Professional development opportunities in November

Published: Monday 17th October 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.

Finance Reporting Workshop

(Finance) Brisbane, Melbourne, North Sydney: 4 November
This training workshop will increase staff confidence in using ACU's Finance Reporting Centre. We will show you how to review, interpret and make the most of your financial reports. This workshop is aimed at all staff members who have been assigned access to Reporting Centre.

NVivo Training

Brisbane: 10 December, 11 December Melbourne: 3 December, 4 December, North Sydney: 5 November, 6 November
The Faculty of Education and Arts will be hosting two-day NVivo workshops in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to assist HDR Students and HDR Supervisors in how to use this qualitative software to complete literature reviews and an introduction to data analysis.

Lynda Effectiveness Information Session

(Human Resources) Video Conference: 14 November
Come along and discover how to get back time by becoming more productive and efficient using Including, how to better manage your professional development using the resources and features.

Finance Fundamentals

(Finance) Video Conference: 16 November
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.

Introduction to Budgeting

(Finance) Video Conference: 17 November
This workshop will assist staff members obtain an overview of the ACU Budget Allocation Process.

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

(Human Resources) Video Conference: 29 November
Video Conference run by Prof Robyn Jorgensen from the University of Canberra


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)

Influence & Persuasion at Work

2 November - Online
This short and comprehensive course is the fastest way to develop deep understanding and skills in influence and persuasion.

Institutional Policy Seminar

4 November - Sydney
This seminar is an opportunity for policy practitioners across the sector to explore best practice, and to discuss practical development and implementation issues.

Introduction To Design Thinking

11 November - Melbourne
‘Design Thinking’ is a systematic tool for problem solving and innovation – with a human focus. It’s a process and mindset that enables the creation of innovative solutions.

Risks and Rewards - the future of the tertiary education sector

11 November - Sydney
Risk and Rewards - the Future of the Tertiary Education Sector is a joint program with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

40th Anniversary Dinner

17 November - Sydney
Join us in The Strangers Room of Parliament House, Sydney, to celebrate forty years of achievement by our Voluntary Association and to hear two of the most influential managers in the New South Wales Tertiary Education Sector, who are sharing a platform together for the first time.

Business Process Management

24 November - Online
Business process management helps organisations leverage processes to achieve their goals and be successful. Once processes are implemented, they must be monitored, evaluated, and optimised to make sure they are still meeting the goals that they were designed to accomplish. A business that can successfully manage its processes is able to maintain a competitive edge, while increasing productivity and efficiency and decreasing costs.

Getting Students to Graduation

24 November 2016 -Sydney
Getting students to graduation - a forum about the techniques used to retain students all the way to graduation. Co-hosted with the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET).

Internal Programme and Departmental Reviews

24 November - New Zealand
Workshop and Discussion Forum. Consideration will be given to the ‘processes’ of review to ensure they are robust, rigorous and meet the needs of the institution and will include a discussion on the importance of panel selection and appropriate Terms of Reference.

Tertiary Education Forum

24 November - Perth
A discussion of current issues in tertiary education, with eminent speakers.

Writing for the Web (PPP*)

PPP 30 November - Sydney
Writing an online forum, intranet, internet or even a blog or Facebook page? Brush up on the best ways to capture an online audience.

ATEM Bass Breakfast Series

30 November - Melbourne
Join your Bass region colleagues for our final event in our 40th Anniversary year, our much loved breakfast series.

Financial Reporting for Executive Assistants Sydney (PPP*)

PPP 30 November - Sydney
This workshop is designed for the busy support professional and will improve your financial knowledge as well as your technical Excel skills.

Essential Dashboards for Excel (PPP*)

PPP 30 November - Sydney
This course covers the principles of good dashboard design, as well as the tools to implement and build a dashboard using your existing Excel tools and skills (and perhaps a few you didn't know you had!).

Business Writing Essentials (PPP*)

PPP 30 November – Sydney
This workshop is packed full of tips to help you create clear, persuasive documents that get the results you want.

*ATEM 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.


Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA)

Advanced Workplace Relations Practitioner

This program delivered over two half days (includes a networking dinner) covers strategic industrial relations issues and case studies appropriate to senior HR/IR practitioners in the higher education sector.

Location: Sydney
Date: 8 November
Time: 9am to 5pm
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Location: Adelaide
Date: 3 November
Time: 9am to 5pm
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Location: Melbourne
Date: 15 November
Time: 9am to 5pm
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Online Training Library

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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.

Lynda Effectiveness Information Session

(Human Resources) Video Conference: 14 November
Discover how to maximise your time by becoming more productive and efficient using  Learn how to better manage your professional development using the resources and features.

SharePoint Tips and Tricks

You've got the SharePoint basics covered. You've even dabbled in some of the more advanced functionality. Now you are looking for more. This course explores some of SharePoint's hidden gems: the need-to-knows, the gotchas, and plenty of cool "I had no idea this existed" functionality. Follow along and become the most well-rounded SharePoint user on the planet—or at least at your company.

The Neuroscience of Learning

Tap into your hidden potential, with discoveries from the neuroscience of learning. Dr. Britt Andreatta, Director of Training and Development at, uses the latest research from Harvard, Stanford, and other leading research institutions to explain how the brain processes and stores new information. She introduces the three-phase model of learning and the secrets to developing neural pathways so that learning sticks. Intended for both those who teach or train and those who learn, this course is a fun and enlightening journey through the learning process.

How to Handle An Unruly Audience

Learn how to create a better rapport with your audience and handle negative interactions with unruly audience members. PR expert Deirdre Breakenridge helps you recognize the personality "signals" of hecklers in advance and what to do when you are interrupted. She also helps you identify potential champions and enlist their support before you ever step foot on stage. Whether you are speaking to a large or small audience, Deirdre provides tips for keeping your composure and maintaining focus, from the moment you start speaking to answering difficult questions during Q&A.