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Note to staff

19 September 2016


Strategic Plan 2017-2020 Update

I’m pleased to advise that on 14 September, University Council approved, in principle, the Strategic Plan 2017-2020.

Work will continue on developing the initiatives, actions and key performance indicators that will enable us to meet the objectives outlined in the new Strategic Plan. These items, to be agreed in consultation with relevant staff and areas, will be captured in the enabling plan and filtered through to operational plans for campuses, faculties, schools, portfolios and areas.

If you would like to know more about the planning process and forthcoming activities, please visit the New Strategic Plan blog, or contact the Office of Strategy and Planning directly at

S.W. Carey Medal for Curtin Professor

Congratulations to John Curtin Distinguished Professor and Australian Laureate Fellow Zheng-Xiang Li, from Curtin’s Department of Applied Geology, who was recently awarded the prestigious S.W. Carey medal for his influence on geoscience. The medal is awarded to a person distinguished in the field of tectonics.

Professor Zheng-Xiang Li is one of a select group of researchers on the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list of the top one per cent most cited in his field. He helped establish the Tectonics Special Research Centre at UWA with Professor Chris Powell, has led three UNESCO International Geoscience Program Projects and is co-Director of the Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Tectonics and Earth Resources.

Professor Li was also a finalist in the Scientist of the Year category at this year’s Premier’s Science Awards.

Public holiday next week on Monday 26 September

Further to my earlier Notes to Staff in March and May about public holidays at Curtin, I wanted to confirm that our University will be closed next Monday for the Queen’s Birthday public holiday.

The normal public holiday skeleton staffing arrangements will apply on Monday. If you have any questions regarding these arrangements, please speak with your line manager.

Please also remember that in 2017 two of the three WA public holidays occur outside teaching periods. As such, Curtin will be open on the first public holiday on 6 March but not on the public holidays on 5 June and 25 September. With an eye to the future, the Academic Calendar Working Party, chaired by Associate Professor Linley Lord, continues its work considering the potential implications of observing all three public holidays in later years.

ATN Grants Scheme for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

The Australian Technology Network (ATN) of Universities has launched a pilot grant scheme to support excellence in teaching and learning in response to the disestablishment of the Commonwealth Office of Learning and Teaching in the recent Federal Budget.

Academic and professional staff can submit applications for Strategic Initiative Grants to investigate, develop and implement innovations in learning and teaching in higher education.

Curtin and the other four ATN universities – Queensland University of Technology, University of Technology Sydney, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University and the University of South Australia – will each contribute $100,000 to the collaborative grants scheme for research into teaching and learning at ATN universities and across the higher education sector.

Continuing to fund initiatives that improve the teaching and learning experience is critical for the reputation of our universities and the educational experience of students.

Find out more about the scheme online.

Peak body accreditation for Exercise, Sport and Rehabilitation Science course

I am pleased to advise that Curtin’s Exercise, Sport and Rehabilitation Science course has been accredited by Australia’s peak body in exercise and sports science, Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), demonstrating that the course is being taught to a national standard. The accreditation means that graduates can now be recognised through ESSA as Exercise Scientists, providing them with greater opportunities in the exercise and sports industry.

AIME visit to Kalgoorlie

The Curtin Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) team travelled to Kalgoorlie earlier this month to visit Indigenous high school mentees at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School, following recent tensions in Kalgoorlie over the death of local boy Elijah Doughty.

A service was held at the school in memory of Elijah and a large number of students paid their respects. Two Curtin AIME mentees participated – one opening the memorial, acknowledging the land in language and another singing a reflection. Thank you to the AIME team for their ongoing support of students at this difficult time. We continue to keep the community in our thoughts.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School students released white balloons during a reflection song.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School students released white balloons during a reflection song.




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