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Note to staff

30 November 2015


Curtin rises 17 places in QS ranking

I am very pleased to advise that Curtin University has been ranked at 23 in the most recent QS World University Rankings Top 50 under 50, a rise of 17 places since 2014.

The QS listing ranks universities established since 1966 according to their position in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16.

The rise in our ranking is due to the University’s enhanced research, engagement and education performance and it reinforces our strong reputation nationally and internationally.  I would like to thank all staff for their contribution to this impressive outcome for the University.

VC Forum today

I hope you can join me today for the final VC’s Forum for 2015 and end of year lunch from 12 noon to 1.00pm in the Tim Winton Lecture Theatre. All staff are welcome and a light lunch in celebration of the end of the year will be provided for you to enjoy during the Forum. Lunch will be available from 11.45am.

I will provide an overview of what has been a very successful year for the University, discuss the recent changes in the political landscape and the opportunities this presents for the higher education sector, as well as commenting on matters specific to Curtin.  And I am very happy to take questions on these or any other subjects.

You are also welcome to tune into the live webcast on the day and ask any questions via the chat feature. The link for the EchoCenter where the Join Live Event button will appear on the day is:

If you have any problems viewing the live webcast on the day, please email iLecture Support or watch the iLecture recording which will be available at the same link a couple of days after the Forum.

Communicating across Curtin

In October we made a significant change to the way we communicate internally with the introduction of Curtin Weekly to replace the 4pm broadcast emails. This change was made in response to concerns raised by staff that there was room to improve the way we communicate and to reduce the volume of daily emails.

As part of this initiative, the distribution of ‘all staff’ and large group emails has been limited to the following topics only:

  • sudden technical issues
  • disruptions on campus
  • security concerns and phishing scams.

All other large staff communications need to be submitted to Curtin Weekly by 11am each Friday for circulation the following Tuesday.

I hope you will all support the new system.  While there may be a ‘settling in’ period as we adjust to the changes, the new process has been developed in response to staff concerns.  The supporting documentation outlines the new communications guidelines and processes (see the Internal Comms form).

We will be seeking your feedback on Curtin Weekly soon via a short survey and I look forward to receiving your comments then.

International Day of Disability, 2 December 2015

Curtin University is celebrating International Day of Disability on Wednesday 2 December with an event showcasing VisAbility and Guide Dogs WA at Henderson Court from 11.00am to 2.00pm.

The event will give staff and students the opportunity to learn more about these organisations and to gain a greater understanding of the challenges faced by those with a vision impairment.  The activities include:

  • blindfolded walks
  • photo opportunities with the guide dogs
  • guide dog puppy class
  • Braille stand with the opportunity to have your name written in Braille
  • Jammin’ with Manny performance
  • occupational therapy and ATECH stand with technology and equipment to view and trial
  • artwork stall with examples of artwork, handicrafts, mosaics and wood work completed by clients with a vision impairment.

Curtin is committed to supporting all students, staff and visitors to our campuses with a disability.

Curtin at the Pride Parade

Following Curtin’s on-campus celebration of Pride 2015, around 30 Curtin staff participated in this year’s Pride Parade.  Curtin had one of 68 floats in the parade and there were 2,500 participants and an estimated 50,000 people lining the streets of Northbridge to watch the parade.

The University was joined by Pride in Diversity partner organisations including ANZ, Alcoa, Australian Federal Police and Price Waterhouse Coopers.  Participation in these activities is a public declaration of our support of sexual and gender diversity, and of the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

Pride Parade 2015





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