Professional Development Opportunities - September

Published: Monday 18th August 2014

Listed below are a number of upcoming 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
Location Date Program
Several dates - 2014 Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture
Explore what true leadership means in a Catholic context, and develop a deeper understanding of Catholic identity, ethos and mission and its integration in modern organisations.
National Several dates - 2014 Postgraduate SPLASH units
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 upcoming units include: Issues in Christian Ethics, and The Gospels of the Liturgical Year: The Gospel of Mark.
Several dates - 2014 Master of Business Administration (Executive)
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)
LocationDate & TimeProgram
Sydney9 September 2014
9:00am – 5:00pm  
Financial Reporting for E A in the Tertiary Education
This workshop is designed for the busy support professional and will improve your financial knowledge as well as your technical Excel skills. You will gain an overview of fundamental accounting and financial concepts, and learn how to present the data available to you into a concise report. This is a practical course in which you will develop the skills to build your own financial reports which can be taken away for future reference.
11 September 2014
9:30am – 5:00pm
Emotional Intelligence
This program is designed for people who want to understand the role that emotions play in their ability to perform, enjoy and be successful at work and who want to empower themselves by strengthening their emotional style and perception. It is an opportunity to validate the intuitive or emotional side of personality and the power it has to enhance all aspects of performance and interactions.
11 – 12 September 2014
9:00am – 4:00pm
Think On Your Feet
The basis of the Think On Your Feet® short course is that clear thinking is the secret to clear speaking. By incorporating both left and right brain thinking, we can be articulate and creative within the framework of a logical structure. This approach will help you communicate confidently in an impromptu situation, handle difficult questions and get your ideas across when there is no time to prepare.
12 September 2014
9:00am – 5:00pm
8 Steps To Improve Your Business Processes
This challenging one-day program has been developed following the success of the 'The Hows and Whys of Process Mapping' workshop. It is an advanced workshop for practioners keen to enhance their understanding of process review programs.  The workshop is designed for people who have knowledge of or experience in process mapping and are interested in gaining a deeper level understanding of the skills required to review and change business processes.  Process owners. sponsors, business analysts and other staff involved in process changes will benefit greatly from this workshop.
22 September 2014
9:00am – 1:00pm
Increasing Power, Presence and Possibility - In Management and Leadership
This event will bring together three South Australian women who are well respected in their areas of expertise.
Their sessions are: 
  • Leadership,
  • Developing Authentic Leadership PRESENCE and being more EFFECTIVE and
  • The 10 Secrets of Amazing Networkers: Discover how to network with integrity and impact
22 September 2014
9:30am – 4:30pm
HR In Higher Education
A program for HR professionals new to higher education. This single day intensive and highly participative programme is designed to equip  middle level HR managers/business partners/ staff with the competencies, practical approaches  and political awareness required to operate as an effective HR professional in higher education, capable of adding real value to the delivery of the institutional mission during challenging times.
To be advised
Priority Place Program* (register your interest)

Essential Dashboards in Excel 
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.

To be advisedPriority Place Program* (register your interest)

Business Writing Essentials
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
Online29 September – 21 November 2014

Institutional Research in Tertiary Education
This subject provides an overview of key elements of institutional research in tertiary education.

Online29 September – 21 November 2014

Maintaining Quality Within Institutions
Maintaining Quality within Institutions focuses on how people can undertake define, measure, monitor and improve quality and quality assurance processes and procedures.

29 September – 21 November 2014   
Operating an External Quality Agency
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.
9 – 10 September 2014  
Budgeting and Financial Management for Tertiary Education Managers
This program provides an opportunity for those responsible for managing financial resources to enhance their understanding of financial systems, tools and processes, and optimise their use in improved management and strategic planning. Tailored to the tertiary education environment and utilising a series of related case studies, the program's sessions will relate back to participants’ individual situations and responsibilities.


Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA)
4-5 September 2014
HR Benchmarking Conference - Enhancing Capabilities
The conference will feature an innovative conference program, focusing on current HR leadership and organisational development trends and challenges facing the Higher Education sector, driving long-term employee performance and engagement, and providing valuable networking opportunities.
17 September 2014
Disciplinary Investigations
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.

View AHEIA's 2014 Training Calendar.

Online Training Library

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!

Influencing Others
1hr 21minsLearn how to increase your influence and visibility in your organization.  Whether you're influencing at work or at home, you'll learn what the best influencers do before they influence, and see how to choose the best steps for your situation, and have people want to be influenced by you.
Building High-Performance Teams
2h 23m
In this course, author and leadership-training expert Mike Figliuolo shows you how to create and lead the teams that get more done for their organizations. Learn about the seven elements of a high-performance team, and the techniques necessary to set direction, gather and deploy the right resources, prioritize work, motivate employees, and help team members develop their individual strengths.