VLS Announcements 113 - 11 November 2016

Dear Colleagues,

On Wednesday we held the VLS Poster Day. I would like to congratulate all students who submitted a poster and congratulate the winners of the prizes; Rachel O’Reilly, Maddison Corlett, Keely Wilson and Karissa Lear. I would also like to thank our Cluster Leaders for judging the posters and making the difficult decision of who should win the awards, as well as our cheerful staff who worked hard to organise the event and make it a success; Emma Thorp, Mhairi Finlayson, Kiara Roche, Tiffany Wright, Tonya Parry, Amy Sheppard Moeen and Phil Good.

I would like to congratulate Chelsea Little, Manager of Centre for Advanced Veterinary Education, on her nomination for the 2017 Foundational Leadership Award for Aspirational Professional Staff. This award recognises Chelsea’s leadership skills and commitment to the school and university.

It was also great to see Dr Mark O’Dea on the ABC last night talking about the work his group are doing on the Bobtail Lizard virus that is causing declines in Bobtail populations.

Finally, nominations for representatives on Academic Council are being sought. Nominations will close at 4.00pm Tuesday 15 November 2016 for 1 elected Level A-C Academic staff member from your school. The term will commence 1 January 2017. Where there are more candidates than positions available, an election will be held. Where only one candidate stands, that candidate will be deemed elected. If you, or a potential candidate, would like further information please get in touch with the Secretary to Academic Council, Louise Dixon, either via email to or phone extension 6839.

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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  • MUCC Review - Questionnaire for action

    You may be aware that the DVC(E), Professor Lawson, is conducting a review of the Murdoch Curriculum that was implemented in 2014 (MUCC). The aim of this review will be to look at the principles, practices and policies around MUCC, identifying areas for amendment and further development. In order to facilitate this review we have developed a short staff questionnaire (15 minutes) asking for your experience around MUCC as well for ideas for how it may be further developed (a student questionnaire will also be released October 24th).

    The survey can be found at:

    The DVC(E) strongly believes that this review will be able to make a substantial impact on our educational offerings and practice at Murdoch and looks forward to hearing participants' thoughts on how we can move forward with the Murdoch Curriculum into the future.

    Many thanks for your time in completing this survey.

  • Workload Model 2017for action

    The Workload model metrics for 2017 have been approved and the School is now ready for you to confirm your details with Emma Thorp ( It would be most helpful if you could ensure that all data are confirmed by the of 2nd of December.

    Please see the below flowchart of the workload timeline

  • Animal Ethics Feedback Survey for action

    Every 3 – 4 years an external review is conducted of Murdoch University's care and use of animals for scientific purposes by an entirely independent panel. The next review will be conducted from 27 February to 3 March 2017, in accordance with the guidelines of the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes (8th Edition 2013).

    Preparations are underway to ensure a thorough review process. Your confidential feedback provides important input to this review. This survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes.

    The survey asks about your experiences of Murdoch University’s Animal Ethics Committee, the Research Ethics & Integrity support staff in animal ethics, as well as your views on other related matters. Many of the questions have space for you to elaborate on your response. You will also be asked to consider whether you may wish to meet with the panel.

    Click on the email link below to go to the survey. Once you have commenced the survey you are able to exit at any point and use this same link to return to the last question completed or to review your responses. Please retain this email to link you back to the survey at your last exit point. To save and continue, simply exit the survey by closing the survey window.

    Once the survey is submitted, you will not be able to return to the completed survey.

    Please follow this link to the Survey:

    Please complete this survey by 4pm Friday 23 December 2016.

  • VLS Poster Day

    The School of Veterinary and Life sciences hosted its annual Poster Day on Wednesday the 9th of November 2016, continuing a 25-year long tradition started by the College of Veterinary Medicine.

    With over 35 outstanding posters showcasing research projects and students enthusiastically defending their work, it ensured that the judges had to work hard to nominate only 4 prize winners.

    The worthy recipients of prizes for 2016 are as follows:

    • Best of the School - (Rachel O’Reilly) for (Australian sheep meat eating quality; it meats the standard for international consumers!).
    • Agricultural Sciences - (Maddison Corlett) for (No association between abattoir meat colour and consumer perceptions on retail display).
    • Environmental and Conservation Sciences - (Karissa Lear) for (Calibrations of metabolic rate, body acceleration and temperature in three coastal shark species).
    • College of Veterinary Medicine - (Keely Wilson) for (Agreement between invasive blood pressure in anaesthetised horses).
  • Supplementary Assessment

    On November 2nd 2016 Academic Council:
    Resolved: AC/130/2016

    1. to APPROVE the amendments to ‘Assessment Policy’ Clause 8.1.2 (see Appendix I attached) and ‘Assessment Procedure’ Clause 6.3.3 (see Appendix II attached) to allow Supplementary Assessment to be offered to a student who has achieved a mark of 40 - 49% in a unit, where the Unit Coordinator, in accordance with ‘Assessment Guideline’ Clause 4, decides that a further opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the unit’s Learning Outcomes is warranted, to apply to students enrolled in units commencing on or after 1 August 2016; and
    2. to rescind the existing ‘Assessment Policy’ approved by AC/81/2016(i).
    Please note this is applicable to students undertaking assessment this semester.
  • Regional Collaborations Programme - Asia–Pacific

    The Australian Academy of Science has opened the call for applications for Round One of the Regional Collaborations Programme, closing date of 9am (AEDT) Monday 16 January 2017.

    Regional Collaborations Programme

    The Australian Academy of Science invites eligible Australian research organisations and Australian businesses to apply for funding through Round One of the Regional Collaborations Progarmme.

    The programme will fund Australian participants from eligible organisations to collaborate with regional and international science, research and innovation partners on solutions to shared regional challenges within the Asia–Pacific regions. The programme is designed to be flexible, with no set minimum or maximum funding requirements for project applications. This approach has been adopted to help foster innovative ideas and collaborations. The $3.2 million four-year programme will support single-year or multi-year collaborative, multi-partner projects and non-project aligned collaborative workshops.

    Although there is no set minimum or maximum total project cost requirement, projects must include matched funding of 1:1 (cash only). For example, if an applicant seeks $25,000 of programme funding, then the project proponents would need to contribute another $25,000 (cash), bringing the total value of the project to $50,000.

    Although there are no mandated priority areas from which to draw research topics, please consider the national Science and Research Priorities and associated practical research challenges, along with regional challenges identified through multilateral fora such as eAsia, Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the East Asia Summit.

    The deadline for applications close on 9am (AEDT) Monday 16 January 2017. Further information including eligibility criteria and the application form can be found here:

    For any enquiries, please contact the Grants Team

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  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Weekly Newsletter #44 - 7 November

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for the week beginning 7 November.  See the attached Meet Murdoch Schedule as referenced in the Newsletter.

  • 2016 End of Year Staff Function

    Drummers, dancers, food and festivities - Rio's Carnival is coming to Murdoch! Celebrate 2016 Brazilian style on Friday 2 December, 1.30pm - 4.30pm at the Tavern. Grab your feathers, masks and get your rhythm on to celebrate 2016 Brazilian style.

    Please RSVP by Friday 25th November 2016 online.

  • Chemical Management 2016 for action

    The Chemical and Hazardous Substances Committee met recently in September 2016 and proposed an upcoming chemical audit and amnesty to be held over a three month period (September to end of November 2016).

    All laboratory managers as per the attached Chemical Management v3 MUR-SAF-SPR-INV-2016 register are required to make a list of all chemicals within their laboratory utilizing the attached Chemwatch Manifest MUR-SAF-SPR-CMA-2016 inventory register.

    Any surplus chemicals can be disposed of through the Science Store (Physical Sciences, Room 1.016) or held until the chemical amnesty with the assistance of the Murdoch Safety Team towards the end of the year.

    All areas such as laboratory, workshops and stores must maintain a chemical register (list of chemicals), which includes a list of all chemicals in the area including quantity and location. A list of designated “hazardous substances” assessed as hazardous according to the assessment criteria produced by the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission must also be kept and included in the chemical register.

    This list of all chemicals in each area is maintained and available electronically in the university “Chemwatch” Chemical Management System in which the safety team will provide some upcoming training.

    The Chemwatch audit process is outlined in the attached presentation Chemical Management Audit Rollout MUR-SAF-PRE-CMA-2016 and will cover all chemicals within the area and ensure the existing SDS’s are up to date.

    Please see the attached documents: 
    CREDO Quick Start Guide
    Chemwatch Process Flow
    Chemwatch Implementation Plan
    Chemical Audit and Chemical Amnesty

  • Dr Jennifer Vereduin meets the King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima

    The Dutch royal couple are visiting Perth as part of a two-day visit to unveil the historic Dirk Hartog dish — a pewter plate and Australia’s oldest European relic carrying an inscription marking the Dutch explorer’s voyage, which is back in Western Australia on loan from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. October 25 marked the 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s landing at what is now known as Cape Inscription on the northwestern tip of Western Australia’s largest and most western isle, which was named after him. The plate is now on display in the WA Maritime Museum

    Dutch-Australians got the opportunity to meet with His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima in Perth, Western Australia during a reception held for the Dutch community. Murdoch’s Dr Jennifer Verduin got meet with the royals during this occasion.

  • End of Year Processing Deadlines- IMPORTANT DATES for action

    The Finance Support Team (FST) and the Central Finance Office need your support in achieving a successful end of year process. You can assist us to meet your requirements by ensuring documentation is submitted as early as possible and at the latest by the deadlines below (click on title to expand section)

    Accounts Payable
    Due Monday, 12th December 2016
    Includes all invoices for payment and staff/student reimbursements.
    Invoices for goods or services delivered in 2016, that are submitted to the FST from 12th to 22nd December 2016 will be accrued in the same year.
    Note: payment will most likely not reach supplier account until 2017.
    If goods or services are delivered in 2016 without invoice, please advise your Financial Analyst by the 5th January 2017 to be managed as part of the 2016 accrual process.

    Purchasing Card Acquittals
    Due Friday, 9th December 2016
    To guarantee processing of your 2016 transactions in the current year, every endeavour should be made to ensure purchases can be captured on your November statement, to be submitted to the FST for processing by the 9th December deadline.
    The 9th December deadline is to allow as much time as possible to process cost in the 2016 year. The FST cannot guarantee this will occur for purchasing card acquittals received after this date.
    Time permitting, expenses >$2k post your November statement that relate to goods or services delivered to site, or travel that has happened in 2016, will be managed as part of the 2016 accrual process. We shall provide an interim statement to you on the 15th December 2016. Please review and submit by 19th December only if accrual is essential. You will need to provide a copy of the invoice, account code to charge and business purpose.

    Other Functions
    Accounts Receivable Due Wednesday, 14th December 2016 All invoice requests (Form 485).
    Note: - Continue to send in your invoice requests after the deadline that relate to services provided in 2016 and we will manage as part of the 2016 accrual process.
    Asset Acquisition & Disposal Due Wednesday, 30th November 2016.
    All purchases post this date by Wednesday, 21st December 2016
    This will ensure all costs associated with an asset are recognised in 2016.
    Journal Requests Due Friday 23rd December 2016 Relates to internal charges, transfer of cost between accounts, posting code corrections, etc.
    Cash to be Banked Due Thursday, 22nd December 2016 Deliver to Central Finance by 12 pm – Chancellery Building, Level 3.

    Finance One and Concur Approvers: timely approvals in Finance One and Concur are critical to achieving the deadlines so as not to delay the end process – your assistance is appreciated.

    If you have any concerns regarding the above deadlines or need further clarification, please contact Ellie Meek, Annette Baker-Forrow or Jeremy McCraw in the Finance Support Team (FST).

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  • Ausbiotech WA BioBriefing

    The Ausbiotech WA BioBriefing, Taxing Times: adapting to changes in government incentives and funding programs, is being held on 23rd November at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI)

    Date: Wednesday 23rd November 2016
    Time: 4pm registration for 4.30pm start, Presentations will be followed by networking drinks and canapés until 7:00pm
    Venue: Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI)
    Registration: FREE to attend but registration is required, Please go to or contact E: P: 03 9828 1400
    more information on the attached flyer.

  • The Royal Society of Western Australia (RSWA) presents Crime Scenes: Clues from Nature – Dr Paola Magni

    Date: 21st November 2016
    Time: 7pm
    Venue: Kings Park Administration Building

    More information is available on the attached flyer.

    Dr Paola Magni
    Lecturer in Forensic Science, School of Veterinary & Life Sciences, Murdoch University
    Investigators have the job to reconstruct the events of a crime and identify its cause. Despite movies showing a different and of course exciting perspective, it is not as easy a job as portrayed. The reason is because investigators have to confront the uniqueness of each crime scenario, a combination of the particular aspects of the place where the crime occurs, environmental conditions and organisms involved. The crime scene is not a closed system and the presence and activity of plants, animals and microorganisms can modify the crime scene by adding and erasing information. However, information left by nature – if correctly interpreted and contextualized – can also provide useful clues for the investigation process because they can characterize the time, the manner and the people involved in these events.

    A number of real cases will be presented in which insects, crustaceans, molluscs, microorganisms and plants were witnesses to a crime and were used as key evidence in the success of the investigation.