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Note to staff

18 July 2014


Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

We all woke this morning to the tragic news that Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 appears to have been shot down over Ukraine with the loss of all on-board. I can only imagine the devastation this has caused for the family and friends of the passengers and crew.

As far as we can tell, no one from Curtin was on the flight, however I am aware members of the University community may have lost loved ones in this tragedy, especially as the flight was ultimately bound for Perth and we have close ties with Malaysia.

If you have been affected in any way by this disaster, I encourage you to access support through our Counselling Service on 9266 7850. We will do whatever we can to assist anyone from Curtin who has been affected by this terrible incident.

Consistent with the Prime Minister’s announcement, Curtin’s flags will fly at half-mast tomorrow as a mark of respect to the Australians who have lost their lives in this tragedy.

QS Stars 2014 ratings

I am delighted to advise that Curtin has been awarded five-stars overall in the annual QS Stars university ratings for 2014.

The rating system sees participating universities across the world undergo a comprehensive audit to achieve an overall rating of between one and five+ stars across several indicators.

Curtin’s overall five-star rating was based on its performance across eight assessed categories. Five stars were awarded for teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, innovation, access and education, and three stars were awarded for research.

It is very pleasing to see that we achieved five stars in the majority of categories assessed. These results align with our vision and underpin the emphasis we place on our people, our teaching, learning and research capabilities, and our ability to make an impact across all of the communities we reach.

The results also demonstrate that we are well-equipped to meet the many challenges currently facing the education sector.

I congratulate all staff on this excellent result.

Curtin authors top Australian bestsellers lists

I am pleased to advise that new book releases by Dr Liz Byrski and recent PhD graduate, Dr Brooke Davis occupy the top two places in the latest Australian book sales lists released by Neilsen Bookscan.

Family Secrets by Dr Byrski tops the Australian Mass Market Fiction category with Dr Davis’ Lost & Found ranked second.

In the Australian Adult Fiction category, Lost & Found ranked first with Family Secrets in second place.My congratulations go to Liz and Brooke.

World’s Greatest Shave

Curtin has won the Education Challenge Award at the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave Awards, which were held last Friday.

The University received the award for being the highest fundraiser in the tertiary section with a total of $35,000 raised during this year’s World’s Greatest Shave. Curtin was also named the fourth highest fundraiser in Western Australia.

The money raised will help the Leukaemia Foundation provide free support services for people affected by leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders and invest in vital blood cancer research.

This is a fantastic achievement and I am extremely pleased that Curtin supports such a worthwhile cause.



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