VLS Announcements 97 - 22 July 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Semester 2 is fast approaching and I am looking forward to seeing the campus full and buzzing with excited students yet again.  Orientation for mid-year entry starts next week, make sure to help any students who look a bit lost.  Our academics have published a lot of high profile research recently and I would like to congratulate and thank all of you for your efforts.  I would also like to congratulate Dr Garth Maker on his promotion to Senior Lecturer.

Open Day is fast approaching and I would like to remind anyone who hasn't already picked up their volunteer packs to do so in the Dean's office. I wish everyone the best of luck with Open Day activities.

Finally I would like to remind everyone to assist the library in reviewing their subscriptions.  Your feedback is integral to maintaining a high quality variety of subscriptions and resources.

Kind regards

David Hampson
Dean, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Mhairi Finlayson COB each Tuesday for publication Thursday

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  • VLS Honours Assessment Procedure and Proposed Amendments

    The Honours sub-committee has been discussing changes to the assessment of Honours in the School of VLS. The committee has developed a draft assessment procedure which we would like feedback on from academics in the school. Members of the committee will be coming around to each of the clusters over the next few weeks to discuss these changes and seek your input. It would be great for you to have a look over the proposed assessment structure ahead of these meetings. The proposed assessment structure is available for download here.

  • Resident achievements at the annual conference for the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, Lisbon

    Several clinicians recently attended the annual conference of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, in Lisbon, Portugal. Drs Mona Hoerdemann and Jarrod Drew, current residents in Equine and Small Animal Surgery respectively at The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University deserve a special mention. Both presented abstracts of their current research projects with Jarrod winning the Resident Award for Best Small Animal Orthopaedic presentation, and Mona runner-up in the Resident Award for Best Large Animal presentation.

    On behalf of all staff in the Hospital and College congratulations to you both, a great reflection on your own dedication and hard work, and on Murdoch University.

  • Adaptive Responses to Students with Socially Challenging Behaviours

    The Centre for University for Teaching and Learning Support would like to invite unit coordinators and tutors to a morning workshop "Adaptive responses to diverse student behaviours”

    This workshop has a focus on socially and emotionally challenging, rather than academically challenging, student behaviours. These socially and emotionally challenging behaviours may relate to diagnosed or undiagnosed disabilities or mental health issues, and may be challenging for students themselves, their peers, and/or tutors. The workshop is hands-on and will introduce key support services and resources, provide interactive discussion through scenarios and role play, and introduce some tools for staff.

    The workshop is collaboratively organised and facilitated by staff from CUTL, Counselling, Equity, Social Inclusion, Kulbardi, and Management & Governance.

    Date: Thursday 28th July
    Time: 9am till 1pm
    Place: SS2.035
    Enrol on TCMS via:

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  • ARO Weekly Newsletter #28 - 18th July

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for the week beginning 18th July.

  • Review of the University Library's Subscriptions for action

    In order to maintain a collection which is regularly updated and best aligns with the University’s teaching and research focus, the Library has conducted a review of our current subscription resources across a range of factors relevant to the strategic goals of the University. Resources have been flagged for ongoing subscription, cancellation, or for action in consultation with you.

    Please find attached a list of resources relevant to your school. The tab marked ‘resources rated 2’ is a list of the items for which your input is needed to make a decision. Please let me know if you would like to cancel or continue with these subscriptions. The tab marked ‘resources rated 3’ is a list of the items will be cancelled unless you let us know that they are important to your teaching or research.

    Your feedback is needed by 5 August 2016 in order to finalise subscription renewals for next year.

    The attached spreadsheet includes an explanation of the methodology used in the review, and I would be happy to answer any queries you may have about the review process. Jean Coleman : 93607278 .

  • Getting the Agenda Right and Administering School Committees and Curriculum Items Workshops

    In response to requests from Schools, the University Secretary’s Office and Academic Policy Coordination are combining to deliver "Getting the Agenda Right" and "Administering School Committees & Curriculum Items" training to staff supporting School Boards and School Learning and Teaching Committees.

    The first session ‘Getting the Agenda Right’ is the generic workshop that Trudi and Louise deliver on agenda setting and minute taking (previously presented in March 2016). This session is available to all staff.

    The second session ‘Administering School Committees & Curriculum Items’ is a new tailored training session that will be delivered by Paul Comiskey and Anne Allen (with input from the University Secretary’s Office). Associate Deans Learning and Teaching are also very welcome to attend this workshop.

    Staff are able to attend either or both sessions - online enrolment is via the Training Course Management System (TCMS).

    Date: Friday, 19 August 2016

    SESSION 1:

    Getting the Agenda Right

    9.00am – 10.15am

    Meetings take various shapes and forms, from formal Standing Committees to less formal staff meetings and working parties. How do you know what to plan for? How to document the discussion? These are some of the areas covered in this workshop.

    Morning Tea

    SESSION 2:

    Administering School Committees

    & Curriculum Items

    10.30am – 12 noon

    This tailored session will focus on developing the knowledge and skills required to successfully support School Learning and Teaching Committees and School Boards. Training will be provided in the generation of Curriculum Management items, including how to write agenda recommendations and minute resolutions.

  • Transforming Assessment Webinar: "Video feedback- targeted and personal

    The Transforming Assessment webinars are part of a series of free events covering a range of assessment and e-assessment topics. Sessions are hosted by Professor Geoffrey Crisp, PVC Education, University of New South Wales and Dr Mathew Hillier, Office of Vice-Provost Learning and Teaching, Monash University, Australia.

    Next session "Video feedback - targeted and personal" 4 Aug
    This session will explore how video can be used to provide personalised feedback for students that targets key areas for future improvement while doing so in a manner that is workload efficient.
    Further information and register:

    Recording released for "Keys to transforming assessment at institutional level: selected debates from AHE2016" 13 July

    This webinar was a follow up panel review featuring three speakers from the 'Assessment in Higher Education' conference secretariat seminar day held on 30 June 2016. The panel will be chaired by Sally Jordan (Open University UK) with speakers including:

    • Sally Brown (Leeds Beckett University) & Kay Sambell (Northumbria University): 'Changing practice on feedback at an institutional level'
    • Amanda Sykes (University of Glasgow) & David Morrison (Plymouth University): 'Half as Much but Twice as Good: Constructing Effective Written Feedback in Any Subject'
    • Juliet Williams (University of Winchester): 'Changing colours: what happens when you make enhancement an imperative?'.
    View the recording via
  • Orientation

    As you’re likely aware, Orientation week is on the horizon. On our School’s Orientation Day, Wednesday, 27 July, VLS student volunteers will be taking the new students on School tours between approximately 12.00 and 12.30. You might hear a bit of commotion and see lots of curious eyes. If so, please say g’day to our brand new first-years and welcome them to our School.

  • Academic Learning Support Workshops

    As part of offering an extended orientation experience for incoming students, the Learning Support team at CUTL will run an academic skills workshop each day in Week 1 to help students 'get settled’. Download the Academic Skills Workshops Program.

  • Friday Drinks - BBQ inauguration

    Thanks to Josh we now have a BBQ facility outside the BSB common room and therefore will be inaugurating our new BBQ on Friday 29/7. So Friday after work drinks and sausages for a gold coin donation. Where? BSB common room (building 240, room 2.020, Starting at 4pm. All VLS staff and students welcome.

  • Dog N Jog – Sunday 18th 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!

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  • Murdoch Agricultural Research Symposium
  • The Animal Health Investment Asia

    Kisaco Research is hosting the Animal Health Investment Asia seminar on 19th and 20th October in Hong Kong, download the flyer here.

  • Combined Biological Sciences Meeting

    The Combined Biological Sciences Meeting is being help on 26th August at the UWA Club. VLS will be identified as a session sponsor and would like to encourage staff and students to submit papers and papers and to attend. To encourage your participation, VLS will pay for up to 6 student registration, more information available here.

  • New Scholarship Flyers

    New interactive scholarship flyers have launched. Within each scholarship flyer you are able to clock the scholarship that you wish to know more about and it will redirect you to the scholarship page which outlines further details and includes the forms to apply. See them at the Scholarship Online Resources page.

  • National Science Week "24 Hours of Biology"

    UWA is hosting a 24 Hours of Biology Event during National Science Week and are looking for speakers on Australian Wildlife that can do a talk or interview about their research.

    For an interview they will ask questions about the speaker, how they got into their field, why they got into their field, what marsupials are, why they're important and the speaker's research is important.

    This event is about exploring the expanse of Biology from ecosystems down to cells and genes, over two days- Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of August. They will split the two days into four themes: Ecosystems and Behaviour (Saturday), Plants and Animals (Saturday), Body Systems (Sunday) and Cells and Genes (Sunday); and we explore each theme through talks, interviews and workshops for the general public.

    The proposed time slot is:
    Saturday 20th of August
    Audience: all ages/ general public
    @ UWA, Bayliss Building (School of Chemistry and Biochemistry) *This will be filmed and live streamed*

    We are also inviting people to submit videos or e-posts to show on the day and to be live streamed online (content needs only to be biology based, doesn't have to be about marsupials).

    Please see the Expression of Interest and the Submission Guidelines for Videos and e-posters forms.

  • Academic Identities Study- Call for Expressions of Interest

    You are invited to participate in a research project through Deakin University’s Faculty of Health investigating how academics conceptualise their academic roles and identities in the context of increasing student diversity. This project builds on findings from a previous Deakin study (HEAG-H 140-2010) conducted by the research team. Findings indicated some differences between academic staff and student perceptions and expectations of academics’ roles, with varied implications for academic identities.

    Your participation in the current research project would involve an interview of approximately 30-45 minutes. During the interview, you will be asked questions about the influence of student diversity and widening participation on your academic role, identity and teaching practices. The interview would be conducted at a time and place convenient to you, and can be conducted in person (where practicable), over the phone or via Skype. An audio recording would be made of the interview and you would be given a transcript to review and approve.

    Please note that your participation in this research project is entirely voluntary, and deciding not to participate will not affect your relationship to the researchers or to Deakin University. This project has received ethics approval (ref. no. HEAG-H 84_2016) from a human ethics panel at Deakin University.

    If you would like to express your interest in participating in an interview, would like further information such as a Plain Language Statement, or have any queries or concerns, please contact the Principal Researcher or Research Fellow:

    Ms. Greer Lamaro Haintz
    Principal Researcher
    School of Health and Social Development
    Deakin University
    Geelong Waterfront Campus
    1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong Vic 3220
    + 61 3 5227 8468

    Ms. Paige Mahoney
    Research Fellow
    School of Health and Social Development
    Deakin University
    Geelong Waterfront Campus
    1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong Vic 3220

  • Inaugural VLS Ball

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