VLS Announcements 118 - 16 December 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Congratulations to Dr Steve Beatty whose research project which tracked black bream in the upper reaches of the Swan/Canning system was featured in The West this week. The cat blood bank at The Animal Hospital has proven popular with media, and has been shown on television including spots on ABC News and Today Tonight.

On Tuesday, the Murdoch Forensic Society held a Forensic Appreciation Night, to celebrate the continuing success of the Forensic Science courses in VLS. Alumni spoke about their experience of the program, particularly the foundational role of Emeritus Professor Bob Mead, while staff highlighted the importance of the program. The evening concluded with a history of the program from Bob, who also regaled the audience with tales from his time at Murdoch.

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

  • My Unit Readings and Reserve 2017

    My Unit Readings allows you to manage and update your reading lists for students and to ensure that copyright compliance is met.

    If you had a list for a unit running in 2016, it will be rolled over automatically and you will be able to see your 2017 list and the associated digitisations (such as scanned book chapters) from 1 December 2016 onwards. Please edit the 2017 list, if you wish to make any changes. If you want to create a new list, instructions are available at My Unit Readings Help.

    Refresher training on My Unit Readings will be available in early February. Book into a session.

    Alternatively, if you would like the Library to create a new reading list for you or update your existing list, please send details of the unit and your list of readings at least 6 weeks before the start of the teaching period to 

    We will need the following details for each item:

    Citation of the Resource Structure of list Special conditions
    (include publication details such as author(s), title, edition, date, ISBN or ISSN) (to match your LMS unit structure - this could be topic, week, etc.) (mark as essential or recommended, any notes for students to be added)

    The library will commit to ensuring that these materials are available for your students prior to the teaching period.

    Requests received later than 6 weeks before the start of the teaching period will be processed as soon as possible; however, the Library cannot assume responsibility for the availability of resources in time for the start of teaching.

    Print materials to be held in Reserve are automatically added from the lists of prescribed and recommended readings via the Bookshop. If you wish to have additional material added, please email with the details of the item, unit name, unit coordinator and teaching period.

    If you have any queries, please contact

  • Research Integrity Advisers

    Research Integrity Advisers (RIAs) are experienced Murdoch University staff appointed to provide confidential and independent advice to staff and students on research best practice or any research matter that may be of concern. Here at the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Professor Cassandra Berry is our RIA. Please get to know our School RIA.

    For further information on the RIA’s role, please visit

    For relevant policies, please see

    Useful resource material on research integrity is also found at

    Staff and students interested in the Researching with Integrity workshop, please check the 2017 dates at The workshop addresses key policies and research integrity issues. It is open to final year undergraduate students intending to pursue a postgraduate research degree, graduate research degree students and staff.

  • Telethon -Perth Children's Hospital Research Fund 2016 (Round 5) - Open for applications

    The Department of Health in conjunction with the Channel 7 Telethon Trust is pleased to announce the fifth round of the Telethon-Perth Children's Hospital Research Fund 2016 (TPCHRF) is now open for applications (funding available in 2017) with the Department of Health's closing date being 1:00pm, Monday 3 April 2017.

    The TPCHRF was jointly established by the Department of Health and the Channel 7 Telethon Trust to fund health and medical research that focuses on the health of children and adolescents in WA.

    Applications are invited for two funding streams.

    Stream 1:Short-term Research Projects – to be completed within 2 years with up to $250,000 available per project; and
    This year special initiative funding is available for health service-led research. Research can include basic, clinical, health service, or population health research. Research activities may include areas such as:

    • Public health issues of particular significance to children and adolescents in WA;
    • Patient-focused healthcare delivery along the continuum of care for children and adolescents;
    • Health system organisation, financing and access that impact on child and adolescent health;
    • Emerging health risks for children and adolescents;
    • Rural, remote and Aboriginal child health;
    • Prenatal and Neonatal care.

    Stream 2: Strategic Research Initiatives – to be completed within 3 years with up to $500,000 available per project.

    Further information along with the Guidelines for Applicants and Application Forms can be found at:

    An Information flyer is attached.

  • Careers and Employment Centre

    Thank you for your support and collaboration in promoting the activities of the Careers and Employment Centre within VLS this year. We have appreciated your time, patience and assistance! Before you all collapse from exhaustion and run for a much-needed break, I am writing to ask you to once again promote the following activities of the Careers Centre commencing just before Semester 1 commences.

    Careers Week 2017 will begin with 3 discipline-based “Get Career Ready Boot Camps” held in Orientation Week, followed by Careers Week in a marquee on Bush Court the first week of Semester.

    Full details can be found on our website at and students will need to register via CareerConnect Attached documents to promote this event are Career Boot Camp Slide, Career Boot Camp Poster, Careers Week Slide, Careers Week Poster.

    Finally, to make way for the new Student Hub project the Careers Team will be moving out of our offices on Bush Court next week.  Students will find us in person in the Student Centre from 9 January 2017, though the Careers Team will be available through email and telephone until 23 December 2016.

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  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Weekly Newsletter #49 - 12 December

    Please find attached, the ARO newsletter for the week beginning 12 December. 

  • Defence Export Controls - Updates to the DGSL

    The Defence and Strategic Goods List (DSGL) has been updated to reflect changes agreed by the four international export control regimes of which Australia is a member. This legislative instrument is available at  A copy of the Explanatory Statement which outlines all the changes is attached for your reference.

    Changes have been made to controlled items which require an Application to Export Controlled Goods or Technology. Defence Export Controls (DEC) have indicated that this will have limited impact on Australian researchers however it is still important to be aware of controlled goods and technology which may be involved in your research. Murdoch’s research activities can continue to be assessed utilising the links in the RAMP Form.

    To discuss the specific details of any of the amendments, to contribute to the DEC’s consideration of regime proposals, or to express interest in providing input on particular sections of the DSGL, please contact the DEC at or telephone 1800 66 10 66.

  • Veterinary and Life Sciences Award Ceremony 2017

    As the year comes to a close it is time to look to 2017 and a date for the School’s Award Ceremony at South Street. It has been a problem to have all scholarship recipients selected in time for early April ceremonies, so in 2017 the ceremonies will be held a couple of weeks later. This will allow us to include all scholarship recipients for the School at the Award Ceremony. The tentative date is: Vet and Life Sciences Award Ceremony, Wed 24 May from 6pm

  • Veterinary and Life Sciences Graduation - February 2017

    Date: Friday 17th February
    Contingency date: Saturday 18th February
    Venue: Lower Bush Court, South Street Campus
    Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
    Contingency dates: Please note the contingency dates allocated to each ceremony. In the case of inclement weather the ceremony may be moved to this date. Please allow for this in your diary.

  • Recruitment of Manager Risk

    The Audit and Risk Management Office has recruited a Manager Risk. Jodi Collings joins us with more than 10 years of experience in Risk Management and Assurance. Prior to joining Murdoch University, Jodi worked for Telstra as Risk Manager for its Global Enterprise and Services in both the Perth and Sydney offices.

    Jodi’s recruitment will assist in progressing key risk management initiatives across the University including:

    • Review, improvement and implementation of the University’s Risk Management Framework.
    • Development and implementation of Risk Appetite.
    • Completion and update of operational risk registers in Offices and Schools.
  • Power Outage - Sub-station 20, Tuesday 20th December 7.00am-1.00pm affecting ETC complex

    Please note attached for details of an electrical outage during the hours of 7.00am-1.00pm 20th December 2016 due to essential electrical maintenance.

  • 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.

  • Reminder - earlier payroll cut-offs for online timesheets for action

    Please refer to attached up-dated payroll processing schedule. A reminder that earlier deadlines apply for approved online timesheets for the pay of 23rd December 2016 and 6th January 2017.

    Pay Fortnight Deadline for Hard Copy (Paper) Paperwork Deadline for MyHR Approvals for Online e- timesheet & Payment Claims Disbursement Date
    Friday 23rd Dec 2016 *12.00 Noon Mon 12th Dec 2016 *4.00 pm Wed 14th Dec 2016 Thurs 22nd Dec 2016
    Friday 6th Jan 2017 *12.00 Noon Mon 12th Dec 2016 *9.00 am Mon 19th Dec 2016 Thurs 5th Jan 2017

    Due to major works being carried out Employee Services will be closed from COB Friday, 23rd December 2016 to Friday, 6th January 2017 and will re-open for business on Monday, 9th January 2017.

  • 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  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).

Student Opportunities [Expand All] | [Collapse All

  • Youth Ag Summit

    Future Farmers Network partner with Bayer for the bi-yearly event, Youth Ag Summit. From October 9-13, 2017, young leaders from around the world will gather at the Youth Ag-Summit to discuss ideas, develop a vision and deliver action.

    If you are interested to apply for the Youth Ag-Summit 2017, then click on the menu element “Essay Contest”. Here they can complete their application in three easy steps.

    Deadline for applications is on January 13, 2017, 11:59 pm (GMT).

  • Red Sea Summer Program

    KAUST’s Marine Science program will be hosting a three week summer course from July 22 to August 11, 2017. The course will highlight a range of topics relevant to the Red Sea Research Center's work, including genomics, microbiology, ecology, and biological oceanography. Several KAUST faculty will be participating. The course will consist of a combination of lectures, fieldwork, labwork, and data analysis workshops, with an emphasis on hands-on experiences. The course is open to undergraduate or Master’s students, or people who have recently graduated from these degrees.

    KAUST will cover all costs for the program, including travel and housing, and is even providing a small stipend. A flyer for the summer program is attached. The application deadline is January 6th, 2017. To read more info or find the link to apply, please visit: http://RedSea.Courses