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Note to staff

3 December, 2008


eVALUate Results for Second Semester

The aggregated eVALUate data is now available for second semester. I wish to congratulate staff for the strong pattern of improvement shown in the eVALUate results for Semester 2 2008. This continued success demonstrates the importance of surveying student feedback and making systematic change to improve Curtin’s performance.

Student response rates are increasing; the number of students who participated in the unit surveys increased from 35.6% in 2007 to 40.5% in Semester 2 2008.

The results for Semester 2, 2008 indicate that overall satisfaction for units is 83.5%, an increase from 82.2% (Semester 1, 2008), 81.4% (Semester 1 and 2, 2007) and 79.9% (Semester 2, 2006) and 78.1% (Semester 1, 2006). The items showing the greatest improvements for Semester 2 2008 are: feedback on learning, workload, teaching quality, student engagement (thinking about learning more effectively), 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.

Thank you to all staff who have supported the eVALUate process.

VC Excel Awards

On Monday 17 November I had the pleasure of presenting the 2008 VC Excel Awards.

This year the Awards were judged on innovation, how the people concerned contributed to the reputation of the University, and the sustainability of projects.

The nominations received are only a small indication of the excellent work that is being carried out by staff across the University. Staff are our most important resource so everyone’s commitment to the delivery of teaching and services is critical to enhancing the University’s reputation.

Four awards were presented and it is pleasing to see that all winning nominees demonstrated innovation and a real dedication to the University. I would like to extend my congratulations to:

Individual Category:
Prof Rob Donovan, Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer Control
Ms Haslina Abdul Malek, Sarawak Campus

Team Category:
Housing Services, Bentley Campus
Graduation Team, Sarawak

I would also like to thank all nominees and their sponsors, and I encourage staff to continue to nominate their peers and colleagues.

The Excel Committee has put forward a number of suggestions in relation to the VC Excel Awards, and the Executive and I will take this opportunity to review all staff awards to ensure there is a cohesive approach across the University.

Emeritus Professor Lesley Parker AM honoured with ALTC Career Achievement Award

Former Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Emeritus Professor Lesley Parker, has been honoured with a Career Achievement Award by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (formerly Carrick Institute) for her achievements in learning and teaching.

The Career Achievement Award is only occasionally awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to learning and teaching that is recognised through the higher education sector. When presented, the Award recognises individuals whose career has had a major influence and left an enduring legacy.

Congratulations to Professor Parker on this outstanding achievement. She has shown tremendous commitment in her role as an educator and has made a significant contribution to Curtin during her career.

Curtin Academic Shortlisted for 2008 Human Right Award (Literature)

I would like to extend my congratulations to Professor Linda Briskman whose co-authored book Human Rights Overboard has just been shortlisted for the national 2008 Human Rights Award (Literature).

The Awards are given by the Australian Human Rights Commission and are the most prestigious human rights awards in Australia. The book is one of six nominees in its category.

Human Rights Overboard draws together, for the first time, the oral testimony and written submissions from the People’s Inquiry into Detention in a powerful and vital book that stands as an indictment of Australia’s refugee policy.

The winners of the Awards will be announced on International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

Reminder: Address to Staff

Please be reminded that I will be addressing all staff on Thursday 4 December from 12pm to 1pm in the Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre. I will take the opportunity to reflect on developments and achievements throughout the year and discuss moving into 2009 and beyond. All staff are encouraged to attend. The address will be recorded for those who are unable to make it.