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Note to staff

27 March 2015


A positive start to the year

We have had a great start to the year at Curtin.  Despite the half-cohort now being of university age, our enrolment and re-enrolment outcomes have been encouraging, and there has been a wonderful buzz on campus this semester.  O-Week gave a fantastic welcome to new and returning students, and the Festival of Learning also went very well.

I would like to thank all staff for their work at what I know is a particularly busy time of year, and I hope you share my positive outlook for 2015.

Cisco Internet of Everything at Curtin

Curtin University will host the Western Australian hub of the Cisco Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation Centre (CIIC).

Cisco Innovation Centres aim to catalyse and showcase innovation and development, bringing together customers, industry partners, start-ups, application developers, government organisations and universities. The Centre is expected to open in mid-2015 and will create a state-of-the-art connected community focused on leveraging cloud, analytics, cyber security and IoE network platforms.

The University has been a major player in the development of Australia’s capability underpinning the SKA and has built a broad base of computational and data scientists, so we are well advanced to host the CIIC lab. The initial focus at Curtin will be creating solutions in industries in which Australia has global strengths and leadership, such as resources, agriculture and astronomy.

Professor Dale Pinto made Honorary Life Member of the Tax Institute

Congratulations to Professor Dale Pinto who has recently been made an Honorary Life Member of the Tax Institute in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Institute.

Professor Pinto is currently Chair of the Taxation Institute’s Education Quality Assurance Board, a member of TEQSA’s Expert Panel in Accounting and Taxation as well as the Board of Taxation’s Advisory Panel and the ATO’s Tax Technical Panel (Superannuation).

He is also a member of the Divisional Council of CPA Australia (WA Division) and a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and serves on the Curtin University Council.

I would like to thank Dale for his contribution to Curtin and congratulate him on this most recent recognition.

The Sally Webster Hardship Fund

Sally Webster, a long serving member of staff, passed away on 24 December after an extended illness. During her time at Curtin she made a significant contribution not just to the students she helped but to the many and varied equity initiatives that she championed.

In 2009 Sally successfully advocated for the need to establish a fund to provide financial and other support to students who were unable to seek help through the normal channels.

Approximately 20 students have received tailor-made financial solutions from this fund each year since 2010.  Many of these students were at significant risk of ending their time at Curtin and through the help they received the majority of them were able to go on and finish their degrees. It is not an exaggeration to say that receiving help through this fund changed the course of these students’ lives.

Curtin University would like to acknowledge Sally’s contribution to the establishment of this fund by renaming it the Sally Webster Hardship Fund.  We hope that in some small way this will honour the memory of Sally and be a lasting accolade to her generous spirit

Curtin students aiming high

The 37th International Intercollegiate Mining Games opened in Kalgoorlie on Wednesday, with over 50 teams from as far away as the USA, Brazil and the United Kingdom participating.  This year the event is hosted by the WA School of Mines WASM Wombats student team.

There are six very competitive teams from the Bentley and Kalgoorlie campuses competing in a range of events.  They are hoping to replicate the considerable successes of last year’s event where the Bentley-based Wallabies Mining Team won the Overall Mining Games Trophy. We wish them the best of luck.


  1. Sheldon Smith March 27, 2015 5:12pm

    Sally Webster was a hero and a mentor to me. I am just one of many of staff and students who have had the pleasure of working alongside her. Her contributions to previously and historically marginalised groups will live forever thanks to this. Well done Curtin but most importantly – thanks for everything Sally!

  2. Naomi Yellowlees March 27, 2015 5:34pm

    Sally Webster was an inspiration and someone who reminded you what humanity really was about. What a wonderful and fitting tribute to her.

  3. Adolph De Sousa March 27, 2015 5:37pm

    Thank you Curtin for remembering Sally Webster. I also had the pleasure of knowing Sally and admired her values and concern for those less fortunate in our Society. It is a fitting way to remember her although I think she would have been humbled and embarrassed by this honour.

  4. Georgina Fyfe March 29, 2015 12:28pm

    well done to the person who had the idea to name the hardship fund for Sally. Please publish how we can pledge funds to this worthy cause

    • Simone Yule March 30, 2015 4:33pm

      Hi Georgina – Liz Henry has been in contact with me today regarding your query. Staff are most definitely able to contribute to the Sally Webster Hardship Fund and this can be done via Curtin’s staff giving program, Give to Change. Staff are able to make one-off or fortnightly contributions to the fund via payroll deductions. You can access a simple online form via this link: To direct a donation to the Sally Webster Hardship Fund, you will need to select the ‘Other Area/ faculty’ option and type in Sally Webster Hardship Fund.

      Additionally, the University matches all staff donations made through Give to Change, effectively doubling any staff contributions to the hardship fund.
      Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks

  5. Janey Colquhoun March 30, 2015 8:20am

    Sally Webster was an amazing inspirational woman, who I miss hugely, but thrilled to see she is remembered with this honour. Well done to the people that structured this new award name – well done, so thrilled for her family as well.

  6. Mike Burbridge March 30, 2015 8:58am

    What a truly lovely idea to rename the hardship fund the Sally Webster Hardship Fund. Simply lovely. Thanks to whoever thought of this and also to whoever agreed to this. She was a great person.

  7. Luke Webster March 30, 2015 11:07am

    Thanks you everyone for the incredibly kind words and thank you to those involved in renaming the fund. We are eternally proud of Mum and everything she achieved, especially during her time here at Curtin. We are truly humbled by this means to honour her legacy. I know Mum would be incredibly happy to know this fund will continue in her name. Thank you all.

  8. Vicki-Lee Pride March 31, 2015 8:40am

    A wonderful tribute to a wonderful person. Thank you.

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