Professional development opportunities

Published: Monday 25th May 2015

Find out what professional development opportunities are coming up in June including the first Universities Australia Executive Women (UAEW) workshop for 2015.

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 extension 2151.

Study Support

The University supports staff learning and 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

Postgraduate SPLASH units

National: Several dates in 2015

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 via video conference. Upcoming units include: Evolution, Ecology and God, and Celebrating Liturgy Today: Exploring the Ritual Enactment of Faith.

Theology short courses

Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney: Several dates in 2015

Want to learn more about Christian faith in educated and accessible way? Interested in exploring theology but aren't able to commit to a degree? The Short Course program is just the thing! Suitable for parishioners, teachers, youth groups, university staff and students, and the general public. Explore the heart of Christianity and consider questions important to faith in a relaxed group setting. Our short courses enable you to learn from ACU's leading theology and philosophy scholars.

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

Apply now for scholarships
Applications for scholarships for the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (GCHE) are now open.  GCHE is for teachers and other educational professionals who want to improve their tertiary teaching and gain formal qualifications in post-secondary education. Offered by ACU's Learning and Teaching Centre, the GCHE is open to degree-qualified academic and professional staff members who are directly involved in teaching.

Universities Australia

Universities Australia Executive Women Workshop

North Sydney 26 June 2015
Universities Australia Executive Women (UAEW) group invites you to the first of its 2015 Workshops. They are designed to meet the group's commitment to addressing employment equity in higher education. This workshop features three experienced and highly regarded speakers on the topic of Mentoring, Coaching and Sponsorship.

Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

Grow Your Own Brand

Adelaide 5 June 2015 

Defining your Personal Brand, creating your desired impact in different situations. 10 secrets of amazing networkers Networking with integrity

Mentoring For Tertiary Education

Sydney 11 June 2015

Are you interested in mentoring others, but don’t know where to start?  Perhaps you’re an experienced manager who would like to sharpen your mentoring skills? This half-day workshop will provide you with an understanding of mentoring, what it involves, and the skills required.

Introduction To Event Management

Melbourne 15 June 2015

Our 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 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.

Delivering Constructive Criticism

Webinar 16 June 2015

This 3-hour power session is a hands-on instructor-led Virtual Classroom Experience that gives participants the opportunity to experience training without having to travel to the training room.  Participants are able to chat and collaborate with the facilitator and each other - just like any other workshop. This workshop provides an insight into what makes criticism work. It includes planning and preparing for a critique using techniques that ensure that the person receiving the criticism is motivated to rectify past mistakes and work towards improvement. Learn skills like reading body language, when and where to give a critique, correct tone and much more. 

Papua New Guinea ATEM National Conference

Papua New Guinea 22 June 2015 

First Papua New Guinea National ATEM Conference in Tertiary Education  Management Trends, Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education”.   The Association for Tertiary Education Management will be holding the first national PNG conference at the Pacific Adventist University with the theme “Trends, Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education."

Finding The Balance - TEQSA’s Approach To Quality Assurance In Australia’s Higher Education Sector

Crawley, Western Australia 23 June 2015

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency’s (TEQSA) role is to ensure that quality standards are being met by all registered higher education providers. Since its establishment, TEQSA has been committed to the ongoing development of its approach to assuring higher education standards, drawing on its experience and growing knowledge of the sector as well as stakeholder perspectives.

This interactive seminar will outline TEQSA’s risk-based approach to assuring higher education standards focusing on the following discussion questions:

What is meant by a ‘culture of self-assurance’?
How does TEQSA make the differentiation to reduce or expand the scope or streamline assessments for renewal of registration or accreditation?
What is meant by ‘targeted interventions and graduated responses to address risk and non-compliance’?

Developing Policy In Tertiary Institutions

Melbourne 25 June 2015 

This workshop explores the complex and challenging process of policy development in tertiary institutions. Participants will be invited to join the presenters in 'mapping the policy terrain', before splitting into two parallel streams of policy development training: 1. Policy development clinic - how to 'think' and write policy, especially for those new to policy work. 2. Policy benchmarking clinic - how to learn from other institutions' policy texts to improve your institutional policies and practices.

*ATEM also has a number Priority Place Programs for a selection of on-demand events, to improve the flexibility and accessibility of courses. These events will run once a minimum number of attendees have registered. Please browse the ATEM program listings for more information.

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 2015 Training Calendar.

LH Martin Institute

Leading and Managing in Universities: Critical Insights for Academic and Corporate Leaders

Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney: 10 – 12 June 2015
This program explores the different elements of what a leader needs to know when implementing their institution's public mission and corporate strategy. It provides participants with the opportunity to interrogate the key challenges to organisational leadership, such as working in environments of constant change, human and fiscal resources and fostering leadership teams. This workshop centres on a collective consideration of the wider policy setting that influences our individual and organisational lives as leaders and managers. It features colleagues in senior policy roles in both the Australian Government and the sector

Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA)

Workplace Relations Practitioner

Sydney: 3 – 4 June 2015    
This two day program introduces participants to the higher education industrial relations environment, including underlying legal concepts, the various industrial instruments and the practical application of both.

The program focuses on what’s important for staff working at the ‘coalface’ of university workplace relations.

Topics covered
•    Employment Law
•    Employment Contracts
•    Policies and Procedures
•    Employment Legislation
•    Awards
•    Workplace Agreements
•    Termination of Employment

Managing Very Difficult Workplace Behavior

Sydney, Adelaide, Perth , Brisbane: 2,9,16,30 June 2015
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

Recommended for all university staff, especially those dealing with difficult behaviour and managing workplace conflict. The program is very beneficial for those responsible for managing others, and/or working in human resources.  View AHEIA’s 2015 Training Calendar.

Online training library

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ACU staff have free unlimited access to a vast online library of training videos at

See some suggested videos below, or 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 five to 10 minutes to spare.

Up and Running with Office 365
Duration: 1 hour and 59 minutes

New to Office 365? David Rivers shows how to set up accounts and team sites, upload and share files, as well as manage mail, contacts and calendars with the Outlook Web App.

The Practicing Photographer
Duration: 6 minutes

Photographer and teacher Ben Long shares a weekly serving of photographic instruction and inspiration.