10 things you didn’t know about Dr Michelle Neumann

Dr Michelle Neumann

Dr Michelle Neumann is the researcher behind the newly released Emergent Literacy Assessment app (ELAa).

An early learning expert from Griffith University’s School of Education, Michelle created the app after being frustrated by other game-based digital education and alphabet tools.

The Emergent Literacy Assessment app provides a fun and easy way to assess children’s emergent literacy skills and is suitable for children, parents, and teachers to use.

We spoke to the Griffith University academic about Sponge Bob Square Pants, her five amazing children and never giving up.

1. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Veterinarian, scientist, teacher.

2. Tell about a previous job that you’ve had.
Working as a primary and high school teacher was both rewarding and challenging.

3. Which 3 apps do you use the most on your mobile device?
Google/Email, Messenger chat, FaceBook.

4. Which 5 celebrities would you invite to your ultimate dinner party?
Jesus Christ, David Attenborough, Marie Clay, Queen Elizabeth II, Lev Vygotsky.

5. Tell us about your favourite fictional character.
I really like Sponge Bob Square Pants because he makes me laugh.

6. What’s the best thing about your current role?
The exciting research opportunities.

7. What sparked your interest in education?
My five amazing children and the opportunity to discover new ways to support young children in their learning and development – to help them prepare for their future is inspiring.

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Crossing frontiers in research and innovation

9. What’s the best resource you’ve discovered in your Griffith University Library?
Easy online access to journal articles.

10. Can you give us your 3 best research tips?
Work hard, be organised, and never give up!

For more information about Michelle and her new app, read the recently published ABC News story.

Update your reading list


With the start of semester 2 just a few weeks away, it’s the perfect time to update your reading list.

Semester 2, 2016 and OUA Session 2, 2016 reading lists are now available for course conveners and academic staff to edit and/or update.  Existing links to held journal articles and ebooks are still active, and do not require any further action.

On the 25 June, access to all digitised readings (book chapters and journal articles) from Semester 1 and OUA Session 2 expired. If they are required for the next teaching period they should be re-requested.

To re-request, select the Request Digitisation link below the appropriate citation within your reading list. Additional help is available from Ask Us.

Citations that are no longer required can be removed by clicking on the Remove link under the appropriate citation.

Additional citations can also be added and digitisation requested.  Request for new digitised readings need to be added four weeks before the start of the new teaching period to allow time to be processed and actioned. The team can not guarantee access to new requests received after this date for the start of the teaching period.

The process of re-requesting digitised readings ensures that the digitised readings on Reading Lists are kept current, are still required and also enables the University to manage and report on digitised readings for copyright compliance.

Happy reading!

Book in for a free dental check up

Photo of the student clinic

Smile! The Griffith University Dental Clinic on the Gold Coast is offering free dental check-ups for new patients at their Student Clinic*.

You can have your teeth examined by an undergraduate or postgraduate dental student, under the direct supervision of a dental professional.

Located at the Griffith Health Centre (G40), the Griffith Dental Clinic includes the Professional Clinic and the Student Clinic.

The Professional Clinic has registered dentists, specialists, academics and dental prosthetists. As a Griffith University student or staff member, you are eligible for a 10% discount at the Professional Clinic.

The Student Clinic is the teaching clinic for Griffith University dental students. Undergraduate students study and train for five years to become dentists and the postgraduate students are qualified dentists studying to become dental specialists.

To determine your suitability for a free checkup at the Student Dental Clinic, a screening appointment will be booked for you with a professional dentist (at no cost as well). In this appointment, an OPG X-ray will be done (bulk billed via Medicare), and the dentist will review your overall health and initial dental needs.

A comprehensive check up appointment will then be booked with a student.

For more information or to book an appointment, please visit the GU Dental Clinic web page or call the clinic directly on 1800 188 295.

* Conditions apply

Orientation must-dos



Uni holidays is all about having a break but it also gives staff time to prepare, which is exactly what the Library Team have been doing.

They are ready and waiting for the new Semester 2 cohort with a range of helpful services that will help students transition easily into uni-life.

  • Earlybird workshops

The much-loved Earlybird Workshops are back and the timetable can be viewed online. These workshops cover a range of topics that will help new and returning students soar into Semester 2 like a Wedge tail Eagle who’s just spotted their lunch!

  • Orientation tours

These fifteen-minute tours run at each Griffith library and give students an opportunity to see what’s where and how it all works.

  • Take a Google 360 tour

Students who miss the on-campus library tours now have access to the next best thing – online virtual tours.

  • Market Days

Sometimes people just need to have a chat, which is why our Library Team will be hitting the road for each campus Market Day in Week 1. Students who come along will find out about all things IT and Library plus get some freebies and maybe even win the major prize.

  • Training for Higher Degree Researchers

Our Library has something for everyone! HDR students can now view the Semester 2 workshop timetable online. Check it out and book in the dates that suit you!

For more information about Library Orientation in Semester 2, check out our snazzy website.

Master your universe


Are you the master of your universe?

Sorry, that was a loaded question perhaps we’ve been watching too much Tony Robbins lately.

We just got a bit excited because the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) has a great opportunity for you to build a better future and make your life a masterpiece – oops, there we go again!

Here’s less pep talk, more facts…

On Thursday 14 July AURIN will be holding a free masterclass workshop at Griffith University’s Nathan campus, and you’re invited!

The workshop will explore their extensive data repositories and extract information about Australian cities. As a participant, you will use the portal’s user-friendly, yet sophisticated, tools to mould this information into visible and sharable knowledge. Until now, much of this information has remained behind closed doors!

Participants will undertake comparative analyses to study health data, analyse revealing socio-economic information, investigate walkability of neighbourhoods and more. Familiarity with these metrics is essential to understanding patterns of urban development and to best inform smart urban growth for a sustainable future.

So if you want to mash-up data and explore untouched information, here is what you need to do:

Register online

Put it in your calendar

Charge your laptop

Where: Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan QLD 4111

When: 2pm – 5pm, Thursday 14 July 2016

Cost: Free (what a bargain!)

What you need to bring: BYO laptop (They also suggest bringing along your recharge cable)

To clarify, Tony Robbins will not be appearing at this event. However, this workshop will give you knowledge and we all know knowledge is power…

On Thursdays, we learn code

HackyHour web banner

Have you heard of HackyHour? No, not Happy Hour. We all know what Happy Hour is. HackyHour is kind of like that, but with coffee and code.

HackyHour is an informal drop-in session where you can learn to code, get assistance with code or find out about IT services and support available to you.

Open to everyone with an interest in IT and research, HackyHour aims to improve your understanding and implementation of the technical aspects of research. It’s also another (fun) way to collaborate with researchers at other institutions and the community at large. Did we mention that there’s coffee?

The Griffith University HackyHour crew (Amanda Miotto, Heidi Perrett and Kim Keogh) also host Software Carpentry workshops. These workshops teach you basic lab skills for scientific computing. You can attend an inexpensive class, or learn online (for free!).

Languages such as R and Python are taught at both the HackyHour sessions and the Software Carpentry workshops.

HackyHour sessions are held every Thursday at G’s Wine Bar (alternating between the Nathan and Gold Coast campus). We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!




Thursday 7 July 2016


G’s Wine Bar Nathan (N11)
Griffith University
Nathan Campus


To find out more about HackyHour, check out our website and calendar, or send us a message on Twitter.

We Concur!

Concur Project is Live!

The new Concur Expense Management System – Concur – is live and ready! We are sure you’ll concur that this online system will help streamline a whole lot of finance processes.

Here’s the scoop…

The University’s new Expense Management System – Concur – went live for all staff and students on 20 June 2016.

You can now go to one convenient and secure location to:

  • Lodge your expense reimbursement claims
  • Acquit your University credit cards, procurement cards and expense cards
  • Request and acquit cash advance requests and
  • Claim personal vehicle mileage

Concur puts you in control. It is fast, secure and easy to use.

How you use it

For more information, and links to both Concur and our comprehensive User Guides, please visit Griffith’s Concur website.

Don’t forget!

Complete the steps in the Getting Started Guide to activate your Concur Profile. Most importantly, make sure to add and confirm your bank account before you make your first reimbursement claim. This will ensure your reimbursement is paid directly into your account within three business days of the claim being approved.

If you have any questions, contact the Project team at concurproject@griffith.edu.au or call the Change Manager, Jennie Hardware on ext 54844.

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