VLS Announcements 152 - 25 August 2017

Dear Colleagues,

You should shortly receive an invitation from the Vice Chancellor or Deputy Vice Chancellor Education relating to EB Engagement Sessions.

The update forms part of campus-wide conversations over the coming weeks to ensure you are well informed about the bargaining process, and the need for a new and modern Enterprise Agreement that will allow us to respond to our current challenges and capture the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.

Should you not have received the invitation, please contact Hannah Clark on and she will arrange to forward an invitation to you.

I would like to encourage everyone to attend this important update.

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]

  • $6,000 New Colombo Plan Grants to study for a semester in Indonesia

    A significant number of $6,000 New Colombo Plan mobility grants are available to support eligible students undertaking this program in 2018. Find out if you are eligible here.

  • Volunteers needed to teach innovation and creative thinking

    Sharon Delmege, the Academic Chair of Communication and Media Studies, is looking for volunteers who are willing to coordinate or teach into units aiming to develop the thinking and decision-making skills of undergraduates. If this sounds like you, please contact Sharon directly for further details. Please note that if you agree to contribute to a unit in another school, you will need to notify Mike Calver (ADLT) so that your teaching points can be credited and a load split arranged to cover your contribution. Sharon Delmege-

  • ARC and NHMRC talks - 6th September 2017

    UWA have extended invitations to Murdoch staff to talks from NHMRC CEO, Anne Kelso and ARC Executive Director, Fiona Cameron at UWA on Wednesday 6th September and that these are open to all WA universities.

    Details of both events are at and and registrations are required.

  • Reminder: ARC Future Fellowship - Expressions of Interest 2017/2018

    This is a reminder that the internal EOI deadline for the ARC Future Fellowship scheme is 10:00am, Monday 21st August 2017 using the appropriate EOI scheme form and submitted to

    For all other ARC and NHMRC EOIs please see below and attached:

    1. Murdoch University runs an internal Expression of Interest (EOI) process for applications to the ARC and NHMRC schemes. The Office of Research and Innovation is now calling for EOIs from researchers who are intending to submit to the ARC: Future Fellowships, Discovery Projects, Discovery Indigenous and DECRA and to the NHMRC schemes - including Projects and Fellowships.
    2. ARC Future Fellowships. Please note the internal EOI deadline for the ARC Future Fellowship is 10:00am, 21st August 2017 using the appropriate EOI scheme form and submitted to
    3. ARC Discovery Projects - For those submitting to the ARC Discovery Projects please note the much earlier deadlines for submissions to the next round.
    4. PLEASE READ the attached documents (Deadlines for ARC and NHMRC Major Grants Rounds 2017 and 2018 and Submission Guidelines and Deadlines for ARC and NHRMC 2017 and 2018) for important information about this process, policy, when to submit an EOI or IRMA coversheet, deadlines, requirements and the assessment of EOIs.
    5. Applicants should discuss their intention to submit an application with their Associate Dean of Research in the first instance. Applicants who are uncertain whether they are required to submit an EOI or an IRMA coversheet as per the attached guidelines should discuss this with the Grants team.

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

  • Mock Evacuation Fire Drills – Wednesday 13th September 2017

    In the interest of safety for students, staff and visitors to the University, Murdoch University will be conducting Mock Evacuations at the South Street Campus on Wednesday, 13th September 2017. Building by building evacuations will commence from 08:30 AM and finalising at 4:00 PM. During the evacuation, please follow fire warden(s) instructions promptly.

  • Office 365 Migration of Staff Mailboxes - Change of Date 27th August

    To support Murdoch’s technology strategy, we will shortly be commencing the staff mailbox migration to the Murdoch Office 365 cloud environment.

    This email contains important information if you are a MAC user, cannot access your email or you receive email via your phone.  Please read the FAQs below.


    To prepare you for this change:

    Your mailbox must be cleared of any sensitive information, e.g. credit card details or Tax File Numbers.   If your mailbox had sensitive information in it you would have received an email from ITS detailing all the information found that you need to remove

    Service outage during the change:

    ·         From Sunday the 27th of August at 6pm you will not be able to access your mailbox.  When the change finishes at 9pm you will be able to access it as per normal.

    ·         Any emails received during the time will be queued and available to you when you open your mailbox after the change has finished.

    FAQ: What should I do if I can’t access my email after the migration:

    ·         Try using webmail, go to and sign in with your <staffnumber> and your network password, if this works use this method but log a call through the Service Desk for us to contact your and investigate your issue.

    FAQ: What happens if I receive email on my phone:

    ·         Once the migration of your mailbox is complete you will need to change the configuration of your mail account on your phone to start receiving email again.

    ·         For an iPhone or Android please ensure the following settings are shown on the Murdoch email account:

    Email address      ->  

    Server                   ->  

    Domain                ->            must be empty (remove any settings shown)

    Username            ->  

    Password             ->            MAIS network password

    FAQ: My MAC doesn’t auto discover my mailbox after the migration:

    ·         You see the message “Outlook was redirected to the new server to get new settings for your account”.  Click on Allow

    ·         If you get the message “Login failure: unknown user”.  Click on Yes

    ·         At the login prompt enter your username as <staffnumber> and your network password.  Tick the “Remember this password in my keychain”

    ·         The Office365 login prompt will appear ensure your user name is entered as <staffnumber> and supply your network password

    ·         Your Outlook mailbox will now open

    FAQ: What happens if I didn’t clear my mailbox of sensitive information:

    ·         Your mailbox will not be moved.  Access to shared mailboxes and calendars maybe impacted.  You will be notified if your mailbox is not going to be moved.  Once you have cleaned your mailbox and notified us via the Office 365 enquiries email we will arrange to move you.

    A member of the Project Team will be available in your School or Department after the migration to assist or alternatively contact the Service Desk.

    If you have any questions please email us at Office365Enquiries or alternately visit the Office365 Moodle support page.
  • 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 #25

    Please see the attached ARO Newsletter for week beginning 14 August.

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

  • Agricultural Research Symposium

    The Murdoch Agricultural Research Symposium is on 1st September 2017. Registrations are open here.

  • The Inaugural Murdoch University Annual Research Symposium

    Murdoch University is hosting it's first annual research symposium to highlight the research and creative endeavours by our talented Masters, Honours and Early Career Reseacher's and promote interdisciplinary research. Please see the attached flyer for mote information. You can register at 

  • Postharvest research at USDA-ARS: chemically-related trade barriers

    Every year, over 3 million research articles are written, of which only half will end up being published in a peer-reviewed journal. Improve your writing skills and increase your chances of getting published by attending the Elsevier Scholarly Publishing Seminar.

    This seminar for ECRs will cover:

    1. Introduction to Scholarly Publishing
      • Origins of publishing and changes in publishing dynamics
      • Tips and tools to help you navigate the journal publishing process
    2. How to get published? (Editors panel discussion around below topics)
      • What Editors look for in an article
      • The peer review process
      • Authorship and ethics
    3. How to get your papers noticed?
      • Ways to get your published paper noticed
      • Using metrics to choose the right journal to publish

    Register here

    • This workshop is free-of-charge.
    • Please register to secure your seat by 8th September 2017
    • Limit to 60 registrations only
    Event Agenda
    Time Activity/Topic Speaker
    9:45am Registration - Fox Lecture Theatre (G59)
    (Tea/coffee available)
    10am - 10.05am Introduction & housekeeping Karen Jones
    Senior Librarian, The University of Western Australia
    10.05am – 10.10am Welcome Jill Bean
    University Librarian, The University of Western Australia
    10.10am – 10.55am Introduction to Scholarly Publishing & Ways to Get Your Papers Noticed Diana Jones
    Executive Publisher, Elsevier
    10.55am -11.25am Using the Right Metrics Dr Steven Riddell
    Customer Consultant, Elsevier
    11.25am - 12.10pm Editor Panel Discussion (Includes Q & A’s)

    Dr. Amir Karton
    Editor Chemical Data Collections, The University of Western Australia

    Dr. Fenella Gill
    Editor Australian Critical Care, Curtin University

    Professor Andrew Thompson
    Editor International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, Murdoch University

    Dr. Thomas Wernberg
    UWA Oceans Institute & School of Biological Sciences, The University of Western Australia

    12.10pm – 1.00pm (50 mins) Close and Networking Lunch - (Lunch provided)
    Seminar Details

    Date: Friday 15th September 2017
    Time: 9.45am – Registration (Tea/coffee available)
    10.00am – 12.10pm – Seminar
    12:10 – 1.00pm Close & Networking lunch (Lunch provided)
    Venue: The University of Western Australia (UWA)
    Fox Lecture Theatre (Fox 106:G59)

  • Elsevier Scholarly Publishing Seminar for Early Career Researchers ( ECRs) – Western Australia

    Every year, over 3 million research articles are written, of which only half will end up being published in a peer-reviewed journal. Improve your writing skills and increase your chances of getting published by attending the Elsevier Scholarly Publishing Seminar.

  • SABC Seminar- To regulate or not to regulate: the policy, regulatory and technical challenges posed by plant breeding innovations

    Presenter: Osman Mewett, Croplife Australia
    Venue: Seminar Room, Building 121 (ex Murdoch College Administration Building)
    Date and Time: Thursday 31st August. 10.30 am

    Title: To regulate or not to regulate: the policy, regulatory and technical challenges posed by plant breeding innovations
    Abstract: Genetically modified (GM) crops have been widely grown around the world and in Australia for over 20 years. During this period, the technology has provided significant benefits to Australian and global farmers and citizens. Presently, almost all of the Australian cotton crop relies on crop biotechnology for insect pest and weed control, and over 20 per cent of the national canola crop is GM. The tools, techniques and information that plant breeders use has evolved, allowing them to improve outcomes through our increased understanding of plant science and genetics. The latest methods build on a strong history of innovation by plant breeders, and are essential to address the challenges faced by agriculture in an efficient and sustainable manner. Now, plant scientists can make highly-specific ‘edits’ (additions, deletions and substitutions) in existing plant genes in a way that enables them to survive and thrive in changing climates, and develop resistance to different pests and disease. Whether these breeding innovations should be regulated the same as products made using ‘traditional’ GM techniques is the current challenge for policy makers, scientists and regulators alike.

  • Chasing Coral Screening

    Outreach are holding a screening of popular Netflix documentary Chasing Coral on Monday 28th August at 6pm. Dr Mike Van Keulen will give an introduction to the documentary and there will be a discussion at the end. RSVP here.