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Note to staff

24 August 2015


University of Aberdeen delegation visiting Curtin this week

In July this year, I visited the University of Aberdeen to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This agreement will promote the development of joint degrees and research partnerships across a broad range of disciplines including energy, medicine and literature. It will also facilitate student and staff exchange and joint professional training opportunities for staff.

We are delighted to be hosting a delegation from the University of Aberdeen this week. The delegation comprises: Professor Seth Kunin, Vice Principal (Internationalisation); Professor Jeremy Kilburn, Senior Vice Principal; Professor Richard Wells, Dean of Middle East & S.E. Asian Affairs; Professor Steve Heys, Head of School of Medicine & Dentistry; Professor Rona Patey, Head of Division of Medical & Dental Education; and Dr Ana Ivanovic, School of Engineering.

During the visit, the delegation will be meeting with their Curtin counterparts, viewing facilities and exploring opportunities for working together.

I was enormously impressed by what I saw at the University of Aberdeen during my visit for the signing of the MOU. It is a leading university with an excellent reputation and I believe this will be a very productive and significant collaboration for Curtin.

Premier’s Science Awards

Congratulations to Science and Engineering PhD candidate Thomas Russell on being named ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year at last week’s Premier’s Science Awards. Thomas was recognised for his research on black holes and how they extract and recycle energy from in-falling matter. This research will improve our understanding of how black holes evolve and how they influence the evolution of galaxies and the universe.

Congratulations also to John Curtin Distinguished Professor Richard Oliver and ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Phil Bland on their nominations for other awards, and to Professor Peter Moore for his involvement with Earth Science Western Australia, which won the Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year.

Vale Paul Griffin

It is with much sadness that I inform you of the death last week of Paul Griffin, a lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Interior Architecture in the School of Built Environment. Before joining Curtin on a full-time basis in 2008 he practiced in the field of domestic and commercial architecture for 32 years. He passed away after a short illness.

Paul was a deeply valued teacher, professional and colleague, and he performed important leadership and administrative roles within the School over several years. He will be sadly missed by his colleagues.

Our deepest condolences go to his family on their tragic loss.

New professional staff awards

I encourage you all to consider submitting a nomination in the new Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff.

These awards have been created to recognise the significant contribution that professional staff make towards the achievement of our goals in all areas, and will complement the existing Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Research and Teaching.

Nominations close on 11 September. More information about the awards can be found online.

Research Week 2015

Research Week will be held 31 August to 4 September this year. This annual event showcases our innovation, research strengths, capabilities and achievements, and allows our research staff to share their work and accomplishments with colleagues across the University.

Throughout this five-day celebration you can attend on-campus demonstrations and presentations, find out about training opportunities, participate in career seminars and learn more about Curtin’s research support services. The event culminates in the presentation of the Curtin Awards for Research Excellence.

The full calendar of events is available on the Research Week website and I encourage all staff to participate.

Assistance and support for gender transition

Curtin endeavours to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for all staff and students in line with its legislative, policy and community obligations, and our Diverse Sexuality and Gender Identity Inclusion Strategy and Ally Program.

We are pleased to announce the launch of A guide about gender transition at Curtin University on Friday 28 August as part of ‘Wear It Purple Day’. All members of the Curtin community are invited to attend the ‘Wear it Purple Day’ event and launch. It’s an opportunity to show your support and recognise that all young people should feel safe, supported and empowered, regardless of sex, sexuality or gender identity.

Faces of Curtin

Photography students from the School of Design and Art have captured portraits of Curtin staff and students on the Bentley Campus. These images will be brought together in an outdoor photographic exhibition that will be on display for two weeks from 11am Monday 24 August to Friday 4 September 2015 on the Building 207 north facing exterior wall.

Congratulations to the participating students Caroline McGrath, Timothy Palman and Diane Ferrier.

  1. Kathy Lawson August 24, 2015 4:29pm

    I am so saddened to hear about Paul Griffin. Every contact I had with him through the Curriculum 2010 project and work in Build Environment was positive and rewarding. He always had the students at heart and was wonderful to talk to and work with. He will be very sadly missed from a very wide circle of people he worked with.

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