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Note to staff

12 September 2016


Curtin debuts in ARWU ranking in Natural Sciences and Mathematics

I am very pleased to announce Curtin has debuted in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in the field of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Curtin ranked 134 out of 200, placing it an estimated fourth among Australian universities.

We also maintained our ranking in the Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences field placing in the top 101-150 band of universities worldwide, with an estimated rank of seventh in Australia.

These wonderful results reflect the excellence of our researchers and affirm the impact of our recent focus on building research capability in areas of strength.

Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff – nominees announced

More than 50 nominations were received for the 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff, and it is fantastic to see the exceptional work undertaken over the last year.

I would also like to acknowledge the nominators for taking the time to recognise their colleagues. This certainly demonstrates one of our signature behaviours for the value of Excellence – acknowledging the success and achievements of others.

Congratulations to all the nominees. Some of their stories will be shared through Curtin Weekly in the coming weeks and winners will be announced at the awards event in November. More information will be available closer to the event.

Rate My Space

Rate My Space is an innovative new initiative that will see Curtin lead one of the world’s largest building wellness assessment projects across our Bentley and Technology Park campuses.  Rate My Space won a 2015 Curtin Commercial Innovation Award and was developed by Curtin Researchers Dr Samantha Hall and Dr Vanessa Rauland.

Staff will have the opportunity to rate their office space across a number of comfort and wellbeing criteria. Curtin Properties, Facilities and Development are trialling Rate My Space and using the information to inform future planning and development opportunities.

I encourage all staff to take the time to participate. Click here to participate or visit the Rate My Space website for more information.

New MOOC with edX

Congratulations to all those involved in developing Curtin’s fourth MOOC on the edX platform, Environmental Studies: A Global Perspective. This MOOC showcases Curtin’s expertise in this area with 18 Curtin staff from both Science and Engineering and Humanities featured in video presentations. The course is jointly facilitated by Professor Teri Balser and Professor Joseli Macedo and commences on 12 September.

Partnership with UNESCO

Curtin recently signed a contract to establish the University’s first UNESCO Chair of Cultural Heritage and Visualisation for Professor Erik Champion (School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts). The Chair will cooperate closely with UNESCO on programs and activities, and facilitate new projects and collaborations with other UNESCO chairs and scholars, particularly in the field of digital cultural heritage. Two related PhD Scholarships and a Research Fellow position will shortly be advertised and there will be a program to invite visiting fellows from around the world.

At the partnership signing with Professor Alan Dench, Associate Professor Michele Willson  and Professor Erik Champion of the Faculty of Humanities.

At the partnership signing with Professor Alan Dench, Associate Professor Michele Willson
and Professor Erik Champion of the Faculty of Humanities.

Curtin partners with TEDx for TEDxPerth 2016

Curtin is a principal partner of TEDxPerth again this year, which will be held on 15 October at Perth Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale tomorrow and are expected to sell quickly. With our 50th anniversary coming up and the focus on innovation, this is a great opportunity for Curtin to promote and showcase innovative ideas and thinking. More information will be available in Curtin Weekly.

Australian Universities Benchmark for IT Service Quality

Curtin will participate in the 2016 Australian Universities Benchmark for IT Service Quality survey.

This is the seventh time we have been involved in the survey, which aims to:

  • gather information about client satisfaction in order to continue to improve IT services at Curtin; and
  • obtain comparative benchmark data about IT service delivery across Australian and New Zealand universities.

The survey will commence on Monday 19 September and will remain open for two weeks. All staff will receive an email with a unique survey link. I encourage you to complete the survey as your participation will help the University to improve its service delivery. Survey entries will go into a draw, with the opportunity to win one of 30 double movie passes.

If you would like more information about the survey or the benchmarking initiative, please contact the CITS Service Centre.



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