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Note to staff

14 April 2014


Professor Colin Stirling appointed Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University

I wish to advise staff that Professor Colin Stirling has been appointed Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University in South Australia. While I will be very sorry to see him leave Curtin, I know his strong research background and senior leadership experience will place him in an excellent position to take up this significant role.

Flinders University is situated in Adelaide and is well-regarded for its teaching and its strong focus on research, and like Curtin, it has a number of regional and interstate campuses.

As most of you will be aware, Professor Stirling was recently appointed to the new position of Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Curtin, after acting in the role of Vice-Chancellor for over six months. He came to Curtin from the University of Manchester in 2011 to take up the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, after a distinguished career in molecular genetics.

Professor Stirling has made an outstanding contribution to Curtin over the last three years and his leadership in important projects such as the development and implementation of Curtin’s 2013-2017 Strategic Plan, Academic Reshaping and the Living Our Values initiatives will have a positive impact on the University well into the future.

Professor Stirling will leave Curtin in early October and join Flinders in November, where he will take up the position of Vice-Chancellor from 1st January 2015 upon the retirement of Professor Michael Barber. An opportunity for staff to farewell him will be announced in an upcoming Note to Staff.

On behalf of Curtin’s executive, I congratulate Colin on this wonderful appointment and thank him most sincerely for his contribution to Curtin.

Keep it Clever campaign

I would like to take this opportunity to strongly encourage staff to support Universities Australia’s “Keep it Clever” campaign.

The recently launched campaign is aimed at raising public awareness of the need for continued investment in Australian universities.

Curtin has previously expressed its concern about Australian Government funding cuts, which are expected to comprise $5 million for Curtin in 2014, and $8.5 million in 2015.

At a time when global competition among universities is stronger than ever, it is vital that the Federal Government provides funding to help ensure Curtin and other Australian universities have the best possible facilities, teachers and access to research opportunities.

A highly educated workforce represents our country’s greatest asset and we cannot afford to fall behind other nations in the region.

For more information on “Keep it Clever”, please visit the website. You can also learn more about the campaign on Twitter and Facebook.



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