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Curtin University
Vice-Chancellor
Note to staff

27 February 2017

 
 

Welcome to our first cohort of medical students

Last Thursday, we held an event to officially open Curtin Medical School and building 410, and welcome our first cohort of 60 undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery students. Colin Barnett, Premier of Western Australia, officially opened the School at a ceremony attended by representatives from Perth health services, the medical sector, state and local government, and the private sector.

I would like to thank Professor William Hart, Dean of Medicine, and the many others involved for their significant work in developing the School. You can read more on this in our media release.

Colin Beckett (Chancellor), Professor William Hart (Dean of Medicine) and I with some of our first cohort of medical students.

Colin Beckett (Chancellor), Professor William Hart (Dean of Medicine) and I with some of our first cohort of medical students.

Alliance with Aberdeen University

Two events were held last Wednesday to launch the Aberdeen-Curtin Alliance, one at Curtin University St George’s Terrace and one in Aberdeen. Videos were shown at both events from each university (the Curtin video can be viewed here and the Aberdeen video here).

As part of the Alliance, several projects are already underway including a collaborative PhD program and the establishment of a new Global Energy Institute. The Aberdeen-Curtin Alliance draws on the great strengths of both universities in research, teaching and industry connectedness. Through joint appointments, collaborative research efforts and jointly taught courses, our goal is to secure our respective positions as genuinely global universities.

More information is also available at our Aberdeen-Curtin Alliance website.

Greta Lydecker (President and Managing Director, Chevron Upstream Europe), Professor John Cordery, (Provost, Curtin) and Sir Ian Diamond (Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen) at the launch event in Aberdeen.

Greta Lydecker (President and Managing Director, Chevron Upstream Europe), Professor John Cordery, (Provost, Curtin) and Sir Ian Diamond (Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen) at the launch event in Aberdeen.

Professor Ekaterina Pavlovskaia (University of Aberdeen Representative), myself, Professor Seth Kunin (Deputy Vice-Chancellor International) and Professor Chris Moran (Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Research).

Professor Ekaterina Pavlovskaia (University of Aberdeen Representative), myself, Professor Seth Kunin (Deputy Vice-Chancellor International) and Professor Chris Moran (Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Research).

Honorary awards

During the recent graduation ceremonies, the University awarded a number of honorary degrees to outstanding members of the community. I would like to congratulate the following recipients:

  • Emeritus Professor Constantine (Con) Michael AO was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science in recognition of his highly distinguished service in the field of medicine both in WA and nationally, and as a pioneer in establishing tertiary medical education and research in this State, particularly in his discipline of obstetrics and gynaecology. You can read Professor Michael’s speech here.
  • Former High Court Justice, the Honourable Michael Kirby was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of his outstanding record of judicial service and his promotion of human rights in Australia and overseas. You can read Mr Kirby’s speech here.
  • Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of his contribution to the fields of media and cultural studies. Professor Turner is a leading international scholar in humanities and much of his foundation work was carried out while an academic with WAIT during the 1980s. You can read Professor Turner’s speech here.
  • Dr Vanessa Guthrie was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science for her remarkable contribution to Australia’s resources industry through academic scholarship, industry innovation and policy setting. You can read Dr Guthrie’s speech here.
 Dr Michael Kirby prior to receiving his honorary doctorate.

Dr Michael Kirby prior to receiving his honorary doctorate.

ARC Linkage projects success

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage projects are now being awarded on a continuous basis. I congratulate Professor Lynn Meuleners and Dr Andrew Stafford from the Faculty of Health Sciences who were awarded $195,645 for their project Driving performance and self-regulation practices in drivers with dementia.

This project is in collaboration with The University of Melbourne, Road Safety Commission, Department of Transport, Alzheimer’s Australia WA Ltd, Alzheimer’s Australia SA Incorporated and the Injury Control Council of Western Australia (Inc). The full results are listed on the ARC website.

Curtin ninth nationwide in Webometrics ranking

Curtin has been ranked 242 in the world and 9th in Australia in the January 2017 edition of the Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities. The ranking evaluates the global performance of more than 20,000 universities based on indicators of web presence and impact, including electronic access to scientific publications and other academic material, in support of open access initiatives.

Full details on ranking performance and methodology are available here.

Approval of Strategic Plan 2017-2020 KPIs, measures and targets

On 15 February, Curtin Council approved the new key performance indicators, measures and targets for the Curtin Strategic Plan 2017-2020 and the related 2017 Plan on a Page which outlines this year’s priorities. These documents are now available on the Strategic Plan website. Further information regarding performance across the six strategic themes and progress on the University’s strategic projects will be published on the website and communicated to all staff on a regular basis.

Professor Chris Aldrich appointed Head of Department for Mining Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering, WA School of Mines

I am pleased to announce that Professor Chris Aldrich has been appointed Head of Department for Mining Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering at Curtin’s WA School of Mines for 2017. Professor Aldrich will be based out of our Kalgoorlie Campus providing support to the Department and the School.

Farewell Andy Sharp

Andy Sharp, Director of Curtin’s Properties, Facilities and Development portfolio will be leaving the University on 31 March. Andy will be moving to a role with the Australian National University. I’d like to thank Andy for his  wonderful contribution to Curtin over the past six years, during which he has transformed the campus through place activation and the Greater Curtin project. Please join me in wishing Andy all the best for his new role at ANU.

A celebration of International Women’s Day  

International Women’s Day is observed around the world during March each year, allowing people from all walks of life the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women and call for greater equality.

In support of the global theme for 2017, ‘Be Bold for Change’, we will be hosting a special breakfast event on Friday 17 March. I encourage staff to register and have the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion featuring some prominent Curtin alumni.

More information and registration details will be provided in Curtin Weekly.

 
 
  1. Hillary Lambert February 27, 2017 4:02pm

    In farewelling Andy Sharp…I want to take the opportunity to publicly thank and congratulate Andy on the amazingly motivational and enabling leadership he has shown his team in PF&D and the huge positive and futuristic impact he has had on this University.

    Andy possesses an infectious imagination and a great enthusiasm for new and untested ideas, well matched with a can do- will do- already doing it attitude he quickly instiled in those around him.

    His perfectly timed irreverence for ‘red tape’ was always well complimented with an enate flare for excellence in design and his depth of knowledge in the very best practise contemporary thinking.
    Andy was responsible for clearing out unproductive practices and old fashioned thinking and forging the path for bold and exciting new things to take shape in both the way we worked and what we’ve been able to achieve.

    His dedication and commitment to change, fairness and empowerment have been just the fresh air needed to flush out remnants of negativity in the culture that threatened to choke out creativity and innovation.

    I have never worked for a more creatively inspirational, unfailingly supportive and encouraging leader. Appreciation of beautiful design and injecting fun and life into the environment has made Andy not only a constant surprise and pleasure, but an absolute revelation, to work for.

    Andy, your leadership has stretched and enriched us as individuals – you will be dearly missed.

  2. Cheryl Stickels February 28, 2017 9:57am

    Andy
    I would just like to add my thoughts to the above, and start by saying how sorry I am that we are to lose you and how grateful I am that you were here. I congratulate you for listening and for acting to make sure that Curtin is serious about physical access matters on all our campuses through our inaugural Curtin Physical Access Plan, underpinned by universal design principles. You engaged a strong team and through them have ensured that Curtin is now a leader in this space. Very best wishes for what comes next. Kind regards
    Cheryl

  3. Mattie Turnbull March 4, 2017 2:19pm

    Wondering why we are celebrating IWD on 17 March when the whole world acknowledges the date as 8 March?

    17 March is St Patrick’s Day????

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