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Note to staff

11 January 2016


Welcome back

In this first Note to Staff for the year I would like to welcome you back to work after the Christmas break.  I hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable time with family and friends, and like me, are looking forward to another strong year for the University, building on the successes of 2015.

Detailed Pulse Check results now available

The detailed local area Pulse Check results are now available on Staff Oasis (under the My Work tab) for all staff to access.

As I advised in December, the overall results for the University were very encouraging, with improved responses evident on the majority of the items.  Teams are encouraged to discuss their results with their managers to understand the outcomes in the context of their area, and to agree how they can build on the results during 2016.

Local Area Action Plans are important tools to help teams identify activities that may assist with ongoing improvement, and the Organisational Development Unit can provide areas with support to review their results and Action Plans.

The work to strengthen our culture and address the full range of issues raised in the 2014 Your Voice survey will continue to be a priority for myself and all members of the Senior Executive Team.

The full Your Voice survey will be conducted again later this year and I hope to see ongoing improvements across the University.

Vale Jeffrey Dunn

Sadly, Emeritus Professor Jeff Dunn, a former Head of Curtin Chemistry, died in the United States on Christmas Day after a ten-year battle with prostate cancer. He had been on holiday with his family in Florida.

A PhD graduate of the University of Bath, Jeff joined the Department of Chemistry of WAIT as a lecturer in inorganic chemistry in 1971.  He made major contributions to the teaching of undergraduate inorganic chemistry, to thermogravimetric analysis and to the processing of Western Australia’s sulfide mineral ores. He also served as State President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute in 1990 and 1991.

Over his career at WAIT and Curtin Jeff was promoted several times, and became Professor of Mineral Chemistry in 1993.  He served as Head of what was then the School of Applied Chemistry from April 1993 until June 1997 and retired in December 1997.  He was made Professor Emeritus, and left to make his home in Toledo, Ohio.

  1. Roland De Marco January 11, 2016 8:55pm

    RIP Jeff. You influenced many people’s lives in an extremely positive way, and you will always be remembered dearly by your Curtin colleagues, both past and present. Also, you left a wonderful legacy for the School of Applied Chemistry at Curtin. I know that scholarly research in Curtin Chemistry would not be as strong as it is today if it was not for your visionary leadership and outstanding support of us, your colleagues, at such a formative stage in Curtin’s development. I am forever grateful. Roland De Marco

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