29 February 2016

RMIT Update - No. 7/2016, 29/02/2016

Read about important deadlines for payroll, RMIT Connect’s new referral services, the return of RMIT Entrepreneurs coffee club, industry mentoring, discounted Herald Sun subscriptions and more…

Major projects

Student Portals now open

The first part of the New Academic Street project has been delivered with the opening of the 330-seat Building 10 Student Portals today.

We’re introducing the new spaces to students this week with a number of events.

All events are free but registration is essential – please tell your students to sign up on the NAS website.

[Source: Brenton Shaughnessy, New Academic Street Project Office]


Important changes to deadlines for payroll during March and April

All pay related information must be received in Payroll Services, Human Resources by the following dates:

  • Payday – 17 March

All paperwork for casual and non-casual payroll changes must be received by Payroll Services by 5pm Tuesday 8 March. Casual hours must be approved by close of business 10 March.

  • Payday – 31 March

All paperwork for casual and non-casual payroll changes must be received by Payroll Services by 5pm Friday 18 March. Casual hours must be approved by COB 22 March.

  • Payday – 28 April

All paperwork for casual and non-casual payroll changes must be received by Payroll Services by 5pm Tuesday 19 April. Casual hours must be approved by COB 21 April.

[Source: Donna Vlachos, Human Resources]

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan

Where it is known that someone with mobility impairment is a regular occupant of a building, they should develop a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) in conjunction with their School or work area to identify, assess and record circumstances and abilities before an emergency evacuation.

A copy of the PEEP should be kept:

  • by the student, staff member or visitor, and
  • by the relevant school/work area.

More information

[Source: David Kent, Evacuations]

New referral services at RMIT Connect

RMIT Connect now has a referral service for staff. Please use this service to refer students with queries for student administration, student support and Business Central to RMIT Connect, so students don’t have to repeat their query. The referral service is accessed through the staff referral portal (login required).

Additionally, RMIT Connect is using Qless. Students can join the queue remotely and progress in the queue as they make their way to RMIT Connect. Qless manages students’ expectations of delays, allows them the flexibility to move themselves down in the queue and allows them to do other things while they wait. If you are referring students to RMIT Connect, please help them join the queue remotely before making their way there. The SMS number and queue codes can be found at Contact RMIT Connect.

[Source: Melinda Munday, Academic Registrar’s Group]

Recruitment guide for 2017 intake now available online

The 2017 Degree and Diploma Guide for local students is now available on the RMIT website.

If you have friends or family considering their study options, or you’re talking to prospective students, take a look at RMIT’s 2017 Degree and Diploma Guide.

[Source: Jennifer Newport, Engagement and Vocational Education (Marketing)]

Human Resources have relocated

From today, the Human Resources department will be located in Building 105, 501 Swanston Street.

Internal Mail should be sent:
Human Resources
Building 105
Level 9

Mailing Address
Human Resources
Building 105
Level 9
501 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

[Source: Kristy Veith, Human Resources]

developME is moving

From today, the developME team will be located in Building 105. The new purpose-built training room will be located on Level 9.

Information about how to find and access the new training room will be available on the website and in RMIT Update in the coming weeks – keep an eye out for updates.

[Source: Jonelle Bourke, Human Resources]

Parking permits

Parking permits for students and staff are now available for purchase online through EasyPark.

Vehicles with permits will be identified via vehicle registration number as permit window stickers will be phased out by June. While the virtual permit only allows one vehicle registration number to be active, the system enables users to change the registration number when required.

Those who have already purchased a 2016 permit will be notified that they can add their registration number to the system, so that they don't need to display their window sticker.

Salary sacrificing will still be available to eligible staff and deductions will be still be made over two pay cycles.

The system is accessible via Parking on campus. Please look under Permit parking to access the link.

[Source: Christina Peace, Parking]

Get a jump start on 2016 with help from a Jobs on Campus student

When you hire an RMIT student through Jobs on Campus, you gain a student who:

  • has completed a two-hour employability skills workshop
  • is work ready
  • has flexible availability.

Roles vary from administrative support, event support, retail assistants to research assistants, and much more.

Next time you need to fill a position quickly and easily, get in touch with the Jobs on Campus team.

More information.

[Source: Loretta Clancy, Students Group]

Discounted Herald Sun subscriptions at RMIT Campus Store

For $25 you can now subscribe to the Herald Sun through the Campus Store for the entire university teaching year.

This offer includes:

  • printed copies you can collect weekdays from Campus Store
  • home delivery on weekends
  • alternative e-subscription options.

More information.

[Source: Scott Soper, Students Group]

Read the latest RMIT Europe newsletter

Find out what has been happening at RMIT Europe in Barcelona, Spain. Read about the launch of the new Master of Disaster, Design and Development in Europe – the first RMIT postgraduate degree to be delivered both online and face-to-face at RMIT in Barcelona, Melbourne and Vietnam.

Share in the experiences of RMIT students on a recent Master’s studio in Barcelona and their exploration of diverse urban landscapes in the neighbourhood of Poblenou. And hear from RMIT Europe’s sustainable energy futures expert, Sergio Tirado, on how the global financial crisis in 2008 continues to impact the day-to-day lives of people around Europe.

Read the latest issue and/or sign up for future issues.

[Source: Karen Matthews, RMIT Europe]

Research and Development

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

Presented annually, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research and innovation, leadership, science communication and school science. There are 16 prizes on offer this year and nominations are now open.

The nomination and entry process is quite simple, with all the information you require, including FAQs and tips from the judges available on the Eureka prize website. Entries close 7pm AEST Friday 6 May.

Contact eureka@austmus.gov.au if you have any questions.

[Source: Vanessa Gardos, Australian Museum Eureka Prizes]

HDR candidate positions on RMIT Research Committee

The RMIT Research Committee has two positions from April 2016 to March 2017 for enrolled RMIT HDR candidates at doctoral level. Candidates must have successfully completed their Confirmation of Candidature and be eligible to complete the full 12-month term on the Committee.

Representatives play a vital role by voicing the concerns and needs of research students in university-wide discussions on research training, research integrity, and research matters as they relate to higher degree by research programs, HDR candidates and supervisors.

All candidates eligible to nominate will receive an email invitation at their RMIT student email address. For more information contact the Returning Officer, Susan Fleming at: susan.fleming@rmit.edu.au

[Source: Susan Fleming, Research and Innovation]

What’s on at the University

RMIT Entrepreneurs Coffee Club is back!

Join us for a coffee (our shout!) and network with like-minded individuals, chat to our Entrepreneur in Residence, Marcus Powe, and hear from our guest speaker, Marcel Berger from Mummu Sport talk about all things entrepreneurial.

Date: Tuesday 8 March
Time: 8am to 9am
Venue: T-Square Cafe, Building 100, Design Hub
RSVP:  Online
Cost: Free
More information.

[Source: Nicola Peniguel, College of Business Office]

Support material, soft furnishings

RMIT Project Space / Spare Room invites you to the exhibition Support material, soft furnishings.

Support material, soft furnishings has evolved through conversation stemming from an interest in artists whose work can be located in a space between art and furniture and/ or art and dwelling. Instead of picturing the domestic or describing the use value of art/design objects, Support material, soft furnishings will attempt to collect, arrange and re-arrange a selection of works that create a tension between surface and function be that the inane, socio-political, psychological or experiential.

Date: Until Thursday 24 March
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: RMIT Project Space / Spare Room, Building 94, Level 2, Room 1, City campus
Cost: Free

[Source: Verity Hayward, School of Art]

International Artist Talk: Lee Mingwei

The National Gallery of Victoria is hosting international artist Lee Mingwei in a free lunchtime lecture. It is a great opportunity to hear from a leading international contemporary artist.

If you or your students are interested in attending, simply book for the free talk through the website.

Born in Taiwan and currently living in Paris, Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations that explore trust, intimacy, and self-awareness. His open-ended scenarios and one-on-one interactive works invite audiences to play a role and use everyday interactions, like eating, sleeping and walking in powerful ways.

RMIT is now a design partner of the National Gallery of Victoria.

Date: Thursday 3 March
Time: 1 to 2pm
Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

[Source: Ben Bucknall, College of Design and Social Context]

Digital documentary, Interaction and Storytelling: A dialogue on recent documentary practices

The Digital Ethnography Research Centre presents a conversation between Franziska Weidle and Citt Williams about how technology is influencing emerging forms of documentary practices.

Date: Thursday 17 March
Time: 2 to 4pm
Venue: Building 100, Level 10, Pavilion 4
RSVP:  Online.

More information.

[Source: Bianca Vallentine, School of Media and Communication]

Technology and Sustainability in Everyday Life: film screening and discussion

In this seminar Sarah Pink will show the film Laundry Lives with view to generating a discussion around the question of designing for environmental sustainability, and the role that video ethnography can play in such processes.

Date: Wednesday 23 March
Time: 2 to 3.30pm
Venue: Building 100, Level 10, Pavilion 4
RSVP: Online.

More information.

[Source: Bianca Vallentine, School of Media and Communication]

Learning and Teaching

Industry Mentoring – getting students ready for life and work

Industry mentoring is a perfect way to enhance RMIT student experience and graduate employability.

If you are a professional staff member who believes you can offer professional guidance to an RMIT student, we encourage you to join the Industry Mentoring program and connect with a student today.

More information.

[Source: Loretta Clancy, Students Group]

Office for Learning and Teaching Conference

Don’t miss this fantastic networking opportunity and chance to catch up on the latest in learning and teaching, especially for those considering applying for a national learning and teaching grant.

The theme of the 2016 conference is Learning and Teaching 2030: Collaborating to Shape the Future of Learning and Teaching. The conference will be interactive, strategic and future- focussed. There will also be a poster session, showcasing the work of OLT-funded projects, commissioned work and fellowships.

Registrations are now open.

Date: 28 to 29 April
Venue: The Langham Hotel, 1 Southgate Avenue, Melbourne
RSVP:  Online.

[Source: Dr Diana Cousens, Office of the Dean, Learning and Teaching]


Remember to replace faulty Apple wall plug adaptors

Stock is still available on campus to replace any RMIT supplied faulty Apple wall plug adaptors.

If you are using an RMIT supplied portable Apple device (MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iPod, iPhone or iPad) with an RMIT supplied two-prong AC adaptor plug, remember to check the Apple website to see if it is affected by the recent safety issue.

Any impacted RMIT supplied adaptors can be exchanged for a redesigned adaptor at one of our IT Service Points on campus (except Swanston Library). Just bring the plug portion of the adaptor in and our staff will exchange it for a new one.

Stock is available from the IT Service Points in SAB and the Brunswick and Bundoora Libraries.

For any questions or queries, please contact the Service and Support Centre.

[Source: Linda Schalken, ITS]

ServiceNow is coming

Ever wanted to lodge a request or internal enquiry and didn’t know where to start? ITS is currently working on a University solution to cut through the confusion and make the experience simpler.

ServiceNow is the service management system that will eventually help us consolidate enquiries in one place and manage associated workflow across the University. So whether you want to report a broken link on our website or make an AV room booking request, you’ll be able to do it in one system by completing a web form.

You’ll also be able to track the status of any requests or issues you’ve logged over time.

The new system will replace the existing VSM tool, so if you use VSM to manage work in your area, we’ll be organising training and asking for help with testing. Stay tuned for progress updates.

[Source: Russell van Sanden, ITS]

IT services update

You can keep up to date with news on our software, applications and managed operating environment on the IT service status page. This week there is important information for users of:

  • Wired and wireless network in Building 10
  • Staff Central
  • Blackboard and Turnitin.

Our updates on planned works and scheduled service improvements help to ensure minimal disruption to all users. If you have any queries, contact the Service and Support Centre.

Got a question about anything IT? Search our blog posts or put it to the community via RMIT’s myCommunity.

[Source: Linda Schalken, ITS]

Your career and professional development

Upcoming professional development workshops

developME (login required) is your hub for professional development at RMIT. The following workshops are scheduled to run over the next month:

  • TRIM User Training – 2 March
  • Writing for RMIT News – 9 March
  • Managing Very Difficult Workplace Behaviour – 10 March
  • People Management Essentials – 15 March
  • Building Resilience: enhancing well-being and managing workplace stress – 16 March
  • Global Mobility Series: How To Get Funding For Global Mobility – 17 March .

You can search for these workshops on the developME homepage or use the search function or calendar to find further details and register.

[Source: Jonelle Bourke, Human Resources]

Are you still receiving emails about completing your Compliance Education modules?

We often receive queries about the reminder emails for the compliance education modules. If you are receiving reminder emails when you know you have recently completed a module, it may be for one of a few reasons:

  • An incorrect enumber was entered at the end of the module. To fully complete the modules you must ensure your personal details are entered correctly, so that our systems can detect that the module has been completed.
  • There is a processing delay in the completion data reaching our systems. All compliance data reaches our system and is updated on personnel records seven days after each employee completes a module. This is also noted at the bottom of the email you receive after completing a module.

If you have a query about the compliance module reminder emails, please send your query to HR Assist on 9925 0600 or hr.assist@rmit.edu.au to be dealt with by a member of our team.

[Source: Jonelle Bourke, Human Resources]

People Management Essentials workshops

Are you a People Manager at RMIT? Are you still yet to attend the People Management Essentials workshop?

The People Management Essentials workshop is designed specifically for all RMIT People Managers with one or more direct reports. The two-day workshop provides a clear and comprehensive guide to the fundamentals of good people management practices to support managers to provide a healthy, safe, fair and productive workplace throughout the employee lifecycle.

Workshops are taking place once a month throughout the year, with spaces available at the upcoming March and April workshops.

Register now to secure your place (login required).

[Source: Jonelle Bourke, Human Resources]

Spaces available for Global Mobility workshops

Global Mobility is an office within the International Portfolio that facilitates international learning opportunities for RMIT students in addition to the admission and student experience of inbound exchange/study abroad students.

The Global Mobility team is running a series of workshops on the Global Mobility Model. An upcoming workshop, How to Get Funding for Global Mobility, is designed for academic and professional staff interested and/or involved with applying for Global Mobility. This workshop will provide an overview of the various funding programs, including the large Federal programs (New Colombo Plan and Endeavour), as well as existing internal travel grants.

Read more and register here (login required).

[Source: Jonelle Bourke, Human Resources]

Your career at RMIT

Time for a change? Browse all the latest job listings.

You can also create a job alert and be sent an email when a position becomes available that matches your search criteria.

In the news

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See which other RMIT experts have been quoted in the media (login required).

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