VLS Announcements 91 - 10 June 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Charlotte Oskam will be presented her work in the (sold out) pub event with a difference, in the finals of Fresh Science at the Brisbane Hotel on Wednesday the 8th June. She is one of ten WA finalists selected and the only finalist from Murdoch.

Fresh Science is a national competition that helps early-career researchers share their stories of discovery and gain national media coverage for their work.

We wish Charlotte all the best!

Congratulations to David Miller who has just won the Aspire Professional Development award for 2016. The Aspire Program is a highly successful initiative of the Perth Convention Bureau to support bids for international and national conferences. David will use the award to travel to the International Society of Applied Ethology (ISAE) conference in Edinburgh 2016 to express interest in bringing the 2019 conference to Western Australia.

The Murdoch Staff Awards were held last night,  51 awards were presented to our hard working and talented staff. It was estimated that more than 250 guests celebrated with the winners.

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  Thursday

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  • Great news and movements ­ Nature Based Tourism Research Group

    Sue Moore has provided some information on very positive events for staff in the Nature-Based Tourism research group. The publications and positions being offered to people recognise the achievements and productivity of the group - great credit to Sue Moore and David Newsome and the leadership and mentoring that they provide.

    Joanna Pearce has been offered and accepted a teaching research lecturer position (3 years fixed term) at Edith Cowan University. This is an outstanding achievement given the great difficulties in getting academic positions, and especially a position that has a significant research component. Joanna finishes with us formally on Friday 24 June 2016 so do join us at the Tavern from 2 pm onwards to celebrate. She leaves us after a 2-year contract as a DVC-R Research Fellow with me, plus significant unit coordination roles, most recently Nature Based Tourism this semester, co-coordinated with David Newsome. Joanna has provided strong quantitative skills to our Research Group over this time, and has several papers published, one under final review and several others moving towards completion. Her assistance in wrangling large data sets from the WAMSI Kimberley coast social values project has been invaluable. We look forward to ongoing collaborations with you.

    Jennifer Strickland-Munro¹s contract here at MurdochUniversity has been extended to 31 October 2016, which is great for all of us. This will give her time to turn an amazing five technical reports into journal articles (visit,_ Jennifer.html to download these reports). The next 5 months will give Jenni (and the rest of us) time to write the much-needed journal articles from this 3-year project (WAMSI Kimberley coast social values project). Jenni already has 2 journal articles published from this project, with another 3 planned and well underway. She has also almost completed an invited book chapter on applying social-ecological systems thinking to tourism

    Sarah Clement has accepted a position as Lecturer in Planning and Management with University of Liverpool in the Department of Geography and Planning. It is a full time, permanent academic post including both teaching and research, and Sarah will be affiliated with the newly established Environmental Assessment and Management Research Centre. In addition to having the world's first planning school, University of Liverpool is a Russell Group University (similar to the Group of 8 in Australia), and is within easy commuting distance by train from where Sarah lives in the small village of Hartford, Cheshire. This is a great outcome really helped by doing a PhD by publication (6 papers) and co-authoring a further 5 papers with her supervisors and others, as part of the NERP Landscapes and Policy Hub where we beavered away in the cold of Tasmania and Australian Alps for 3 years (from WA thank goodness). See,_Sarah.html for her publications. Sarah takes up her new position 1 September 2016 and will be working with Rachel Standish and me over June-July on a paper for Conservation Letters on the importance of governance in novel ecosystems.

  • Schools Event - Citizen Science

    The Freshwater Fish Group and Fish Health Unit held another regional scientist in schools event on the Margaret River last week, organised by the Cape to Cape Catchments Group.

    Five schools attended the highly interactive event and learnt what it is like to be a fish ecologist and gained a hands-on appreciation of the special fish and crayfish lurking in this iconic river.
    Dr Stephen Beatty and Tom Ryan (PhD candidate) demonstrated to the students how to assess the health of freshwater fish stocks using various monitoring techniques. The day continued to build on the long-standing relationships between fish researchers at Murdoch and regional catchment managers and local communities.091 DSC_0457.jpeg091 DSC_0413.jpeg







  • Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW)

    Murdoch University is now a LINK member of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW). UFAW is an independent registered charity that works with the animal welfare science community worldwide to develop and promote improvements in the welfare of farm, companion, laboratory, captive wild animals and those with which we interact in the wild, through scientific and educational activities. The LINK scheme allows international universities to apply for awards and scholarships from UFAW. For further details contact David Miller or visit the UFAW website

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  • Small Animal Bedding Supplies

    The Animal Hospital is extremely low on small animal bedding supplies and staff are processing what we do have, as fast as they can. Unfortunately a lot of our bedding has slowly deteriorated or badly soiled and so has been thrown out, leaving us short of supplies. We are trying to source more bedding and would appreciate any donations staff may have at home in the way of clean towels, sheets, blankets – that you could bring in for hospital use, this week please. We are also outsourcing bedding where possible. Until then, could all clinic staff please be mindful of bedding supplies and only use the minimum required, as it could take some time building up the stock again. Drop off can be at either reception area.

  • Message from the People and Culture Office

    Message regarding the end of financial year and payroll deadlines.

    Payroll deadlines
    As the final pay run of this financial year is Friday, 24th June 2016, please note the following payroll deadlines:
    1. Tuesday, 14th June 2016, noon – all hard copy information for processing to Employee Services and,
    2. Thursday, 16th June 2016 – 4.00 pm – approvals for all electronic online timesheets and payment claims.
    There will be no exceptional payments made in the week ending 24th June 2016 as Employee Services will be preparing payment summaries.
    Payment summaries
    A staff announcement will be sent week commencing 13th June advising details of the Payment Summary Distribution for Year End 30 June 2016.
    The 2016 Payment Summaries will be available online via MyHr on Friday, 1st July 2016, for all current staff including casuals and post graduate students with a taxable scholarship or Vet Scholarship.
    We ask you at this time to review your current personal details such as the recorded home and postal address particularly if you have moved within the last 12 months. We are also asking staff ensure that we have your current mobile number recorded to facilitate our emergency response notification initiative. This will allow us to alert all staff via a bulk SMS notification should an emergency occur on campus.
    Updating Personal Details
    You can view, and if necessary alter, your recorded personal details by going to MyHR, on the staff page of the Murdoch website. Once logged in, select My HR (top left hand corner), My Personal Information, Personal Contacts and click on Contact Details to update. If your details are correct you do not need to do anything further. To be valid for the posting of 2015/16 Payment Summaries changes to your postal addresses must be made by close of business Tuesday, 21st June 2016.
    Accessing Online Payment Summaries
    To access your payment summary go to MyHR, log in click on My HR (top left hand corner), My Pay, Payment Summary and click on the ‘Serial No’ of your 2016 Payment Summary. Click on PAYG Payment Summary at the bottom of this page to view or reprint. If you have any difficulty viewing your online Payment Summary please email the
    Hard copy Payment Summaries
    All staff who have left the University during the 2015/2016 financial year will receive their Payment Summaries by post at the ‘Postal Address’ recorded in Alesco (HR system) in the week commencing Monday, 4th July 2016.
    Please email Employee Services, People and Culture Office at or for casual staff members at

  • Short stay Accommodation wanted

    We are looking accommodation for a visiting Professor from 16th July to 11th August. He could house-sit if anyone has anything available, and prefers relative solitude (e.g. granny flat or other accommodation external to the house). If you have any suggestions please contact Peter Irwin on or X 2590. Many thanks.

  • June 2016 CareerConnect Newsletter - Murdoch Careers and Employment Centre

    The June CareerConnect Newsletter is now available.

  • ARO Weekly Newsletter #22 - 6 June 2016

    Please find the ARO Newsletter below.

    Articulations and Pathways:
    Sue Brown, Articulations and Pathways Officer retired on 3rd June. Please contact Anar Umerkhanova on for any queries relating to articulations
    Recent approved pathways:
    Xinyang College of Agriculture and Forestry · Bachelor of Engineering in Network Engineering articulation into Murdoch University’s Bachelor of Science in Games Software Design and Production, or Mobile and Web Application Development
    Ngee Ann Polytechnic · Diploma in Biomedical Science articulation into Murdoch University’s Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, or Forensic Biology and Toxicology Forensic Biology and Toxicology / Biomedical Science - Double Major Forensic Biology and Toxicology / Molecular Biology – Double Major · Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology articulation into Murdoch University’s Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, or Forensic Biology and Toxicology / Biomedical Science - Double Major, or Forensic Biology and Toxicology / Molecular Biology – Double Major South Metropolitan TAFE · Diploma of Digital And Interactive Games articulation into Murdoch University’s Bachelor Of Arts In Games Art & Design

    Careers and Employment:
    We warmly welcome Web Communication student Sarah Rasmussen as our new casual Administration Assistant, replacing Amber Herbert at the front desk. We are very excited to have Sarah join our team, starting this week. Another great Murdoch student!
    We also formally farewell Career and Employment Officer, Chelsea Little who secured a secondment in the VLS last year and was recently appointed Manager of the Centre for Advanced Veterinary Education. We wish Chelsea all the very best in her impressive new role and advancement in her professional career.
    Not sure what we offer current students? Check out our new look Homepage for details on our key priorities from initial enrolment through to graduation and beyond  - CareerConnect Jobs of the Week:  Goldman Sachs Summer multi-disciplinary Internship Program (Perth, Mel, Syd) Carnegie Wave Energy Limited – Electrical Engineer Intern (Fremantle)

    Domestic & International Admissions:
    All Semester 1 wash-up meetings with the schools have now been completed. The meetings were positive and productive and have resulted in some helpful changes to both DA and IA teams, as well as the schools. We are progressing well with the 81 issues identified requiring action, with 85% either resolved or in progress. - As we start getting into the busy period for semester 2, 2016, just a quick reminder of our phone extensions for queries relating to applications, offers and acceptances. o Domestic admissions: 7458 and International admissions: 7455

    Equity and Social Inclusion:
    Please inform students with queries about tests/exams/assessments that the Equity and Social Inclusion Office coordinates mid-semester tests/exams/assessments and the Exams Office coordinates end of semester/final exams. With regard to final exams for Semester 1, students need to follow the advice they have received from the Exams Office.

    S1 graduation checks are by and large complete. We will soon start TM graduation checks. - September/October 2016 graduation ceremonies preparation is proceeding well Results - S1N Board of Examiners will be happening this week. The results are scheduled to be released Friday 10 June 2016 - We are processing TJ 2016 supplementary and deferred results

    Kulbardi welcomes Shae Councillor to the team. She will be working with Kulbardi as an Engagement and Communications Support Officer at least until the end of the year. This additional position will provide the centre with extra support around recruitment outreach and internal/external communications. - Kulbardi’s Alumni/Reconciliation event was a great success. Over 60 people attended a conversation about leadership in reconciliation with Nyungar elder Dr. Richard Walley and Prof. Colleen Hayward (PVC Equity and Indigenous – ECU). Thanks to the ARO colleagues who came along and supported. We are now moving into preparations for our NAIDOC 2016 event. Keep an eye out over the coming weeks for more information about this fun event.

    Student Centre:
    Carol Bathols and Mark Davenport from the MeetMurdoch Team attended the Student Service Centres Conference held at the UWA last week. The keynote speakers were all of exceptional quality, on point, exciting and gave great insight on a mix of on-subject and wider issues of great interest. - Please see the attached document for the Vet Hospital Policy regarding staff and student discounts of 25%.

    Student Support:
    Scholarships - New Scholarship flyers are now with design for production with new look and feel ready for Open Day. These flyers will be available for Undergrad, Postgrad & Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Scholarships.
    International Scholarships - is under consultation and will also be available when all approved.
    The following scholarships are now open:
    Vet Alumni scholarship x 1 $1,000
    Dean's Scholarship for Scientific Excellence Scholarship multiple
    : $6,000 – $9,000 o
    Banksia Honours Scholarship x1 $10,000

    Special Programs - Australia Awards has a new landing page which is broken down into: Pre-arrival; During your studies;Returning Home/Completing your studies Preparing for newly commencing Aus-Awards students on 13 June, IAP commences on 20 June.
    Transition and Retention - New student communication welcome emails for the Domestic students has been set up with URLs to the O Guides
    Like the international email communications this will be sent out on a weekly to all students that have accepted.
    A total of 105 welcome emails to International Students 
    A total of 756 welcome emails to Domestic Students - Accept your Offer Postcard will be sent out to 86 newly offered students
    Please keep a note of this information, as no postal guides will be going out this semester all materials are electronic only 
    O Week website and RSVP system is now live, once the student registers they will get a confirmation email along with a downloadable PDF parking permit for the week
    Student Retention Program - Helen has been meeting with a number of identified stakeholders around the campus and gathering information.


  • Dog N Jog – Sunday 18 September 2016

    The Dog N Jog is on again! It’s an 8km run or 4km walk or run around our South Street Campus with energetic pooches and friends. Registrations are now open! Go to - Hope to see you there!

  • RICOH printer replacements

    Some of our RICOH printers have come to the end of their lease. Hence, these are being replaced. We are trying to ensure that the procedure remains as smooth and hassle-free as possible.

    The change-over takes about 15-20 minutes. All profiles for scanning/printing are transferred to the new machines as is. The machines remain very similar with some added features. In short, it should not be any different to use the new machines. We have already changed the printer in Environmental Sciences and are expecting 4 others to be changed some time during this week. The locations for these printers are: Loneragan Building Level 3 Room 3.036 Biological Sciences Level 2 Room 2.004 Biological Sciences Level 2 Room 2.004 Physical Sciences Level 3 Room 3.037 Please note that all printers in VLS are not replaced this year – only the ones whose lease has expired in March 2016.

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  • Assessment Forum on Thursday 16th June

    Please do join us for our next Learning and Teaching Lunchtime Forum. The Forum will be held on Thursday 16 June, 12:00 - 1:30pm in ECL 2.031.

    Over the last few years, the debate about assessment has raged. The trends in assessment include: moving to less assessments, use of automated marking systems and greater use of peer assessments. The Assessment Forum will explore these new trends in assessment and ask: are we over-assessing? How can ghost writing be combated and what is the future of assessment in the university context. The Forum will kick-off a series of School-focused assessment design workshops being run by CUTL.
    Speakers will include: Professor Jan Herrington (Murdoch), Dr Jon Yorke (Curtin University), Sonia Walker and Dr Joseph Clare (Murdoch).

    The event will be chaired by Professor Sara de Freitas and lunch will be included.

    More details of the forum are available at:

    To register for the forum, please go to TCMS at