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Curtin University
Vice-Chancellor
Note to staff

16 September, 2008

 
 

Salary increase to all Staff

I am conscious of the contribution made by all Curtin staff to the reputation and achievements of the University and of the need to maintain fair and reasonable pay and conditions. Staff are our greatest asset and accordingly I am pleased to advise that the University has decided to make an above agreement salary increase of 1 per cent. The increase, effective from 1 October 2008, will be paid to all staff on certified and individual agreements, other than VTEC academic staff who are currently considering a separate pay offer from Curtin as part of their enterprise bargaining process.

Staff will also be aware that negotiations for new collective agreements have been initiated for academic and general staff from which further pay increases are anticipated. I encourage you all to take the opportunity to be involved in this process.

Staff have received a total of actual and scheduled salary increases in 2008 of 5% for academics and 4.5% for general staff. The difference in the total amounts paid is a result of general staff receiving an extra day of leave which is instead of the 0.5% increase awarded to academic staff in October 2007.

Teaching Performance Index

I am pleased to advise that all claims for the 2008 TPI round have now been processed and funds will be distributed to Schools and Faculties immediately. Under the Guidelines, TPI funding may be used to support any initiative that is for University purposes (with the exception of the buy-out of teaching).

My thanks go to all staff who participated in the pilot of the scheme. It is pleasing to see the efforts of teaching staff who strive to improve the quality of instruction, feedback and learning environments at Curtin being rewarded. In particular, I would like to congratulate the five top performing individuals and teams:

Top performing individuals:

1. Euan Lindsay
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Points awarded for: Successful Teaching Excellence Awards – Curtin and Carrick submitted a Carrick Grant proposal; Presentations at national and international conferences; Refereed papers on T&L topics (not claimed under RPI); Editorship of a T&L journal; Completion of Academic Leadership Course; Satisfactory Honours and HDR student supervision.

2. Peter Galvin
Graduate School of Business, Curtin Business School

Points awarded for: Successful Carrick Grant proposal; Development of curriculum materials; Satisfactory HDR student supervision; Timely candidacy completions.

3. Jaya Earnest
Centre for International Health, Faculty of Health Sciences

Points awarded for: Successful Carrick Grant proposal; Development of curriculum materials; High scores on Teaching Evaluation Reports; Presentation at national conference; Satisfactory HDR student supervision; Timely candidacy completions.

4. Richard Ladyshewsky
Graduate School of Business, Curtin Business School

Points awarded for: Successful Curtin EIT Award – Program that enhances learning; Successful Carrick Grant proposal; High scores on Teaching Evaluation Reports; Presentations at local, national and international conferences; Satisfactory HDR student supervision; Timely candidacy completions.

5. Mohammed Quaddus
Graduate School of Business, Curtin Business School

Points awarded for: Satisfactory HDR student supervision; Timely candidacy completions.

Top performing teams:

1. Health Sciences: Pharmacy

Points awarded for: High scores on Unit Surveys, completion of Comprehensive Course Review.

2. Health Sciences: Physiotherapy

Points awarded for: High scores on Unit Surveys and publication of Unit Survey Reports.

3. Curtin Business School: Graduate School of Business

Points awarded for: High scores on Unit Surveys and publication of Unit Survey Reports, completion of Annual Course Review and Significant External Recognition.

4. Science and Engineering: Civil Engineering

Points awarded for: High scores on Unit Surveys and completion of Annual Course Review.

5. Humanities: Urban and Regional Planning

Points awarded for: High scores on Unit Surveys, completion of Comprehensive Course Review and Benchmarking activities.

An evaluation of the scheme is currently underway to inform further development and refinement of the TPI for the 2009 round. In this regard, I would encourage all staff who wish to provide feedback or comment on the TPI scheme, to contact A/Prof Tina Kulski on Ext 4208 or email T.Kulski@curtin.edu.au

Update on AUQA Cycle 2 Audit

As many of you will be aware, AUQA have now begun the offshore audit visits and will undertake the main audit visit to the Bentley campus from Monday 13 October until Thursday 16 October 2008. In preparation for the audit, we will continue to hold Information Road Shows to provide information and updates for the AUQA Panel’s visit. I encourage you all to attend as per the timetable for your Faculty or Central area: login to the AUQA home page and download the AUQA Roadshow schedule from: http://auqa.curtin.edu.au.  To access this secure website, staff and students will need to log in with their Curtin ID and password.

Curtin’s AUQA website is an excellent resource and will enable everyone to be up to date on what are the central issues of our quality management process to date. 

Among the documents and information available on the website is Curtin’s Performance Portfolio, which is the main component of the audit and comprises a core document, appendices and supporting material. The full Performance Portfolio can be viewed and downloaded by logging on to the website and clicking on the "Portfolio" tab.

We have also prepared a short Handbook for Staff and Students, "Everything you need to know about the AUQA Audit Cycle 2", which contains a brief summary of the Performance Portfolio and some background information on the audit and AUQA. The Handbook is also available on the website by clicking on the "Portfolio" tab. Hardcopies will be provided to staff at the Information Road Shows.

For further information on the AUQA Cycle 2 Audit, please email Bernie McKenna, Director, Quality Enhancement at B.McKenna@curtin.edu.au

Clare Burton Memorial Lecture 2008

On Friday 29 August the tenth series of the annual Clare Burton Memorial Lecture commenced, with the first lecture of the national ATN-WEXDEV series being held in Perth at the Hyatt Regency. The Lecture celebrates and commemorates the significant contribution made by the late Dr Clare Burton to gender equity and organisation change in higher education and other areas.

For the first time in the Clare Burton series, Curtin was proud to present one of their own staff members to conduct the lecture, Professor Daniela Stehlik. Daniela holds the Foundation Chair in Stronger Communities and is the inaugural Director of the Alcoa Research Centre for Stronger Communities at Curtin. The lecture titled Australian women: Still flourishing in a changing environment was greatly received by those who attended.

This year’s lecture attracted guests from Tertiary, Government and Public sectors, including the Department of Communities (who introduced Professor Stehlik), WA Police and Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital.

We wish Daniela the best of luck with the remainder of her Lecture’s to our partner ATN’s. For any further information on the Clare Burton Memorial Lecture please contact Janice Burmaz, Organisational Development Consultant on extension 3980, or j.m.burmaz@curtin.edu.au.