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May DVCA Portfolio Update

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OLT Fellowships

Curtin teaching academics are winning accolades nationwide with two of our staff announced as recipients of the prestigious Office for Learning and Teaching Fellowship. Curtin Academy Fellows, John Curtin Distinguished Professor Dawn Bennett and Associate Professor Lisa Tee will begin their OLT Fellowship later this year after a formal presentation ceremony in late July.

Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Awards

The news follows the celebration of our internal 2015 Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching presented at the closing ceremony of 2016 Festival of Learning.

View the presentation video. Congratulations to our OLT Fellowship recipients, award winners and worthy staff who submitted entries. Best of luck for the 2016 OLT Citations and Teaching Awards.

Festival of Learning

Our third annual Festival of Learning was held in the first week of May and began in the Engineering Pavilion with a “Tech Tasters” expo of 3-d printing, virtual reality goggles, and maker space creativity, among others. Over three days, staff attended a total of 37 presentations, workshops and activities. View our highlights video

Discussions are already being held to revamp the Festival in 2017, with the aim of building the profile of the conference and our presenters both internally and with key external audiences. A survey form has been released for general feedback but if you would like to be part of the “think tank” building the 2017 Festival please contact Sharon Iannello.

Executive Conversations

Curtin’s Bentley campus has come to life over the past three years with entertainment, activities and services that have many students choosing to spend more and more time here. This focus on the student experience, both in and out of the class room, prompted Student Guild President Jake Wittey and his colleagues to ask our Senior Executive Team about their own experiences at University and where they see the future for Curtin and the student experience. A snapshot of each conversation was captured on video and can be viewed here.

Inside Curtin

A brand new episode of Inside Curtin is screening now at Wesfarmers court and is available on You Tube and the Learning for Tomorrow website. Featured this month is a visit to campus by giant human body parts, news on our plans to improve the digital services, upcoming overseas exchange opportunities available for students, and the Fremantle Dockers and other Curtin sponsorship partners.

Workforce of The Future

Pricewaterhouse Coopers Partner and former academic Dr Simon Avenell was at Curtin earlier this month to discuss the “Australian Higher Education Workforce of the Future” report which explores the rapidly changing nature of relationships between institutions, students, competitors, industries and broader communities.  If universities of the future are to become digitally enabled, multicultural, flexible, collaborative, highly efficient and competitive in attracting students, then their workforces also need to evolve, according to the report. If you were unable to attend the presentation I encourage you to watch the i-lecture. The report is also available for download.

Student services introduces cashless payments

Congratulations to the Fee and Student Service Centre teams who have been working closely with Financial Services to move to a cashless operating environment. From 30 May 2016  all student tuition and incidental payments will be completed electronically using Curtin’s preferred payment method Curtin ePay. One of the major aims of the initiative was the injection of greater flexibility in making payments to the University as the online facility allows users to perform their transactions anywhere and at any time.   This has been a massive undertaking and is a huge achievement for the teams involved.

Curtin Stadium makes it practical for exercise science students

Well done to the Curtin Stadium for again supporting our students in their practicum placement. The Stadium will this year host 20 third year Exercise, Sport and Rehabilitation Science students as part of the Bachelor of Science, under the wing of the Accredited Exercise Physiologists in the Fitness Centre. Curtin Stadium takes two students in 10 week blocks each to allow them to complete their 140 hours, and takes up to 5 blocks per year.

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