VLS Announcements 148 - 28 July 2017

Dear Colleagues,

As announced by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Education, the release of results from a national survey to gain student insight into sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian Universities may trigger the need for students and staff to seek support. If you are aware of a student who needs support from the University please direct them to the University Counselling Service. If a staff member needs personal support, they can contact PeopleSense for free, confidential counselling and support.

I would like to congratulate Philomena Touhy, veterinary resident, not only for passing the membership examinations in Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia, but for also for receiving a medal for achieving the highest mark for the examination in this discipline.

I look forward to Open Day on Sunday and seeing many of you there, thank you to everyone who has volunteered. Let’s make this the best Open Day yet.

Kind regards,

Phil Nicholls
Acting 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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  • Missing Microscopefor action

    An Olympus CH20 teaching microscope (serial number 117070) with a measuring graticule in one eye piece has been removed without authority from teaching laboratory 2.107 in the Vet Biology building 250. If you have borrowed it or come across it, could you please return it to Aileen Elliot in the Department of Parasitology room 3.022 as it is required urgently for teaching.

  • Contractor Induction - reminder to staff

    It is compulsory for all contractors, sub-contractors and their employees to undergo an online contractor induction before arriving to campus to perform any work.

    The induction provides contractors, sub-contractors and their employees with information on:

    • Introduction to the University
    • Expectations regarding conduct
    • University procedures
    • Safety & contractor’s responsibilities
    • Procedures for working in certain situations
    • Emergency, accident/incident/hazard, reporting

    For more information and links to the Online Contractor Induction please go to:

  • IRMA Update - Security

    In preparation for deployment of the new Higher Degree by Research (HDR) module in IRMA, changes to user permissions/security settings are currently being carried out and should be completed middle of August 2017.

    You should not notice any change but if you do have any access issues or require your access reactivated, please contact the Graduate Research Office and we will aim to resolve this as quickly as possible.

    More information in the attached flyer.

    Contact IRMA System Administrator – Adrian Cheng Extn 2954 or

  • Scinema Film Festival Promotion

    On Monday and Tuesday evenings throughout August Murdoch will be hosting screenings of Scinema International Science Film Festival.

    SCINEMA International Science Film Festival is the largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere, celebrating the power of moving image to tell stories about the world, how it works and our place in it. SCINEMA showcases science features, shorts, documentaries, animated and experimental films from filmmakers around the world. Film themes are as follows: Animals, Environment, Our Bodies, Technology, Sci-fi, Space, Primary School, Secondary School, and Best of Scinema. A slide and image to promote Scinema is attached.

  • Annual Staff Games

    The Annual Staff Games are happening on Friday 1st September 12 noon till 5pm with a trophy presentation/BBQ in the tavern afterwards. Registration is open at

  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Newsletter #23

    Please see the attached ARO Newsletter for week beginning 24 July.

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  • 27th Annual Combined Biological Sciences Meeting - support of student registrations

    The 27th Annual Combined Biological Sciences Meeting is just around the corner, how will your lab participate in 2017? This year’s conference, will once again be held at the University Club, The University of Western Australia, on Friday the 25th of August!

    Invited plenary speaker positions for 2017 are being filled and information about our guests and their presentations can be found at . This year’s conference will also feature a number of specialist area symposia with each featuring a prominent keynote and invited local speakers. As they are confirmed details of these keynote speakers and their presentations can be found at

    Registrations are now open so please visit to book your place. (Early Bird prices until COB 1st of August)

    Abstract submission is also open at and the submission deadline has been extended until the COB Monday the 1st of August. Details of the various awards on offer can be found at

    VLS will support 4 student registrations. If you wish to apply for one of these places send a copy of your abstract for poster or oral presentation and confirmation from CBSM that it has been accepted to Marilyn will advise 4 students that VLS will be paying for their registration.

  • Regional Estuary Initiative Nutrient Summit: Productive Agriculture – Healthy Estuaries

    Please see the attached invitation to the Regional Estuary Initiative Nutrient Summit: Productive Agriculture – Healthy Estuaries in Mandurah on the 15th of August.

    We have got a great line up of speakers including farmers, practitioners and managers from interstate and New Zealand to share their learnings in agricultural nutrient management and water quality. The summit is highly relevant to the challenges that we face in the Geographe Catchment and it is a really exciting opportunity to hear what is being done in different regions.

    We are planning on organising buses to Mandurah if enough people are interested. If you are able to attend please register your interest via the invitation.

  • Aurora Internship Program - upcoming summer 2017/18 round - kindly assist us to promote

    We would be grateful if you could once again assist with the promotion of the upcoming round by circulating the internship flyer (download here) to your students.

    The on-line application period for the summer 2017/18 round of internships is from Monday 31 July through Friday 25 August 2017. Applications and more information about the Program can be accessed via the Aurora website at

    We will be focusing more on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and graduates via scholarship funded internships as pathways to jobs in Indigenous organisations and other organisations working in the Indigenous sector. More information can be found at

    The Program continues to place students and graduates with backgrounds in business, education, health science, law, media/communications, psychology, social work and some social sciences (including anthropology, archaeology, cultural heritage and environmental management, Indigenous studies, history, human geography and sociology) at Indigenous sector organisations involved in land rights, policy development, research and social justice, Australia wide.

    The Program introduces candidates to career opportunities in native title and the broader Indigenous sector and at the same time provides assistance to under-resourced and over-worked organisations.

    Many thanks in advance for your ongoing support!