Professional development for new staff

Academic Staff Orientation (ASO)

All new academic staff are strongly encouraged to attend the University of Melbourne's Academic Staff Orientation. The one-day program provides valuable information and advice on making a successful start to an academic career in a research-led university.

The Academic Staff Orientation is held twice each year, typically in February and July. The next ASO will be held in February 2016, at the Parkville campus.

Enquiries: Mark Pimlott,
T: +61 3 9035 4727

Program information


Melbourne Teaching Certificate

While not exclusively for new staff, this single-semester program provides an ideal introduction to teaching at the University of Melbourne. Through a combination of seminars and practical activities, participants gain insight into current principles and theories of effective university teaching, and feedback on how these translate in their own discipline and teaching environment.

The Melbourne Teaching Certificate is run twice each year, with intakes each February and July.

Further details and registration


Professional development workshops for supervisors

Refer to our Professional development and training workshops for supervisors of graduate researchers page for more information.


Sessional teaching staff orientation programs

Programs for new sessional teaching staff are typically provided by individual Faculties and Graduate Schools. Some large courses and/or departments also run discipline-specific programs. All new sessional staff are encouraged to enquire about orientation and other professional development opportunities offered in their area.

In addition, The Melbourne Sessional Teacher's Handbook is an valuable resource, providing advice and strategies for small group teaching at this University.

Also see "College tutors forum"


Professional staff orientation programs

For information on the University's orientation program tailored specifically for professional staff new to the University, see Human Resources.