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Curtin University
Vice-Chancellor
Note to staff

April 30, 2008

 
 

ARC Federation Fellow

I am pleased to advise Curtin has been successful in winning a 2007 ARC Federation Fellowship for Professor Peter Teunissen to commence in 2008. This is the first Federation Fellowship awarded to Curtin and is a significant achievement and milestone for the University. Professor Teunissen’s application was “Theoretical and Model Strengthening of Future GNSS to Yield Improved Geospatial Information for Tomorrow’s Society”. 

Of the 14 Federation Fellowships awarded 10 went to applicants within the Group of Eight universities, Curtin was the only ATN university to receive the award in this round.

2008 Carrick Associate Fellowship nomination

Congratulations too go to Associate Professor Matthew Allen who has been selected to receive a 2008 Carrick Associate Fellowship in the recent national Carrick Institute awards. Associate Professor Allen received the Fellowship for “Improving student educational outcomes in online learning, using Web 2.0 concepts and a knowledge-networking approach (Learning in Networks of Knowledge – LINK)”.

This is a tremendous achievement for A/Professor Allen recognising the significant work he has done in this field. 

“Curtin Voice” Staff satisfaction survey 2008

An important commitment through the Valuing Curtin Staff Plan is the continual enhancement of the staff work experience at Curtin. We monitor our performance to this commitment by regularly conducting a survey of staff views on the quality of their work experience. The University was one of the first universities in the sector to introduce this type of surveying and we wish to engage as many staff as possible in a further ‘health check’ planned for May this year.

From 12-23 May, the University will be conducting the – “Your Voice” Curtin Staff Satisfaction Survey 2008 – to solicit staff views about the quality of work experiences in areas such as supervision, teamwork, career opportunities, work practices, rewards and recognition and job satisfaction. All full-time and part-time staff are invited to complete the 15 minute on-line survey. A separate survey tailored for casual and sessional staff is planned for later in the year.

This year the survey will be administered and reported on by an independent external agency, Voice Project. Voice Project have run similar surveys for 17 other universities in the sector and our engagement of them allows our 2008 results to be benchmarked with other universities.

Individual confidentiality is our first priority. I assure all staff that the survey is entirely anonymous and only aggregated scores from groups with 10 or more respondents will be reported. Responses from individual surveys will not be reported.

At the close of the survey, Voice Project will provide the University with the results. Staff will be able to view on-line their own School/Faculty/University results or Area/Division/University results, whichever is appropriate. All managers will then be required to respond to the results for their area and action identified areas for improvement.

Further information is available on the website http://staffconsult.curtin.edu.au/qwl/ or from Clem Hanson in Staff Services at c.hansen@curtin.edu.au.

A similar survey, the Quality of Working Life survey, was conducted in 2006. Results from this survey and initiatives implemented in response to the survey can be viewed at http://staffconsult.curtin.edu.au/qwl/

ATN – Workplace Productivity Project

In a Note earlier this year, I advised staff of an important and exciting Workplace Productivity Project being conducted across the Australian Technology Network of Universities of which Curtin is a member.

That three-year project is now underway. In its initial phase over the next few weeks a management steering committee led by Professor Jane den Hollander will meet on campus with human resource management experts Mercer. A similar meeting will take place at each ATN university.

The project is aimed at having the ATN assume the mantle of employer of choice in the higher education sector, and it is underpinned by three questions:

  • What do we need to do to ensure Australia has a world class University system in the context of attraction and retention of staff – teaching and research staff as well as professional staff?
  • What drives value within the University context and how is it rewarded?
  • What are the major attraction and retention issues now and in terms of likely workforce/organisational scenarios impacting Universities over the next 10 to 15 years?

The next phase of the project involves our staff in a comprehensive series of focus groups during June. In these we will hear your views, concerns and wishes for the future. I look forward to bringing you more information on the focus groups in coming weeks.

Vice-Chancellor’s Address to Staff – Wednesday 23 April

For those staff who were not able to attend my University-wide address last week, it can be viewed via the following:

http://dbs.ilectures.curtin.edu.au/ilectures/ilectures.lasso?ut=30&id=24374