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Note to staff

20 June 2016


ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2016

The ShanghaiRankings Global Ranking of seven engineering subjects has been released. Curtin was ranked in six of the seven fields, with top 50 rankings in Energy Science and Engineering (32) and Civil Engineering (41), and rankings between 101-150 in both Chemical Engineering and Environmental Science and Engineering. The newly developed ranking takes into account measures of research productivity, quality and impact, international collaborations, global influence and academic awards.

This is a tremendous achievement from our Science and Engineering faculty. Well done to all involved.

Curtin writing and publishing flash mob

Aspiring writers seeking feedback on their work met face-to-face with writers, publishers and editors from Curtin University and Fremantle Press on the Curtin Margaret River campus last weekend.

The event, known as ‘The Flash Mob’, was organised and sponsored by Curtin’s China-Australia Writing Centre and was a feature of the Margaret River Writers and Readers Festival. It offered new writers the chance to submit their work in advance and have it read by writing scholars and industry professionals. The subsequent 20-minute consultations proved both popular and successful with many emerging writers commenting that they had received valuable feedback and some had been invited to submit their work to Fremantle Press on completion.

CurtinWriting_MargaretRiverJulie Lunn, Executive Assistant at the China Australia Writing Centre, Dr Bao Huiyi and Associate Professor Liz Byrski, Director of the China Australia Writing Centre. Photo credit: Pippa Worthington.

Kicking goals for gender equality

Last week the Australian Football League announced the beginning of the inaugural national women’s league in 2017 and Fremantle Football Club won the bid to enter a women’s team.

As a foundation partner, the University enthusiastically supported the Club’s bid to enter a team. The partnership includes further work integrated learning opportunities for our students in the areas of multimedia, journalism, physiotherapy and exercise science. One of the women’s league games will also be played annually at our Bentley Campus.

Our broader relationship with the Fremantle Football Club is now expanding to provide AFL experience opportunities for international students and joint programs in Indigenous education and health promotion. The relationship will grow to another level in 2017 with the opening of the new regional community recreation and education facility at Cockburn Central, which is being jointly developed by the City of Cockburn, Fremantle Football Club and Curtin University.

The development of the women’s league is a great step for gender equality in elite sports and I look forward to seeing the league develop.

Professor Graeme Wright’s farewell reception

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to a special event for staff to farewell Professor Graeme Wright who will retire on 1 July 2016 after more than 25 years with the University.

In his role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Graeme has overseen a period of major growth and achievement in relation to Curtin’s research profile and trajectory. We owe a huge amount to his leadership and vision for research.

Please see the event invitation on Staff News for more information.

Alumni Achievement Awards

The University is very proud of its graduates and the Alumni Achievement Awards are a way of recognising those who are making significant contributions to society. The awards have been running for three years and each year it is wonderful to hear about the inspiring achievements of the nominees and the role Curtin has played in their careers and personal journeys.

Nominations are now open for the 2016 awards, and I encourage you all to consider nominating a worthy graduate. More information is available online.

Experience a part of Curtin history

Jon Sanders is a Western Australian yachtsman best known for completing the first solo, non-stop triple circumnavigation of the world on Parry Endeavour from 25 May 1986 to 13 March 1988. Curtin University was a major supporter of his journey and research was conducted through the Centre for Marine Science and Technology during the voyage.

To mark the 30th anniversary of this iconic WA achievement, the Library will ‘re-live’ the journey through blog and Twitter daily ‘updates’. All blog and Twitter information will be sourced from original logbooks, photos and footage taken on the voyage from the Project Endeavour: Jon Sanders’ Triple Circumnavigation of the World Collection.

The historically significant Project Endeavour Collection was donated to Curtin University Library in 2007 by Emeritus Professor John Penrose from Curtin University’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology.

2016 Parks and Leisure Australia WA Awards of Excellence

Initiatives and people connected to the Centre for Sport and Recreation Research and School of Built Environment were nominated in three categories of the recent 2016 Parks and Leisure Australia WA Awards of Excellence.

Well done to everyone involved and in particular, congratulations to Isaac Middle who won the David Aldous Student of the Year Award and who will now go forward to the National Awards in October.

Queen’s Birthday Honours

Last week I congratulated Professor Iain Murray on being made a member of the Order of Australia (AM). I’d also like to acknowledge Graham Teede, a former tutor and sessional lecturer in Curtin’s School of Built Environment and WAIT Alumni Kathleen Gregory and Andrew Bennett for being recognised with Order of Australia Medals (OAM). Well done to all for their outstanding contributions to the Australian community.

Points of interest

At this week’s SET meeting, Dr Connie Price (Curtin Learning & Teaching) demonstrated the new web-based enhancements of our assessment quality assurance processes. This project is part of the Digital Futures program of work. The assessment quality process is critical to providing assurance of the integrity of our student assessment processes. The work that has been undertaken is excellent and should help to further strengthen these important processes.

This week is Refugee Week

Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity aimed at creating better understanding between different communities and to encourage successful integration, enabling refugees to live in safety and to continue making a valuable contribution to Australia.

Curtin is celebrating Refugee Week with a number of activities planned. Please visit our News and Events page for more information.



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