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Note to staff

19 June 2017


Launch of ARC Centre

Last week I attended the Federal Launch of the Australian Research Council Centre for Mine Site Restoration (CMSR) at Parliament House, Canberra. The Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, officially launched the Centre.

Directed by eminent botanist Professor Kingsley Dixon, the CMSR is coordinating research between Curtin, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and UWA. The $6.7 million research centre is partnering with mining companies to apply world-class science to the rehabilitation of retired mine sites and train the next generation of high-level researchers to be industry connected and industry ready.


With Minister Birmingham, Professor Dixon and Senator Linda Reynolds at the Centre launch.

Significant honour for Dr Alexey Muraviev

Earlier this month Dr Alexey Muraviev of the Faculty of Humanities was presented with the Order of Diligence (Za Userdie) by the Russian community in Australia.  This important award is presented by the Russian ethnic community to its members for long standing service, preserving cultural and linguistic traditions in Australia, and strengthening the community’s profile in Australia.

Alexey is the only Western Australian to have received this award and I congratulate him on this outstanding achievement.

Dr Gemma Sharp recognised

Congratulations to Dr Gemma Sharp of the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work who has been named one of Australia’s top five scientists under the age of 40 by Radio National.   Gemma is researching genital-altering cosmetic surgery and its links to body image.  She will now have the opportunity to work with the ABC to further enhance her skills as a science communicator.

You can read more about Gemma and the other winners online.

WAITTE Incite Awards

A Curtin staff member and student took out two of the Awards at the Twenty-sixth Annual WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Alliance (WAITTE) INCITE Awards held on 16 June.

Curtin staff member Matt Macfarlane won the Pearcey Western Australian Entrepreneur of the Year for his work with Yuuwa Capital and the Best Tertiary Student Project of the Year was won by Stefan Prandl for Power Law Based Quick Denial of Service Detection System. They will both represent Western Australia at the AIIA National iAwards, which will be held in Melbourne in August 2017.

Curtin staff were also finalists in the:

  • Most Innovative Collaborative Technology category – Rate My Space, Human Centred Design, Sam Hall and Vanessa Rauland
  • Most Impactful Benefit category – CoderDojo WA, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Curtin signs MOA with Stanford University

Curtin Business School and Stanford University have signed a three-year Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), which will enable our students to complete the Stanford International Honours Program.

Under the agreement, CBS will nominate five to 15 high achieving students each year to take part in the intensive, eight-week honours level program at Stanford in California.  CBS is one of only 22 education institutions across the world to sign such an MOA with Stanford.  The students will gain an extraordinary insight into the internationalisation of business education, ensuring they receive a global dimension to their studies at Curtin University.

Stanford Curtin Wall

CBS students Supawit Mahaguna, Michelle Zinko, Lara Rudd, Rance Clarke, Christine Foster and Duane du Toit are Stanford-bound!  (Not shown: Isaac Martin)

New Online Forum on Learning and Student Experience

I encourage staff from all Curtin locations to participate in an online forum to discuss the University’s performance in Learning and Student Experience. The forum will be held on 22 June 2017 from 10am until 12pm at the Strategic Plan website.

Six staff will be on hand over the two hours to answer questions and comments related to their area of expertise. The schedule is as follows:


  • Student satisfaction: Michelle Rogers, Director, Student Experience
  • High achieving students: Professor David Gibson, Director, Learning Futures
  • Retention: Professor Julianne Reid, Associate DVC Learning and Teaching


  • Employability: Chris Ruffler, Manager, Operations and Business Development, Careers Centre
  • Regional and remote students: Linda Adnyana, Manager, Education Portfolio Projects, Office of the DVCA
  • Indigenous students: Professor Marion Kickett, Director, Centre for Aboriginal Studies

To assist this discussion, pre-reading is available at the above link. I hope you will join the conversation.  You can register your interest at:

Open Day volunteers needed

Open Day is our largest student recruitment event and a day when all areas of the University come together with a common purpose. The event is being held on Sunday 6 August this year, and we are looking for volunteers to ensure the day’s success.

All professional staff members at HEW level 7 or below who volunteer on the day will be offered Time Off in Lieu (TOIL). Please discuss your TOIL arrangements with your line manager.

I encourage all staff to be part of Open Day. Your assistance contributes hugely to the success of Open Day and is much appreciated. Please contact Bobbie Simpson via if you are willing to be involved.

Significant dates

Refugee Week (18-24 June) aims to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and to celebrate the positive contributions they make to Australian society. Originally celebrated in 1986, Refugee Week coincides with World Refugee Day (20 June). You can find out more about Refugee Week activities in WA online.




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