News

StaffNews No 260

Friday 8 June 2007

News of interest to staff of the University of Melbourne

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CONTENTS

1. Payment Summaries (Group Certificates)
2. Readings Online
3. UniSuper Seminar on Transition to Retirement
4. Government Co-contribution to super
5. Media training
6. SGS Postgraduate Coordinator Forum and Workshop
7. Future Melbourne public forum
8. Future Melbourne workshop
9. Staff achievements
10. AUC Subsidies to X World 2007
11. Visions – latest episode
12. Java Developer Position
13. Up Close: Crystal Meth Use
14. July 07 Vacation Care Program
15. Interlibrary Loans - Baillieu Library
16. New Bachelor of Environments Website
17. Victorian College of the Arts – Short Courses
18. First Aid Training
19. Shared Learning Spaces: Condition Audit
20. School of Graduate Studies Supervision Skills Workshop
21. Next Photoshop/Fireworks Course
22. Go8 ‘Seizing the Opportunities’ discussion paper
23. Opinion page writing workshops - limited places
24. Research Office Seminars
25. Responsibilities under newly published EH&S Procedures
26. Travel Advice from Environment Health and Safety Unit
27. Staff development opportunities
28. What’s on highlights
29. Newsmakers
30. Career Opportunities
31. Contributing to StaffNews

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1. Payment Summaries (Group Certificates)

At the beginning of July payment summaries will be mailed to all staff at the home address recorded in Themis Self Service.

To ensure that payment summaries are sent to the correct address, please make any necessary changes in Themis Self Service before Friday 22 June.

For assistance see: www.themis.unimelb.edu.au/support/help/refs/Update_Address_Ref_Card.pdf

[Source: Jane Gilbert, Human Resources]

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2. Readings Online

‘Readings Online’ is a service provided by Information Services for academic staff that provides students with “anytime, anywhere access to resources” via any Learning Management System. Academic staff will only need to provide accurate citations of the required reading.

The University Copyright Office encourages use of this service. Readings Online has been developed to help manage the complex copyright requirements for online materials, which are also made available in a format that meets Disability Liaison Unit standards.

The service commences in Semester 2 and Information Services now seeks expressions of interest. It may not be possible to meet all requests but Readings Online will attempt to accommodate as many subjects as possible.

To participate complete the Expression of Interest form at:
readings-online.unimelb.edu.au

Enquiries: Debbie Emerson, Readings Online Project Leader (d.emerson@unimelb.edu.au / 8344 3954).

[Source: Jenny Ellis, Information Policy]

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3. UniSuper Seminar on Transition to Retirement

Transition to Retirement is a seminar scheduled for 19 June at 1-2 pm in the Redmond Barry-Lyle Theatre, suitable for all members, especially those approaching retirement or exploring retirement options. The seminar will present alternatives to leaving work.

From April 2006, UniSuper has given preservation age members the option to access both a superannuation pension and employment income. Transition to Retirement is a government initiative enabling staff to take some of their super as a non-commutable income stream (a pension that cannot be cashed in) without having to finish work.

The seminar focuses on the impact this approach may have on retirement planning, lifestyle, and final benefit.

More information:
www.unisuper.com.au/resources/seminars.cfm

Register to attend at:
www.unisuper.com.au/resources/seminar_register.cfm?id=26CE3ED6-D99E-4AC0-A4D5FF26CE2837BE

[Source: Ming Neo, Human Resources]

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4. Government Co-contribution to super

Super co-contribution is an Australian Government initiative to assist eligible individuals to save for retirement. Middle and Low income earners with income below $58,000 can qualify for the government co-contribution scheme.

Refer to the table on page 5 of the PDF at:
www.ato.gov.au/content/downloads/NAT11589-12-2005.pdf

Eligible staff can arrange a lump sum before the end of financial year (30/06/07) through UniSuper and make their payment directly by B-pay or cheque.

More:
www.unisuper.com.au/forms/UNISF00212.pdf

[Source: Ming Neo, Human Resources]

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5. Media training

A reminder to all staff who may expect to be interviewed by the media in the course of their employment at the University that a Media Skills Masterclass, presented by a professional, external media trainer will be held on Wednesday 27 June from 9am-12.30pm and again on Friday 27 July at 9am-12.30pm.

More information:
www.hr.unimelb.edu.au/development/programs/communication

All media commentators are encouraged to enrol in Media training at some stage. Enrolment is only available through Themis HR.

Enquiries: Katherine Smith (8344 3845 / k.smith@unimelb.edu.au).

[Source: Katherine Smith, Marketing & Communications]

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6. SGS Postgraduate Coordinator Forum and Workshop

The School of Graduate Studies invites all postgraduate coordinators to a special forum and workshop on 'Supporting the Intellectual Environment' on Friday 15 June at 10am - 1pm (Morning Tea Provided) in the Multifunction Room, Graduate Centre.

Supporting the Intellectual Environment will focus on how postgraduate coordinators:
* foster collegiality through events and publications
* facilitate postgraduate participation in departmental research communities
* support candidates through each phase of their degree, and
* encourage the initiative of individuals and groups in organising symposia, workshops and other activities in and beyond the department.

More information:
www.gradstudies.unimelb.edu.au/unistaff/Coords_fora/index.htm.

RSVPs are essential by Tuesday 12 June to amwoods@unimelb.edu.au.

[Source: Angela Woods, School of Graduate Studies]

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7. Future Melbourne public forum

The first of five weekly forums to launch the Future Melbourne project, the partnership between the University and the City of Melbourne to develop a strategic plan for the city's future growth to 2020 is scheduled for Wednesday 13 June at 6pm-7.30pm in the Bio21 Theatre.

The inaugural session will examine Melbourne's cultural identity, and be chaired by science journalist and presenter Dr Gael Jennings with panellists Sid Myer (Myer Foundation, Asialink), Morry Schwartz (developer, publisher), Rob Adams (public spaces expert), Kate Shaw (research fellow, University of Melbourne), and Claire Wright (historian). The forum will also be open to public debate, discussion and questions.

Enquiries: Sophie Sturup (ssturup@unimelb.edu.au).

[Source: Andrew Ramsey, Office of the DVC, Innovation and Development]

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8. Future Melbourne workshop

Staff and students are invited to participate in an event-design workshop for the Future Melbourne project. Staff working on the Future Melbourne project think they have designed a process to create a real vision for Melbourne’s future, and want to know if staff agree!

Project managers need to develop the depth and breadth of events to ensure an open, transparent, accountable process of consultation and are looking for ideas on:
• Community-based strategies and approaches
• Access to networks
• Research linkages
• Student involvement, and
• Buy-in from other participants and groups.

This informal workshop will present the process that has been designed, offer the opportunity for questions, and brainstorm about events for the first phase of Future Melbourne.

The workshop will be held Wednesday 13 June at 3.30pm-5pm in the Gryphon Gallery (GM01), 1888 Building, Grattan Street. It is open to all staff and students.

RSVP: Sophie Sturup (ssturup@unimelb.edu.au).

[Source: Andrew Ramsey, Office of the DVC, Innovation and Development]

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9. Staff achievements

Congratulations to Gavan McCarthy, of Information Services' e-Scholarship Research Centre, who is the 2007 recipient of the NAA Ian Maclean award. The awards are provided for ‘research that will benefit the archival and historical professions in Australia and promote the important contribution that archives make to Australian society’.

Gavan’s project will study the imaging and XML digitisation activities of an ARC-funded project that is utilising selected Tasmanian convict records as the foundation for an inter-generational study of the health outcomes associated with this particular cohort and their descendents.

[Source: Angela Bridgland, Information Services & University Librarian]

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10. AUC Subsidies to X World 2007

The AUC, in conjunction with Apple Australia, will be running its annual X World event in July 2007.

As part of the support of X World 2007, the University of Melbourne will receive a subsidy to assist in sending a maximum of 6 staff to the X World event. The subsidy consists of:
* return economy airfares to Sydney (up to a maximum limit)
* twin-share accommodation for two nights up to a maximum limit
* a discounted registration fee of $250 ($200 off the standard fee).

Details of the subsidy level and conference are available on the AUC web site at:
www.auc.edu.au/X+World+Subsidy

Information on how to apply for a subsidy can be found at:
www.infodiv.unimelb.edu.au/itpl/support/xworld2007.html

[Source: James Hale, AUC Representative]

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11. Visions – latest episode

The latest episode of Visions is now live at:
visions.unimelb.edu.au

This edition looks at how where you live affects what you eat and how much exercise you do. It also looks at how the City of Melbourne and the University are planning for Melbourne's long term future. Future editions of Visions will look at football culture, circus families and health informatics.

Got a story idea? Let the media team know at www.marcom.unimelb.edu.au.

[Source: David Scott, Marketing and Communications]

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12. Java Developer Position

Educational Technology Services has a one year contract position to work with varied small teams of designers, programmers and academics in developing educational online learning sites using Blackboard and Sakai technologies.

More information:
inside.infoservices.unimelb.edu.au/hr/jobs.html

Applications close Monday 25 June.

[Source: David Hirst, Information Services]

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13. Up Close: Crystal Meth Use

The myths and realities surrounding use of the ‘recreational’ drug crystal methamphetamine, or Ice, are the topic of the latest episode of the University of Melbourne’s podcast, Melbourne University Up Close.

The School of Population Health’s Associate Professor John Fitzgerald and Dr Fran Bramwell, a clinician and research postgraduate, join host Sian Prior in examining Ice use worldwide and its implications for both users and health professionals.

[Source: Kelvin Param, Marketing and Communications]

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14. July 07 Vacation Care Program

MU Student Union will be running a Vacation Care Program from 2-13 July for children aged between 5-12 years old. The program will run from Union House between 8:30am - 5:30pm. The cost is $40 for Non-Student Union members and $35 for Student Union Members per day per child with an additional $5 on excursion/incursion days.

Enrolments close 18 June and enrolment forms and program highlights are available at: www.union.unimelb.edu.au/vcare.

The program is an approved provider for Child Care Benefit (CCB). Staff who think they are eligible to receive a reduction should contact the Family Assistance Office (13 61 50). Families who are able to claim CCB will need to link MU Student Union Vacation Care CRN: 407 282 129J as their service provider.

Enquiries: Paulette Scaife, Program Co-ordinator (8344 8658 / vacationcare@union.unimelb.edu.au).

[Source: Paulette Scaife, MU Student Union Ltd]

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15. Interlibrary Loans - Baillieu Library

During the period 4 June - 6 July the Baillieu Library Interlibrary Loans desk will be open 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

Staff requiring access to material before 10am on weekdays or during the weekend can contact Interlibrary Loans staff beforehand to organise access.

Contacts:
* Phone: 8344 5388
* Email: baill@lib.unimelb.edu.au

[Source: Jinny Jones, Information Division]

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16. New Bachelor of Environments Website

The new Bachelor of Environments website - a collaboration between the faculties of Architecture, Building and Planning; Arts; Engineering; Land and Food Resources; and Science - has been launched. The site has information about course structures for all of its eleven majors, subject descriptions, and possible breadth sequences for both Bachelor of Environments students and non-Bachelor of Environments students.

The website is located at: www.benvs.unimelb.edu.au

[Source: Andrew Tierney, Bachelor of Environments]

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17. Victorian College of the Arts – Short Courses

Winter School 2007
The VCA is currently offering a wide variety of short courses in the disciplines of Art, Drama and Film & Television for both adults and teens. Courses will run from June through to July. More information and application forms are at: www.vca.unimelb.edu.au/openshortcourses/

Creative Arts Week (9-13 July)
CAW offers young people the chance to experience life as an artist for a week by spending a day at the schools of Art, Drama, Film and Television, Dance, and this year for the first time, Puppetry. The VCA has designed Creative Arts Week for those young people 12 to 16 years who are very interested in art, but are not sure which discipline to follow, as well as those who would just like to give the arts a go! More information and application forms are at: www.vca.unimelb.edu.au/opencaw/

Survivor ’07 (6-8 July)
Survivor is a three-day program run by the VCA that combines seminars by industry professionals with practical skills workshops and forums. More information and application forms are at: www.vca.unimelb.edu.au/opensurvivor/

[Source: Steve Wyld, VCA]

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18. First Aid Training

Staff can update their First Aid Certificate, and CPR skills through the following training sessions:

Level 1, Level 2 and CPR Refresher training:
Wednesday 11 July (level 1 and Day 1 for Level 2)
Thursday 12 July (Day 2 for Level 2 only)

Venue: Plaza Conference Centre
RSVP: Ann at First Aid Management and Training (9894 1013).

Staff must ensure they have approval from their Department to attend. Departments will be billed directly through First Aid Management and Training.

[Source: Julie Warden, School of Physics]

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19. Shared Learning Spaces: Condition Audit

At present, over 600 University spaces are managed within the central timetable system. Teaching and Learning Support Services (in Information Services) is currently responsible for equipment installed in 258 centrally-timetabled spaces, which are classified as shared learning spaces.

During winter recess, TLSS has assigned two dedicated resources to conduct a condition audit of these shared learning spaces, which are distributed across over 40 buildings on the Parkville Campus, and managed according to a "learning precinct" model (more: www.infodiv.unimelb.edu.au/tss/enhance/precincts.html).

This audit is a TLSS quality mechanism which supplements the scheduled TLSS equipment checks that occur during semesters (more:
www.infodiv.unimelb.edu.au/tss/access/maintenance.html).

More information: Nino Colella (email nino@unimelb.edu.au).

[Source: Jon Peacocke, Information Services]

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20. School of Graduate Studies Supervision Skills Workshop

Subject specialist librarians from Information and Education Services will provide an overview of services and resources available to academic staff and their students in a workshop ‘From Your Desktop: Getting to Know Critical Information Sources’.

The lab-based classes are designed to update staff on the trends in scholarly publications, new providers of databases and pathways to access information.

Workshops will be held on Tuesday June 12 at 12 - 1pm for the Sciences/Engineering and 1 - 2pm for the Arts & Humanities. Both sessions will take place in the Training Room, Percy Baxter Collaborative Learning Centre, Baillieu Library.

To register and for program details visit:
www.gradstudies.unimelb.edu.au/unistaff/supervisorworkshop/

Enquiries: Jennifer Warburton (jrwarb@unimelb.edu.au).

[Source: Jeanette Fyffe, School of Graduate Studies]

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21. Next Photoshop/Fireworks Course

A course in Photoshop and Fireworks will be held Thursday 19 July and Friday 20 July in which participants will learn about manipulating images and constructing graphics for use in web pages, documents, thesis and PowerPoint presentations. This course takes participants from the very basic to mid-level skills. No previous knowledge is required. The course provides skills in making icons and banner images for the new University templates.

More:
www.infodiv.unimelb.edu.au/flass/staff/consultation.html

[Source: Marcus Bunyan, Information Services]

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22. Go8 ‘Seizing the Opportunities’ discussion paper

The Group of Eight universities' ‘Seizing the Opportunities’ discussion paper is available at go8.edu.au/.

The G08 website also has the text of the National Press Club address by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis as Chair of the Group of Eight on the discussion paper.

[Source: Christina Buckridge, Corporate Affairs]

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23. Opinion page writing workshops - limited places

Limited places are available in workshops for academics on writing and submitting opinion articles for newspapers and the web - workshop 2 (14 & 21 June) and workshop 3 (15 & 22 June)

Registrations by email and workshop details: Saskia Bourne (sebourne@unimelb.edu.au / 8344 0225).

[Source: Christina Buckridge, Corporate Affairs]

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24. Research Office Seminars

Details and registration at:
www.research.unimelb.edu.au/infosessions/

* ARC Rejoinder Writing Information Session - Friday 15 June at 1-2pm, Theatre A1, Old Engineering Building.

* Animal Ethics Online - Friday 15 June at 10am-12pm, 1st Floor, 780 Elizabeth Street. (Repeat session on Tuesday 26 June, 4-6pm, same venue).

* How to write highly competitive grant applications - Wednesday 20 June at 1-2pm, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Theatre, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Building.

* How to apply for a Melbourne Early Career Researcher Grant – Thursday 28 June at 1-2pm, Theatre B, Old Arts Building.

[Jane Pontikis, Melbourne Research Office]

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25. Responsibilities under newly published Environment, Health & Safety Procedures

The following Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) procedures have now been published in the EHS Manual. All staff are asked to acquaint themselves with their responsibilities, and the responsibilities of staff in their area, under each of these procedures.

* 5.1. New. EHS Management Plans - available from:
www.unimelb.edu.au/ehsm-new/5.html#5.1.

* 11.8. New. Purchasing - EHS Requirements - available from:
www.unimelb.edu.au/ehsm-new/11.html#11.8.

* 11.12. New. Smoking in the Workplace - available from:
www.unimelb.edu.au/ehsm-new/11.html#11.12.

* 11.16. New. Confined Spaces - available from:
www.unimelb.edu.au/ehsm-new/11.html#11.16.

* 11.20. New. Cooling Tower Management - available from:
www.unimelb.edu.au/ehsm-new/11.html#11.20.

* 11.25. New. EHS Signage - available from:
www.unimelb.edu.au/ehsm-new/11.html#11.25.

* 11.30. New. Hot Work - available from:
www.unimelb.edu.au/ehsm-new/11.html#11.30.

* 11.31. New. EHS Waste Management - available from:
www.unimelb.edu.au/ehsm-new/11.html#11.31.

* 13.1. New. EHS Workplace Inspection - available from:
www.unimelb.edu.au/ehsm-new/13.html#13.1.

[Source: Belinda Rule, Environment Health and Safety Unit]

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26. Travel Advice from Environment Health and Safety Unit

The Environment Health and Safety Unit advises staff that DFAT has changed its information on traveling to: Fiji, East Timor, Cyprus, Mongolia, Djibouti, United Kingdom, Madagascar, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Belarus, India, Philippines, South Africa, Nicaragua, Libya, Papua New Guinea, Central African Republic, Mauritius, Jordan and Indonesia.

View recent DFAT advice may at:
www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/

More information on the University's Overseas Travel Policy is at:
www.pb.unimelb.edu.au/ehs/travel/index.html3

[Source: Belinda Rule, Environment Health and Safety Unit]

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27. Staff development opportunities

Staff development programs are open for applications in Themis Self Service Training and Development. Information on how to apply is at:
www.hr.unimelb.edu.au/development/apply

Places are available in the following programs:

* Focus on Results PDF for Professional and Academic Staff - 19 June. Apply by 14 June.

* Emotional Intelligence - 5 July. Cost: $225/ per participant (1 whole day and 1 half day). Apply by 14 June.

* Negotiation Skills - 6 July. Cost: $275/ per participant (2 whole days). Apply by 15 June.

* Difficult Conversations - 9 July. Cost: $150/ per participant (1 whole day and 1 half day). Apply by 2 July.

[Source: Sophia Chan, Human Resources]

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28. What’s on highlights
events.unimelb.edu.au/

ENGINEERING SEMINAR: The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering is hosting a seminar on 14 June at 3pm on ‘The Asymptotic Depth-Limited Wind-Wave Spectrum’ to be presented by the Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne Institute of Technology, Professor Ian Young. The seminar will be held in Theatre 2 in the Alan Gilbert Building. Refreshments will be served from 4pm in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Conference Room, level 4, Building 170, Block E. All welcome. More information: www.mame.mu.oz.au/research/seminars/dept.html

SEX COMMUNICATION SEMINAR: Ruth Lewis, a PhD student at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships at the University of Edinburgh will speak on 'Parent-child communication about sex and sexuality in Scotland' in a seminar/forum for the Key Centre for Women's Health in Society on Monday 18 June at 11am-12noon in the seminar room on level 1 of the Clinical Sciences Building, 305 Cardigan Street, Carlton. Entry is at northwest corner of RWH Francis Perry Carpark. Enquiries: Louise Keogh or Jennifer Sievers (8344 4333 / enquiries-kcwhs@ unimelb.edu.au). More: www.kcwhs.unimelb.edu.au/

[Events taking place in the week following each edition are prioritised. Other events will be included where there is sufficient space].

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29. Newsmakers

Selected University of Melbourne staff in the news:

Colin Fenwick (Law) has written an article discussing IR laws and the International Labour Organisation. The Age, 7 June.

Tien Wong (Ophthalmology Eye and Ear Hospital) has been awarded a major research prize for his research in the identification of heart disease through eye checks. ABC South East NSW, 6 June.

Nicholas Gruen (Political Science, Criminology and Sociology) has written an article discussing the future of financial management. The Australian Financial Review, 6 June.

Barbara Kelly (Languages and Linguistics) has been interviewed about different influences on language and communication. ABC 666, 4 June.

Kathryn Williams (School of Resource Management) is conducting a survey about plantations and crops in rural areas. Weekly Times, 30 May and other regional media.

[Newsmakers is a small, representative selection of University staff comment reported in the news media. Daily media monitoring reports may be obtained from the Media Unit by emailing: news@media.unimelb.edu.au]

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30. Career Opportunities
www.hr.unimelb.edu.au/careers/

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This week’s StaffNews was edited by Katherine Smith.


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