The Professional Staff Conference is scheduled for Thursday 19 September
Further information will become available shortly.
Established in 2014 and co-founded by three professional staff – The conference aims to encourage the exploration of best practice, reporting of project outcomes, sharing of new trends and opportunities, while engaging staff through motivational and creative practice.
Delivered within a project framework, the conference focuses on broadening networks and collaboration across the different campuses of the University, while contributing to the sustained excellence of services supporting learning, teaching, research and engagement at the University of Melbourne.
- Celebrates the contribution made by professional staff to the wider success of the University
- Acknowledges the expertise and passion of professional staff through presentations that share best practice and showcase innovation in higher education administration
- Provides participants and organisers mentoring and professional development opportunities and creates time for networking, collegiality and fun
OUR 2018 SPONSORS
The 2018 Professional Staff Conference is proudly supported by:
2018 CONFERENCE PROGRAM
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|8.00am – 9.00am|
|9.00am – 9.35am||Welcome and Introductions|
Plenary 1 (enter via Doors 5 and 6)
|9.35am – 10.25am||Morning keynote: Steve Sammartino|
|10.25am – 10.50am||Morning break|
|10.50am – 11.20am|
Customer Experience (Cx) and Human-Centred Design (HCD)
This session will explore human centred design as a customer-centric approach to business improvement, service design and customer experience, debunking myths and demystifying a whole lot of jargon along the way. Project case studies will be presented, both in University Services and Academic Divisions, to illustrate the insights that can be gained from this approach, as well as the energy and passion they create within the organisation.
David Cameron Staples
A discussion on what Autism is, what it is not, how Autists work, what their strengths are, what accommodations they might need, and what we can do to make everyone's lives better.
Just My Type: an electronic exam case study
Kate Bartlett, Joe Matthews, Lai Sim Woon
Professional staff from Melbourne Law School present on their experience trialling electronic exams in the Juris Doctor program.
Lucy Buzacott, Joann Cattlin, Stanley Koh, Kathy Racunica, Hilary Slater
What role do project and centre managers have in research engagement and impact? This forum will feature experiences of 5 staff and audience discussion on how to capitalize on this expertise.
Innovation & Insight through Internships
Lea Campbell, Fiona Simpson, Dajana Vucic
Discover how to engage students in paid (S@W Program) and for-credit (Work Integrated Learning) internship opportunities on campus.
Learn the best kept secret: why, how & when you can host an intern.
|11.30am – 12.00pm|
A person-centred approach focuses on the individual, rather than disability. We explore ways to help students be of, not just in, the university community via strength-based advising for all students.
Explore what challenger thinking is and why developing a challenger mindset in the professional staff body is critical to our future success.
Yves Makhoul, Clem Wetherall,
How the External Relations Social Media team has been using the features available on various social platforms to engage with targeted audiences to achieve the University's strategic priorities.
Jon Peacock, Jade Germantis, Grant Dean, Jonathon Lake, Andrew Selvaggi
The future space proposition is improved utilisation, functionality and flexibility; new workspace designs and work styles to improve productivity; and accurate analytics by pivoting to digital.
|12.10pm – 12.40pm|
MDHS Research Project – Suzy Ryan
Data visualisation – Alana Pirrone
Agile management – Sonia Ramza
Be an active bystander: know when and how to help
When you see something wrong, you want to be able to put it right. But what should you say? And when? We’ll share practical strategies and responses so you’ll know where to go and who to talk to.
Consider how subject lines, content, design and timing can maximise engagement. Learn insights and tricks from those who’ve sent over 4.5 million emails around the world (and across the corridor).
Tomorrow and Beyond: a Long-Term Perspective
Whether we realise it or not, everything we do today shapes the Australia of 2035. What will our legacy be? And how do our choices today lead to a better tomorrow?
This new gallery offers an innovative, bold, provocative and future-focused experience. Hear the Science Gallery team talk about forthcoming exhibitions and opportunities for cross faculty engagement.
|12.40pm – 1.30pm||Lunch break|
|1.30pm – 2.00pm|
Meredith Hinze, Mitch Buzza,
VR experiences provide opportunities for staff and students to interact with interactive and immersive environments thereby augmenting object-based learning and research activities
Showcase: Three Minute Thesis
Creativity manifesto – Stephen Pfeiffer
University Contract Register – Chris Stueven
Change in Research Contracts team – Shaun Blacker
Grant toolkit – Patrick Condron
University Web Archive – Imogen Telfer
Come along to hear about a highly successful program that gives professional staff an opportunity to learn from our leaders. See a live demonstration of a seminar & gain leadership journey insights!
Green Impact and the Eco Heroes
The presentation will demonstrate the University of Melbourne Early Learning Centre participation in the Green Impact program & the enactment of the commitments outlined in the Sustainability Charter.
Same, same but different: how we work together
Teaching Librarians and Skills Advisers discuss their new collaborative methods for working with academic colleagues and students to improve learning outcomes in FFAM and FVAS.
|2.10pm – 2.40pm|
Enterprise strategy and Intellectual Property
Learn about the systems, infrastructure and exciting initiatives the University is developing to support and realise new opportunities and industry relationships including innovation precincts, business development, intellectual property management and venture catalysts.
Reconciliation: can you keep up?
The University’s third RAP has accelerated our reconciliation efforts and attracted national attention.
Learn about our reconciliation journey, our national leadership role, some of our extraordinary RAP initiatives and how you can contribute.
Setting objectives & evaluating performance are key enablers for continuous improvement. We’ll help you to improve your marketing & recruitment activities by sharing what we have learnt from ours.
Lisa Cornish, Therese Kosmer, James Cornish
Informed by the latest research on adaptive leadership and the outcomes of an international study of higher education institutions this session explores how to translate strategy into results.
Student-centred design is becoming a widely-used approach to ensure services and programs are appropriate and valuable for students.
This session will explore three examples of student-centred design.
|2.50pm – 3.20pm|
Returning to work after trauma – Arjun Rajkhowa
U21 scholarship – Barbara Slattery
Teaching Spaces – behind the scenes
Telling Tales: Powering-up your communications
Learn how to power-up your internal and external communication efforts to tell stories that maintain effective engagement in the University's activities and compel readers to read on to the end.
When change happens in a team, a few things are impacted: dynamics, focus and flow. This is an insight into how one team built their resilience during times of change to stay effective and productive.
|3.20pm – 3.45pm||Afternoon tea break|
|3.45pm – 4.35pm|
Afternoon keynote: Dr Anita Heiss
|4.35pm – 5.00pm|
Morning Keynote – Steve Sammartino
A media commentator on technology and the future, Steve is a regular on the ABC and provides expert assessment on the rapidly evolving technology sector. He has also been featured on the BBC, The Smithsonian Institute, The Discovery Channel, Mashable, Wired, The LA times, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and even had documentaries made about his projects.Read more about Steve
Afternoon Keynote – Dr Anita Heiss
Dr Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women's fiction, children’s novels and non-fiction. She is a regular guest at writers' festivals and travels internationally performing her work and lecturing on Aboriginal literature. She is a Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW.
Do you want to be part of the 2019 committee?
Work with the behind the scenes team that brings everything together. Interested?
Complete the expressions of interest form to register your interest
If you have questions or comments, please contact the committee via email