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Curtin University
Note to staff

15 December 2015


Opening of the Cisco Internet of Everything Centre

The Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre was officially opened yesterday on the Bentley Campus.

The partners – Curtin, Cisco and Woodside – have been working closely with industry and the innovation community to identify the projects that will be the focus of the Centre’s work in 2016.

These projects will look to apply new technologies to develop the businesses and industries of the future, and to deliver innovative solutions to commercial problems.

The establishment of the Cisco Internet of Everything Centre with our partners demonstrates Curtin’s commitment to be a core part of a robust, integrated and effective innovation ecosystem.

I congratulate all involved in having reached this important milestone.

Curtin partners with Hockey Australia

Hockey Australia

At the signing with players Anna Flanagan and Aran Zalewski; Mr Cam Vale, CEO Hockey Australia; and players Casey Sablowski and Trent Mitton

Curtin University and Hockey Australia have formed a two-year partnership which will deliver major new opportunities for student placements and research collaborations.

Under the agreement our researchers will assist Hockey Australia to maintain its competitive edge.  Projects with the Schools of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, and Design and Art are already planned, and there will also be placement opportunities for students from physiotherapy and sports science, film and television, media and communications, and events management.

This partnership will be similar to the agreement signed with the Dockers earlier this year, offering mutually beneficial research opportunities and providing students with valuable learning opportunities.

Our association with Hockey Australia began three decades ago when the program moved to our Bentley campus and we have already collaborated on several research projects.  Both organisations have developed a reputation for excellence nationally and internationally, a reputation that I am sure will be enhanced under this new agreement.

Alliance with Shell

Shell Australia will work with Curtin University to study how to increase the efficiency of logistics for its large scale Prelude FLNG facility under a new industry-led alliance, called Curtin Advanced Technology Research and Innovation Alliance (CATRINA).

The Alliance will enhance collaboration between major clients, technology providers, contractors and academics to solve productivity issues in Australia. Woodside is a foundation member of the alliance.

Curtin is proud to welcome Shell to the alliance and it is expected that other oil and gas operators, contractors and suppliers will follow.  The three year co-operation program between Shell Australia and Curtin University under CATRINA commences in January 2016.

More information on this alliance can be found online.

UniForum National Benchmarking

Curtin University is taking part in a trial of the UniForum multi‐university benchmarking study of administration and support services. We will work with more than 20 other universities from Australia and New Zealand to understand the differences and similarities in our approaches to delivering support services and what we could do to improve the provision and resourcing of these services.

The primary data collection will give us insight into how we resource different activities and services that support our teaching and research programs. This will help us to make more informed choices about building capabilities that ensure our programs are supported with efficient and effective administration and support services.

A small number of staff will be asked to contribute data to the collection describing how we resource our administration and support services.  This will be highly valuable to the program and I encourage you to provide your full support.

If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please contact Cristina Chu in the Office of Strategy and Planning on extension 3973.

OzApp Awards

This year’s OzAPP Award was won by Sydney-based mobile app Swift, which was recognised for its logistics dispatch service.

The Curtin-sponsored awards were initiated by the University’s IP Commercialisation Office to identify the best new mobile, web and cloud computing apps.

Other events were also run as part of the week long West Tech Fest initiated by Curtin and held in collaboration with sponsors including Qualcomm Ventures, the City of Perth, the US embassy and Bankwest:

  • The Ambassador’s Innovation Round Table in collaboration with the US embassy
  • A future Leaders Entrepreneurship Bootcamp supported by the US embassy and held at the Cisco Internet of Everything Centre on the Bentley campus
  • Unearthed Demo Day
  • A student tech fest aimed at high school students with business ideas
  • Angel Investors Innovation Bay Pitch Dinner
  • The West Tech Fest Assemblage networking event held at the WA Governor’s residence
  • Launch of the Startup WA Ecosystem report.

The events were very timely given that they coincided with the Prime Minister’s release of the National Science and Innovation Agenda.  My thanks to all those involved in this very successful series of events.

Curtin student named WA Young Person of the Year

A student at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Preston Colbung, has been named WA Young Person of the Year at the WA Youth Awards.

The award was announced recently by Youth Minister Tony Simpson who described Preston as “a young leader and a fantastic role model for all young people in Western Australia”.

Preston has overcome homelessness and family problems and is now enrolled in the CAS Indigenous Community Management Program and working with repeat offenders in Armadale. He also won the Edith Cowan University Community Leadership Award, is WA’s Aboriginal representative for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, and has worked with Amnesty International.

Please join me in congratulating Preston on these impressive achievements.

Changes at the WA School of Mines

Professor Steve Hall will complete his contract as Director of the WA School of Mines in February 2016. On his return from leave in February, he will take up a three year role as Director of Mining Education Australia and will be based at the University’s Kalgoorlie campus as a member of the School staff.

Professor Hall has made a significant contribution to both Curtin and the WA School of Mines since his appointment in 2010, and we wish him well in his new role.

Professor Sam Spearing, currently Deputy Director of the WA School of Mines, will be Acting Director of the School in 2016.  He will also be based in Kalgoorlie but will travel to the Bentley campus for faculty and school board meetings. Professor Boris Gurevich will act as Deputy Director of the School for the same period. He will be based in Bentley and will be responsible for the School’s Bentley operations.

I would like to thank both Professor Spearing and Professor Gurevich for their willingness to take on new responsibilities in 2016.

Christmas and the holiday season

For those of the Christian faith, Christmas is a very significant time and I hope that you have a happy and meaningful festive season.  Curtin Stadium will be lit with green and red lights through to New Year to mark this time.

The University will close down from 21 December to 1 January and many staff are also taking extended leave.  I would like to wish you all a relaxing and safe holiday, and thank you for your work and commitment to the University.  Curtin has had an outstandingly successful year, thanks to the wonderful contribution of all members of staff.

Video of VC Forum

The VC’s Forum on 30 November was recorded and the video can be accessed online.





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