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Curtin University
Note to staff

24 October 2016


Last week I was very proud to sign an MOU between Southern Aboriginal Corporation, Bringing Them Home Committee and Curtin University that will provide opportunities for Curtin students to undertake practice-based learning for credit toward their degrees, at the former mission sites of Carrolup/Marribank and Wandering Brook.

The students will assist in identifying the community’s needs and vision for the future of the sites, research ‘best practice’ examples of healing spaces and assist with the development of heritage restoration and renovation plans.

Importantly, the students will also have the chance to learn how to engage with Aboriginal people in effective, culturally appropriate and respectful ways. Professors Reena Tiwari and John Stephens (School of Built Environment) will be leading the project for Curtin.

Myself with Jim Morrison of the Bringing Them Home committee and Glen Colbung, Chairperson of the Southern Aboriginal Corporation.

Myself with Jim Morrison of the Bringing Them Home committee and Glen Colbung, Chairperson of the Southern Aboriginal Corporation.

On Friday, I also joined around 350 Curtin FM listeners and volunteers to celebrate the station’s 40th anniversary at a Gala Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Curtin FM has a weekly audience of 225 000 and is one of the most successful community radio stations in Australia. The dinner was a great success, with the strong turnout reflecting the station’s committed and loyal listener base.

Medical School obtains AMC accreditation

I am very pleased to advise that the Curtin Medical School has been granted accreditation by the Australian Medical Council (AMC), the independent national standards body for medical education and training. This approval is a key milestone in the development of the School, which will open next year.

Curtin’s medical degree will be the only direct-entry program of its type in the State and will assist in addressing the critical shortage of doctors in Western Australia, especially in rural, remote and outer-suburban locations. To date, there have been 1,506 applications for the 60 places on offer. This is a clear indication of the demand for the program.

I would like to congratulate all those involved in achieving this important step, particularly the team led Professor William Hart, Curtin’s Dean of Medicine, and the Curtin Medical School Advisory Board chaired by Adjunct Professor Janice Bell.

University Ranking of Academic Performance 2016-17

Curtin is now ranked 302 in the world on the University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP), up 33 places from 335 last year, and remains in ninth position nationally. This research based ranking system considers quality, quantity and impact of publications as well as international collaboration through six research indicators.

Fremantle recruits Curtin students and alumni for AFL Women’s League

Fremantle Football Club has selected their team for the 2017 inaugural AFL Women’s League at the AFLW National Draft. We are pleased to see a number of Curtin students and alumni have made the team and wish them the best of luck for their first season in 2017.

For more information on our partnership with Fremantle Football Club, please see my previous Note to Staff on 20 June 2016.

Curtin Accelerate 2017

The Accelerate program demonstrates our commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship. Accelerate is a great opportunity for staff, students and alumni to kick-start innovations or new business ideas. It is a ten-week program that provides opportunities to connect with industry, gain valuable mentoring and assistance to commercialise innovative ideas.

The 2017 program will launch tomorrow with an information event at the Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre. As part of the launch, Yuuwa Capital’s Matt Macfarlane will run an interactive workshop.

I encourage interested staff to put forward applications. Past participants have moved on to have great successes, which you can read about here.

Meeting with Emeritus Professors

Last week I had the privilege of attending luncheons with Emeritus Professors from the faculties of Humanities, and Science and Engineering, at Curtin St Georges Terrace. It was a great opportunity to update these valued staff on the many exciting things happening at Curtin. I look forward to the upcoming lunches with their counterparts from Curtin Business School and Health Sciences.

The Science and Engineering Emeritus Professor lunch at Curtin St Georges Terrace.

The lunch with Science and Engineering Emeritus Professors

Notable achievements:

  • Ty Hayes named one of Australia’s most innovative marketing leaders
    Congratulations to Curtin’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ty Hayes, who has been ranked as Australia’s 14th most innovative marketing leader. This is a fantastic achievement and is certainly well-deserved. Congratulations Ty.
  • Humans of Curtin wins AMI award
    Congratulations to everyone involved in the Humans of Curtin marketing campaign, which has been awarded an Australian Marketing Institute award for the category of Corporate Social Responsibility. Humans of Curtin shares some of the stories of the individuals who make up the Curtin community. For more information, please visit the AMI website.
  • State Australian of the Year finalists
    Congratulations to Curtin alumni Dr Martin Dougiamas, Olive Knight, Abdullahi Alim, and Adjunct Professor Arlene Chan who have all been named WA finalists for Australian of the Year awards. A full list of finalists can be found here.

SOBE student passes away

Sadly,  a student in the School of Built Environment passed away on Friday 21 October from meningococcal disease. He was a talented and popular fourth year student who will be missed by friends, classmates and staff alike.

Significant dates

  • Deepavali (Diwali) – Festival of Lights
    On 29 October, Australians of Hindu, Sikh, and Jain faiths will celebrate Deepavali (Diwali), or the Festival of Lights. This is a very popular festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. I wish everyone a joyful celebration.
  • United Nations Day flag raising
    24 October is United Nations Day which commemorates the coming in force of the United Nations Charter in 1945. Curtin will display the United Nations flag together with the Australian national flag for the anniversary.


  1. Mel Henry October 24, 2016 2:12pm

    Congratulations Ty, and to everyone involved in the Humans of Curtin campaign for these remarkable achievements. I know the Humans of Curtin campaign, in particular, is a fantastic example of genuine collaboration across many areas of the University, which has allowed Curtin to promote and celebrate an inclusive learning environment in such an innovative and engaging way. Well done everyone!

  2. Ty Hayes October 25, 2016 1:18pm

    Thank you Mel. I totally agree, Humans of Curtin is an excellent example of collaboration. The award has many fingerprints on it and it is a wonderful shared success story for Curtin.

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