VLS Announcements 66 - 4 December 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 66 of our weekly announcements.

This week we will be holding the  final whole of School meeting for 2015 on Thursday 3 December. This will provide a chance to update our staff on important matters happening both in and around our school and will include a presentation on the Voice Survey results. Following on from the meeting we will be holding a BBQ with refreshments at the Vet pergola to help celebrate the end of Semester.  I hope you can join us there.

The VLS Research Day will be held on Friday 4th December 2015. Thank you to those of you that have already signed up to participate, we have had a great response so far.

Purpose of the day
To establish 2-4 University Centres in VLS that will capture our core research strengths and where possible (but not absolutely necessary) link to the proposed thee Institutes that will be developed in Agriculture, Sustainability and in Health.
To be more visible nationally and internationally and to help attract Category 1-3 funding into the University
To aim to get each of the Centres formally confirmed as a University Centre by mid-2016

The Workload model metrics for 2016 have been approved and the School is now ready for you to confirm your details with Emma Thorp. Please ensure that all data is confirmed by 18 December at the latest.

The link to the 2016 mode and the metrics is available on the Veterinary and Life Sciences Website.

Don't forget, that in line with the rest of the University, the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences (excluding the Veterinary Hospital) will be closed from Friday, 18th December 2015.

The University is committed to ensuring our staff are able to maximise their health and wellbeing. An important component of this is staff being able to take adequate leave from work on a regular basis in order to ‘rest and recharge’. In taking these two days leave, this will allow most staff to take advantage of a complete two week rest period.

All VLS staff (except those working in the Veterinary Hospital) will be expected to take annual leave on both Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 December 2015. Leave applications should be submitted online via MyHR accessed through the Murdoch Staff page.

If any staff are unable to take annual leave for these two days you will be required to provide an explanation, in writing, before Friday, 4 December 2015 as follows:

· Academic Staff to David Hampson (copied to Sarah Gillett -
· Professional staff to Fiona Feist  (copied to Sarah Gillett  -


David Hampson
Dean, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Emma Thorp  by COB each Tuesday for publication on Friday.

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  • December 2015 CareerConnect Newsletter

    The December CareerConnect Newsletter from the Murdoch Careers and Employment Centre is now available. .

  • Great news on the social media front, we now have our own social media presence with new School-specific accounts on Facebook and Twitter: MurdochVetLifeSciences Facebook and  VetLifeScience Twitter.

    Feel free to follow, post, share and tweet if you have any interesting items you want to communicate to the external world about your latest exciting research developments/findings, teaching news or any good news relevant to your discipline, group or centre.

    As a guideline for your items, the Facebook platform will be more specifically targeted towards student audiences (prospective and current), or anyone interested in following our Facebook account of course, and will be a great tool to promote teaching/research news, relevant to student audiences.
    Most major organisations use Twitter to get snapshots of the latest developments in their relevant area of expertise so our Twitter account will be a great tool to promote research and teaching news or any newsworthy items to external organisations, media institutions or collaborators on Twitter. (note: the limit for a tweet is under 140 characters – incl. space -, can include a picture and link to any online content to expand on your tweet.)
    It is early days on both our new social media platforms, so do not hesitate to promote and share so we develop a stronger and wider following as both platforms offer great promotional opportunities for your newsworthy stories.
    For any queries, do not hesitate to contact Nathalie Kennedy on x 2784 or

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  • Around the Labs, Tuesday December 8 2015

    The Australian Society for Microbiollogy is presenting " Around the Labs". This event will take place at Fiona Stanley Hospital on December 8. Join us at 5:30PM in Lecture Theatre G2 for talks from three local young researchers, followed by refreshments to celebrate the end of the year. All are welcome.

VLS Announcements No. 66