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Note to staff

18 July 2016


I had the pleasure of attending the Curtin Ball on Saturday night. As always, it was an enjoyable and well-organised event that is a great example of our community coming together in a collegiate and very positive way. My thanks to Maureen Meredith and her fellow committee members (Andra Griffond, Kristy Walden, Lisa Blachut and Rebekah Harley) for all their hard work to ensure the success of the event.

The Ball was followed on Sunday by the Autism Open Day, hosted by the Curtin Autism Research Group. The event is designed to provide the autism community with updates on research findings on a wide range of topics. It was a very inspiring day – reflecting Curtin’s commitment to giving back to our communities – that attracted a large number of people. My congratulations to Professor Torbjorn Falkmer and his colleagues in the Curtin Autism Research Group on the success of the event and my thanks to Katrina de Haas, from the Events team, for organising the event so well.

UniForum results

A number of staff participated in the UniForum benchmarking study of administration and support services earlier in the year. We have now received the preliminary results from UniForum and will undertake a number of case studies to better understand the data and identify ways to refine and improve the data collection process in the future.

As it is our first year of participating in UniForum, no decisions will be made on the basis of the results and they will not factor into the budget process. Ultimately, the benchmarking will increase our understanding of our operations and improve our ability to invest in and manage them more effectively. The capacity to benchmark with other Australian universities also means that, where appropriate, we can learn from their processes to improve our own.

I would like to thank all those who participated in the data collection, as well as those who will be involved in the next stage of this work.

Orientation Week

The University will welcome new and current students to campus next week as Orientation Week commences. The official welcome will take place on Monday 25 July from 9.30am to 10am in the Guild Undercover Courtyard (building 106).

During the week there will be a range of activities including entertainment, interactive stalls and social events. Although targeted at students, I encourage all staff to get involved. You can download programs and maps of the week’s events at the Staff Resources page on the Orientation website.

If you encounter a student with a question you can’t answer during O-Week, please direct them to ‘The Cabin’ outside buildings 101 and 102 where the Student Wellbeing Advisors and Orientation volunteers can assist.

For more information, please visit the Orientation website.

2016 Brian Gray Scholarship winner

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) last week announced the winners of the Brian Gray Scholarship which included Curtin Alumna and student, Nicole Parrotte. Nicole graduated from Curtin last year with a Bachelor of Science (Actuarial Science).

As an honours student scholarship winner, Nicole will be researching Alternative Funding Mechanisms for Primary Health Care in Australia and will present her research findings to APRA. On behalf of Curtin, I’d like to congratulate Nicole and wish her the best of luck with her research.

If you’d like to read more about the winners or the Brian Gray Scholarship, please visit the APRA website.

Open Day volunteers needed

We are nearing Open Day 2016 and staff across campus are busy preparing lots of exciting activities to showcase Curtin and our Bentley campus to prospective students and visitors. This is the biggest event of the year for us and it is heavily dependent on volunteers.

I strongly encourage staff to get involved. As Open Day is on a Sunday, all professional staff members at HEW level 7 or below who volunteer on the day are eligible for Time Off in Lieu (TOIL). Those staff should discuss their TOIL arrangements with their line manager.

For more information on volunteering, please visit the Staff News website.

Tragedies abroad

Many of us have been saddened by recent events in France and Turkey. More than 80 people were killed in Nice in an apparent terrorist attack when a truck was driven into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day, and an attempted coup in Turkey resulted in the loss of almost 300 lives. Many more people were also injured in these incidents, including some Australians.

We are contacting members of the University community in these countries to see if they need support or practical assistance. As always, our Counselling Service is available to any member of the Curtin community who needs help, and to show our support for the Turkish and French people Curtin Stadium will be lit in the colours of their national flags this week.



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