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Note to staff

13 June 2016


Congratulations to Associate Professor Iain Murray

It was wonderful to see Associate Professor Iain Murray recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Iain has been made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his work in helping blind and vision-impaired people gain employment in technology-based industries. Our warm congratulations to Iain on this richly-deserved acknowledgement of the impact of his work.

Many thanks for strategic plan input

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the face-to-face and online sessions helping to inform the development of our 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. Last week, the Senior Executive Team (SET) held a two-day workshop to consider the feedback and to begin formulating the draft Strategic Plan.  Without exception, the feedback was insightful, constructive and very useful.  Council will have further input into the development of this plan later this month.  Staff will then have the opportunity to comment on the draft plan prior to its finalisation by the end of August

2016 Aspire Award Winners

Congratulations to Associate Professor Daniel Gucciardi and Dr Kylie Coulson for receiving 2016 Aspire Professional Development Awards.  These awards provide staff from universities and other not-for-profit organisations with financial support to attend international conferences.

Daniel, from the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, will attend the ISSP 14th World Congress in Sevilla, the premier conference in the field of sport and exercise psychology, where he will apply for a position on the Managing Council.

Kylie is an Adjunct Professor from the School of Accounting and will use her award to present her research on public sector governance and accountability at the Commonwealth Association of Public Administration Management conference and the International Institute of Public Finance 2016 conference.

Well done to both award winners. You can read more on the awards in last week’s West Australian.

Sino-Australia Collaborative Innovation Alliance

Curtin University and Nanjing University in China recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the establishment if the Sino-Australia Collaborative Innovation Alliance.

Curtin’s Professor Xiangyu Wang and Professor Zhaohan Sheng of Nanjing University have worked together to develop the alliance. It will deliver research and innovation on “Megaproject Management in the Era of Internet + and Big Data” and will be driven by industry needs.

Joining Curtin and Nanjing are four prestigious universities that will also be core members of the alliance:

  • Tongji University, School of Economics and Management
  • Harbin Institute of Technology
  • Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Antai Economics and Management.

This is a significant step to advance global collaboration and I congratulate all who have been involved. I will look forward to hearing about the research outcomes from this initiative.

Shooting in Orlando

We have all been shocked by the senseless deaths of approximately 50 people in a shooting in the United States overnight.  Violence and hatred of this type is deeply distressing, and particularly so for the LGBTI members of our community.

I want to reiterate that Curtin is a proudly multicultural and inclusive community, and offer the University’s support, through Curtin Counselling, to anyone affected by this tragedy.  The Stadium will be lit with the colours of the rainbow flag tonight as a sign of our support.

We are now considering ways to give the Curtin community an opportunity to come together to show support, solidarity and our commitment to an inclusive University culture.  More information will be provided shortly.

Refugee Week coming soon

Curtin has a number of activities organised for Refugee Week (19 – 25 June), which is a celebration of the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. Activities will include multicultural food stalls around campus, and screenings of the award-winning How I Became a Refugee and Freedom Stories. More information will be available in Curtin Weekly.

There will also be a public lecture on Friday, 24 June entitled Stories of Courage. The lecture will feature a diverse panel of speakers who will reflect on personal experiences either as asylum seekers or workers in this challenging area. For more information on the event please visit Curtin News and Events.


The campus hexagon will be painted to mark Refugee Week.


Yesterday was the Jewish holiday Shavuot, the combined harvest festival and celebration of Moses’ descent from Mt Sinai with the Ten Commandments (Torah). I hope all who celebrated enjoyed the holiday festivities.


  1. John Venable June 13, 2016 11:50pm

    Congratulations to Iain Murray. Very richly deserved!

  2. Tim Keely June 14, 2016 9:16am

    Great work Iain! well-deserved.

  3. Julie Howell June 14, 2016 10:03am

    Congratulations to all at Curtin who lit the stadium in the colours of the rainbow flag last night. A wonderful and clear way to show our support for the LGBTI Community.

  4. Michelle Rogers June 14, 2016 1:11pm

    Congratulations Ian, very well deserved. Thank you for everything you do to help provide an accessible student experience. And thank you Vice Chancellor for your commitment to making Curtin an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone. The Curtin Stadium lighting looked amazing last night.

  5. Cheryl Stickels June 15, 2016 11:29am

    Iain, I would like to add my congratulations to this richly deserved honour and my thanks for many years of support for our students, mostly at a time when your workload was already overflowing. Your ‘yes’ to requests made our work so much easier; and your deep knowledge contributed greatly to our deliberations about services for students with disability. Thank you again, enjoy this moment.

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