VLS Announcements 144 - 30 June 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to thanks Murray Adams for attending the Health Careers Evening on behalf of the school and the Student Advisor team for their involvement in the Early Enrolment event on Saturday 24th June. I greatly appreciate your willingness to support these events.

Please note that the timeline for 2017 academic promotion rounds have been updated, please see the “Staff News and Events Section” for the updated dates.

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]

  • VBS and VCS Lecture Theatres - a message from Property, Development and Commercial Services Office

    Our team are conducting teaching space audits and have noticed that items such as reading glasses, coffee cups and notes have been left at lecterns in VBS and VCS lecture theatres. As your school heavily uses these lecture theatres we thought you may like to let teaching staff know that we will soon be organising for cleaners to remove any rubbish and forward any personal belongings to lost property in the Security office.

  • Reminder - Next Series Supervisors Workshop Tuesday 4th or 11th July 2017

    the next series of Supervisor Enhancement Workshops will be presented on:
    Tuesday, 4th July 2017 in the Learning Link Building 513 Rooms 1.002/1.003 at 9.00 am to 12.00 noon; and Tuesday, 11th July 2017 in the Postgraduate Suites, ECL Building 460 Room 2.031 at 9.00 am to 12.00 noon. (You only need to attend one.)

    Completion of a Supervisor Enhancement Workshop (SEW) is now a requirement for inclusion on the supervisors register for Higher Degree by Research supervision. In order to meet research training educational standards expectations under a range of national mandated and best practise policies, the Research Degrees and Scholarships Committee (RDSC) of the university has approved the implementation of a compulsory supervisor professional development program (don’t be alarmed – it is one 3-hour workshop once every 4 years) as part of the requirements for academic staff to be listed on the approved register of supervisors. The period of grace for existing supervisors to attend such workshops will soon be coming to an end, after which supervisors who have not completed the course will not be able to supervise HDR students.

    we require academic staff in your School who fall in to the first cohort for Workshop completion - i.e. all staff who are not eligible to act as a Principal Supervisor, and have not been required to complete the EPS (Enhancing Postgraduate Supervision) program - to attend a workshop session this year if they wish to continue to be eligible to supervise graduate research degree students. We encourage all academic staff who have not completed EPS within the last 4 years (or are not currently undertaking EPS) to attend a workshop as soon as possible so that they are fully informed about current policy, procedures and issues relating to GRD supervision. If you are unable to attend this workshop in February, further workshops will be held later in 2017 (dates to be confirmed).

    Please contact myself, Karen Richardson ( to register for the workshops.

  • ARC and NHMRC Information Workshops w/c 17th July 2017

    The Research and Innovation Office is holding a series of workshops during the week 17th to 20th July 2017 to provide information that will assist Murdoch staff who wish to submit an application to the next ARC and NHMRC major rounds.

    The workshops will focus on:

    1. NHMRC Project Grants, including the NHMRC Grant Program major restructure
    2. ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
    3. ARC Discovery Project
    4. ARC Linkage Project

    We will shortly be calling the internal Expression of Interest process for applications to the ARC and NHMRC and those intending to submit to apply to the next DECRA round are strongly advised to attend the workshop.

    If you intend to submit an Expression of Interest for application to the next Future Fellowship round, please get in touch with Jane Crier

    Please register below –
    Workshop First Offer Second Offer
    ARC DECRA Monday, 17th July 2017
    10:00 – 12:30
    Senate 121.1.002
    Thursday, 20th July 2017
    10:00 – 12:30
    ARC Discovery Projects Friday, 21st July 2017
    10:00 – 12:30
    Senate 121.1.002
    ARC Linkage Projects Tuesday, 18th July 2017
    10:00 – 12:30
    NHMRC Grant Program Changes and Project Grants 19th July 2017
    09:30 – 12:30

    Any queries, please contact Jane Crier directly.

Staff News and Events [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • New Registrar in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology - message from Mandy O'Hara

    I am delighted to introduce you to our new Registrar in Veterinary Anatomical Pathology Dr Cynthia Robveille, who is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Pathologists.

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    Cynthia arrived in Perth from her home in Nantes, France last Thursday, her office is in the microscope room in the pathology corridor (250.2.008). Her extension is X1295.

    Cynthias main responsibilities are for the diagnostic service and the final year students when they are rostered onto the pathology rotation. We are so pleased our Pathology group has become so international, do make Cynthia welcome when you meet her J.

  • Updated timeline for 2017 promotion rounds

    Please note that the dates listed on the website are no longer current and need to be removed.

    Committee Name Promotion Application Deadline School Dean’s Report Deadline Optional Response to the School Dean’s Report Deadline Referee Reports Deadline Teegan provides all* documents to Committee Members in hard copy no later than Committee Meeting Date
    Professorial Committee Monday 10 July Monday 17 July Monday 24 July Monday 17 July Friday 21 July Thursday 3 August
    Lecturer Committee Monday 24 July Monday 31 July Monday 7 August Monday 7 August Friday 11 August Thursday 24 August
    Lecturer Committee Monday 21 August Monday 28 August Monday 4 September Monday 28 August Friday 8 September Thursday 21 September
    Professorial Committee Monday 4 September Monday 11 September Monday 18 September Monday 11 September Friday 22 September Thursday 5 October
    Professorial Committee Monday 2 October Monday 9 October Monday 16 October Monday 9 October Friday 20 October Thursday 2 November
    Lecturer Committee Monday 23 October Monday 30 October Monday 6 November Monday 30 October Friday 10 November Thursday 23 November
  • Seeking Expressions of Interest for casual Learning Innovations Support Officer in CUTL - message from Mike Fardon, Manager Learning and Innovation

    The Centre for University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) is seeking a casual Learning Innovations Support Officer to provide support to staff with their use of the LMS and other educational technologies.

    The position is available from now through to the end of November and is for 15 hours per week. This will be backfilling for an existing staff member while they are on leave.

    We are seeking someone that can preferably demonstrate experience with using the functions of the LMS and can provide a high level of customer service with clear and concise written and verbal guidance to staff. Attached is the relevant position description.

    Applicants interested in the position should send their Expression of Interest via email to Mike Fardon ( by 5pm, Friday, June 30. The EOI should outline your suitability for the position in no more than one A4 page as well as a current CV.

  • MurdochSafe. On and off-campus safety and emergency help and advice for staff and students - a message from Dan Byles, Manager University Resilience

    As we head towards Semester 2, I just thought it might be useful to touch base regarding the new MurdochSafe mobile application that was launched last month.

    This app is a one-stop-shop for staff and students to know what to do, and who to call, during an on or off-campus emergency, safety or wellbeing issue. Features include:

    • Campus emergency call buttons for Perth, Mandurah and Rockingham campuses that also notify Security Services of a user’s location;
    • Quick connection to vital off-campus safety, health and emergency resources such as Police & Emergency Services, Mental Health Emergency Response Line, Lifeline and Crisis Care;
    • Contacts and information for on-campus medical, counselling, safety and disability services;
    • Access to Murdoch’s emergency response procedures (including Mental Health First Aid); and
    • A map sharing function for users to send their location to anyone via email.

    Plus, there is a section for University travellers to access travel tips and our country information portal. Students and staff can also call our 24/7 travel emergency assistance provider, and instantly send their location to them, through the app anywhere in the world.

    Info on the app, and to download it, is available at

  • Power Outage - Buildings 340 - Physical Sciences and 335 - Environmental Science

    Please see attached Works notification re an upcoming Power Outage in Buildings 340 - Physical Sciences and 335 - Environmental Science. All queries regarding the outage should be directed to Andrew Watson (

  • 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 26 June.

Seminars, Conferences and Workshops [Expand All] | [Collapse All

  • IIID Presentation - Dizziness- voodoo or vestibular?

    Dtae: Wednesday 5th July
    Time: 11am
    Presenter: Me Alexander Ring
    Where: McClusker Conference Room (IIID Building)

  • Kings Park Seminar - Namibian and Australian fairy circles: different biomass-water feedbacks but identical spatial patterns

    Date: Thursday 4 July
    Time: 4.00pm
    Presenter: Dr Stephan Getzin, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
    Title: Namibian and Australian fairy circles: different biomass-water feedbacks but identical spatial patterns
    Where: Biodiversity Conservation Centre - Kings Park (map:
    See the attached flyer.