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Note to staff

8 June 2015


Queen’s Birthday honours

Congratulations to Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry who has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO).

Professor Terry received the honour for distinguished service to tertiary education through senior administrative roles and as an academic and researcher in the field of psychology.

Her commitment to higher education extends to a number of high level advisory roles and board positions.  She is currently President of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia, and former Chair of the Australian Council of Learned Academies, the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts in the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences, and the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre.

She is also a Fellow of both the Australian Psychological Society and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Also honoured this week was former Director, Research and Development at Curtin, Mr Tony Tate, who became a Member in the General Division.  Tony has retired but is still an active member of the Curtin community.  He was recognised for significant service to the community through senior roles in peak Jewish welfare, advocacy and sporting organisations, and to tertiary education.

I am sure all staff join me in congratulating the Vice-Chancellor and Tony on this richly deserved recognition.

International recognition for the Carrolup Project

I am delighted to advise that Curtin has won a silver award in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) global awards.  The award recognises the importance of Curtin’s Carrolup Project, focussing on the repatriation of the artworks by Aboriginal children of the Stolen Generations at the Carrolup Native Settlement and their impact on the Noongar community.

Congratulations to staff of External Relations and the John Curtin Gallery for leading the development of the award nomination, and to all involved in the Carrrolup Project for their work on this enormously significant initiative.

The Carrolup artworks were thought lost for many years before they were discovered at Colgate University in the United States and later returned to Noongar country.  Coincidentally, Professor Ellen Kraly of Colgate University, her colleague Professor Adam Burnett and 18 of their students recently visited Curtin.  The Colgate group were at Curtin for discussions on Indigenous affairs, environmental studies and sustainability.

It is wonderful to see the relationship between Curtin, Colgate and the Noongar community continuing to flourish.


The Colgate University delegation with members of the Carrolup Elders Reference Group and Curtin staff

Curtin strategic partnership

 I am pleased to announce Curtin’s continued sponsorship of STYLEAID, Perth’s premier fashion fundraising event that supports people affected by HIV/AIDS through the WA AIDS Council.  Over its 18 years the event has raised more than $1.2 million.

The partnership with STYLEAID has many synergies with key areas of health education and research at Curtin.  The University is closely aligned with the WA AIDS Council through the Faculty of Health Sciences and its Department of Sexology, and the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health research centre.

STYLEAID’s focus on WA designer fashion also links to Curtin’s highly regarded Fashion course within the Faculty of Humanities. This year the talents of Curtin graduate and lecturer Kelsey Ashe Giambazi will be spotlighted as a dress she designed is among those to be auctioned. Many of our fashion students will also receive valuable experience by volunteering at this unique high-profile event.

STYLEAID takes place on Friday 31 July at the Crown Perth. Tickets can be purchased by visiting

Curtin students recognised internationally

A recent Note to Staff mentioned the achievement of a group of Professor Ann Aly’s students who were participating in the final round of ‘Peer 2 Peer: Challenging Extremism’, an international competition aimed at combating violent extremism.

I am delighted to advise that the team won second place and their app has attracted significant interest and offers of support.  Congratulations to all involved.

Curtin supports marriage equality

Curtin’s culture is inclusive of sexual and gender diversity, and supportive of the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.  As part of this welcoming and inclusive ethos, the University has recently indicated its support for marriage equality on the Australian Marriage Equality website.  Curtin is one of only two universities to do.

I am pleased the Curtin Student Guild has also pledged its support for marriage equality on the site.

New exhibitions at the John Curtin Gallery

Following the extended and very successful exhibition of The Visitors by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, two new exhibitions have opened at the John Curtin Gallery.

Foreign Soil by Thea Costantino responds to the World War One centenary with a call to broaden the ANZAC narrative.  Multicultural Australia is home to many histories and the artist takes the experience of her Italian grandfather as a starting point to consider the international experience of the war that was to set the tone for the twentieth century.

Post-hybrid: reimagining the Australian self, features works from public and private Western Australian art collections, including the Curtin University Art Collection. The exhibition explores the ways in which colonisation, Aboriginal culture and migration have contributed to an ever-evolving sense of contemporary Australian identity.

Post-hybrid is curated by Lia McKnight, Collection Manager at the John Curtin Gallery.


  1. Melissa Davis June 8, 2015 2:22pm

    Congratulations Vice Chancellor on your OA honour.

  2. Adolph De Sousa June 8, 2015 2:56pm

    Congratulations Professor Terry on this distinguished award.

  3. Peter Newman June 9, 2015 12:08am

    Congratulations Vice Chancellor, you join a distinguished list of Curtin AO’s!

  4. John Mamo June 9, 2015 6:49am

    Delighted to hear of your award Vice Chancellor. Congratulations indeed!

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