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Curtin University
Vice-Chancellor
Note to staff

14 December 2012

 
 

Curtin Academic, Professional and General Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012

I am pleased to report that through a staff ballot, Curtin staff have voted in favour of accepting the Curtin University Academic, Professional and General Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012 (the new Agreement).

The new Agreement will shortly be lodged with Fair Work Australia for approval; it will operate from seven days after approval by Fair Work Australia, and has a nominal expiry date of 30 June 2016. The new Agreement will continue to operate after this date until replaced by a further Enterprise Agreement.

Thank you to all staff and members of both the University and Joint Union bargaining teams who have participated in the process. I look forward to working with staff under the new arrangements.  

Academic Promotions

It is with great pleasure that I advise the following staff have been successful in their application for academic promotion. On behalf of the University, I would like to congratulate them on their achievements.

Promotion to Level B

The following staff members have been promoted to Level B through the Work Planning and Performance Review process.

Dr Jun Chi Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr Karin Clark Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr Zhili Zuo Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr Thea Constantino Faculty of Humanities
Dr Qun Lin Faculty of Science & Engineering
Dr Daniel Mourant Faculty of Science & Engineering
Dr David Parks Faculty of Science & Engineering
Dr Mark Paskevicius Faculty of Science & Engineering
Dr Ali Saeedi Faculty of Science & Engineering
Dr Irene Suarez-Martinez Faculty of Science & Engineering

Promotion to Levels C, D and E

The following staff members have been promoted to Levels C, D and E in the 2012 round of promotions assessed by the University Academic Promotions Committee. These promotions are effective from 1 December 2012.

Level C

Dr Chris Birdsall-Jones Curtin Business School
Dr Tania Broadley Curtin Business School
Dr Theodora Issa Curtin Business School
Dr Robyn Mayes Curtin Business School
Dr Nina Tirnitz-Parker Faculty of Health Science
Dr Andrew Briggs Faculty of Health Science
Dr Yun Zhao Faculty of Health Science
Dr Lauren Breen Faculty of Health Science
Dr Gina Koczberski Faculty of Humanities
Dr David Whish-Wilson Faculty of Humanities
Dr Chi Phan Faculty of Science & Engineering
Dr Chensong (Jonathon) Dong Faculty of Science & Engineering
Dr Chandra Salgado Kent Faculty of Science & Engineering
Dr Faiz (Ahmed) Shaikh Faculty of Science & Engineering
Dr Salim Siddiqui Faculty of Science & Engineering

Level D

Associate Professor Rachel Ong Curtin Business School
Associate Professor Linley Lord Curtin Business School
Associate Professor Joseph Awange Faculty of Science & Engineering
Associate Professor Michael Kuhn Faculty of Science & Engineering
Associate Professor Yue Rong Faculty of Science & Engineering
Associate Professor Guanglu Zhou Faculty of Science & Engineering
Associate Professor Brett Harris Faculty of Science & Engineering

Level E

Professor Satvinder Dhaliwal Faculty of Health Science
Professor Rhonda Oliver Faculty of Humanities
Professor Dmitry Fursa Faculty of Science & Engineering
Professor Simon Lewis Faculty of Science & Engineering
Professor Shaomin Liu Faculty of Science & Engineering
Professor Shaobin Wang Faculty of Science & Engineering
Professor Mark Gibberd Faculty of Science & Engineering
Professor Mohammad Masoum Faculty of Science & Engineering

Improved student satisfaction in eVALUate

In Semester 2 2012, eVALUate, Curtin’s online system for gathering and reporting student feedback on their learning experiences, was available for units and teachers at all campuses in Australia and most overseas locations.

The eVALUate Unit Survey results for Semester 2 2012 indicated that the percentage agreement for overall satisfaction by students for Semester 2 units was 84.4% indicating an increase from 83.8% for Semester 1 2012.

Curtin’s target is the achievement of 80 per cent agreement for all items in the survey. Once again this has been achieved for all items except Item 5 (feedback) which is now at 79.6%.   The unit survey items showing greatest increases for Semester 2 study period only units (since Semester 2, 2008) are:

  • Item 5: feedback (increased by 2.6%)
  • Item 7: teaching (increased by 2.1%) and
  • Item 9: learning experience (increased by 1.8%).

Teaching survey requests

The number of teaching staff requesting surveys has improved slightly in comparison with the same period last year.  In 2012, 868 teaching staff requested teaching surveys in Semester 2, a small decrease on Semester 2 2011 of 888 (total surveys requested for Semester 2, 2012 was 1,592 overall, slightly down on the 1,676 survey requests from 2011).

eVALUate Unit Survey response rates and results

The overall University response rate for unit surveys was 44.1% for Semester 2 2012 compared with 43.3% in Semester 2 2011 (a small increase in response rates compared with the same reporting period).

The vast majority (97.7%) of the Semester 2 2012 Unit Summary Reports were published online (that is, were visible to staff and students). Of these, many were accompanied by a unit coordinator’s response.

I strongly encourage staff to support eVALUate and to respond to the students’ feedback. Many staff are already doing this by telling students what they are doing about their feedback, by publishing a Unit Summary Report with a response and by giving feedback on their unit outline.

Launch of Bankwest Movies by Burswood Curtin University

I am delighted to announce that Bankwest Movies by Burswood Curtin University is now open and being well supported.

The opening night last Friday, was well attended with 140 people relaxing on blankets and beanbags to watch Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones.

Thank you to the staff who have worked very hard to get the cinema up and running and to our student volunteers for their generous contribution of time.

The Curtin outdoor cinema runs until Saturday 6 April 2013, with a new movie shown each night at Henderson Court. So please let your family and friends know and check the website www.moviesbyburswood.com for upcoming movies.

Centre for Marine Science and Technology Success

Congratulations to the Centre for Marine Science and Technology (CMST) for their success in securing research funding from the State Government’s Shark Hazard Mitigation Strategies. The CMST team including Dr Miles Parsons, Dr Iain Parnum and Dr Rob McCauley will receive $273,468 across three years to investigate sonar imaging for shark detection. CMST is one of the world’s largest academic groups working in underwater acoustics. 

With few reports available that have investigated detecting or imaging a shark using sonar techniques, the CMST team will collaborate with manufacturers of commercial sonar systems to determine the most effective underwater shark detection method. If successful, the project will create a framework for producing commercially viable shark detection units.

 
 

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