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Note to staff

January 24, 2008


ATN Annual Conference

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome staff back in the new year. I hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday season and I look forward to working with you all as we face the challenges of 2008.

I am pleased to advise that this year’s ATN conference to be held from 29 to 31 January will be hosted by Curtin. It will be well attended with almost 200 delegates which will include each of the member universities’ Vice-Chancellors together with national and international guest speakers. While the conference will be held primarily at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre there will be an array of associated conference events and meetings which will be held on campus. Given the significant number of delegates attending I am sure you will notice an increase of activity on campus over that time.

For those staff who are not aware, the ATN represents the Australian Technology Network comprising five prominent Australian universities of which Curtin is one. The ATN aims to be an influential body representing the interests of the member universities to both government, industry and business. The other member universities include the University of South Australia, RMIT University, University of Technology Sydney and Queensland University of Technology.

The conference will provide delegates with important networking opportunities as well as the opportunity to hear keynote speakers such as Dr Rosa Scobie from Brunel University in the UK and Australian Glenn Milne, Senior Correspondent from News Limited.

I wish all delegates a successful and enlightening conference.

Teaching and Learning Forum 2008

At the same time as the ATN Conference, Curtin will be hosting the annual Teaching and Learning Forum. The theme for the 2008 Forum is Preparing for the graduate of 2015. This is the 17th year that the Forum has been held since its inception at Curtin. Speakers this year include: Professor Geoff Scott, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality) at the University of Western Sydney; Dr Sigi Goode from the Australian National University and winner of a national award for early career teaching excellence from the Carrick Institute; and Colin Latchem who was the original convenor of the Forum in 1992.

More than 200 delegates from the five Western Australian universities will be attending the ninety scheduled sessions. Central to the purpose of the Forum is the provision of opportunities for Western Australian university teachers to exchange knowledge, ideas and classroom findings in an informed and friendly environment. I am delighted that Curtin has the opportunity to host this Forum for the next two years and I am sure that the delegates will have a busy but stimulating experience.

2007 Guild Excellence in Teaching Awards

Congratulations to the following staff who were honoured in the recent 2007 Guild Excellence in Teaching Awards:

Undergraduate Lecturers/Tutors

Winner: Glenda Cain
Honourable Mention: Deborah Hunn

Health Sciences
Winner: David Stanley

Science and Engineering
Winner: Syed Islam


Research Supervisor
Winner: Ian Phau
Honourable Mention: Jaya Earnest

Postgraduate Coursework lecturer
Winner: Alexey Muraviev

Staffing changes within the Office of the Vice-Chancellor

I will also take this opportunity to announce staffing changes within my office. Firstly, Clare Doyle, my Executive Assistant, will finish in this role on Friday, 25 January, following the completion of her six month contract. I would like to thank Clare for the contribution she has made during her time with us and wish her all the very best for the future.

Belinda Dally, currently the Personal Assistant to the DVC Strategy and Planning, will take up this position, effective from Monday 28 January and I welcome her into this role.

Holly DeVaney, my Executive Officer, will be moving to Corporate Communications as Manager, Internal Communications. She will commence in her new role on Monday 4 February and I thank her for the tremendous contribution she has made over the past four years. The position will be filled in the near future.

35 years at Curtin!

Congratulations to Gwen Leon who has recently completed 35 years at Curtin. She commenced in 1973 and has fulfilled a variety of roles in Administration Services, Human Resources, the Division of Business and Administration, Counselling Services, Careers Advisory Unit, Public Affairs, University Development and External Relations where she currently works. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gwen for the contribution she has made during this period and look forward to her continued involvement at Curtin.



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