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Note to staff

19 October 2015


Pulse Check is coming

We will be running a Your Voice Pulse Check survey for staff at our Bentley, Kalgoorlie and Margaret River campuses from 2-13 November.

The Pulse Check will comprise 20 questions from the Your Voice survey.  This will enable us to:

  • make a direct comparison with selected results from the full 2014 survey
  • gauge whether action undertaken in response to Your Voice 2014 is having a positive impact, and
  • identify where more work needs to be done.

The Senior Executive Team (SET) is committed to hearing, understanding and responding to your feedback, so I encourage you to all participate in the short survey.

If you have any queries or would like to be a Pulse Check Champion and encourage your colleagues to complete the survey, please contact Casey Ball on extension 4735

Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff

Over 70 nominations were received for the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff.  This is a fantastic result and a great tribute to the quality of the work undertaken by our professional colleagues.

Congratulations to all the nominees on this recognition.  I look forward to announcing the winners at an event on 7 December.   More information will be included in Curtin Weekly closer to the event.

Professor Mackenzie honoured

Curtin’s Professor John Mackenzie has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

Professor Mackenzie has been a world-leader in virology research for the past 40 years. His work has focused on viral ecology, with the aim of understanding how ecological factors affect the occurrence of specific viruses and influence public health responses.  More recently, he has made a major contribution internationally, principally through the World Health Organisation, through his work on how we best respond globally to diseases with pandemic potential.

Congratulations to John on this well-deserved recognition.

 Indigenous graduate to study at Cambridge

Curtin Engineering graduate Judd Harris has been accepted to undertake a Master of Philosophy in Engineering for Sustainable Development at Cambridge University.  He will be the first Indigenous Australian to study a full-time science-based degree at Cambridge, and may be the first Indigenous Western Australian to attain a postgraduate qualification in Engineering.

Judd’s principal motivation for studying at Cambridge is to expand his engineering knowledge in order to develop projects that have the potential to improve the well-being of Indigenous Australians living in regional Australia.

Congratulations to Judd on this outstanding success.

Judd with Curtin’s other Aurora Scholars, Bobbie Maher and Shelley Cable, and  Curtin’s Dr Elizabeth Henry

Judd with Curtin’s other Aurora Scholars, Bobbie Maher and Shelley Cable, and Curtin’s Dr Elizabeth Henry

Curtin Accelerate

The Curtin Accelerate program is looking for motivated individuals and teams to kick-start or accelerate an innovative business idea over ten weeks. The program is open to students, staff and alumni of Curtin with an innovative business idea.

Over the course of the program participants will be connected with industry contacts, given one-to-one and group mentoring sessions, and helped to bring their ideas and businesses closer to commercialisation.

You can find more information about Curtin Accelerate online, via email or by calling 9266 1778.

Encouraging Indigenous students

AISWA graduation

L to R: Brendan Nelson (Hale), Chloe Russell (St Brigid’s), Tahlia Stol (St Brigid’s), Professor Julianne Reid, Thelma Birch (Iona), Sachi Nevil (PLC), Roni Forrest (Future Footprints Program).

Five Indigenous secondary school students nominated by Future Footprints recently received Curtin Indigenous Partnerships Recommendation Awards.  The Award is part of Curtin’s strategy to encourage and support Indigenous students to attend the University.

Our partner organisations – Future Footprints, Follow the Dream and Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) – were able to nominate up to five students each for the award using the following criteria:

  • academic merit/potential to achieve at university
  • showing the most improvement during their high school studies
  • adverse personal circumstances/financial difficulties.

Award recipients will receive a total of $2000 in their first year of study at Curtin to contribute towards educational expenses.  We look forward to welcoming the students to the University next year.

Loud Shirt Day a great success

Thank you to all those who supported our first Loud Shirt Day by dressing up and donating to a great cause, Telethon Speech & Hearing.  The day was very successful and we will let you know the final fundraising tally soon.

Thank you also to Alex Smith and all those who put so much effort into organising the activities on the day and to Ian Callahan for being the driving force behind our involvement.

I hope you enjoy this photograph of the Senior Executive Team and Associate Professor Shirley Bode (with George the Therapy Dog) after the Grand Parade.

loud shirt day




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