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Curtin University
Note to staff

1 August 2014


The Office for Learning and Teaching Round 1 Grants

I am pleased to advise that Curtin was the only Western Australian university to receive an Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Round 1 Grant.

Dr BK Tan from the Faculty of Health Sciences received $50,000 funding for the Seed Project:
Quality in Australian outbound student mobility programs: establishing good practice guidelines for international work-integrated learning.

The University was also successful in three other applications, in partnership with other institutions:

  • Dr Daniel Southam, Department of Chemistry, in partnership with the University of Sydney: Assessing the assessments: Evidencing and benchmarking student learning outcomes in Chemistry.
  • Ms Sonia Ferns, Curtin Teaching and Learning, in partnership with Griffith University: A cross-disciplinary, contextual approach to improving work placement for international students, their mentors and stakeholders. 
  • Mr Raphael Pereira, Curtin START, in partnership with the University of Tasmania: Building institutional capacity for peer leadership: informing strategic decision-making to enhance student leadership capabilities. 

Staff recognition event

The Vice-Chancellor hosted a special celebration on Wednesday to recognise long-serving staff. The event celebrated those who have served over 30 years and some over 40 years.

These staff members are a diverse group of professional and academic staff, working across the University. I congratulate all of our 30 and 40-year veterans on their commitment to Curtin. Whatever their role, their work has been greatly valued and contributed to the overall development and success of the University.

Staff recognised at the event were presented with a gold watch, a certificate and a copy of our new book, Look Ever Forward; A History of Curtin University 1987-2012. Staff who were unable to attend will be contacted by Human Resources to advise how to collect these presentation items.

Clive Maynard (L) and Lewis Pannell (R), two of Curtin's longest serving staff members, with the Vice-Chancellor.

Clive Maynard (L) and Lewis Pannell (R), two of Curtin’s longest serving staff members, with the Vice-Chancellor.

Funding for major open data collection project

I am pleased to advise that Curtin has been awarded $200,000 from the Australian National Data Service to publish an internationally significant research data collection in an open-access format.

In collaboration with the Geological Survey of Western Australia and AuScope, mineral samples collected from across WA will be scanned with the Tescan Integrated Mineral Analyser in the ARC Digital Mineralogy Hub at the John de Laeter Centre.

The data will be open-access so that it can be freely discovered through Research Data Australia and the AuScope Discovery Portal.

This project will not only publish this major data collection, but will also enable Curtin to develop the knowledge and expertise to readily share data generated by other major mass spectrometry instruments.

  1. Amanda Smith August 4, 2014 10:27am

    Congratulations to Raphael Pereira of START, who manages the UniPASS program and is involved in the peer leadership partnership mentioned above. So great to continually hear of the successes of UniPASS staff and student peer learning facilitators. It is a fantastic program which really improves the student experience and student academic achievement, and continues to contribute to Curtin’s great reputation. A program so worthy of funding…it is disappointing that Curtin has yet to determine whether to fund the program into 2015, and if so, how.

  2. Michelle Rogers August 4, 2014 2:30pm

    Thanks for your comment Amanda, UniPASS is a great program and yes everyone involved with the program is doing a super job. Great to see the successful OLT grant in lights! With the half cohort coming next year many programs are having to be reviewed as to how they should best operate, Unipass being one of those. Alternatives for Unipass funding are currently being considered for 2015.

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