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Curtin University
Note to staff

29 July, 2008


WA Business News – Branding Survey

The WA Business News has recently published the results of its annual Branding Survey. I am pleased to report that Curtin was identified as one of the best employer brands in this year’s survey, coming in at number 2, second to Wesfarmers. The employer brand category considers the ways in which employers have developed campaigns designed to boost their appeal as an employer. Curtin was recognised for our Curtinnovation television campaign. The survey is highly competitive – this is tremendous news for the University.


eVALUate results for 2008 are showing a strong pattern of improvement in student satisfaction. This success demonstrates the importance of surveying student feedback and making systematic change to improve our performance.

eVALUate enables students to give feedback on units and teachers at all campuses in Australia and at Miri, Singapore CSM Academy and Mauritius in every major study period. Student response rates are increasing; the number of students who participated in the unit surveys increased from 32.7% in 2006 to 44.1% in 2008.

The results for 2008 indicate that overall satisfaction for units is 82.2%, an increase from 81.4% (Semester 1 and 2, 2007) and 75.9% (Semester 2 2005). The items showing the greatest improvements are; feedback on learning, workload, teaching quality, student motivation and engagement, and overall satisfaction. These survey results show that students are increasingly satisfied with the quality of their unit teaching and learning experiences at Curtin and staff should be commended on this achievement.

Foundations of Learning and Teaching at Curtin Semester 1, 2008

During first semester, 184 staff completed at least one of the modules in the Foundations of Learning and Teaching (FOLT) program at Bentley and 34 completed modules 1-3 on the Curtin Sydney campus.

Congratulations to the 32 Curtin staff members who graduated from the program having successfully completed all eight modules; most of them over the first semester in 2008.

We already have 64 staff enrolled in modules 1-3 to be delivered prior to the start of semester 2. See the Office of Teaching and Learning website for further information at:

Vice Chancellor’s 2008 Excel Awards

The 2008 Vice-Chancellor’s Excel Awards nominations are now open with the closing date being 26 September 2008. Applications are called for both individual and team nominations. For information on the award and nomination forms please see

This year the VC Excel Awards Committee members are available to provide advice to nominators on the process and completion of nominations. Should you wish to use their services please contact Jennie Walsh on extension 1236 or

ScreenWest’s 2008 Television Writers Awards

I am pleased to advise that 2007 Curtin graduate James Breen (Graduate Diploma Film and Television) has been named the winner of ScreenWest’s 2008 Television Writers Award. James was selected for his proposed television series The Ring “a drama of narcissism, pride, politics, money, family and small town fame and infamy, set in the unique and turbulent world of Australian independent pro-wrestling.”

This year’s Television Writers Award attracted a large response of high quality entries. This is a tremendous achievement for James and great recognition for the University.

Volunteers needed for Open Day

Open Day will be held on 17 August this year. As well as being a key recruitment activity for the University, the day is an opportunity to showcase our campus and expertise to the broader community. The range of activities and displays on show at Open Day, and the friendliness and enthusiasm of staff and students as they interact with visitors, are highlights of the event.  Volunteers are essential to a successful Open Day and I encourage all staff to be involved, whether assisting in Faculty or area activities, or helping with central initiatives such as information marquees and the campus bus tours. If you’d like to be a central volunteer, please contact Asha Selvendra on 9266 1020 or

Death of a Muresk Icon

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Muresk icon Peter Ripa who died on Thursday, 17 July. He was born in Zabololci, Ukraine on May 8 1926.

Peter arrived in Australia in 1949 as a refugee from war torn Eastern Europe. He began his life in Australia at the Point Walter immigration camp before moving to Swanbourne and Northam, where he stayed at the old Northam holding camp along with many other immigrants.

Peter began work at Muresk in 1950 as a kitchen steward and over the following 56 years made a significant contribution to the campus. As well as the many jobs he completed around campus he became a great friend to all the staff and students at Muresk.

Peter was a kind and generous man and was always willing to lend a hand wherever possible. He is the longest serving staff member at Muresk and in many respects became an amateur historian of Muresk. His extensive knowledge of Muresk and the numerous anecdotes he told will be greatly missed.

More recently Peter was delighted to find his name appeared on the Fremantle Welcome Walls that pay tribute to the contribution the migrants who stepped ashore in Fremantle and Albany have made to Western Australia.

Peter will be sadly missed by all staff and generations of students.