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Note to staff

30 May 2017


Last week, the Chancellor and I travelled to Mauritius to attend the graduation of around 300 Curtin University students studying at the Charles Telfair Institute, CTI.  It was an honour to witness the graduation of our students across the wide range of Business and Humanities courses that we offer in Mauritius, including our first two PhD graduates – Dr Shafiq Muhammad Gopee and Dr Sarita Hardin-Ramanan – both of whom are members of academic staff at CTI. Curtin first began offering degree programs jointly with CTI in Mauritius in 2004. It has been a very important partnership for us and one that we will look to broaden and deepen in the future.

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The Chancellor confers the award of Doctor of Philosophy on Dr Shafiq Muhammad Gopee and Dr Sarita Hardin-Ramanan.

Curtin among Australia’s top organisations for LGBTIQ+ inclusion

Curtin University has been awarded silver recognition at the 2017 Australian LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Awards, held in Sydney by ACON’s national not-for-profit program, Pride in Diversity.  Curtin is proud to join the list of top employers for LGBTIQ+ inclusion in Australia determined by an assessment against the Australian Workplace Equality Index. The award is wonderful recognition of the progress Curtin continues to make in creating an environment where LGBTIQ+ people feel valued and supported.

Historical Panoramas project highly commended

The Historical Panoramas project, a collaboration between Curtin’s HIVE and the State Library of WA, was highly commended at the recent WA Heritage Awards   Congratulations to the team at the HIVE on this recognition. Historical Panoramas can be accessed here.

Staff and students recognised

Congratulations also to Dr Fenella Gill of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine on receiving the Excellence in Research award at the recent 2017 WA Nursing & Midwifery Excellence Awards.

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Dr Gill receiving her award

In addition, the book The Impact of Meat Consumption on Health and Environmental Sustainability, which was edited by Talia Raphaely and Dora Marinova (both from the Curtin University Sustainability and Policy Institute, CUSP) and includes 11 contributors from Curtin, has won the prestigious World Book award in the Sustainable Food category at the 22nd Gourmand Awards

The awards have been described as the Oscars for cookbooks. Fifty-two countries are represented and 10,000 books from around the world were screened for the awards. Congratulations to all involved in this wonderful achievement.

Congratulations also to Daniel Ung, a Curtin Master student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, on winning the 2016 FEKO Student Competition.  You can read more about Daniel’s achievement here.

NHMRC changes

The Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, recently announced major changes to the NHMRC’s grant program.  The NHMRC will move to funding medical research through four funding streams:

  • Investigator Grants – existing Fellowships and research support will be consolidated in to one grant
  • Synergy Grants – for multi-disciplinary research teams to work together to answer complex questions with $5 million grants
  • Ideas Grants – for innovative and creative research projects for researchers at all career stages
  • Strategic and Leveraging Grants – research to address identified national needs and will include targeted calls for research scheme and dedicated funding for clinical trials and cohort studies.

Application rounds for these new schemes will open in late 2018. Further information can be found in the NHMRC website.


The Curtin Business School’s Ignition Program is a world class education program for aspiring entrepreneurs, academics and corporate innovators which enables them to trial and then prepare business ideas for the commercial environment.  The program is run by the Curtin Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and will be held at the Technology Park Function Centre, August 13 – 18.

There are a number of scholarships available for Curtin staff and students to attend the program. An information session will be held on Thursday, June 1, 12 – 1pm in Technology Park. Please email or call the Centre ( | 9266 4555) for further information.


Past Ignition participants


Today marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday Shavuot, the combined harvest festival and celebration of Moses’ descent from Mt Sinai with the Ten Commandments (Torah). I hope all who celebrate enjoy the holiday festivities.

  1. Rob Walker May 30, 2017 12:29pm

    As a gay staff member, I am proud to work in an inclusive and diverse environment and I have never experienced prejudice or judgement in my time at Curtin. My one concern is the Internet policy that blocks gay dating apps, for example Grindr, but allows predominantly heterosexual dating apps such as Tinder. This seems a little unbalanced.

    • Ann Paterson May 30, 2017 5:13pm

      Dear Rob

      Thanks for your comment, which raises a couple of issues. I understand Michelle Rogers (Student Experience) and Gary Wright (CITS) will be facilitating a discussion about these matters in the near future. Anyone interested will be welcome to take part.



  2. Soon Kweh May 30, 2017 5:07pm

    Dear Vice Chancellor

    Thank you for your “Note to Staff”. I always read it with interest and pride on the progress Curtin is making both in Australia and internationally.

    I am a law lecturer in Singapore who teaches in the local Curtin campus here. I wonder if you could make your awards for recognition of excellence in teaching to the local lecturers here and also in your overseas campuses? This is because we feel so much part of the Curtin family albeit being located on foreign soil.

    With very best regards

    Dr. Kweh Soon Han

  3. Jill Downie June 1, 2017 9:01pm

    Thank you very much for your question. The Learning and Teaching Excellence Awards already include teachers at our offshore campuses. You may remember that last year one of the awards was won by a Miri staff member, which we were very excited about. Singapore has been a little different because the staff don’t have a Curtin ID and this has been part of the criteria. However, we will certainly examine the possibility of making the awards available to all teaching staff. I agree it would fitting in a global university.

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