Professional Development Opportunities

Published: Monday 27th July 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: 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 an 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
The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education 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.

Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

How To Do More With Less
Adelaide 03 August 2015 12:00pm - 4:00pm 
Tertiary educational institutions, like most organisations, are demanding more from their senior and middle managers at the same time as budgets are ‘frozen’ or even cut. It’s really tough! How do we meet stretch targets without more resource and without burning out? There is no magic wand – but Adrian Skull will walk you through processes that have worked for him in a number of demanding environments.  In an interactive workshop, Adrian will cover:
  • having an ‘open for business’, achievement oriented mindset;
  • the imperative of hiring people who know how to fend for themselves in tough times;
  • understanding who has the money and how we can get it;
  • building income sources through fostering strategic relationships;
  • monitoring and staying the course;
  • and the importance of really  understanding context and knowing how to facilitate and coach your staff to realise efficiencies and improvement.  
Pre-work:  Please let us know about the issues you are facing before the workshop. They will be grouped and included (no names) and will be incorporated into the session.

Resilience And Influencing Skills For School Managers
Melbourne: 3 –4 August 2015 9:30am – 4.30pm

This two day course covers a range of practical strategies to assist School Managers to be resilient and successful in achieving their wide ranging responsibilities.  The first day examines the scope of the position the common challenges presented by different line reporting relationships.  The first day focuses strongly of different techniques for working in high workload situations, whilst still maintaining motivation and job satisfaction.  There are opportunities to exchange tips and approaches, as well as discuss how research about resilience can assist work practices.  Vocational values and types are used to assess and maintain personal energy and motivation, and career progression.

Managing Committees & Minute Taking 
Melbourne: 10 August 2015 9:30am to 5:00pm
The role of a committee Executive Officer in universities is not just about taking minutes, but understanding the full committee cycle, from the establishment of a committee and its Terms of Reference, to preparing agendas, taking and writing minutes, completing follow-up action items and preparing reports and agenda items.
Effective committee management is crucial to enabling individuals and groups to work productively and accomplish their objectives. This practical session will help Executive Officers understand their role and enhance the skills required for managing committees in universities. Examples and activities are based on university committees at the department, faculty and central levels. The course also incorporates instructions on using Adobe Professional software and managing large amounts of committee documentation
Finance In A University
Melbourne: 17 August 2015 9:30am to 4:00pm
This full day program is ideal for staff from any area of a University who are interested in learning more about financial management in Universities.  This program is ideal for staff with little or no experience in financial management and are keen to explore this area further.
Cross Sectoral Partnership Forum #3
Melbourne: 18 August 2015 
Cross sectoral partnerships continue to proliferate in the sector and this annual networking and discussion session is an important meeting of like minded professionals who believe in the value of cross sectoral collaboration and who are pushing back the boundaries of such collaboration.
The National Faculty Managers Forum
Sydney: 28 August 2015 9:30am to 4:00pm
The forums are restricted to faculty managers and this year will be held on the Friday preceding the Tertiary Education Management Conference at UTS Sydney.

*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
Sydney: 5 – 7 August 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. Based on previous participants' feedback, the program will now include two strands to address the different needs of university academic and business leaders. Throughout the program, participants from both strands will work independently and collaboratively, giving the benefit of coming together for sessions of mutual interest.
Effectively Handling Allegations and Investigations of Research Misconduct
Perth: 20 August 2015
The increase in the number of researchers, growing pressure to publish, and the competition for research funding over the past decade, has put pressure on the academic research community. Although serious cases of research misconduct by members of academic staff are relatively few in Australian universities, where they occur they have the potential to impact not only the career of the particular staff member, but also to negatively impact the university in reputational and financial terms. International reports indicate that the requirement to deal with allegations or actual incidences of research misconduct is increasing.


Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA)

Disciplinary Investigations
Brisbane: 4 August 2015    

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.

Topics covered

  • The history of university disciplinary procedures (‘Bryant Award’)
  • An overview of the disciplinary process
  • Misconduct, Serious Misconduct and Suspension
  • Preliminary/Informal Investigations
  • Drafting Allegations
  • Preparing for the committee process
  • Independent Investigations
  • Misconduct Investigation Committees
Advanced Workplace Relations Practitioner
Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide: 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 20 & 21 August 2015    
This program delivered over 2 half days covers strategic industrial relations issues and case studies appropriate to senior practitioners.

Participants undertake a complex case study and attend a networking dinner as part of the program.

Topics covered
  • Termination of employment provisions - Fair Work Act 2009
  • Fixed term employment
  • Dispute settlement
  • Discipline
  • Redundancy
  • Workplace change
  • Adverse action

View AHEIA’s 2015 Training Calendar.

Online training library

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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.