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Curtin University
Note to staff

7 September 2015


2015 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

I am delighted to announce that three nominations from Curtin University have been selected by
the Office for Learning and Teaching to receive a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. The successful nominees are:

• Professor Dawn Bennett for sustained leadership and scholarship to inform and enhance the achievability of graduate employability outcomes for arts students.

• Dr Iain Murray for conceiving, developing and implementing a unique pedagogy in remotely accessible synchronous electrical engineering laboratories, and curricula that encourages student engagement and lifetime learning.

• Associate Professor Cesar Ortega-Sanchez for sustained and positive impact on engineering students’ learning experiences through innovative extracurricular and capstone activities.

I congratulate all three nominees on this recognition and wish them well at the upcoming presentation ceremony.

Robotic Hand Exoskeleton design wins national award

Congratulations to Curtin student Anthony Phan, who won the Undergraduate Tertiary Award and was a finalist in the Hills Young Innovator of the Year Award for his Robotic Hand Exoskeleton design at the recent national iAwards. The iAwards were established in 1984, to recognise and celebrate achievements and innovation in ICT across all areas of the economy.

Anthony’s design has received international attention. It was developed as part of a final year mechatronics thesis project. The judges saw it as an excellent demonstration of how a cross disciplinary approach to design and development can create novel solutions to age old problems.

Vale Prof Lindsay Collins

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Professor Lindsay Collins on 2 September. Lindsay was a stalwart of the Department of Applied Geology, having joined the lecturing staff in 1971. He was a dedicated teacher and enjoyed nothing more than taking students on fieldtrips to Shark Bay and adjacent areas, demonstrating the continuity of earth processes over time. His research was focussed on marine science, especially the coral reefs that fringe the coast of northwest Australia and his work there will be a lasting legacy to his professionalism and research ethic. Lindsay also served as Head of Department from 1999 to 2005.

We extend our sympathy to family, friends and innumerable past students who were fortunate to have studied under Lindsay in his forty-four years of service to WAIT/Curtin.


Professor Lindsay Collins

Curtin Guild’s Kirribilli Catering is Award Winner.

Congratulations to the Curtin University Guild’s Kirribilli Catering who won the
Industrial/Institutional Caterer section of the Saviour Australia Restaurant and Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence. It is excellent to see the high standard of the Curtin Student Guild Catering being externally recognised in this way.

Points of Interest

At last week’s Senior Executive Team (SET) meeting, Penny Liggins (Acting Academic Registrar & Associate DVC Student Experience) and Rebecca Ostergaard (University Associate, CITS Strategic Projects) gave a presentation on Elsie the new Mobile Student App Project that will allow students to access core unit and academic information anytime and anywhere. It is due to be released in early October.

A presentation was also given on the Integrated Indigenous Implementation Plan by Marion Kickett (Director, CAS), Amanda Willis (Director, Corporate Values & EESJ) and Dallas Magann (Manager, EESJ Strategy). The plan draws together the range of initiatives and commitments made by the University, to improve access to education and employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  1. Valerie Raubenheimer September 7, 2015 1:24pm

    Very sad to hear of the passing of Lindsay. A great contributor to Curtin over a very long period. He was always pleasant to deal with too. RIP.

    • Karen Clay September 7, 2015 7:34pm

      Val and anyone else who knew and worked with Londsay over the years, the Applied Geology Department are arranging a book of condolence for staff to be able to express their own personal message that will in turn be passed to the family. It should be available at the end of this week. Please contact Annette Labrooy for further information.

  2. Valerie Raubenheimer September 7, 2015 1:33pm

    Congratulations to the Guild on the catering award – it is a pleasure working with this year’s elected representatives, and the Guild staff are thoroughly committed and always reliable.

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