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Curtin University
Note to staff

17 April 2009


Curtin Sarawak celebrates 10th Anniversary

As some staff may already be aware, Curtin’s Sarawak Campus in Miri, Malaysia is celebrating a decade of success this year as it marks its 10th anniversary. The highlight of the year long celebrations took place recently at the Campus which included the official opening of the new 1,200-person capacity Recreation & Events Centre and the new School of Business, as well as the groundbreaking ceremony for the new RM20 million state-of-the-art Biotechnology Park.  This Park will be funded by the state and federal governments and will be built on the Curtin Sarawak Campus.

Over the past 10 years Curtin Sarawak has established itself as an icon of international tertiary education in the region and a key industry and community player.  In the recent Australian Universities Quality Agency audit, Curtin also received a commendation specifically related to our successful development of the Sarawak Campus.

Curtin Sarawak is a shining example of our efforts in the international market and we are very proud of what it has achieved. I would like to extend my congratulations and thanks to all staff members who have contributed to Curtin Sarawak’s success.

2009 Earth Hour Outcome

On Saturday 28 March 2009, Curtin once again participated in the international Earth Hour.

I am pleased to report that sizeable energy reductions were achieved, thanks to staff who turned off non-essential lighting and equipment.

This is a good outcome and we would like to encourage you to continue doing simple things such as turning off non-essential lights and equipment every night. These actions will help Facilities reduce Curtin’s electricity demand and add to our energy savings measures.

I would like to also thank Facilities staff who ensured that energy consumption data was collected before and after the event, and that additional measures were taken to minimise air conditioning. Additional security was also put in place for the night.

Curtin an Employer of Choice for Women

I am proud to announce that Curtin has been awarded the prestigious Employer of Choice for Women (EOCFW) Citation for the eighth consecutive year. Curtin was one of only five organisations in Western Australia to be recognised and one of four organisations nationally to be singled out in EOWA’s media statement announcing the awards.

The Award highlights Curtin’s inclusive organisational culture and to receive this acknowledgement for eight consecutive years is an extremely satisfying result. It is testimony to our work environment in which we have created flexible working conditions and removed barriers that may have prevented staff from reaching their full potential.

The current profile of female senior executives is significant and women are well represented on the University’s Council, boards and committees.  Gender equity in salaries, an open and consultative management style, and a transparent equal opportunity and anti-discrimination policy provides a quality working environment for staff.  It also gives Curtin the competitive edge in the employment market.

Well done and thank you to all those who help to create an equitable and supportive work environment.

For more information on the EOCFW, please visit

Curtin academic internationally recognised

Dr. Léonie Rennie has won the 2009 National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Distinguished Contribution through Research Award. This is the single most prestigious award and the highest honour that is bestowed by NARST on scholars in the field of science education.

The Award recognises scholars who have made continuing contributions to, provided notable leadership in, and had substantial impact on, science education through their research over a period of at least 20 years.

Léonie has made major contributions in science and technology in the school curriculum; gender studies; science education in informal settings; and the integration of the curriculum across the sciences and across all school subjects.

Curtin alumni tops in 40under40 Awards

Curtin alumnus David Flanagan, Managing Director of Atlas Iron Limited, has been named the First Among Equals winner in the 2009 40under40 Awards.

David graduated from Curtin with a Bachelor of Science (Mineral Exploration and Mining) in 1993. His most significant business achievement was establishing and listing Atlas Iron on the Australian Securities Exchange and subsequently growing it into a leading S&P ASX 200 mining company that is well known and highly respected in the Australian mining industry.

Curtin’s website ranks as Number One

The latest benchmarking survey of Curtin’s website has placed it at Number 1 in a selected group of 20 university websites, mostly from Australia and New Zealand. Congratulations and thank you to all those involved.

The survey, carried out by Global Reviews, an external benchmarking company, measures website performance against over 700 criteria. Curtin’s ranking has been improving steadily from 17th in 2007, to 12th, 5th, 4th and now 1st. The Number 1 ranking is due in part to the launch of the new Curtin homepage at the start of March. The improved functionality and design of the homepage scored highly in the survey and set us apart from our competitors.

The fact that we have reached this position so quickly is a consequence of the acceptance and support of the Digital Media Unit’s plans from web developers, content creators, and stakeholders across the University. This is a success that everyone can feel proud of.