Recent ranking performance
I am very pleased to announce that we have been ranked equal sixth in the world and third in Australia for Mineralogy by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) by subject.
We also continue to hold a strong position in the recent Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities rankings. We were ranked 84th in the world for institutions under 50 years of age, moving up eight places since 2016 and remaining at 14th in Australia. The Young University rankings use five indicators – Research, Teaching, Citations, International Outlook, and Industry Income. Curtin’s scores rose across all of the indicators with large increases for Research (19 per cent) and Citations (16 per cent). The University also retained its first place nationally for International Outlook (on-campus student and staff diversity and publications with international co-authors). A briefing paper on this ranking will be available on the Office of Strategy and Planning website shortly.
Haydn Williams Fellowship public lecture
The annual Haydn Williams Fellowship public lecture will be held on Thursday 4 May. Dr Haydn Williams was the first Director of WAIT and the fellowship named after him is offered to an academic of outstanding international reputation and broad academic interest.
This year the lecture will be presented by Professor Brendan Murphy on Why leprechauns know how mountains form. A world leader in supercontinent and orogenic (mountain-forming) research, Professor Murphy will examine how mountains form in response to terrestrial factors. More information and registration details can be found on Staff News.
Your Voice survey ending soon
You have a few more days to provide your feedback for the 2017 Your Voice survey. Thank you to those who have already completed the survey. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to take part. Those who participate will go in the draw to win a variety of prizes, and more information is available here.
Curtin Law School prize giving ceremony
Last Thursday the Curtin Law School had its annual Prize Giving Ceremony, celebrating the outstanding achievements of students in the areas of law, business law and taxation. Congratulations to all the students who were recognised.
WA School of Mines Rock Mechanics researcher receives Materials, Minerals and Mining Award
Congratulations to Chris Drover, current PhD Candidate in the Curtin WA School of Mines’ Rock Mechanics Group, for being awarded the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining’s (IOM3) Mann Redmayne Medal. Chris was recognised for his paper which featured in the IMM Transactions A: Mining Technology publication, entitled: Estimation of dynamic load demand on a ground support scheme due to a large structurally controlled violent failure: A case study. The paper was co-authored by Professor Ernesto Villaescusa.
Congratulations to both Chris and Ernesto who will collect their award at a dinner in London later this year.
Curtin team places third at AAPG Imperial Barrel Awards
Curtin’s Applied Geology student team placed third at the international finals of the AAPG Imperial Barrel Awards. They were awarded the Stonely Medal along with US$5,000 for their outstanding presentation on the evaluation of the hydrocarbon prospectively of the Taranaki Basin. The team comprised Kirk Gilleran, Mike Maher, Jerome Paz, Jiaojing Bi and Elena Alganaeva.
End of year close down
The end of year arrangements will include close down days on 27, 28 and 29 December 2017 and 2 January 2018. The University will reopen on 3 January 2018.
If you review the table below you will see a great opportunity to have a 14 day break just by taking three days additional leave. All staff who do not have operational requirements in their work area are encouraged to make the most of this opportunity.
As in previous years, it is at the discretion of local area managers as to whether individual work areas close, or offer limited services, for days in addition to the official closedown period. Staff are required to apply for leave in addition to the close down days in these circumstances.
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I wish those who are observing these days a joyous time, and hope that all staff enjoy a peaceful and restorative break with family and friends over the long weekend.
ANZAC Day service
ANZAC Day is one of Australia’s most important national commemorations. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War at Gallipoli. Services at war memorials across the country honour the sacrifice of those who died in war.
I am pleased to advise that in conjunction with the Canning Districts RSL Sub-Branch, the University will hold its inaugural ANZAC Day Sunset Service this year. The service will take place on Thursday 20 April at 5.00pm at The Forum. All staff are invited to attend.