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Curtin University
Vice-Chancellor
Note to staff

14 May 2009

 
 

Chancellor Re-elected

At the University Council meeting on 18 March 2009, Council resolved to re-elect Mr Gordon Martin to the position of Chancellor for a new term ending 31 March 2010.  His current term is due to expire on 31 May 2009. 

Council was informed that Mr Martin was willing to serve a second term for a period of up to one year in order to provide sufficient time for a suitable transition to a new Chancellor. A search process is currently in place.

Mr Martin has contributed significantly in his initial term as Chancellor and we are pleased that his relationship with the University will continue for an additional year.

$20.5million for Engineering Pavilion Complex

I am delighted to announce that Curtin has secured $20.5million from the Federal Government for our proposed Engineering Pavilion Complex through the Education Investment Fund (EIF).

We are the only university in WA to be allocated EIF funds for key infrastructure projects at tertiary institutions. I want to congratulate all involved in the Engineering Pavilion Complex project on this outstanding outcome, particularly staff from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Properties and External Relations.

The Complex, designed to create a vibrant, student focused learning centre for engineering students, will be a unique facility in WA combining leading edge technology and a sustainable focus.

This funding recognises the University’s leadership in engineering and science and our continued commitment to collaborative learning and improving the student experience.

Federal Budget funding for Square Kilometre Array

I am also very pleased to note that in the Federal Budget announcement, $80million has been allocated for the Australian National Centre for SKA Science to be established in Perth.

This significant investment positions Australia as a serious international leader in radio astronomy science and will revolutionise the computing capability and skills base in Western Australia.

Curtin’s twenty-strong radio astronomy research team led by Professor Steve Tingay and Professor Peter Hall is well prepared to respond to the technical, engineering and logistical challenges that the SKA project will require.