Professional development opportunities in December

Published: Monday 21st November 2016

Listed below are a number of professional development programs which are offered by ACU or are available through external providers 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 Leadership & Competencies Development Facilitator, Clint Rahe on extension 2298.

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

ACU offers a number professional development programs for staff, run by in-house trainers. There is no cost for attendance for these programs, and all interested continuing and fixed-term staff are encouraged to register.

Reflexivity in the research process: Collecting and making sense of data

Video Conference: 29 November

Participate in a video conference run by Prof Robyn Jorgensen from the University of Canberra.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness Workshop

Ballarat: 12 December; Brisbane: 29 November;  Canberra: 30 November;  Melbourne: 13 December; North Sydney: 5 December; Strathfield: 6 December

The cultural awareness workshops provide participants with the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways and perspectives.

ACU Project Management Model

Canberra: 29 November

A new ACU Project Management Model was developed in 2015 in response to staff feedback that identified the business need for establishing a standard approach to project management and the consistent use of project management procedures and templates across the University. This training will provide a comprehensive orientation to the principles and processes of the ACU Project Management Model and a toolkit of resources that staff can use on projects of all sizes.

Emerging Leaders and Managers Program (eLAMP) Information Sessions

Video Conference: 29 November

ACU is pleased to sponsor a guided cohort to undertake the 2017 ACU Emerging Leaders and Managers Program (eLAMP). This program is designed for new and aspiring tertiary education managers to develop their skills, knowledge and capacities to lead and manage effectively in the rapidly changing tertiary education environment.

Empowering People with a Disability

Video Conference: 7 December

Learn about how ACU is contributing to improving outcomes for people with disabilities at a Seminar celebrating International Day for People with Disability.

Work Life Balance Series: Wellbeing and Mindfulness

Video Conference: 8 December

This presentation highlights the multi-faceted nature of well-being and focuses on providing knowledge and tools within the following four dimensions of well-being: emotional, cognitive, relational and physical.

Finance Fundamentals

Video Conference: 14 December

The Finance Fundamentals sessions are designed to provide a very brief overview of finance at ACU. We will outline fundamentals such as the chart of accounts, systems used at ACU, who to contact, and which training workshops would be relevant for your situation.


ACU faculties offer the following opportunities for staff on a fee-paying basis:

Spanish and Italian now offered at ACU

ACU is excited to announce the launch of the Diploma in Languages. It will be offered collaboratively by the Faculty of Education and Arts and ACU International, with the language units taught through the ACU Language Centres.

Initially the languages available will be Italian and Spanish - driven by the development of ACU’s Rome Campus and by partnerships with prestigious Catholic universities in Latin America, such as The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago – one of the highest ranking universities in Latin America. Click here for more information.

* Please note: ACU staff can attend language classes as audit students if you would like the benefit of classes without the additional pressure of assessments and exams. Short introductory classes for staff planning to teach at the Rome campus next year, or accompanying student groups to one of our partner universities in Chile are also available. We are planning to offer one of the languages in intensive mode in North Sydney’s July School.

Master of Business Administration (Executive)

Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne - six start dates in 2017
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. The Faculty of Law and Business is pleased to announce that all staff are eligible for a 10 per cent discount. This discount is in addition to all benefits received through ACU.  Learn more about our staff discount here.

Graduate Certificate in Catholic Studies

Available: Melbourne (multi-mode) and online in February 2017
The Graduate Certificate in Catholic Studies (GCCS) was developed for graduate teachers who need accreditation to teach religious education in Catholic schools. For ACU staff, this course is also suitable for those who want to learn more about the Catholic tradition that underpins our organisation.

The Graduate Certificate in Catholic Studies can be used to articulate into the Master of Professional Studies in Theology.

Master of Professional Studies in Theology

Available: Nationally across all ACU campuses (multi-mode) and online in February 2017.
The new Master of Professional Studies in Theology (MPST) is ideal for professionals working in Catholic organisations who are looking to develop and enhance their leadership capacity. For ACU staff, the MPST will allow you to build upon existing qualifications and professional experience to understand and promote the mission, identity and ethos of the Catholic Church.  The course has been designed to develop a deeper level of engagement with the discipline of theology. It provides a rich variety of international study tour opportunities, an ability to specialise in particular discipline areas, as well as a capstone research component.


External Professional Development Opportunities

The following programs are run by external providers across the tertiary sector.

Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

Managing Very Difficult Workplace Behaviour (BA)

This workshop provides frameworks for understanding, defining and managing difficult behaviour.

7 December - Melbourne, Victoria

*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.

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ACU staff have free unlimited access to a vast online library of training videos at You can watch individual videos from Lynda without completing a whole course. To browse the 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.

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