Professional development in May

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.

Time Management

Video Conference: 28 Apr

Staff are often faced with a number of work pressures and competing deadlines. It is often difficult to start and finish the required tasks without feeling the immense pressure.

U@ACU Induction Workshop

Brisbane: 12 May; Melbourne: 12 May; North Sydney: 11 May; Strathfield: 10 May

This workshop is mandatory for all new staff and staff who have not yet attended this workshop.

Mental Health First Aid

Brisbane: 1 Jun ; 3 Jun ; Canberra: 19 May; 26 May; Melbourne: 28 Apr ; 2 May ; North Sydney: 5 May ; 12 May ; Strathfield: 24 May ; 19 May ;

This two day workshop is aimed at all staff wanting to develop their knowledge about mental health issues and how to support others in their workplace, community and personal networks.

Evidencing Teaching and Research in Applications for Academic Promotions

Video Conference: 3 May

Two one hour seminars, presented by video conference, which complement the Preparing for Academic Promotions Workshops are being conducted in May. These seminars have a specific focus on strategies for effective presentation of evidence of both Teaching and Research in applications for academic promotion.

Virtual Teams

Video Conference: 4 May

Managing a virtual team is harder because of the challenges posed by communication styles, absence of nonverbal cues, time difference and cultural differences.

Finance Reporting Workshop

Brisbane: 11 May ; Melbourne: 10 May ; North Sydney: 12 May ;

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. The workshop is aimed at all staff members who have been assigned access to Reporting Centre.

Evidencing Research in Applications for Promotion

Video Conference: 3 May

This seminar has a specific focus on strategies for effective presentation of evidence of Research in applications for academic promotion. This seminar will be conducted by subject matter expert Professor Patrick Heaven, Dean of Research

Evidencing Scholarship of Teaching in Applications for Promotion

Video Conference: 3 May

This seminar has a specific focus on strategies for effective presentation of evidence of scholarship of teaching and in applications for academic promotion. This seminar will be conducted by subject matter expert Professor Kevin Ashford-Rowe, Director of the Learning and Teaching Centre.

Leadership and Accountability of the Supervisor – Module 1

Melbourne: 3 May ; 4 May ; 5 May ; 6 May ;

ACU has partnered with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) to develop a new Leadership & Accountability of the Supervisor Program tailored to ACU’s operational context. Supervisors in Ballarat should register for Melbourne sessions. Supervisors in Strathfield should register for North Sydney sessions.

Having Difficult Conversations

Ballarat: 19 May ; Brisbane: 9 Jun ; Melbourne: North Sydney: 3 May ; Strathfield: 5 May ;

This workshop will empower professionals to be in control of a difficult conversation at all stages so that they can achieve the desired outcome.

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

Graduate Certificate in Catholic Studies

Available: Melbourne (multi-mode) and online in Semester 2, 2016

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.

On completing the course, you will:

  • Know and understand the theological concepts fundamental to the Catholic tradition.
  • Understand the place and use of the scriptures in the Catholic tradition.
  • Know and understand the communal, sacramental, liturgical and moral dimensions of the Catholic tradition.

· 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 Semester 2, 2016

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.

Master of Business Administration (Executive)

Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne  - Six start dates in 2016

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% discount.  This discount is in addition to all benefits received through ACU.  Learn more about our staff discount here.


External Professional Development Opportunities

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

Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

Business And Report Writing 3 May 2016 9:30am - 5pmThis one-day workshop supports higher education staff to write with impact and to get results. Content focuses on writing clear and concise business reports within the tertiary context. This workshop is highly interactive and skills-based.
Introduction To Event Management 6 April 2015 9:30am to 5pmRunning a big event this year? Are you prepared? ATEM can help.  Our introductory program is designed especially forstaff at tertiary institutions who run events as part of their job and wouldlike to develop their skills in event management.
Middle Managers Program Queenscliff, Victoria: 9 May 2016 – 11 May 2016, 10am – 4.30pm

The Middle Managers Program is a three day residential program designed for existing middle managers who are thinking about moving on in their careers, and who want to prepare themselves for taking on more or different responsibilities. This course takes a deliberately personal focus, and is designed around the skills and qualities of resilient management and leadership.…

Higher Education Update 2016 Adelaide 12 May 2016 9am to 1pmThis annual Higher Education Update will provide commentary by distinquished speakers on the state of Higher Education and the policies that are being set for the sector in 2016 and beyond.Life After Multiple Restructures Melbourne 16 May 2016 - 9:30am to 5pmMost tertiary workplaces have been through multiple rearrangements, and significant role change and consequent impacts on job fulfillment. This session looks at approaches to getting one's passion back (and sanity), and how to assist colleagues to do the same.
Project Management Fundamentals Brisbane 18 May to 19 May 2016   9am- 5pmThis course is right for you if: You are a new or aspiring project manager or you work in a project based organisation. Your employer will benefit because: You will have the knowledge, tools and techniques to effectively manage projects. Learning Outcomes Develop project management plans Define project scope and boundaries …

ELAMP: Module 1 Managing And Developing Self May 2016 Commencement
Online: 30 May 2016 to 29 July 2016

eLAMP is the joint program offered on line by ATEM and the L H Martin Institute. The four-module program articulates into degree level courses run by the L H Martin Institute. Module 1 is divided into four sections: developing a critical reflective professional practice; intra-personal intelligence; leading the self; and developing your personal career plan. We estimate that it will take you about 30 hours to complete over a 9 week period. You will find a selection of multimedia and readings as well as opportunities to discuss your study with your peers in the moderated discussion space, as well as to reflect on your learning by using the provided reflective e-journal.

Please note that you must register in each module you wish to do. There is no automatic registration into the other modules. The eLAMP program is offered free to ATEM Members.

*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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