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Note to staff

24 April 2015


Alliance signed with the Fremantle Dockers

Curtin and the Fremantle Dockers have signed an alliance agreement that will deliver benefits for both parties, creating valuable, real-life experiences for our students while providing Fremantle Dockers staff with access to Curtin’s cutting-edge research.

Exercise science and physiotherapy students will be able to gain training opportunities and practical experience at the club, and Fremantle staff will also have access to Curtin’s academic staff and infrastructure in the areas of multi-media, exercise science, sports medicine and, in the future, other disciplines.

Over the last 12 months, Curtin film and TV students have provided video and written content for the club’s website, and from 2016, students will provide additional content, including the production of a football panel show for Docker TV.

With both Curtin and the Dockers strongly committed to closing the gap, the alliance will also look at providing educational and sporting opportunities for Aboriginal communities.

I would like to thank the staff from across the University who were involved in developing and finalising this significant partnership opportunity.  This includes, but is not limited to, Professor Garry Allison (Health Sciences); Associate Professor Steve Mickler, Howard Worth, and Ken Kelso (Humanities); Lisa Spiers and Joseph D’Alessandro (Properties); and Jane Coole and Geoff Hutchinson (External Relations).


Dockers signing

At the signing of the Dockers Alliance with Dockers CEO Steve Rosich and player Michael Barlow.

Jimmy Choo joins Curtin

Fashion icon Professor Jimmy Choo visited Curtin this month to present an Australian-first masterclass and to share his expertise with the next generation of designers.

The day-long, all-access masterclass called Creativity Through Skills gave guests the opportunity to hear Professor Choo speak about his creative process in shoe design as well as his tips on how to market products.

Professor Choo has now joined the University as an Adjunct Professor.  In this capacity he will utilise his international connections to provide opportunities for collaboration and student mobility with other fashion institutions around the world.

My appreciation goes to the staff from the Faculty of Humanities and Corporate Relations and Development for their work both in developing the relationship with Professor Choo and for arranging his visit to the University.

Appointment of Stephanie Fryer-Smith as Pro Vice-Chancellor, Curtin Sydney

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Stephanie Fryer-Smith as Pro Vice-Chancellor, Curtin Sydney. Her term commences on 24 April 2015 and will continue throughout 2015.

Many Curtin staff members will remember Stephanie as Associate Professor and Dean International of Curtin Business School.  She left Curtin in late 2008 to take up an appointment as Native Title Registrar and Chief Executive of National Native Title Tribunal, a position that she held for six years.

In addition to Stephanie’s extensive leadership, management and administration experience, she has a substantial background in academia.  She holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Law and is a barrister, solicitor and accredited mediator.  Stephanie’s significant experience in management, administration and university learning, teaching and research equip her well for the role of PVC, Curtin Sydney.

China-Australia Writing Centre

The China-Australia Writing Centre is a recently established collaborative international program led jointly by Curtin University and Fudan University in Shanghai.

The Centre will bring together cross-disciplinary expertise from both institutions, including expertise in creative writing, literature studies, historical writing, and journalism.  It will focus on enabling, promoting, and studying new writing in China and Australia, with the specific aim of using cultural exchange and translation (in its broadest sense) to advance the production of creative, historical, and expository writing, and the development of innovative writing practices.

Professor Tim Dolin from Curtin’s School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts and Professor Tan Zheng from Fudan University will provide scholarly leadership of the initiative.

The China-Australia Writing Centre is expected to officially open in August, however activities between the two universities have already begun, including the exchange of visiting writing fellows and the development of a two-day writing symposium to be held in Margaret River later this year.

Issues within the higher education sector

Further to the Note to Staff I issued on Tuesday, I encourage any staff member with concerns or observations about any of the issues raised in the Four Corners program this week to please email me directly or register a complaint through the portal so that the matter can be followed up appropriately.

Other points of interest

At this week’s Senior Executive Team (SET) meeting the draft Curtin Transport & Access Strategy 2015-2017 discussion paper was presented.  While the discussion paper will be released shortly, we will also ensure that staff have the opportunity to participate in a full discussion of the issues, including the broader sustainability of our campus.

The development of the Old Boys’ School is progressing very well and an update was given at yesterday’s SET meeting. As has been previously announced, the University has taken a 21 year lease on the Old Boys School located at Brookfield Place, 139 St Georges Terrace. It is an ideal opportunity to strengthen our presence in the CBD in a building that housed one of our predecessor institutions, the Perth Technical School. The venerable building lends itself to being a vibrant CBD presence and showcase area for the University for events, meetings, exhibitions and functions. We look forward to using it from the beginning of next year.

Vesak or Buddha Day

This day celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha.  The date on which it is celebrated varies by region and tradition and could be 4 May or the first or second of June.

Future Notes to Staff

Starting in May, the regular weekly Note to Staff will be issued on a Monday morning.  Suggested items for inclusion in the Notes can be forwarded to Ann Paterson, Director Strategic Communications.

  1. Carmela Briguglio April 25, 2015 11:45am

    Go the Dockers!!!
    Wonderful to hear about the special alliance

    Carmela Briguglio

  2. John Venable April 26, 2015 5:29pm

    Congratulations Stephanie Fryer-Smith and welcome back!

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