About the Professional Staff Conference
The 2020 Professional Staff Conference committee is led by Stephanie Spence (Chair) and Shelley Green (Deputy Chair).
2020 Virtual Professional Staff Conference
For the first time ever, the Professional Staff Conference will be held virtually – this is an incredible opportunity to learn, network and engage with your peers from the comfort of your own home
The Professional Staff Conference highlights best practices, shares ideas and provides personal development and networking opportunities to our vibrant professional staff community.
Established in 2014 and co-founded by three professional staff, the conference aims to explore best practices, report project outcomes and share new trends and opportunities, while engaging staff through motivational and creative means.
Delivered within a project framework, the conference broadens networks and encourages collaboration across the University’s different campuses , while contributing to the sustained excellence of services supporting learning, teaching, research and engagement.
- Celebrates the contributions made by professional staff to thesuccess of the University
- Acknowledges the expertise and passion of professional staff through presentations that showcase innovation in higher education administration
- Provides participants and organisers with mentoring and professional development opportunities
- Creates time for networking, collegiality and fun
The Professional Staff Conference is organised by a Committee of volunteers from around the University of Melbourne.
If you have questions or comments, please contact the committee via email at
2020 Professional Staff Conference
Building Resilient Futures
Sub-themes: Building Capability and Adapting to Change
Event Platform Now Live!
The event platform for the 2020 Professional Staff Conference is now live!
For staff members who have already registered follow the link below and log in with your name and email address used to register for the conference to access all sessions and Zoom links. You can also alter your registration for sessions via the Schedule tab, including registering for additional sessions.
Zoom links for all sessions are accessible via the event platform only. Your calendar reminders will not contain links to access the sessions.
While the conference mainly comprises 30-minute sessions within two subthemes (Adapting to Change and Building Capabilities), there are plenty of other opportunities for engagement including Coffee Clubs, a virtual tour of campus gardens, pub trivia, sponsor presentations and workout sessions led by MU Sport.
The conference will open with welcoming remarks from Vice-Chancellor Professor Duncan Maskell and 2020 PSC Chair Stephanie Spence on Monday, and will be headlined by two keynote speakers on Tuesday and Wednesday, Hugh van Cuylenburg (Co-Founder and Presenter of The Resilience Project) and Dr Jennifer Gray (CEO of Zoos Victoria).
If you are not yet registered, there is still time! Register now!
Our Theme: Building Resilient Futures
When the 2020 Professional Staff Conference committee convened to discuss potential themes for this year's conference in March, the Australian bushfires were top of mind. We had seen how both staff and students from across Australia had been impacted by the bushfires, and we discussed how important resilience is in the face of adversity.
At the time, COVID-19 was beginning to spread throughout Australia, too, though none of us could have predicted just how disruptive this virus would become. We anticipated how we might need to change our ways of working, should the virus continue to spread, and discussed how resilience would be important to get through this crisis as well. We decided on the theme of "Building Resilient Futures" as it would encourage forward-thinking in the midst of whatever challenges we might face in the coming months. Just weeks after that first brainstorming session about themes for the conference, the committee had shifted to working entirely remotely, in line with COVID-19 restrictions.
As we continued to plan for the conference from our home workstations, we developed the sub-themes of "Adapting to Change" and "Building Capabilities." We saw that it would be essential for professional staff at the Uni to be comfortable adapting to change this year, as further change was inevitable given the ongoing and widespread effects of COVID-19. At the same time, professional staff would need to build their capabilities and skill sets in order to best respond to these changes.
The keynote speakers, panel discussion and individual sessions held throughout the 2020 Professional Staff Conference will all tie into our main theme of Building Resilient Futures, and we hope each session prepares our diverse workforce to adapt to change and build capabilities for the future.
Save the Date: 14-18 September 2020
This year’s Professional Staff Conference will be a virtual conference, leveraging technology to bring University staff an innovative and collaborative conference experience.
We hope you can join us for the 2020 Professional Staff Conference: Building Resilient Futures.
If you have questions or comments, please contact the Committee via email email@example.com
The 2020 Committee
Hello from the 2020 planning committee! As we haven't been able to meet in person yet, here's our team photo, Brady-Bunch style.
We're excited to bring you this year's conference (which is always amazing) in a virtual format, and have lots of ideas up our sleeve to make it engaging, inspiring and fun!
Have a question or comment? We'd love to hear from you!
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Highlights from the 2019 Professional Staff Conference
People - Our most Important Asset
Over 750 staff from across the university came together to share ideas and experiences and gain new knowledge at the 2019 UOM Professional Staff Conference.
The event was centred around the themes of working in harmony, connecting with others, and the importance of valuing all members of the University’s community.
This year, the PSC featured a number of new initiatives including:
- a fantastic Wellness at Work Room: an interactive space highlighting the importance of self-care, health and wellbeing
- a Panel Discussion around the theme of Career evolution and leadership
- the PSC Challenge, to encourage participants to form new, meaningful connections with the colleagues
- a Conference App, full of information of the conference, meaning no programs were printed!
The event survey showed that:
- 94% of survey respondents were satisfied with the conference and would recommend it to their colleagues.
- 85% of participants learned something new that they could apply in their role.
- 73% of participants made new connections at the conference.
- 94% of survey respondents rated the keynotes as good or excellent and that they were happy with the conference structure.
- 80% said they would be happy with a one-day, off-site conference for future events.
"Absolutely LOVED it! And raved about it to my team, who I will encourage to attend next year. I can tell a lot of thought has gone into it."
"I've never been to a Professional Staff Conference and I was highly impressed and I really valued the opportunity to attend."
"Overall I think it was really well organised, highly enjoyable for the participant and balanced enough networking time to talk with people you hadn't seen in ages. I highly recommend."
“I thought it was an excellent conference, with seamless processes and some great new initiatives. Congratulations to the whole committee, and JJ, for a very professional and high quality event."
Read more all about the University of Melbourne's 2019 Professional Staff Conference - written by Amber Rose.
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