COVID-19 wrap

Monash U flexes up

HR Chief Bridgid Connors advises staff whose areas are quiet or who cannot work from home to register for Flex@Monash, “to temporarily perform different duties, within their skill level.” HR will “actively match staff” to areas which need them.  But as for hiring in – forget it. There is a two-stage approval for using agencies and the CFO must approve contractor/consultant hires.

Griffith U eases up on assessments

The university, “recognises the extraordinary circumstances our students are currently experiencing” and announces “special considerations” for assessment, including; no record of semester one fail grades and increased extensions for assessments.

Charles Sturt U announces a $200 000 pool for research on COVID-19

The money is for projects investigating impacts, resilience and rebuilding. All disciplines and deliverables qualify.

Federation U student assistance “may” include

* “up to” $300 a week for five weeks, IT support and “student tuition fee due-date extensions”

Charles Darwin U has a food-bank functioning as part of its student assistance programmes

“We are trying to ease the burden on students experiencing hardship … many … have lost their part-time jobs as a result of COVID-19,” says VC Simon Maddocks.