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Note to staff

8 February 2016


Additional Australia Day honours

Further to the Australia Day honours I mentioned in last week’s Note, I would also like to recognise the achievements of the following staff:

  • Associate Professor Sue Jenkins, who was awarded a Medal in the General Division (OAM) for her service to medicine, particularly in the field of pulmonary rehabilitation.  Associate Professor Jenkins is currently an Adjunct with the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science.
  • Ms Maureen Fisher Sim of Corporate Services, who was awarded the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award for her involvement in the City of Cockburn local community.

Congratulations to both Maureen and Sue.

Mr Larry Lopez appointment

The Chair of Curtin’s Commercialisation Advisory Board, Mr Larry Lopez, has been appointed Director of Accelerating Commercialisation.

A key role of the Director is to increase the visibility of Accelerating Commercialisation in terms of its offerings and opportunities to help Australian entrepreneurs, researchers and small and medium businesses address the challenges associated with commercialising novel intellectual property.

Larry has agreed to continue in his role as Chair of the Commercialisation Advisory Board and I look forward to his continued contribution to Curtin’s commercialisation efforts.

Update on the UniForum National Benchmarking

The UniForum National Benchmarking is well underway at Curtin, and a launch and information event will be held on 12 February.  This event has been arranged to provide an overview of the benchmarking exercise at the same time as explaining the process and providing respondents and function reviewers with the details that they need to complete the survey.  In some cases, it will also be an opportunity to review the progress of the survey completions.

The data collection survey will open soon after the event so that respondents can input information into the benchmarking software, UFAST.  The survey will remain open for four weeks to allow those involved sufficient time to complete it during this busy period.

If you have any questions, please contact Cristina Chu in the Office of Strategy and Planning on extension 3973.

Points of interest

Last week, a cross-University team of Ty Hayes, (Chief Marketing Officer), Richard Addiscott, (Acting Chief Information Officer), Sarah Moffat, (Associate Director Marketing Analytics, Platforms and Compliance) and Marty Coughlin (Senior Project Manager TCIT WCM and Portal Projects) presented to SET on the Web Content Management project and a proposal for a new web management framework. The team is making very good progress on the project which is designed to improve the delivery of web content and services across the University.

Organisational Development Unit Director, Juris Varpins, attended SET to discuss the Pulse Check survey results in relation to the SET Action Plan. The plan was reviewed and a revised plan for 2016 will be posted on the Strengthening our Culture website as soon as it is finalised.

An update on Curtin’s new Academic Integrity Program (AIP) was provided by Associate Professor Jon Yorke (Academic Registrar) and Dr Lesley Sefcik (Academic Integrity Advisor). The AIP is designed to help new students understand the importance of academic integrity and what this means in the context of their studies.  All new students will be required to complete the AIP within their first few weeks of enrolment.

Chinese New Year

Today marks the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar and 2016 is the year of the Monkey, which represents wit and intelligence.

I would like to wish all staff celebrating the event a prosperous and lucky New Year.



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