VLS Announcements 120 - 13 January 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year. I hope that everyone is refreshed after the Christmas and New Year break. I would like to thank the staff who worked through the break for their dedication to the School and University.

For those who may not be aware Professor Sue Moore passed away just before Christmas. Sue was a highly respected colleague who will be greatly missed by all her friends in the School.  My thoughts are with her family and friends.  If you wish to pay your tributes to Sue please see the following webpage

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]

  • Semester 1 2017 – update Unit Coordinator & Unit Contacts on Callista

    The Exams Office has asked if all unit coordinators (UC’s) and unit contact details could be checked on Callista for all Semester 1 2017 units. The Exam Data Collection process will be opening soon and Exams Office will be contacting all UC’s to get confirmation of their units exam requirements.

    Please email your requests for Unit Coordinator / Unit Contacts updates to

    If the unit contacts cannot be finalised for a unit, 2 weeks before the beginning of the Semester 1 (27 February 2017) you may need to contact your Academic Chair for advice.

  • Library review of print collections

    The Library is conducting a review to improve the quality of our print collection. The focus of this review is to provide our students and staff with the best available, up to date print collections and remove items that may obscure more contemporary and higher quality publications. The review has also identified some areas of the collection for future purchasing.

    We are now at the stage where the library has completed initial consultations and made some decisions regarding resources that are no longer required. The attached list documents all items relevant to VLS that have been marked for removal; this spreadsheet has 8 separate subject specific tabs.

    Please note the following:

    • This list does not include items that have already been marked for retention (the vast majority of the collection that is relevant to VLS)
    • These items have been identified for removal because they are low-quality, low-demand or have been replaced by newer resources
    • All items identified for removal are easily available via BONUS+ or our document delivery service
    • Specifically, items have been identified for removal, if:
      • They have never been borrowed or have not been borrowed for a significant period of time
      • They have been superseded by a later edition or editions
      • They are missing or damaged
      • They are available in another more accessible format
    • None of the items have been removed from the shelves. A separate project will implement the logistics of removing and reorganising resources

    If you do see anything that needs changing, please highlight it on the spreadsheet and forward it to Mike Calver by February 14th. The Valentine’s Day date is deliberate, because unless people reserve any item it will be subject to a St Valentine’s Day massacre.

  • Expressions of Interest for 2017 RFIF Projects

    Recfishwest is now accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) for 2017 RFIF projects. EOI for 2017 RFIF funding may be made by e-mail to EOIs must be received on or before 5pm (WST) Monday the 30th January. Recfishwest encourages all applicants to contact the Recfishwest office to discuss potential projects before submitting an EOI. For further information is required, please contact the Recfishwest Office on 9246 3366 or email For more about the RFIF and to download an editable copy of the 2017 RFIF; Round 6 Expression Of Interest application please click on the following link 2017 RFIF:

  • Changes to ARC Discovery Project Application and Linkage Programme

    Please find attached a summary of the changes to the ARC Discovery Project Application form. If you are submitting a Discovery DP, please read this and the attached Instructions to Applicants for details of the major changes. These include changes to:

    • A4 Proposal Summary
    • Part C Project Description
    • F13 Research Outputs and ARC grants

    Reminder of important information for preparing a full submission to the ARC Discovery Project Round:

    Internal deadline and requirements:
    Please note that the “submission ready” proposal must be submitted via RMS to the Grants Office by the 8th February 2016 (see important dates below). Late submissions will not be accepted after this date. “Submission ready” means all required online RMS sections are completed and the required documentation/attachments are final versions and uploaded in RMS. This will ensure that the Grants Team have adequate capacity to carefully review each application for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with ARC guidelines and University policies, that required University approvals are obtained, and that you have time to make the necessary revisions. This also ensures that all university applicants receive the same level of support during this busy period.

    ARC DP Funding Rules:
    Please also note there have been changes to the ARC DP Funding Rules, particularly the assessment categories. The “Project Environment” has been removed as a separate category and is now addressed under “Feasibility”. “Benefit” is now a separate assessment category. Please read the ARC DP Funding Rules PDF FormatWord Format for further details. The relevant parts for Discovery Projects Proposals are Part A and Part F.

    Important Dates:

    • IRMA Coversheet submitted by: 16th January 2017
    • Grants Office Deadline: 8th February 2017
    • Murdoch Contribution request submitted by: 8th February 2017
    • Request Not to Assess (ARC Deadline): 15 February 2017
    • ARC Deadline: 1 March 2017
  • Changes to ARC Linkage Program

    Over the Christmas Break the ARC made changes to the Linkage Projects program. Continuous submission and assessment of proposals will continue in 2017. However, there have been some major changes to the Funding Rules and Instructions to Applicants.

    Attached is a document which outlines these changes. Some of these changes include:

    • Addition of “Small Business” partner category as exempt from the Cash Contribution
    • Changes to Criteria weightings
    • Changes to the Project Description Headings and content

    Please refer to the following ARC documents for full details -

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  • Welcome to our new Student Advisor - message from Fiona Feist

    We are pleased to announce the recruitment of Jessica Gill to the Veterinary and Life Sciences Student Advisor Team. Jess will commence on Monday, 16th January. We also welcome Sherry Fletcher back from maternity leave on Thursday, 12th January. Please stop past the Student Advisor Office to introduce yourself Jess and welcome Sherry back.

  • Welcome back to Katherine Cresey - message from Fiona Feist

    Please join me in welcoming back Katherine Cresey from maternity leave. Katherine is located in Loneragan Building in the Dean’s Office.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • How Climate Change Will Shape Environmental Law Conference

    Date: 17th February 2017
    Time: 8.30am - 5.30pm
    Location: ECL2 Lecture Theatre, South Street Campus
    More information is available on the attached flyer.