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Note to staff

14 November 2016


Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff

I was delighted to be able to present the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff last week before a large and warmly supportive audience.

The awards were developed to acknowledge the very significant contribution that our professional staff make to the University. Individual winners receive a prize of up to $4,000 to be used for a professional development opportunity. Winning teams receive a prize of up to $4,000 per person up to a maximum of $20,000 per team, to be used for a team-based professional development opportunity or activity.

With the Curtin AHEAD team, winners of the Excellence in Engagement or Collaboration category.

We received 51 nominations involving 220 staff, which is a wonderful testament to the work of our professional colleagues, as was the almost 400 people who attended the presentation event.  I extend my warm congratulations to the following winners:

Excellence in Innovation
Team winner: Physics Technical Team: Ming Lim and Ketesse Hansen

Excellence in Engagement or Collaboration
Individual winner: Jodi Vletter, Human Resources
Team winner: Curtin AHEAD Team: Shamim Samani, Charles Flodin, Cameron Thorn, Nicole Vidovich, Kathryn Daniels, Andrea Duncan, Pia Munindradasa, Luke Webster, Katy Scott, John Mallard, Adam Livingston, Jessica Lhota, Jaz Norris, Jess Williams, Hannah Simmons, Vicki Ward, Sarah Mullen and Silvia Lozeva.

Excellence in Leadership
Individual winner: Kenneth McCluskey, Humanities
Team winner: Security Leadership Team: Sean Daly, Clinton Miller, Matthew Pitala, Christopher Hall, Norman Neindorf, Chris Pritchard, Rob Urquhart and Jacqui Allison.

Excellence in Service
Individual winner: Leigh Brennan, School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts
Team winner: School of Built Environment, Teaching and Student Support Team: Param Dod, Anne Clocherty, Dean Johnson and Nicole Yuen.

Please take the time to watch the videos that show the fantastic work recognised by these awards and find out more on the website.

Curriculum Management System (Akari) Go Live

Tomorrow, Tuesday 15 November, the University will launch a new Curriculum Management System, called Akari. Delivered under the Digital Futures program, this is a significant development for Curtin that will provide a single source of study package information for academics and professional staff.  This achievement is due to a collaborative effort by the project team led by Professor Vanessa Chang, Associate Professor Craig Zimitat and Project Manager Ruchika Goyal, and others involved in Student Services, Student Systems, Curtin Learning and Teaching and the Digital Futures team. Read more about Akari and what’s changing.

Curtin Connect student precinct

Curtin Connect is bringing together services and support functions for students from across the University into a convenient location in buildings 101 and 102. The innovative new development will provide future and current students with a single point of contact for Curtin’s Student Services, Support Services, Future Students, Curtin International and the Graduate Research School.

As you may have already seen, the building refurbishment has commenced in buildings 101 and 102 and is progressing well. The refurbishment is due to be completed in May 2017. To enable this to occur, there will be some temporary relocation of staff and services. Thank you to all staff for your support and patience during this period.  You can read more about Curtin Connect here.

STEM Education Research Group

I am pleased to announce that Curtin’s Science and Mathematics Education Centre (SMEC) has changed its name to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Research Group and is now located in the School of Education within the Faculty of Humanities.

The new name and location more accurately depict the group’s purpose, which covers research and education across the STEM areas. The STEM Education Research Group will build on the strong reputation of SMEC, at the same time as enhancing the opportunities for postgraduate study in STEM. For more information, please visit the new webpage

Curtin University Sports Awards

The Curtin University Sports Awards, run through Curtin Stadium, recognise the outstanding sporting achievements of students, alumni, sports clubs and volunteers in the Curtin community. The awards were presented on 10 November. Congratulations to the winners:

  • Hockeyroos player Kathryn Slattery won the Sportswoman of the Year Award. Kathryn is studying a Bachelor of AgriBusiness.
  • Kookaburras player Matthew Swann won the Sportsman of the Year Award. Matthew is studying Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting.
  • The Curtin University Sports Club Excellence Award and the Sports Club Community Award were presented to Curtin University Boat Club (CUBC) President Cameron Thorn, who is a team leader within the Curtin AHEAD team. In 2016, CUBC improved its standing from 5th (2015) to 3rd place overall in Club Championship Points and continues to facilitate Row AHEAD, an aspiration raising program for students at Clontarf Aboriginal College.

Cameron Thorn with Academic Director of the Curtin Leadership Centre, Associate Professor Linley Lord.

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

Curtin alumna Sally Morgan and former Curtin academic Meg McKinlay have won awards in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, presented on 8 November.

Renowned author and artist Sally Morgan won the Children’s fiction award for her book Sister Heart. Meg McKinlay won the Young Adult fiction award for her book, A Single Stone. Meg designed and taught the School of Media Culture and Creative Arts’ popular Writing for Children unit before leaving to focus on writing the novel.

Congratulations to Sally and Meg.

Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib 

Today marks the celebration of the birth of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, an important occasion in the Sikh calendar. I wish our Sikh Curtin community members a wonderful celebration.

  1. Amit Rudra November 14, 2016 5:51pm

    Hearty congrats Vanessa and team for Akari!!!
    Keep it up!

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