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Note to staff

20 June 2014


Highly cited researchers

I am delighted to advise that two of Curtin’s researchers have featured on the updated Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list – an international list that is used among five other indicators to determine the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Professor Simon Wilde and Professor Zheng-Xiang Li, both from the Department of Applied Geology, have been included in the 2014 list, having authored amongst the highest number of highly cited research papers within their subject field. I warmly congratulate Professor Wilde and Professor Li on this tremendous and very well-deserved recognition of their research success.

Having researchers included on the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list is a very significant outcome for Curtin, given that it is the first time we have featured on this list since it began in 2001. Congratulations, once again, to Professors Wilde and Li. 

Debut novel success

I am pleased to advise that recent humanities PhD graduate, Dr Brooke Davis’ debut novel Lost and Found, has generated worldwide literary interest.

The book is due to be launched in Perth next week, and it is understood that the translation rights have been sold to 16 countries, with major deals confirmed in the United States and UK. The novel was extremely well received at the recent London Book Fair and this is a wonderful achievement for a debut novelist.

Dr Davis, who was supervised by Dr David Whish-Wilson, wrote the book as part of her PhD. Dr Davis’ story of how and why she wrote the book will be featured on Monday’s (23 June) Australian Story at 8pm, parts of which were recorded here at Curtin.

My congratulations go to Brooke, and as a very keen reader, I am very much looking forward to reading the book myself.

Curtin FM Radiothon

The annual Radiothon held by Curtin FM 100.1 has once again been a resounding success, raising $102,673 this year. This amount was well above expectations after the station set an internal target of $90,000. 

The event, which ran from 11 to 15 June, received more than 1,750 individual donations ranging from $5 to $2,500. With a listenership of over 200,000 each week, Curtin FM is a much-loved voice in the community, and it is excellent to see the significant support the station receives.

More than 70 volunteers helped with the Radiothon by taking calls, collating pledges and assisting with the event, and I congratulate all volunteers and staff who contributed towards making it such a success.

Volunteer for Open Day
Sunday 3 August, 10am – 4pm

Curtin Open Day Catalyst is the day we showcase our vision: to change minds, lives and the world through leadership, innovation and excellence in teaching and research.

As our key recruitment day of the year, it attracts around 17,000 visitors to campus to discover more about our courses, and to experience our culture of innovation, communication, research and learning.

I encourage you to take part in this colourful, eventful day by volunteering to help with the multitude of lectures, activities and tours. To get a sense of what the day involves, you can watch the video below.

I’m confident you will end the day with an overwhelming sense of pride in our University; it’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase the work we do for our visitors and potential students.

To register as a volunteer, you can email

I look forward to joining you all for what will be my first Curtin Open Day.



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