May the 4th be with you

Things are slowly improving and some easing of restrictions have no doubt helped us all get a bit of normality back to life. We are busy planning for the end of session ‘exam’ period and I want to thank everyone for being so flexible in changing assessment items and finding alternate authentic solutions to traditional exams. I really appreciate all of the cooperation to teach through the changes and make it work.

  • Our China partners last week completed online exams from home via EASTS. This is a huge change for them and big thanks to our Faculty leadership and teaching teams who made it happen. Over 2,000 exams without a hitch in China is a big win!
  • School of Policing has also managed a massive change to this teaching to reduce the number of students on campus and have managed to Attest one group and now have a new class back on Campus in lockdown for 8 weeks to ensure they avoid infection. Again another massive effort by all involved.

We are monitoring Government advice regarding the easing of restrictions and will make decisions through the Crisis Management Team (CMT) to work through decisions regarding returning to normal working conditions (whatever that looks like). Information regarding any changes will come as usual from the VC’s office.

Last newsletter I mentioned we would be holding a Faculty Townhall session via Zoom after Easter. We are still planning to run this session however it will be a little later down the track, stay tuned.

April Photo Competition winners

You may also recall that we announced a photo competition in the April newsletter. We had a strong round of entries that resulted in an equal 1st for 4 entrants = home-delivered morning tea for all. See below (and above for Kath Herbert’s entry) for the fun our team is having working from home and the new opportunities that have arisen for our students. Please continue to send in your entries to“> to share your working from home life for a chance to win home-delivered morning tea (shouted by me personally, not work).

Just your average home office with a shark taking a swim as you work – Katrina Gilmore, Faculty Subjects Team
Home schooling whilst mum is working from home, good job Scarlet (A+) – Brooke McNamara, Strategic Projects Officer (Partnerships), Faculty Office.
Work in COVID19 conditions still brings opportunities for our students – Jen Weller, School of Management & Marketing