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Note to staff

15 March 2016


Along with a number of Curtin colleagues and our Guild President, Jake Wittey, I attended the Universities Australia (UA) annual conference last week.  One of the highlights was Professor Barney Glover’s Press Club address as UA Chair in which he drew on a number of examples to indicate what can be achieved when universities work effectively with government and industry.  Included were two great Curtin examples – our major involvement in the building of the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array, and the significant achievements of Curtin’s Woodside Petroleum Research Centre.

Universities are a core component of the strong and robust innovation system that will be so essential to the future strength of our economy.  In this context, Professor Glover stressed the importance of policy certainty and stability for the sector.  His full address can be found here.

International Women’s Day 2016

International Women’s Day (IWD) has been held for more than 100 years to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women.  This year’s theme is ‘Pledge for Parity’ and I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak at Curtin’s IWD breakfast on Friday 13 March.  The event at the John Curtin Gallery attracted a large group of staff, and featured inspiring speeches from Maria Cavill, (Manager, William Langford Community House) and Professor Teri Balser, (Dean Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Science and Engineering).

I would like to emphasise my personal commitment to gender equality.  I have recently taken on the role of Curtin’s Pay Equity Ambassador and join a number of business leaders who, in association with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, are working to raise national awareness of the importance of gender pay equity.

I am also the Sponsor of the Athena Swan Australia Charter, and Curtin is proud to be participating in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot Project, of the Athena Swan gender equality accreditation program.  This is a national scheme based on a UK model which recognises best practices in recruiting, retaining and promoting women’s careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) sectors within higher education and research.  The pilot project will assist in identifying barriers for women in academic and professional positions within Curtin’s workforce.  Professor Jo Ward, Dean of Science, is leading the SAGE Pilot.

Curtin University is also committed to zero tolerance of violence in the workplace, particularly violence against women.  Curtin fully supports White Ribbon, Australia’s national campaign to prevent violence against women and is participating in the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program.

Degree reaccreditation

I am pleased to advise the Master of Business Administration (Strategic Procurement) was recently reaccredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply for the academic year 2015-2016. General Manager for Australasia, Mr Mark Lamb recently presented the Charted Accreditation certificate to the Dean of the Curtin Graduate School of Business, Professor Mile Terziovski. Congratulations to those involved in achieving this excellent result.

Mr Lamb presenting the certificate to Professor Terziovski

Mr Lamb presenting the certificate to Professor Terziovski

Closing the Gap Day event, 17 March

A morning tea will be held at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies on Thursday to mark Closing the Gap Day. The event will feature an address by Michelle Webb of the Faculty of Health Sciences, and will run from 10am to 11.30am.  Please indicate your attendance by emailing Jeannie Morrison at CAS.

Getting on board with The Conversation

Many Curtin academics are registered and engaged with The Conversation news site. I encourage all academic staff to consider contributing to this highly regarded website which features articles written by academic experts and edited by professional journalists.  The Conversation’s news and current affairs analysis is now read by some 23 million people a month worldwide.

The Conversation’s WA Editor, Mike Hopkins will be presenting the Getting on Board with The Conversation training session on Tuesday, 19 April at Curtin.  He will discuss how to register on the site, what makes a good story, and how to pitch a story to The Conversation. The event details are:

Event: Getting on Board with The Conversation
Date: Tuesday 19 April 2016
Time: 12 – 1pm
Location: Common Ground Meeting Room 2, building 104, room 102
RSVP: Please advise your attendance to the Media Relations team on

Curtin professor recognised

Congratulations to Professor Jaya Dantas of the Faculty of Health Sciences on being selected to attend the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations as part of the Graduate Women International Delegation.  Jaya will be representing the Australian Federation of Graduate Women and Curtin University.

Curtin student Rio bound

Congratulations also to Curtin Psychology student and kayaker Stephen Bird, who is the first WA athlete to qualify for the Australian Olympic Team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  He has been a Curtin student since 2009 and has been supported by the Curtin University Elite Athlete program.

St Patrick’s Day, 17 March

This Thursday marks Ireland’s National Day. St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and bought Christianity to Ireland in the early days of the faith.  To mark this occasion, the Curtin Food Markets will transform into a sea of green with Irish music, food, dancers and a free green slushy drink giveaway.

  1. Mattie Turnbull March 15, 2016 4:58pm

    Not sure why we are doing the St Patrick thing?
    Will we mark St Andrew’s Day with a sea of Tartan on 30 November?

    • Tara Deans March 17, 2016 3:04pm

      Hi Mattie, the Place Activation team endeavour to recognise a range of culturally significant celebration days throughout the year. These include the Holi Festival, ANZAC Day, Eid al Fitr, Halloween, Christmas and the Diwali Festival as well as St Pat’s Day. We are unable to celebrate all days but endeavour to celebrate a diverse mix of cultures to cater to the different cultures represented throughout the university. If you have any suggestions on other days that we should include in our celebrations please let us know.

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