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VLS Announcements 059 - 15 October 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 059 of our weekly announcements.

With just over two weeks left to the end of this semester, it is already time to start preparing for next year’s semester 1. The revised workload metrics for 2016 are now available for your information below. There will be a further announcement inviting academic staff to review and update their details.

The Office of Research and Development is now calling for EOIs from researchers who are intending to submit to ARC (DP, DI, DECRA) and NHMRC 2106 schemes. Please note that the EOI must be submitted by 20th October, using the EOI form available below.


David Hampson
Dean, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Nathalie Kennedy by COB each Tuesday for publication on Thursday.

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  • Call for Expressions of Interest: ARC and NHMRC Schemes - reminder - message from Jane Crier   for action

    The Office of R&D is now calling for EOIs from researchers for ARC (DP, DI, DECRA) and NHMRC Schemes 2016 due 20 October

    The Office of Research and Development is now calling for EOIs from researchers who are intending to submit to ARC Discovery Programme (Discover Project, Discovery Indigenous, DECRA) and to the forthcoming NHMRC schemes (including Projects and Fellowships). 

    Those required to submit an EOI must do so by the 20th October 2015 using the attached EOI form.  EOIs submitted after this deadline will only be accepted with DVC R&D approval.  Where you are only required to submit an IRMA coversheet please refer to the relevant deadline in the attached summary table. 

    PLEASE READ the attached document “Guidelines for submissions to the ARC and NHMRC Major Grant Rounds” for important information about this process, when to submit an EOI or IRMA coversheet, requirements and the assessment of EOIs.

    Also attached for your information: calendar of RAC and NHMRC deadlines as well as EOI form 2015/2016.

    Applicants should discuss their intention to submit with their Associate Dean of Research in the first instance.  Applicants who are uncertain whether they are required to submit an EOI or an IRMA coversheet as per the attached guidelines should discuss this with the Grants team.

    With kind regards

    Jane Crier
    Manager, Research Grants and Contract Services

  • VLS Workload Metrics for 2016 - message from A/Prof Mike Calver

    Revised workload metrics for 2016 are now available. Please see link below...

    The revised workload metrics for VLS in 2016 are now available FYI (link).

    When the website is ready for uploading inividual details there will be a further announcement inviting academic staff to review and update their details.

  • 2016 Learning and Teaching Certificate

    This course is a practical course aimed at Murdoch University staff who teach or support learning. This programme also confers eligibility (subject to accreditation) for the award of Associate Fellowship or Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)...

    Murdoch is a subscribing institution of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Learning and Teaching Certificate has been planned to enable staff to meet the requirements of the HEA’s recognition scheme for staff who teach or support learning in universities.  CUTL's intention is to award HEA Fellowships directly to Murdoch staff who complete the Certificate;  this is subject to a successful outcome in the current accreditation round.

    The invitation to join the Certificate is open to all Murdoch University staff with a role in teaching / supporting learning who are interested in the development of effective learning and teaching practice.  The course is likely to be of interest to newly appointed staff in both early career and more senior roles as well as current, experienced Murdoch staff.

    There will be two information sessions organised for anyone interested to meet the team delivering the Certificate.  These can be joined face-to-face or online.

    Nov 2nd, 2015 – 2pm to 4pm at Library level 4, North Wing, Room 4.040 and

    Feb 9th, 2016 – 10am to 12noon at Library level 4, North Wing, Room 4.040

    Interested staff should contact to book a place at one of these events, stating the date and whether face-to-face or online.

    All the information, together with a course calendar, can be found on the CUTL website - Learning and Teaching Certificate.  Early application is encouraged and the availability of places will be restricted;  the application window will close on February 16th 2016.  

    If you have questions or require further information please email

  • IRMA System Upcoming Sessions- message from Chris Hutchison for action

    Check the new features of the IRMA system, which include the new Animal Ethics module...

    Dear Colleagues,
    This is a reminder for you to register to the first IRMA workshop.
    Murdoch is progressively implementing the IRMA System. We are planning to implement a major IRMA update from 30th Nov 2015. This update will introduce the new Animal Ethics module to complement existing features. As a part of the initial change animal users will be required to submit their 2015 annual animal usage reports into the system.
    To facilitate this transition R&D will provide training (workshops, an information package, and drop-in sessions). The first workshop for all registered animal users in VLS will commence in October (details on registration form). The workshop has two components and multiple sessions will be organised, 

    1. General IRMA system introduction and Animal Ethics module: This component is for staff who have no knowledge of the IRMA system. It will provide a basic understanding of IRMA and how it can be utilised. In addition the new Animal Ethics module will be introduced.
    2. IRMA Animal Ethics implementation: This component is for staff who already have a working knowledge of the basic features of the current IRMA system. This component will be conducted in a computer lab and enable staff to complete the 2015 Annual Animal Usage Report using the new module.

    Workshop attendance is compulsory for at least one member and the Chief Investigator of any team who have current Animal Ethics approval.
    Further workshops facilitating animal ethics applications and wider functionality in IRMA will be offered from early 2016.

    Please register here.
    If you have a problem opening this form, use the following link:

    For queries please contact:
    IRMA Business Change Officer, Dr Rui Tian (Tina) ext 7279 or IRMA Systems Manager, Adrian Cheng ext 2954.

    Chris Hutchison
    Director of Research & Development

  • Safety in Research and Teaching - message from Vanessa Hahn 

    Safety in Research and Teaching Manual - feedback required by 14th October, see document attached below...

    Dear VLS staff,

    Attached is a copy of the Safety in Research and Teaching Manual.

    Can you please circulate within your areas and email your feedback directly to Vanessa Hahn by October 14th. The final version of the manual will be taken to the next SRTC Meeting on October 21st for approval.

    ***Please note that the final version will be formatted accordingly.

    Many thanks,

  • Postgrad Info Evening course on 28th October - message from Kerina Puttman

    See the RSVP page for the Postgrad Course Info Evening and the flyer which can be circulated to your wider networks...

    Hello All

    Postgraduate Information EveningThe RSVP page for the PG Course Info Evening being held on Wed 28th Oct is now live

    Please find attached an electronic version of the PG Course Info Evening flyer.  Could you please email the flyer to your wider networks, industry contacts etc to promote and invite them to the event, along with some narrative outlining your courses being represented on the night and academics on hand to provide advice / info.

    I have also attached a power point slide.  It would be terrific if this could be distributed to academics to include in their presentations (maybe as an opening or finishing slide) to further promote the event internally.  We will also be emailing all current MU students with 48+ credit points (who could be within a year of completion) and alerting them to the event.

    Many thanks to you all,

    Kerina Puttman
    Domestic Engagement Manager

  • German Innovation Clusters opportunity - message from Jane Crier

    Get ready to work with German Innovation Clusters...

    In December, the German Government will make a call for applications to further internationalise its Leading-Edge Clusters.

    Now is the time to act if you would like to look at partnering with some of the world's leading applied research organisations.

    For more information on the internationalisation of the German Clusters click here. You can identify complementary German organisations, including contact details, by searching here.  Getting to know potential German partners over the next month or two will allow them to include you in their proposals to the German Government.

    The Leading-Edge Cluster Program is one of the main ways the German Government is encouraging businesses and research organisations to work together. By 2017, the Federal German Government will have invested 600 million euros into the Clusters, with industry and other participating companies investing at least the same amount. The current phase of the program is encouraging internationalisation of the Clusters to access new scientific expertise and new markets. Australian researchers and companies are well placed in many instances to be very attractive partners for the German Clusters.

    There are currently 15 Clusters which have come out of three competitive rounds. The Clusters are in four areas:

    •             Digitisation, production and communication
    •             Energy and resource efficiency
    •             Health
    •             Mobility and logistics

    Winners of the First Round (2008):

    Winners of the Second Round (2010):

    Winners of the Third Round (2012):


    Jane Crier
    Manager, Research Grants and Contract Services
    Research and Development Office

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  • Congratulations to Prof. Ian Robertson on his nomination for best academic in Marketing 2015   

    See powerpoint attached below to find out more about the IDP Appreciation Awards 2015 in Singapore...

    Dear everyone,

    I just like to share this good story with you.

    At the recent IDP Fair in Singapore, they presented the IDP Appreciation Awards 2015 to outstanding colleagues who have contributed significantly to IDP’s work in promoting Australian education.
    I am pleased to inform you that Ian Robertson was nominated for BEST ACADEMIC in MARKETING 2015, for his dedication, enthusiasm and passion in sharing information to the students and counsellors and promoting the programme actively in Singapore. He was one of three academics nominated for this award.  See page 11 of the PPT attached.

    Although he did not win the award (Winner went to Dr. Ryan Ko of University of Waikato), just by being nominated for this award ahead of many other academics, is a strong testament and acknowledgement of his contribution and great work in profiling Murdoch University and the VLS in Singapore. The IDP team in Singapore truly appreciates his effort.
    Well Done Ian! The IDP Singapore team sends their best regards to you.


    Fozzil Jaffar
    Regional Manager, Southeast Asia | External Engagement

  • Gilbert Whitley Award for best student oral presentation at ASFB Conference - message from Dr Stephen Beatty

    Congratulations to Garry Ogston on his award for best student oral presentation at the Australian Society for Fish Biology (ASFB) Conference...

    Lepidogalaxias salamandroides (Gerry Allen)Dear all,
    Just a quick word of congratulations to Garry Ogston for winning the Gilbert Whitley award for best student oral presentation at this week's ASFB conference in Sydney. 

    Garry also presented at the Threatened Species Committee Workshop prior to the conference where his submissions to have Western Australia's two aestivating freshwater fishes listed as Endangered due to substantial population declines (which he linked to climate change through his Honours research) were accepted by the Committee. 

    Well done Garry.
    Best wishes,

    Dr Stephen Beatty

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

  • Supervisor Enhancement Workshop and Policy - message from Division of R&D for action

    The next series of Supervisor Enhancement workshops will start in November - these workshops are part of the requirements for academic staff to be listed on the approved register of supervisors...

    Dear School Managers,

    The next series of Supervisor Enhancement Workshop will be presented on:

    Friday, 27th November, 2015  (9am -12) in the Murdoch Business Building,  rooms LL1.002/LL1.003; and
    Tuesday, 8th December, 2015  (9am -12) in the Murdoch Business Building,  rooms LL1.002/LL1.003

    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.

    The attached document provides details of the background to development of the workshop program, and identifies how it will be rolled out over the next few years.

    As per the roll-out information in the 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 these workshops in November and December, further workshops will be held in February 2016 (dates to be confirmed).

    There are places left for both the November 27th and December 8th  workshops. 

    Please ask Staff to contact myself, Karen Richardson  ( to register for the 27th November, 2015 SEW workshop  by 5 p.m. on Thursday, 26th November, 2015.    
    If you have any further questions please do not hesitate in contacting me.

    Kindest regards

    Karen Richardson
    Administration Officer | Graduate Research

  • The Body in the Bag: How Forensic Anthropology Solved a Murder - Royal Society of WA event on 19th October 

    A/Professor Bob Mead will be presenting the following case as part of the Royal Society of WA Science events...

    In the year 2000, two young lads discovered mummified human remains in a bag lying by the side of a road in Darnall in Sheffield, England. The person had been dead for several years, but who was he? Where had the body been kept for all of this time? Why did he die? Was he murdered and if so, who murdered him?

    All these questions will be answered on the night... Find out more.

    For more information, please contact

    + map to Kings Park Admin Centre

  • ALLY Event - 27 October

    Find out more about the next ALLY Event - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer (LGBTQ) Issues in the Workplace...


    Please find attached information about a panel discussion and Q & A on the topic of LGBTIQ Issues in the workplace.

    This event is part of celebrating Pride WA Pride week and will be held on Tuesday, 27 October, 10.30am-11.30am in the Flexible Learning Centre, Library Nth 4.040.


    Abigayle Carmody
    Equity Projects Officer (part-time)| Equity and Social Inclusion

  • Register for PRIMER v7 workshops (Introductory or Advanced) at Murdoch 

    Prof. Bob Clarke will be providing two PRIMER workshops on Multivariate Analysis in Ecology in December 2015...

    Register for PRIMER v7 workshops (Introductory or Advanced) at Murdoch, December 2015

    Professor Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E Ltd /Plymouth Marine Labs, UK) will be providing two PRIMER workshops on Multivariate Analysis in Ecology at Murdoch University in December 2015.

    These include an Introductory Training Workshop (7-11 December) and a more advanced PRIMER v6 to v7 ‘Conversion’ Workshop (14-16 December).

    See attached flyers (introductory and advanced) for further information and details on registering. Places limited and filling fast.

    Dr Fiona Valesini
    Senior Research Fellow

  • IIID Presentation - Associate Professor Lloyd D'Orsogna 

    A/Professor Lloyd D'Orsogna will be presenting a talk on Wednesday 21 October, titled “Allo-HLA reactivity by HIV-specific T cells: Implications for vaccine design?”...

    Associate Professor Lloyd D’Orsogna, Clinical Immunology, Fiona Stanley Hospital Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UWA, will be presenting a talk on Wednesday 21 October at 11am at the Institute for Immunology & Infectious Diseases. 

    A/Prof D’Orsogna’s talk is entitled “Allo-HLA reactivity by HIV-specific T cells: Implications for vaccine design?”.  For further information, see attached flyer.

    Thank you


    Deborah Robertson
    Practice Manager

Jobs and Volunteering Opportunities [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • Unpaid work experience in Marine Biology 

    Student looking for 4 months internship or work experience in Marine Biology from March 2016...

    Here are the details for Thomas Brondex hoping for unpaid work experience in Marine Biology from March 2016 for 4 months. (cover letter and CV)

    Although the start date is a little while off he would be coming from France for the experience so if you could let me know if there is any interest as soon as possible I’d be grateful.

    Let me know if you have any questions.



    Sean Bryant
    Internship and Marketing Coordinator


VLS Announcements No. 059