VLS Announcements 83 - 15 April 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Our Library is currently conducting a survey in order to gather more information for their Masterplan, please take the opportunity to comment and convey your opinion.

Kind regards

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

  • Library Masterplanfor action

    You may have heard that the Library has commenced work on a Masterplan and as part of the process we have developed a survey to gather important information from both staff and students to inform our decisions going forward.

    To ensure as wide a representation as possible, may I ask that you kindly forward this email to your school as we are very keen to understand the needs of academic staff.

    The survey, which only takes a few minutes to complete, can be access through via the Library’s website

  • PERSPECTIVE: biodiversity science and the law

    THIS week Murdoch University’s John Bailey, who is a member of the newly-formed Leeuwin Group, weighs into the WA Government’s new biodiversity legislation, praising some features while also calling for areas of improvement to read the full story, click here.

  • Learning Support in CUTL for semester 1, 2016

    Please find attached an information sheet detailing Learning Support in CUTL for semester 1, 2016.

  • Safety in Research and Teaching Laboratory Manual

    At its meeting on 21 October 2015, the Safety in Research and Teaching Committee (SRTC) approved the revised Safety in Research and Teaching Laboratory Manual (resolution SRTC/9/2015).

    The SRTC established a working party in December 2014 to review the existing Murdoch University Laboratory Safety Manual and update it for use across the University.

    The Safety in Research and Teaching (SRT) Laboratory Manual aims to:
    Make laboratory users aware of the risks associated with undertaking teaching and research in the laboratory;
    Provide information on how to manage these risks;
    Provide information on the regulations associated with working with specific materials e.g. specific chemicals or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO);
    Indicate sources of further information that can be helpful in assessing the risks.

    Please find attached a copy of the SRT Laboratory Manual, which is also available at the following link on the SRT Webpage:

    Personnel responsible for each University laboratory are responsible for implementing the SRT Laboratory Manual in that laboratory. Further processes and procedures, specific to the requirements and activities of individual laboratories, should be developed as required by those responsible for that laboratory. Please note that printed copies of the SRT Laboratory Manual are for reference only. Refer to the electronic copy on the SRT Webpage to ensure the latest version is always being used. Please distribute the information above to the appropriate people in your School and contact if you have any queries or feedback.

  • WA Science Hall of Fame - Nominations open

    Nominations for the 2016 inductee to the WA Science Hall of Fame are now open. This is the tenth year of the WA Science Hall of Fame, which recognises exceptional, lifelong contributions to science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) in Western Australia. The 2016 inductee will be selected from nominations submitted by members of the public.

    Posthumous nominations will be accepted. Applications close 10am Thursday 19 May 2016 For more information and nomination forms please visit the website

Staff News and Events [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • XP Software - message from Marilyn Daviesfor action
  • URGENT REMINDER – On the 13th May 2016 all Murdoch University computing devices using the Windows XP operating system will be BLOCKED from connecting to Murdoch University networks and systems. As a follow up to the original communication in October last year, please contact IT Service Desk to check if your computer is currently operating on Windows XP software. If so, please request them to upgrade it to Windows7 to avoid inconvenience.

  • Hospital Operations Manager - message from Fiona Feist

    I am very pleased to let you know that Michelle Paul-Davie has been appointed to the role of Hospital Operations Manager. Michelle is currently the Manager Financial Support and Procurement at Murdoch and brings a wealth of experience both internally and externally to the role. Michelle will commence on Monday, 2 May 2016. Please join me in welcoming Michelle to the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.

  • Cricket Match Postponed

    Sorry to disappoint but please put your pads away for now. Just to inform you that this event has been postponed to a more suitable date (and better weather!) in December – new details will be announced.

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

  • Free webinars on dairy agribusiness, product, tech and services opportunities in India and China

    Austrade invites you to join this webinar - to hear from expert speakers from Austrade and the industry on opportunities in India and China for Australian Dairy Agribusiness exporters.

  • Fresh Science is now open for bookings.

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  • Kings Park Seminars

    Kings Park offers an ongoing seminar series, please see below for further information.

    Thursday, 28 April 2016 - Sean Tomlinson (Kings Park / UWA) The buzz on Honeybee energetics: Novel radio-isotopic techniques find that Honeybees match their field metabolic rate to their ecosystem ~~~

    Thursday, 12 May 2016 - Ben Miller (Kings Park) Challenges and solutions in Saudi Arabian biodiversity and landscape conservation – Kings Park’s ADA Conservation Strategy Plan project

  • Next Series of supervisors Enhancement Workshops (SEW) 

    The next series of Supervisor Enhancement Workshop will be presented on: Tuesday, 7th June, 2016 (9am -12pm) in the Murdoch Business Building 512, Learning Link Rooms LL1.002/LL1.003; and
    Tuesday, 26th July, 2016 (9am -12pm) in the Murdoch Business Building 512, Learning Link 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 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 these workshops in June and July 2016, further workshops will be held later in the year (dates to be confirmed).