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Deputy Vice-Chancellor's message

The start of semester one is such an important time for many of our students, especially those new to the University.

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Vale Emeritus Prof Allen Kerr

Allen Kerr was the Emeritus Professor in Plant Pathology at the Waite campus and a world-renowned scientist. His work at the Waite over many decades had a tremendous impact on plant pathology and plant genetic modification. Allen passed away in December aged 97. A celebration of his life will be held for his family, friends, and colleagues on Sunday 24 March, 3–6 pm at Urrbrae House, Waite campus. RSVP via email to David Kerr by Friday 1 March.  

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Celebrating our colleagues: Neil Soriano

I still remember seeing the job ad for a Social Media Officer and being, like “I have to get that job!”. So I spent a lot of time getting my application perfect: I worked on it right up until the deadline and then the very next day got a call asking me to come in for an interview. 

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Deputy Vice-Chancellor's message

Integrity is fundamental to our research endeavours and in maintaining the trust of our broader communities. The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research sets the national standard. The principles from the Code underpin the University’s Responsible Conduct of Research Policy and Procedure.

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Apply now for the WPDN Mentoring Program

For almost 30 years, the Women’s Professional Development Network (WPDN) has run a highly successful mentoring program for professional women.

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Adelaide University updates

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Mar

Co-creation update: Curriculum challenges extended

The Common Core and Learning Environment and Digital Experience challenges are now open on IdeaPlace for one more week, until midnight Friday 8 March. If you haven’t already, jump in and post your ideas, comment and vote on ways that we can best prepare graduates for future success and provide students with a nation-leading learning experience at the new Adelaide University.

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Feb

Culture Survey: Closing soon

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our first cross-institutional staff Culture Survey to date. We have seen an encouraging uptake over the past few weeks, but there is still time to participate if you have not done so yet.

22

Feb

Shaping our new curriculum through co-creation

For the Curriculum Domain, co-creation is particularly important in the development of future-focused, equitable and industry-relevant education for new generations of learners. To date, more than 400 staff across both existing universities have participated in workshops on program development, innovation and key technologies required to support our new curriculum.

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Noticeboard

01

Mar

Support for school visits

Before booking in a school to visit the campus, please email the Domestic Recruitment Team at drtbookings@adelaide.edu.au to discuss the support services available, including delivery of a range of workshops for years 7-12 across STEM, Health, Humanities and Social Sciences and Business, campus tours, promotional presentations and more. 

01

Mar

HSW Service Portal

The HSW Service Portal will handle all requests for services associated with the HSW Service Catalogue, as well as being an easier way to access HSW information and resources. The HSW Service Portal is now live, and information on how to use it is available here.

01

Mar

Self health check machine

All staff and students are welcome to attend the free health measure machine at Hub Central, North Terrace campus from 19 February to 19 March. A station will also be situated at the Waite and Roseworthy Hubs from 1 March to 1 April. No bookings required. 

01

Mar

Lifeblood tertiary challenge

The Tertiary Blood Challenge is open to all staff and students from 1 March to 31 May. Join the University of Adelaide Lifeblood Team through the Donate Blood app and book a donation. More information.

01

Mar

Windows 11 now available for staff

Windows 11 is being rolled out across the University. Staff can now request to upgrade their University computer to the new Windows 11 operating system. New staff computers ordered from March 2024 will have Windows 11 pre-installed. More information.

01

Mar

2024 Adelaide-Nottingham Alliance Partnership Seed Fund Program – closing soon

The application deadline for the Adelaide-Nottingham Alliance Partnership Seed Fund Program is Sunday 10 March 2024. To assist you in developing initiatives, please refer to the Program Guidelines. Apply now

29

Feb

Monday Morning Mile

Monday Morning Mile is a free, community fun run. You can also walk, jog, roll, hop, dance, skip or push a stroller. With no cut-off time, you can go as fast or as slow as you like. Every Monday 6.30 am. Park 10, War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide SA. Register.

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Events

15

Feb

Early Years Group Music Class

Start your child's musical journey with specialised group classes, led by a skilled educator from the Elder Conservatorium of Music. 15 February to 28 March, 10.15-11 am. Elder Conservatorium of Music, North Terrace campus. Tickets. 

23

Feb

Adelaide Festival: Blue

An outstanding first play by rising star Thomas Weatherall, Blue dives deep into the beauty, joy and pain of growing up. Performances until Saturday 16 March.

27

Feb

Adelaide Festival: I'll Be Your Mirror

As well as presenting an exhibition in the 2024 Adelaide Festival, renowned artist Laurie Anderson will join us via live stream for a conversation about art, artificial intelligence and more. Visit the exhibition before it ends Sunday 17 March. 

1

Mar

School of Psychology Research Seminar: Brain networks detectable by fMRI

A focus on tasks. Professor Todd Woodward (University of British Columbia) will present on applications of task-based functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to gain an understanding of the functional brain networks that underlie the primary symptoms of psychosis and schizophrenia. Friday 1 March, 1 - 2 pm. Room 526, Hughes building, North Terrace Campus, or online.

5

Mar

Stretton Health Equity Seminar

Poverty is terrible, but fear of poverty is almost as bad. While we have (mostly) accepted the argument that whether we are rich or poor is a powerful determinant of our health, this can easily lead to complacency if we view those who are managing as ok. Presented by Professor Martin McKee CBE, London School of Hygiene. Tuesday 5 March, 10 - 11 am. Stretton Room, Napier building, North Terrace campus.

5

Mar

Entwined exhibition lecture

Delve into the research and curation behind the university's latest exhibition 'Entwined: string games across cultures' with with Dr Robyn McKenzie. This talk will explore threads from the collection of world-renowned string expert Honor Maude and showcase highlights from the first exhibition curated by students in the Curatorial and Museum Studies program. Tuesday 5 March, 11.30 am to 12.30 pm. Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library. Register.

5

Mar

Diving into Open Waters: Introducing Open Educational Resources

In this first session of 2024, learn how open educational resources help make education more equitable by providing free and flexible access to learners and teachers alike, and hear how you can adopt open resources to enhance your own teaching. You will also hear about opportunities and grants for publishing your own open access textbooks, including the support that's available to University of Adelaide staff through the Australian and New Zealand OER Collective initiative. This webinar is the first in a monthly series the University Library is hosting in 2024. 

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Training opportunities

01

Mar

MS Teams training courses

Multiple sessions are available to learn more about Microsoft Teams features and applications. Book now for Teams Welcome and Overview covering basic functions, Teams for collaboration for customised use within your team, and Teams and M365 advanced applications for more powerful processes.

29

Feb

Mental Health First Aid training

The free Mental Health First Aid course teaches individuals how to offer initial support to adults who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received, or the crisis resolved. If you are interested in being a Mental Health First Aider register here.

29

Feb

Brief Recognise and Respond (to disclosures of sexual harm)

Join Jo McNamara, a specialist in responses to sexual harm, for an overview of identifying and providing best practice responses to disclosures of sexual harm. This free 2 hour workshop covers reporting and support options available for individuals with lived experience, including current legislation and other valuable resources. Tuesday 9 April, 10 am to 12 pm. Register here.

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Policies and reviews

29

Feb

Student Misconduct Policy Review

The Student Misconduct Policy has been reviewed and is now available for consultation, along with a supporting Student Code of Conduct. The draft policy can be viewed on the Draft Policies page. Feedback is via the form available online, or by email to epc@adelaide.edu.au.

29

Feb

Review of the Master of Biopharmaceutical Engineering

The University is currently undertaking a Review of the Master of Biopharmaceutical Engineering. Education Quality invites staff to make a submission on matters relevant to the Terms of Reference. Submissions can be uploaded to the online form now until Friday 3 May, 5 pm. For information on Academic Program Reviews for 2024 visit the websiteMore information.

29

Feb

Review of Postgraduate Programs in Materials Engineering

The University is currently undertaking a Review of the Postgraduate Programs in Materials Engineering. Education Quality invites staff to make a submission on matters relevant to the Terms of Reference. Submissions can be uploaded to the online form now until Friday 3 May, 5 pm. For information on Academic Program Reviews for 2024 visit the websiteMore information

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The Conversation

The Secret promises we can ‘manifest’ what we want. But if that’s true, why aren’t we all rich and famous?

A psychology professor debunks Rhonda Byrne’s world-bestselling book and film – and her theory of personal success through a magical connection with the universe.

Voluntary assisted dying is different to suicide. But federal laws conflate them and restrict access to telehealth

It’s illegal to discuss voluntary assisted dying via telehealth, which means people who live in rural areas and those who can’t physically go to see a doctor may not be able to access the scheme.

We gave palliative care patients VR therapy. More than 50% said it helped reduce pain and depression symptoms

One person said they wanted a VR experience that allowed them to explore Paris again.

Ancient DNA reveals children with Down syndrome in past societies. What can their burials tell us about their lives?

After sifting through DNA from almost 10,000 people from ancient and pre-modern societies, we have discovered six cases of Down syndrome in past human populations.

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