please distribute this email among your team as appropriate.

    1. Student focused administration - permanent change from 10 August 2015

    Murdoch Exams and Assessments Office (Manager – Jenny Lai)

    • OUA Examinations
    • OUA Exam Services – Alternative Assessment Arrangement students (plus Murdoch Equity and Social Inclusion Office - Manager, Erica Lewin).

    Student Records Office – Manager; Ian Gell

    • Enrolment Services
    • Commonwealth Supported Students (Majors)
    • Special Circumstances applications
    • Standard Student Enquiries:
    • Late enrolments, standard student complaints, general student issues, pre-requisite waivers
    • Unibooks liaison (coordinated by Nicole Turner in cooperation with Academic Coordination Team (Manager, Anne Allen).

    Academic Coordination – Manager; Anne Allen

    • OUA Academic Planning (PIMS)

    Contact details of Murdoch staff with OUA responsibilities can be found in the attached excel document.

    2. Manager functions - effective from 10th June 2015 to end January 2016

    Associate Director Student Registry, Peter Furzer

    • Distribution of Student Survey and Reviews data.
    • Distribution of Learning Quality and Student Success data.
    • Serious student complaints.

    3. Continuing arrangements

    Senior Application Support Analyst - Mike Nodding

    • Learning Analytics (technical).

    PVC Teaching and Learning - Professor Sara de Freitas

    • Learning Analytics (project owner and research coordination).

    The mailbox will remain in operation and can be used to contact OUA Support Staff on any matter. Your enquiry will be triaged by the team and the appropriate department will respond to your enquiry.

    All OUA students should be directed to contact the University through 1300 Murdoch (1300 687 3624), through the OUA Murdoch Students page or directly via Ask A Question on the Murdoch website. Please do not supply the email address or the direct phone line to students. Please delete this email address from all units UILGs or other locations including LMS sites.

    We are confident that the changes outlined above will improve the quality of Murdoch University’s administration services to OUA and, most importantly, our OUA students.

    If you have any questions about the changes signposted above, please contact either the nominated Murdoch person or Peter Furzer on 08 9360 2510 or email Please do not contact OUA staff (Melbourne) unless it is common practice for you to do so.



    Martin Gwyn-Fawke
    OUA Support Manager | Student Registry |Academic Registrar's Office
    (Phone 08 9360 6896 Email
    Murdoch University, 90 South Street, MURDOCH WA 6150

  • New MUH Counselling Service website - Message from Bronwyn Williams, Manager, Murdoch University Health, Student Services

    It gives me great pleasure to present our revised, revamped and revitalised Counselling Service website. This is the culmination of much hard work by the Marketing and Design team and our skilled counsellors, Gaynor Pettit and Matt Sumner. We hope the website contains helpful information for students and staff and that it’s easy to navigate.

    There is still some information to be inserted (such as the links to PDFs for various topics) but if you have any feedback in the meantime, please email Matt or Gaynor. We are also working on the content for the Medical Service and are aiming to have this go live later in the year.
    I would be most appreciative if you could forward this to your teams and any other interested staff I may have missed.

    Kind regards

    Bronwyn Williams
    Manager | Murdoch University Health | Student Services | Academic Registrar’s Office
    Monday and Thursday: Counselling Service  Phone 08 9360 1227 | Fax 08 9360 6672 |  Email
    Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: Medical Service  Phone 08 9360 2293 | Fax 08 9310 8835|  Email
    Murdoch University, 90 South Street, MURDOCH WA 6150

  • RSPCA Australia future leader in animal welfare award - Message from Elise Meakin, Communications & Campaigns Manager, RSPCA Australia

    RSPCA Australia is calling for applications for the Hugh Wirth Future Leader in Animal Welfare Award which recognises the contribution, achievement and vision of a future leader in the field of animal welfare. Please see here for flyer.

    Applicants can find out more and apply online here:

    A bit more about the award:

    The inaugural recipient of the Hugh Wirth Future Leader in Animal Welfare Award will be an invited guest at the 2016 RSPCA Australia Animal Welfare Seminar, and will deliver the Hugh Wirth Animal Welfare Oration, an original speech that sets out their vision for improving animal welfare in Australia and providing animals with ‘a life worth living’, as part of the proceedings. The Awardee and finalists in the competition will also have their written speeches published online. We’re inviting individuals from all walks of life who can demonstrate their commitment to animal welfare and the philosophy and policies of the RSPCA, whether this is through their employment, study, research, personal interest or volunteer activities to apply. Applicants must be aged 35 years or under.

    Kind regards

    Elise Meakin

    Elise Meakin
    Communications & Campaigns Manager
    RSPCA Australia
    P 02 6282 8300 F 02 6282 8311 M 0419 748 907
    PO Box 265, Deakin West ACT 2600 Australia

  • Did you know that mobile cafe 'Coffee Crusader' comes to uni every day?

    See here for flyer with further information.

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  • Free Public Lecture by Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC - Message from Helen Hitchcock, Senior Project Officer, Office of Science

    Free Public Lecture by Professor Ian Chubb AC

    “Building Momentum on STEM Policy”

    Date: Wednesday, 24 June 2015
    Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Venue: McCusker Auditorium, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, 6 Verdun Street, Nedlands.

    Addressing the declining proportion of students and workforce participants in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is an important issue for Australia. It is a key opportunity, as highlighted in “A Science Statement for Western Australia”, if we are to continue building on our social and economic prosperity.

    Therefore, I am pleased to bring to your attention a free Public Lecture being presented by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC, titled “Building Momentum on STEM Policy”.

    The lecture is open to the public and all interested researchers, government agencies, companies, as well as research and higher education institutions.

    Additional details are on the flyer.

    Please RSVP to by Friday, 19 June 2015 to confirm your attendance.

    For more information please contact:
    Helen Hitchcock, Senior Project Officer, Office of Science
    Phone - (08) 6552 5834
    Email -

  • Invitation to attend the 11th Annual International Symposium on Environment, Climate Change and Global Warming

    See here for further information on this Symposium.

  • Lunchtime Seminar - “Biomarkers in Veterinary Medicine” – Dr Gabriele Rossi - Message from Mandy O'Hara, Associate Professor in Pathology

    Lunchtime Seminar - “Biomarkers in Veterinary Medicine” – Dr Gabriele Rossi

    Date: Monday 22 June 2015
    Time: 12:30pm
    Location: VBS 3.023

    Dr Gabriele Rossi graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Milan, Italy in 2006 where he also completed his PhD on the identification of new biomarkers and innovative analytical methods in veterinary clinical pathology. Gabriele proceeded to do a post-doc position focused on analytical and biological validation of inflammatory biomarkers in domestic animals. He became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology in 2013. Gabriele joined the Murdoch staff in May 2015 as a senior lecturer in veterinary clinical pathology.

    His research interests include infectious diseases and analytical and diagnostic validation of biomarkers, particularly inflammatory and urinary markers.

VLS Announcements No. 041