VLS Announcements 142 - 16 June 2017

Dear Colleagues,

On Thursday we celebrated the annual Murdoch University Staff Awards. I would like to congratulate the following VLS staff members on their awards:

Professor Susan Moore 2016 Senate Medal awarded posthumous
Dr Barbara Bowen 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching in the category of General Teaching Excellence
Dr Jatin Kala 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award for early career development and achievement
Professor John Howieson 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award for impact in communities
Dr Sofie De Meyer 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award for innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship
Professor Richard Bell 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award for Distinguished and Sustained Achievement
Professor Chengdao Li 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award for Distinguished and Sustained Achievement
Professor Cassandra Berry Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Learning and Teaching Award for Innovation
Tiffany Wright Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Award for Outstanding Service by a Professional Staff Member
Chelsea Little Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Award for Outstanding Service by a Professional Staff Member
Associate Professor Wayne Greene Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Award for Outstanding Service by an Academic Staff Member
Professor Chengdao Li Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Award for research that has had significant and lasting translational impact and uptake for industry, society or environment
Dr Teresa Collins Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Award for interdisciplinary research
Dr Sam Abraham Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Award for innovative research by an Early Career Academic
Dr Jill Shephard Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Learning and Teaching Award - Best unit survey
Dr Mike Van Keulen Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Learning and Teaching Award - Best teaching survey
Biochemistry and nutrition support team; Malcolm Boyce, Ken Chong, Rini Margawani, Andrew Williams and Diana Wilson Veterinary and Life Sciences 2016 Award for Outstanding Service by a Professional Team

We also celebrated 10 years of service for Alisa Brown, Steve Cossington, Caroline Elieff, Malcolm Boyce, Mark Glyde, June Howard, Shiromi Piyasena, Rachel Evans, Rhiannon Gerovich, Ian Mullaney, Andrew Williams, Lars Bejder, Debra O'Mahony, Kate Bryan and Linda Salleo. We celebrated 20 years of service from Dr Griet Haitjema and 30 years of service from Halina Kobryn, Gerard Spoelstra, John Snowball and myself.

On Monday evening, Professor Cassandra Berry gave a public lecture to an audience of around 80 people. The main message was to be alert people to viruses in our community and the environment, especially for those families travelling to SE Asia over our upcoming winter holidays. It was well received with much interest in prevention to avoid exposure and treatments for viral infections. The talk was filmed and will be made available on the Murdoch website. Media picked up the story in the Melville Times newspaper.

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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  • Task and Finish Group to focus on an Assessment and Feedback reviewfor action

    The DVC(E) is establishing a Task and Finish Group to focus on an Assessment and Feedback review. Attached is a document outlining the work of the group. A representative from VLS is requested. If you’re concerned about assessment and would like to have a say (as well as earn the Workload Points for a central university working party), please contact Mike Calver (ADLT).

    There will be a meeting on 14th June, followed by a Re-thinking assessment – a programme leader’s guide workshop on Tuesday 20th June from 9am – 12:30pm, followed by a Task and Finish Group meeting from 2pm – 4pm that the nominated representatives will also need to attend.

    Details of the workshop can be found below. However, the VLS representative will need to register for the workshop via the TCMS

    Re-thinking assessment – a programme leader’s guide
    This interactive workshop (based on a chapter in a forthcoming book) is intended for any programme or course leader, or Head of School/Department, who seriously wants to improve their assessment practice. Supported by current research, the workshop will argue the need to reduce but improve summative assessment, in particular regarding the assessment of programme outcomes and integrated learning, while increasing opportunities for formative assessment, the development of the students’ assessment literacy, and effective engagement with feedback - and provide practical examples of how this can and has been done.

  • Projects Using Rodents- Animal House

    Researcher projectys using rodents will now go through the rodent facility at Harry Perkins South. Please contact the Animal Ethics Office for any questions or issues regarding this.

  • Community and Employability Pathway Transcripts - S2 2017

    The Community and Employability Pathway Transcript Policy states that Academic Council approves Volunteer Programs eligible for inclusion on Community and Employability Pathway Transcripts at its January and July meetings each year.

    If you, or any of your colleagues, would like to propose a new Volunteer Program to commence in Semester 2, 2017 please complete the attached application to Academic Council.

    The application form must be signed by the School Dean, Area Director or Guild President, as appropriate. Where the Program Coordinator and the person signing the form are the same, the form must be counter-signed by the President of Academic Council. The completed form must be submitted myself as Secretary to Academic Council by no later than Monday, 26 June 2017 for inclusion on the 5 July 2017 Academic Council agenda.

    The policy and procedure documents are available from the Policy and Procedure Manager (PPM) database at the following links:
    Community and Employability Pathway Transcript Policy:
    Community and Employability Pathway Transcript Procedure:

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  • New Employee Orientation 27th June

    All Murdoch employees, whether professional or academic, have an impact on our students' experience. So, regardless of whether your staff are 'behind the scenes' or in the 'front line', they play an important role in ensuring Murdoch staff are able to make a valuable contribution to our Community.

    To continue to support new staff, a one-day combined Welcome and Orientation is offered to all new employees. This is the core of the University’s induction for new staff, and is organised by OD (Organisational Development) and CUTL (Centre for University Teaching and Learning). The Welcome and Orientation offers an enjoyable and informal opportunity to join a range of presentations and to meet key contacts across the University.

    The next New Employee Orientation will be held on Tuesday 27th June in the Flexible Teaching & Learning Room in CUTL (350.4.040) from 8.35 am to 3.30 pm. Further Orientation days in 2017 are planned for Wednesday August 30th and Tuesday November 7th.

    Whilst each new staff member has been personally invited to the event, we would appreciate your support and invite you to discuss the Orientation with new staff members in your school. A copy of the program is attached, and further information can be found here and you can enrol in TCMS.

    Accompanying resources for new staff are available on the Learning Management System.

  • New Key & Cylinder Pricing

    Murdoch University current key suppliers (Abloy Protec 2) have issued their new pricing list. To account for the increased cost of keys from the supplier and GST, the key deposit for the keys issued will be increased to $45 per key. The new pricing will be effective as of the 1st July 2017.

  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Newsletter #18

    Please see the attached ARO Newsletter for week beginning 12 June.

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  • Semester 2 Enrolment Initiatives - Early Enrolment Breakfast

    9am – 12pm Saturday 24 June 2017
    Student Services is coordinating an open morning on 24 June 2017 targeting all commencing or prospective Semester 2 students with support to explore, apply and enrol on the morning with the objective of being able to achieve all of these stages with an attending student during the morning. Again, we’ll be seeking support from professional and academic staff with the responsibility and skill set to deliver these objectives. The plan is to activate the Student Centre and the immediate area for the event with incentives for attending students including catering.

    If you are able to attend on the morning to provide academic advice for VLS students, please contact Dianna (see below).
    Key contact: Dianna Romano (

  • Semester 2 Enrolment Initiatives - Murdoch Late Nights

    Wednesdays until 8pm
    The Student Centre will be operating with extended hours every Wednesday until 8pm through June and July. These hours will be to help support future, commencing and current students who can’t otherwise come in during working hours to have support to complete an application, enrol in units and complete other administrative activities to be best prepared for Semester 2. We’re hoping that for students who attend on the nights that we can have the right staff about to resolve most issues and rostering supporting teams to do so. Many of the Wednesday nights will also coincide with other activities relating to recruitment and Orientation.

    The Student Centre is not seeking School involvement in these nights however if you are planning or considering any initiatives targeting Semester 2 enrolment (commencing or continuing) aligning to a Wednesday night might help with ensuring support is on hand.
    Key contact: Frank White (

    These activities are being developed within the context of the range of other recruitment and Orientation/Transition activities planned and we hope that can be complimentary in providing opportunity for students to engage early, take care of the transactional activities in getting start, build relationships with key staff including academics and gain a positive impression of Murdoch.Both of these initiatives are new and whilst we’re putting in every effort to make them successful they are a learning exercise in themselves. We appreciate your good faith support to make them work. If you have any ideas, want to be involved or want to get in touch early, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Frank or Dianna, I’m sure they’d welcome the contact.

    I appreciate too that for many these activities are on top of already busy workloads and other initiatives under way. I’d like to acknowledge the effort that’s already gone in to them, the work ahead and thank everyone in advance for their effort and support.

  • 2017 Public Lecture Series - "Healthy Futures"

    Title: From Salamanderfish to Sawfish: What is lurking in Western Australian inland waterways and how can we help them?
    Presenter: Dr Stephen Beatty
    Date: 19 June @ 6pm
    Location: Kim Beazley
    RSVP here

  • Leadership Journeys with Janet Holmes à Court AC
  • The School of Business and Governance would like to invite you to our Leadership Journeys Seminar with Janet Holmes à Court AC.

    The seminar will be held at Murdoch University on the 20th of June from 6pm to 8pm (registrations from 5.30pm) in the Kim E. Beazley Lecture Theatre.

    To find out more and register please visit

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  • Skyrail Rainforest Foundation student research funding reminder

    The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation recently announced the annual launch of funding to support student research that enhances the protection of tropical rainforests through better understanding and sustainable practices.

    Over the last 10 years the Skyrail Rainforest foundation has funded a vast array of rainforest focussed projects and has provided more than $400,000 in project grants.The Foundation enables eligible research applicants access of up to $5000 for PhD projects and $2000 for Honours projects, Graduate Diplomas in Research Methods projects and other Masters coursework containing a strong research component.

    Dr Ken Chapman, Chairman of the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation, said the foundation was pleased to make this funding available.

    We encourage students to apply for this funding, read the blog on rainforest research funding and visit the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation website for the student research funding application information.

    Applications close Monday 12th June