VLS Announcements 116 - 2 December 2016

Dear Colleagues,

A call has gone out for Academic Staff nominations for Senate. More information about eligibility and the nomination process is available in the “Teaching and Research News” section.

In line with the rest of the University the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences (excluding The Animal Hospital) will be closed from Friday, 23th December 2016 (COB) and will reopen again on Monday 9th January 2017.

All VLS staff (except those working in The Animal Hospital) will be required to take annual leave on both Thursday 5th and Friday 6th January 2017. Leave applications can be submitted online via MyHR:

The University is committed to ensuring all staff members 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.

If any staff are unable to take annual leave for these two days they are required to provide a request and reason, in writing, before Friday, 9 December 2016 as follows:

Please take note of limited service periods and finance deadlines mentioned in the “Staff news and Events” section.

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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  • Call for Academic Staff Nominations for Senate

    Nominations are now open for one Academic staff member on Senate for a three year term commencing at the end of this election process.

    Senate is the University's primary governing body with responsibilities that include setting the strategic framework for the University and monitoring of University performance against this framework.

    If you are interested in becoming actively involved in the future of Murdoch University at the highest level, we encourage you to nominate. If you are interested but unsure of what membership entails, please see the Senate web page or contact the University Secretary, Trudi McGlade via email to or phone extension 7318 for more information.

    Nomination process
    To be eligible, you must be a permanent or temporary Academic staff member with a contract 50% or more full-time. You can nominate yourself. However, if you are nominating someone else, you must include their consent with the nomination. There is no nomination form, and no need for a nominator or seconder.

    To nominate for Senate send an email to Lynette Darnell at Please also supply a digital photograph and a biography or election statement of no more than 400 words. These will be included in a broadsheet provided to voters.

    Nominations will close at 4.00pm 13 December 2016. Statements and photos must be submitted by this date.

    The following dates apply to the conduct of the election:
    Tuesday 13 December 2016 – nominations close at 4.00pm
    Wednesday 14 December 2016 – voting commences 12noon
    Wednesday 28 December 2016 – voting closes 12noon

    There may be instances where for reasons such as being in remote locations without network access, or due to disability, some staff may be unable to vote online. If for such reasons of special need you require a paper based postal vote, please contact Lynette Darnell via email to or phone extension 6544 before 4.00pm Tuesday 13 December 2016.

    For more information on elections, please visit the Elections web page.

  • Fisheries Research and Develipment Corporation - Call for Applications

    The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) that address the priority areas nominated by the Research Advisory Committees (RACs), Industry Partnership Agreements (IPAs) and the FRDC Subprograms.

    Respective RACs, IPAs and Subprograms have been through their planning processes to form their priorities. In addition, the FRDC held its annual stakeholder planning workshop in late October 2016 to discuss among other things where there might be collaborative opportunities. It was apparent that there are a number of priority areas relevant to multiple RACs, IPAs and Subprograms:

    • Impacts of seismic testing
    • Resource access/allocation
    • Data collection/needs and data gaps
    • People development and capacity building
    • Community support/demonstration of the broader value of fishing and aquaculture

    More information is available at

  • Call for Expressions of Interest - Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association

    Expressions of interest are being sought from community and industry partners to fund projects that help realise the Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association vision. More information on the attached flyer

  • Finance Research Support - New Mailbox

    The research support officer (RSO) group in Finance now have a separate group email box for finance requests and queries related to School-based research projects, Finance RSO ( So for anything you might previously have emailed Finsup mailbox for regarding a School based research project - and expected a response from one of the RSO team, please now use the Finance RSO mailbox (eg queries such as research project financial position, budget or forecast, grant acquittals, journals involving a research project, invoices outstanding with grant funding bodies etc..).

    Just a reminder the Research Support Officers in Finance and their respective supported areas are:

    • VLS Medical & Molecular Sciences – Valerie Findlay
    • VLS Environment & Conservation – Cindy Chen
    • VLS College of Veterinary Medicine – Gayle Hughes
    • VLS Agricultural Sciences – Melinda Ellis

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  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Weekly Newsletter #47 - 28 November

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for the week beginning 28 November. 

  • Amended Chemical Manifest - message from Brodey Anderson

    The safety department would like to advise that we have made some adjustments to the chemical manifest sent previously. This will hopefully make life easier for staff to complete and also allow for an easy transfer into Chemwatch, can you please disburse to all those responsible people within the laboratory to now use the new Amended Chemical Manifest – MUR – SAF – SPR – CHE – 2016.

    I kindly advise that any manifests received already will be amended by the safety team, apologies for any inconvenience.

  • Food and Beverage Opening Hours for Summer 2016 - 2017

    During the summer period, the University's food and beverage outlets operate restricted opening hours. This year, the closure of the Refectory also marks the commencement of the Student Hub project construction works, so you'll need to make doubly sure you know which outlets are open and what other options are available. Good-bye Refectory. Hello Student Hub!

    As highlighted in previous staff announcements, the Student Hub development includes an extensive refurbishment of the existing Refectory and Senate Buildings. Consequently, the Refectory will be permanently closed from later this month, with individual closure dates shown below: 

    • Absolutely Kebabulous - 28 November 2016
    • Short Order Burger Company - 02 December 2016
    • Aroma Cafe - 02 December 2016
    • Wok Inn - 02 December 2016

    Further information on the Student Hub project is available from the project microsite

    Club Murdoch

    The Student Hub development also encompasses the current Club Murdoch location, which will be relocated to the former Sir Walter's Cafe in the Library Courtyard over the summer period. This is a temporary move, pending the return of Club Murdoch to the new restaurant within the Student Hub development later next year. 

    Club Murdoch will be open as usual in its current location until Friday 16 December 2016. It will re-open on Wednesday 11 January 2017 in its new temporary home in the Library courtyard. 

    Guild & other outlets

    The other Perth campus outlets remaining open in December will trade as follows: 

    • Café Kadjininy in the South Street Library will be open until Friday 23 December 2016, reopening on Monday 9 January 2017; 
    • The Tavern closes on Thursday 22 December 2016, and reopen at the start of Semester 1, 2017. 
    • Bang Bang Speciality Coffee remains trading from their ECL Courtyard Coffee Cart until Friday 16 December 2016, reopening on Monday 9 January 2017. Watch out for earlier than usual closing times; and
    • Campus Asian Foods closes Thursday 15 December 2016, and reopens in February 2017. 

    A printed copy of the full opening hours is available from the entrance to the Refectory. 

    The Pop-Up Ref and Food Trucks

    To supplement the reduced number of food outlets before the Limited Service Period commences, a number of Food Trucks and other mobile vendors will be located in Upper Bush Court, nearby the Library entrance and The Nexus Theatre, from 5 December 2016 until 23 December 2016. 

    From early January 2017, the Pop-Up Ref will open as our new home for Food Trucks. The Pop-Up Ref is located South of The Broadwalk path, down the steps from Bush Court to the east of GCL1 and The Nexus Theatre. The Pop-Up Ref will open from early January. Watch out for signage and further announcements closer to the time. 

  • Science Stores - Extended Christmas Shutdown Period

    In line with the University initiative to encourage extension of the Christmas shutdown period, the Science Store will be shut from 3.30pm 23rd December 2016 and reopening Monday 9th January 2017. This decision has been made after consultation with main stakeholders. The Store will also be closed for the afternoon of Friday 16th December from 11.30am.

  • Important Pay Arrangements and deadlines for December 2016 and early 2017

    Please find attached an announcement on the payroll arrangements for December 2016 and January 2017.

  • Annual Campus Clean up Monday 5th - 9th December

    The end of 2016 is fast approaching and to help maintain our beautiful University environment and make a positive and lasting impression on our new and returning students in 2017, the Vice Chancellor and our Chief Operating Officer are calling on School Managers and Directorate leaders to help drive the annual campus clean up during the week of Monday 5 December to Friday 9 December 2016.

    We have a shared responsibility for maintaining safe, tidy and productive working and learning environments at Murdoch. This includes reviewing common spaces and identifying opportunities to de-clutter, tidy or dispose.

    This could include:

    • removing items from trafficable spaces such as pathways, building entrances, stairwells and corridors,
    • effectively re-using or disposing of surplus items from frequented spaces, such as meeting and common rooms, office accommodation, laboratories and learning venues, and
    • looking for opportunities to optimise the use of space and improving the safety and aesthetics.

    Please schedule time with your teams to discuss your area’s plan for assisting with our campus clean up. This may involve staff taking a short break from regular duties to focus on tidying up their work areas.

    Help is at hand The Property, Development and Commercial Services (PDCSO) team will support our campus clean-up by providing skip bins and logistical support for the removal of large items between 5-9 December 2016.
    Skip bin locations are listed below and can be viewed on our campus map:

    • Building 240 Biological Sciences Loading Zone 6
    • Building 260 Vet Clinical Sciences (east)
    • Building 335 Environmental Sciences Loading Zone 1
    • Building 350 Library Loading Zone
    • Building 450 Education & Humanities (south)
    • Building 490 Amenities (north)
    • University Farm

    To ensure only necessary items reach landfill, please follow the following disposal guides:

    • General waste/unusable furniture – place into drop down fronted skip bins.
    • Quality but surplus furniture – contact the PDCSO Helpdesk.
    • Scrap metal and batteries – specific bins located at PDCSO car park.
    • Pine pallets – do not use campus skip bins, contact PDCSO Helpdesk.

    You are requested not to dispose of computer type equipment into the skip bins provided as Information & Technology Services (ITS) engages a specialist waste provider enabling correct environmental disposal of such equipment. For further information please contact ITS Helpdesk by phone 9360 2000 or via email

    Remember to complete the Asset Disposal Form (1160) should any items being disposed possess asset barcodes. More information is available by emailing the PDCSO Helpdesk.

  • Accommodation Wanted for Professional Family–Applecross (preferably) – 1st July to 31st December 2017 - message from Peter Irwin

    Accommodation is needed for a visiting veterinary professional couple and their primary school-aged son for the second half of 2017. Both parents will be working in the College (one as a radiologist, the other as a pathologist) to assist us with teaching the double cohort. They have been in discussion with the Applecross Primary School which has a place for their son if they can live locally, so it’s a matter of trying to help find them a place in the same suburb. Any assistance you can give would be appreciated. Please contact Peter Irwin (2590) or Mandy O’Hara (2297).

  • End of Year Processing Deadlines- IMPORTANT DATES - Purchasing Card Aquittals Deadline Next Week  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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  • Professor Pedro Crous, Sir Walter Murdoch Adjunct Professor Seminar

    As director of the world’s largest fungal Biological Resource Centre, Pedro has initiated several major activities to facilitate global research on fungal biodiversity He has added several thousand cultures to the CBS culture collection, and has described more than 1000 novel fungal taxa. He is a strong supporter of the Barcode of Life projects. He has published more than 500 papers, authored or edited more than 20 books, and monographed several genera of major economic importance. In this seminar Pedro will talk about the dramatic and often contested changes to fungal taxonomy in the past 15 years.

    Topic: Molecular systematics as game changer in fungal taxonomy
    Date: Monday 5th December
    Time: 4pm
    Venue: Biological Sciences Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University

  • AMSI Summer School 2017

    This is the final call for applications to attend AMSI Summer School 2017 at the University of Sydney this January, with applications closing on Sunday, 4 December – so get in quick!

    The Summer School is a four-week residential school in the mathematical sciences and cognate disciplines, and will run from 9 January to 3 February. Offering eight exciting subjects, students can enrol in up to two honours-level courses, and may be able to take one course for credit towards their degree, including an area that may not be available at their home university.

    In addition to lectures and tutorials, Summer School students are invited to attend exclusive program extras to expand their academic experiences and build their networks, including a Women in the Mathematical Sciences Panel Session, Lunchtime Lectures, Social Events and the Careers Afternoon featuring employers from Google, Optiver and the Australian Signals Directorate (Australian Government's Department of Defence), plus many more.

    For more details about AMSI Summer School 2017, including how to apply, please visit our website.

    Find out more.