‘Good Practice, Great Outcomes’: Staff Conference delivers

October 14 / 147

Bianca Durrant, winner of the LH Martin Institute Prize for Developing Leadership Capacity (L), and Katy Greenland, winner of the University Services Prize for most outstanding individual presentation (R) at the 2014 Professional Staff Conference.
Bianca Durrant, winner of the LH Martin Institute Prize for Developing Leadership Capacity (L), and Katy Greenland, winner of the University Services Prize for most outstanding individual presentation (R) at the 2014 Professional Staff Conference.

More than 200 staff attended the University’s inaugural Professional Staff Conference at the State Library of Victoria last month.

A staff-led initiative, the conference featured 42 University staff members presenting their work at talks, panel discussions and poster presentations.

The theme of the conference was ‘Good Practice, Great Outcomes: Delivering Excellence at the University of Melbourne’.  

Mary-Louise Huppatz, Chair of the organising committee said among many highlights were the two keynote speakers.

“Rachael Robertson was just inspirational. Her insights on personal leadership from her time in Antarctica captivated and energised the audience. And our new Head of University Services, Paul Duldig really empowered staff through his exploration of the role of professional staff,” she said.  

“The conference showcased best practice and innovation across the University while celebrating the contribution made by professional staff.  Best of all, it also provided mentoring and development opportunities for those involved, whether presenting, attending, volunteering or as part of the organising committee.”

Senior Vice-Principal and Chair of the Conference Advisory Board Ian Marshman said the conference was a great day in the life of the University.

“I came away even more confirmed in my view of the strength and commitment of professional staff across the whole of the University,” he said.

Manager of Melbourne Scholarships Robert Westerink said he had attended a few conferences in the past and thought this one was absolutely brilliant.

“It was full of energy, optimism and collegiality,” he said.

For those who missed out, a conference showcase will be held on Thursday 13 November in the Elizabeth Murdoch Theatre, 12:00pm - 1:30pm. The showcase will include three presentations, as well as recorded highlights from the keynote speakers.  Registration opens Monday, check the website (below) for details.

Planning is already under way for the 2015 conference.  More information can be found on the conference website staffconference.unimelb.edu.au

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