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Note to staff

22 December 2010


Vice-Chancellor’s Note to Staff

Academic Workload Management System

The AWMS Trial 2010-2011 of the new Academic Workload Management System (AWMS) is underway.

The System has moved from its development phase into preparing for its trial year, and Heads of School and power-user training is complete.  Schools and Departments are working hard to enter data into the AWMS-IT system with a view to providing preliminary information to staff about the shape of their workload allocation for 2011, as discussed in their WPPR.

The data entry process has identified a number of issues with the systems supporting the AWMS.  While several of these issues have been resolved, some are still being investigated.  This does not limit Schools’ ability to input data into the AWMS-IT, however there are concerns about the accuracy and reliability of reports drawn from the system.

The CITS Team has identified the cause of the problem and will be working through to Christmas to resolve the situation.

If you experience any other problems, please refer them to the AWMS Support Team by email at  A telephone hotline is also being established and the number will be made available as soon as possible.

It is important to understand that the workload allocation in 2011 is a trial and that issues and refinements to the AWMS categories and parameters and the AWMS-IT system are expected.  All workload allocation for 2011 will be completed by early February although there may be a need for further updating due to changes in student numbers.

I recognise that the issues experienced have been challenging for the staff affected, especially coming at what is already a busy time of year. 

My sincere apologies for any inconvenience and additional work this may have caused. Your hard work and that of the BSU and CITS staff addressing the issues is very much appreciated.

Further information on AWMS is available at the AWMS website, which contains links to the AWMS Policy, AWMS Guidelines and the Categories and Parameters 1 June 2010 .

Vale Robert Dunstan

I regret to advise you that Robert (Bob) Dunstan, former Chair of Curtin University Academic Senate, Associate Professor and Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences, passed away on the 16 December 2010.

Bob’s association with Curtin (and previously WAIT) and the School of Biomedical Sciences began as a student in 1968 where he completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Technology) and a Graduate Diploma in Computing. 

Bob joined the School of Biomedical Sciences as a Lecturer in 1976. He rapidly developed his credentials in pathology by completing a Master degree at UWA and then a PhD in Pathology at Duke University in1984.  Bob continued teaching Transfusion Medicine Science and Haematology to generations of medical scientists at Curtin.  He also supervised many research students to the completion of their Master and Doctoral degrees.

In 1997, Bob was appointed to the position of Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences, contributing greatly to the School and the Faculty of Health Sciences until 2003.  He was also elected to the Chair of the Academic Senate for a period of three years from 2001 to 2003.  In each of these roles, he contributed much to the core activities and academic standards of Curtin. 

He also contributed as a member of a number of key societies including the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists, Australian Society of Blood Transfusion and American Association of Blood Banks. Bob retired in 2006.  He continued his contribution to the Curtin community as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Bob was highly respected by all his students and colleagues and he will be sadly missed.  Our thoughts are with Bob’s family at this time.

  1. Kim Klaka December 22, 2010 10:47am

    link to AWMS policy not working

    • Kim Flintoff December 22, 2010 11:08am

      The link just has an extra http:// in the url

  2. Ann Paterson January 5, 2011 9:19am

    The link seems to be working now. Please let me know if you have any other difficulties with it.


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