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Note to staff

22 November 2016


I had the privilege of attending both the launch of From Great Depths, Exhibit and Book at the Museum of Geraldton last Friday and the service to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the loss of the HMAS Sydney (II) and HSK Kormoran. Curtin’s role in the major 2015 project to digitally preserve the Sydney and Kormoran wrecks in collaboration with the WA Museum was profiled extensively over the weekend. I congratulate all who have been involved in this very important project that means so much to the families of those lost on the two ships and, more broadly, to our history as a nation. I particularly acknowledge the very significant roles played by Dr Andrew Woods, Dr Andrew Hutchison, Joshua Hollick and also the support provided by Paul Nicholls.

Final Vice-Chancellor’s Forum for 2016, 6 December, 12.30 pm (with lunch available from 12.10 pm)

All staff are invited to the final VC’s Forum for 2016 from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm on Tuesday 6 December in the Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre. Lunch will be available from 12.10 pm. I will provide an overview of Curtin’s progress during 2016, discuss current challenges, and launch Curtin’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. 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.

Securing Curtin’s new campus in Midland

I am delighted to announce that yesterday we signed a document today to secure the arrangements for the development of Curtin’s new Midland site. I joined Premier Colin Barnett and Minister for Planning, Donna Faragher, for the onsite signing. The new site will be the major clinical base for Curtin Medical School students in their fourth and fifth years of study and will also be used by Curtin allied health schools including Nursing, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy. In addition, the site will be an important base from which Curtin can provide greater access to higher education in the Midland region.

(L_R) Mick Wainwright (Mayor, City Of Swan), Donna Faragher (Minister for Planning), myself, Alyssa Hayden (MLC Eastern Metropolitan Region), Premier Colin Barnett and Daniel Parasiliti (Liberal Candidate for Midland)

B/HERT awards

I was very pleased to be present when Curtin’s Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) and the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc) were named as joint winners of the prestigious Ashley Goldsworthy Award for Sustained Collaboration between Business and Tertiary Education at this year’s National Business/Higher Education Round Table (B/HERT) awards.

Congratulations to Professor Alan Duncan (Director, BCEC) and Professor Keith Hampson (CEO, SBEnrc) and their colleagues on this very significant recognition of the impact of their strong industry collaborations. For more information please see Curtin’s media release.

Back row (L-R): Paul Nicholls, Will Hackney, Paul Akhurst, Professor Carolyn Dickie, Lauren Gubbin, Ken Boal, Professor Tony Travaglione, Dr Rebecca Cassells and Professor John Hewson AM.  Front row (L-R): John V McCarthy AO, Professor Rachel Ong, Professor Alan Duncan, myself, Professor Keith Hampson, Kumeshini Haripersad and Craig Spencer.

BCEC report launched

Following the success at the B/HERT awards, BCEC and the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy (JCIPP) released their report on Western Australia’s International Education Sector: Performance and Prospects on Friday. The report highlights the fact that WA’s share of international students has been falling over the last decade, lagging behind other Australian states and territories, and identifies strategies to help make Perth a more attractive destination for international students. It is a very interesting and important report that I recommend to all staff.

Alumni Achievement Awards

On Friday we held Curtin’s Alumni Achievement Awards which were developed to recognise and celebrate the significant achievements of our graduates. Congratulations to the following award recipients:

  • Professional Achievement Award, Curtin Business School –Mr Alan Langford and Mr Benyamin Bin Ismail
  • Professional Achievement Award, Health Sciences –Mr Noel Fosbery
  • Professional Achievement Award, Science and Engineering –Ms Sabina Shugg AM
  • Global Impact Award –Mr Mohammed Zaheer Allam
  • Young Alumna Award – Ms Ashlee Harrison
  • Young Alumnus Award –Mr Nick Maisey
  • Community Service Award –Mrs Sherryn Reid
  • Volunteer Leadership Award –Curtin Graduate School of Business Alumni Chapter Committee
  • Lifetime Achievement Award –Ms Freda Jacob AM

You can read more about the achievements of our winners here. I would also like to thank the judging panel which had a very difficult task in choosing the finalists, and the Alumni Relations team for organising the awards process and event.

Back row (L to R): Alan Langford, Benyamin Bin Ismail, Zaheer Allam, Steven Nicols, Noel Fosbery Middle row (L to R): Ian Williams, Ashlee Harrison, Caterina Crucitti, Professor John Cordery, Sabina Shugg AM, Freda Jacob AM, Sherryn Reid Front row (L to R): Mat Ong, David Kam, Nick Maisey, Russell Friedman, Kaushal Jhaveri and Eravanan Rao

Curtin staff honoured

Congratulations to the following Curtin staff whose expertise has been recognised at national and international levels:

  • Professor David Gibson, Director of Learning Futures in Learning and Teaching, has been appointed the inaugural United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Chair for Data Science in Higher Education Teaching and Learning.
  • Professor Victor Calo has featured on the updated Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list of researchers whose papers have ranked among the top one per cent most cited for their subject field and year of publication. Other Curtin staff on the list include Professor Shoabin Wang, Professor Simon Wilde and Professor Zheng-Xiang Li.
  • Professor Mark Buntine, Head of the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded the 2016 Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Leighton Memorial Medal. The Leighton Medal is the RACI’s most prestigious award and is made in recognition of eminent services to the Australian chemistry profession.
  • Professor Brian Kinsella from Curtin’s Corrosion Engineering Industry Centre was awarded the Corrosion Medal of the Australasian Corrosion Association in recognition for his extraordinary contribution to public education, corrosion research and mentoring.

Curtin Media Awards

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting Curtin’s Media Awards, recognising academic staff who have made an outstanding contribution to raising the University’s share of positive media coverage over the past 12 months.

Congratulations to the overall award winners, Jemma Green (Most Prolific Media Commentator), Sean Cowan (Most Prolific New Media Commentator) and Professor Phil Bland and the Desert Fireball Network team (Most Outstanding Curtin Research News Story) as well as to all of the individual faculty winners. You can view the full list here.

Many thanks to Curtin’s Media Team on the work they do to promote the expertise of our academics and raise the profile of the University.

White Ribbon Day

This Friday is White Ribbon Day, an important national event devoted to the prevention of violence against women. Curtin is on its journey to becoming a White Ribbon accredited workplace and you can find out more about our efforts in taking a stance against violence by attending Curtin’s White Ribbon Day barbeque on Friday. Please see Staff News for details.

  1. Andrew Woods November 22, 2016 5:26pm

    Some photos from the launch of “From Great Depths” (book and exhibit) and the 75th anniversary commemorative service for HMAS Sydney II in Geraldton have been posted on Yammer:

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