Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development Opportunities

Staff are encouraged to view professional development courses on offer in October at ACU, AHEIA, LH Martin Institute and ATEM. 

Listed below are a number of professional development programs and networking events available across the tertiary education sector.   Staff are encouraged to review learning opportunities and to liaise with their supervisor if they are interested in participating.   You can register through the links provided. If you have any questions, please contact Erin Ryan on ext 2151.

Study support

The University supports staff learning - eligible staff can apply for Study Support for a nationally-recognised award course of study from a public or private provider (subject to eligibility criteria.)  For more information on Study Support visit the HR website.

Australian Catholic University

Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture
Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne  - Several dates, 2014
This course of study explores what true leadership means in a Catholic context, and encourages participants to develop a deeper understanding of Catholic identity, ethos and mission and its integration in modern organisations.         

Postgraduate SPLASH units
National  -   Several dates, 2014    
SPLASH units are master's level units and may be used as credit towards a Master of Theological Studies or a Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies. Interested participants may also audit (not for credit, no assessment) these units for their personal interest. They are delivered in intensive mode and are available nationally.  Upcoming units include: Issues in Christian Ethics, and The Gospel of Mark.

Certificate IV in Business Administration
National - February 2105
Applications to undertake the Certificate IV in Business Administration are now being invited from Professional Staff members. Scholarships are available for eligible staff - apply before 31 October 2014.  The Business Administration Program, comprised of 10 units, is a nationally-recognised qualification for Professional Staff in administrative roles.

Master of Business Administration (Executive)
Sydney, Brisbane  - Several dates - 2014    
The MBA (Executive) is designed for experienced managers and professionals who aspire to executive roles - critical and creative thinkers for whom ethical, informed and sustainable decision-making will define their management style.  The course is designed to allow each unit to be taught intensively over the course of 24 weekends.  Invest in your future and enhance your skills to progress your career. 

Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

Strategies For Development Of Enthusiastic Employees
Brisbane: 09 October 2014  9:00am – 4:30pm   
This course will develop employee engagement as a useful skill that allows managers to connect with their employees on an emotional level and motivate them to focus on their work and how to reach their personal and company goals.  It examines why employee engagement is important and valuable, how to foster and measure employee engagement and link it to key organisational goals and outcomes.

Academic Librarians Summit
Sydney: 09-10 October 2014
ATEM is pleased to be able to announce the 2014 summit of leading academic librarians.
The highlight of the summit will be the opportunity for senior librarians to interview a distinguished panel of Professor Anne Cummins, DVC Learning and Teaching, Australian Catholic University and Shirley Alexander DVC from UTS and to see what priorities they would see for libraries into the future. One further panellist is being sought. The two day summit is being facilitated by Dr Lisa Given from Charles Sturt University.

Introduction To Event Management
Melbourne: 10 October 2014  9:30am – 5:00pm  
Do you run events as part of your job? Do you want to improve your skills and learn better ways of running them? This introductory program is designed especially for staff at tertiary institutions who run events as part of their job and would like to develop their skills in event management.

The program covers:

  • Timelines and action plans
  • Resources available within your institution
  • Introduction to event promotion
  • Event evaluation.

The full-day course includes interactive activities and group discussion of issues event managers face. The presenter draws on his experiences in running events, logistics and more importantly working within TAFE/university sectors to help your event, be it expo, seminar, meeting or Christmas lunch, be remembered for the right reasons.

Admissions Managers And Officers Symposium
Sydney (ACU North Sydney campus):  23 October 2014  9:00am – 4:00pm   
This symposium brings together the expertise and knowledge vital to the sector and allows an opportunity to network with your contemporaries.
Streamlining admissions processes and making them as seamless as possible is the aim of all tertiary institutions but of course this is impinged upon by the needs of the institutions and the requirements of government.  UAC will provide background on changes recently implemented that aim to provide UAC's institutions with a more flexible admissions process for undergraduate domestic applications, highlighting the issues and challenges encountered when operating a full-year admission cycle.   UAC will also discuss Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS), a new centralised process introduced this year to service nine institutions.
These changes will be explained in the context of UAC's history of expanding its services to meet the specific requirements of participating institutions
This forum is a national forum designed to bring institutions up to date with the latest information with speakers from UAC in NSW, a report from the Streamlined visa procession forum recently held and a more philosophical discussion on the ethics of the admission process.
This will be followed in the ATEM tradition of allowing a free ranging networking and knowledge sharing session.

Resilience And Influencing Skills For EA/PA In The Higher Education Sector
Sydney: 27 October 2014  9:00am – 5:00pm   
This customised full day workshop focuses on the unique challenges and responsibilities of these roles.  The first half looks at different people types using vocational values to understand personal energy and motivation, career satisfaction and resilience.  We discuss tips for continuing enjoying the role and minimise feeling overloaded by demands and pressures.  The second half of the day covers emotional intelligence skills for working successfully and influentially, with busy senior staff and managers.  In particular we look at clear respectful assertion for getting heard, and non-draining skills for handling reactions.

Moving From Busyness To Effectiveness
Brisbane: 28 October 2014  9:00am – 4:00pm   
This program will help busy people focus on their priorities and establish strategies to bring about sustainable behavioural change.  This is not just another time management program, you truly will want to change the way you think, manage yourself and others.  A great program for your whole team.

Policy Development Forum
Melbourne: 31 October 2014  9:30am – 4:00pm   
The tenth in the ATEM Institutional Policy Network’s series of successful forums will again provide an opportunity for network members and other interested parties, from across Australasia and beyond, to come together to share case studies and best practice examples, refine policy development concepts and models, work through policy challenges in specialised and general policy areas, and engage in discussion of topical issues with guest presenters.

Tertiary Education: Open For Business
Perth: 31 October 2014
The biennial one-day Western Region Conference will be held on Friday 31 October, on the theme Tertiary education: open for business? The keynote address will be given by Professor Carmen Lawrence: An avalanche of change: will universities as we know them survive the onslaught?
In a panel session on the topic Jostling for space there will be a wide-ranging discussion about the changes and pressures affecting all higher education providers. The panel will include senior representatives of universities and VET-sector institutions.

Essential Dashboards in Excel
Location to be advised  - Priority Place Program* (register your interest)    
With the huge amount of data available to us every day, a well-built and designed dashboard report is one of the best ways to interpret and communicate large quantities of information. Learn how to synthesise information into a logical framework, summarise it into a meaningful format, and then display the summary into easy-to-read tables and graphs. This course takes you through the principles of good dashboard design, as well as the tools to implement and build a dashboard using your existing Excel tools and skills.

Business Writing Essentials
To be advised   Priority Place Program* (register your interest)   
Learn to write clear and professional documents that get the results you want.  Clear, well-written documents are the hallmark of any successful organisation. Update your writing skills and boost your professional credibility with this excellent one-day workshop.
*ATEM has introduced the Priority Place Program for some events, to improve the flexibility and accessibility of courses. These events will run once a minimum number of attendees have registered.  You can register your interest for these courses by paying a small holding deposit. Once there are enough registrants, ATEM will schedule the activity and give you a month’s notice of the date and venue.  Attendees will then be invoiced for the balance of the course fee.
ACU holds a corporate membership with ATEM which allows staff to attend programs at a reduced rate. When registering, indicate that you work for ACU and you will be entitled to the Affiliate rate. View ATEM’s 2014 Training Calendar.

LH Martin Institute

Institutional Research in Tertiary Education
Taught entirely online from 29 September to 21 November 2014 
This subject provides an overview of key elements of institutional research in tertiary education.

Maintaining Quality Within Institutions
Taught entirely online from 29 September to 21 November 2014
Maintaining Quality within Institutions focuses on how people can undertake define, measure, monitor and improve quality and quality assurance processes and procedures.

Operating an External Quality Agency
Taught entirely online from 29 September to 21 November 2014
This subject deals with aspects of operating an external quality assurance agency (QA agency) building on the concepts and frameworks in quality assurance introduced in the previous compulsory subjects.

Redesign Project Webinar 2: Developing the Proposal
Webinar: 20 October 2014   
New, university-wide initiatives to redesign undergraduate subjects using technology-supported active learning strategies.

Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA)

Managing Very Difficult Workplace Behaviour
Sydney: 10 October 2014   
This workshop provides frameworks for understanding, defining and managing difficult behaviour; including a range of approaches and techniques for dealing with specific behaviours in the workplace.

The program will:

  • Review the impact of very difficult behaviour
  • Identify common characteristics of very difficult workplace behaviour
  • Describe and prepare strategies for managing different types of behaviour
  • Discuss the common internal and personal challenges that difficult behaviour creates for the manager, management team, other staff and the organisation as a whole

Disciplinary Investigations
Adelaide: 23 October 2014   
This one day program will develop participants’ understanding of the disciplinary procedures which apply in the higher education sector.  This program focuses on the unique characteristics of disciplinary processes in the higher education sector and provides practitioners with a ‘hands on’ guide to dealing with allegations of misconduct/serious misconduct.

Managing Very Difficult Workplace Behaviour
Perth: 31 October 2014   
This workshop provides frameworks for understanding, defining and managing difficult behaviour; including a range of approaches and techniques for dealing with specific behaviours in the workplace.

The program will:

  • Review the impact of very difficult behaviour
  • Identify common characteristics of very difficult workplace behaviour
  • Describe and prepare strategies for managing different types of behaviour
  • Discuss the common internal and personal challenges that difficult behaviour creates for the manager, management team, other staff and the organisation as a whole

View AHEIA’s 2014 Training Calendar.

Online training library

Provided by
ACU staff have free unlimited access to a vast online library of training videos at
Below is a summary of new videos recently added to the online training library that may be of interest to you.  To browse the whole library, log in using your ACU staff username and password.  Interactive exercise sheets are also available to some topics so you can practise your new skills.

Don’t have time to watch a whole video?  No problem – the videos are broken into useful sub-topic chapters, so you can still brush up on some quick tips even if you only have 5-10 mins to spare!

Managing Multiple Generations
Duration: 50m 1s
Discover how to successfully manage multiple generations in the workplace with Christina Schlachter, PhD. Learn about each generation present in today's workforce, from Baby Boomers to Millennials, and figure out what each group wants and needs, and how they like to be managed, developed, and promoted.

Excel 2010 Power Shortcuts
Duration: 3h 43m
Excel expert Dennis Taylor shares tips and shortcuts to vastly increase efficiency and get the full power out of Excel 2010. There are tips for working with the Ribbon and Quick Access toolbar, navigating workbooks and selecting cells, rapid data entry and editing, working with formulas, formatting data, working with charts, sorting data, and much more.  Excel 2007 power shortcuts.