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Note to staff

6 July 2009


Vision 2020 – Senior Managers’ Conference

Recently, senior managers at Curtin came together for a conference on the University’s future direction with the theme Vision 2020 – What needs to happen now? The University’s new vision, the five-year strategic plan and the way we can position Curtin to be one of the top universities in the Asia by 2020 were discussed.

Some of the major issues we face include the global higher education market and Curtin’s place on the international stage, the challenges and opportunities of new technologies for the way we teach, our changing demographics and what being one of the top 20 universities in Asia in 2020 would mean for different areas within Curtin. There are many challenges and opportunities ahead and much of our discussion focussed on the importance of developing critical leadership capabilities for managing change.

I was delighted by the level of engagement and support demonstrated by all who attended the conference. Many spoke of the necessity for collaboration, for a shared organisational culture and their desire to build on what we have achieved to continue to serve our community and to be the best we can be.

The need to continue to focus on student satisfaction was also emphasised, as was the need for development and training to sustain change and manage succession by enabling less experienced staff.

A number of priority actions were identified and we look forward to progress being made on achieving them.

The conference engaged senior staff in a most meaningful and strategic way, and aligns with our continuing response to the Your Voice survey carried out last year. Since the publication of the survey results, we have been engaging in a range of strategies to address issues raised both University-wide and at a local level.

Members of the Executive Team and I have all participated in a 360° review of our leadership capabilities, heads of schools are participating in a year-long leadership development program, and events such as this conference improve communication across the University and give our senior staff a real voice in the future directions of Curtin.

Library’s new iZone wins awards

Congratulations to Library and Properties staff who helped bring to reality a vision for a technology-rich self-learning area for Curtin students. The result of their efforts, the new iZone at the Robertson Library, was recognised at the recent WA Architecture Awards with two awards.

The Architecture Award in Interior Architecture was presented to Taylor Robinson Architects for the planning and fitout of the iZone. The refurbishment involved creating a variety of spaces to accommodate individual work, group work and presentations within vibrant, contemporary surroundings, and has proved very popular with students.

The architects also won the Mondoluce Lighting Award for the use of artificial lighting within the iZone to provide a variety in light source and effect, concealment and exposure.

Library and Properties staff worked hard to coordinate with the architects to ensure the quality of the new facilities was of the highest standard, while still maintaining services to students and staff throughout a busy second semester.

Curtin academic achieves world first

Professor Rosemary Coates has been elected President of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). This is the first time that a woman has held the position. The election was held at the General Assembly, convened during the World Congress of Sexual Health in Goteborg, Sweden, this month. Matt Tilley, a lecturer in the Sexology programmes was also elected to the Advisory Committee.

WAS is a global organisation with membership from all continents and over 43 countries. It is multi-disciplinary with professional membership from medical, psychological, educational and research associations. Several universities and dozens of NGOs are also members.

The President’s role is high profile, requiring making public statements on behalf of WAS, driving the activities to fulfil the goals of the Association and liaising with government, organisations such as WHO and UNESCO, IPPF and many other NGOs.

In addition, it is the President’s ultimate responsibility to nurture and maintain relations with the WAS member organisations. In total, there are more than 10,000 individuals who are members of sexology associations, medical societies, and psychology associations, that through their society’s membership are members of WAS.

Distribution of strategic funds for moderation and assessment

I am pleased to announce that $325,000 from strategic funds has been allocated for the development of moderation and fair assessment at Curtin. The funds will provide transitional support following the adoption of the moderation policy implemented in Semester 2, 2009.

Four broad priority areas have been established:

  • Production of moderated resources;
  • Support for the administration of assessment;
  • Support for the moderation of assessment; and
  • Support for the moderation of examination.

Of the $325,000 available, a total of $220,000 is passed directly to faculties ($55,000 per faculty) via Deans of Teaching and Learning (T&L) with the remaining $105,000 available more widely via competitive bid.

For more details on funding allocations/processes, application procedures for sections of funding for specific projects, and guidelines (including assessment criteria for the selection of projects) please visit:

Funding is to be committed and all transfers must be completed during the 2009 financial year.

Curtin FM Radiothon

Curtin FM’s annual Radiothon has exceeded expectations and raised more than $102,000 this year with more than 2,400 donations received.

This success was the result of the dedication of the Curtin FM ‘family’ who have worked tirelessly to coordinate the entire event. More than 80 volunteers helped by taking calls, collating pledges and assisting in running the event.

Congratulations to all Curtin FM staff and volunteers on this great outcome. The strong support they have with the community is a great testament to all their hard work.

Funds raised will go towards running the station and infrastructure upgrades before a potential move into digital radio in the next few years.

John Curtin’s House

The State and Federal Governments recently announced significant funding to the National Trust for the restoration and protection of John Curtin’s house in Cottesloe.

For some years Curtin has had a joint management role of the house with the National Trust. The University has relinquished this role but will continue to support the project by:

  • Providing advice and expertise in the development of an interpretation plan for the house, including the development of displays and education programs; and
  • Providing access to items from the JCMPL collection to support displays and education programs.

Lesley Wallace will also represent the JCPML (and Curtin) on the John Curtin House Steering Committee.

VC Address to Staff

Please be advised that I will be addressing all staff on Wednesday 19 August at 1pm in the Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre. All staff are encouraged to attend. The address will be recorded for those who are unable to make it.