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Note to staff

27 September 2016


Vale notices

Wayne Clark

Dr Wayne Clark

This morning we were deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Dr Wayne Clark. Wayne was the Director, Quality Assurance in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. He was a highly valued member of staff who was regarded fondly, and with deep respect, by his colleagues in the Faculty and, more broadly, across the University.

Wayne joined the Faculty of Science and Engineering in March 2014 as Director, Student Engagement and was then appointed Acting Dean, Teaching and Learning before taking on his current role as Director, Quality Assurance. Prior to joining Curtin he held a number of senior roles at universities in both New Zealand and South Africa, including as Acting Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology.

Our deepest sympathy and condolences are with his wife, daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons during this very difficult time.

We were also sad to hear that a former staff member, Associate Professor Brian White, passed away recently. Brian was a respected mathematician who lectured in Curtin’s School of Mathematics and Statistics. He commenced at WAIT in 1974 and also worked in Physics and Astronomy during his 40 years with the University. Brian was a member of the Remote Sensing and Satellite Research Group in the Department of Physics and made a huge contribution to Curtin.  He is warmly remembered by many former colleagues, and will be missed.  On behalf of everyone at the University, I offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

John Curtin Medallist and Foodbank WA’s founding CEO, Doug Paling, has also passed away. Doug received a John Curtin Medal in 2003. He was recognised for his tireless work to help feed the underprivileged in WA by establishing  Foodbank, a major community organisation that forged important links with hundreds of community and welfare support agencies. Doug’s generosity extended to Curtin through the provision of opportunities for students in the John Curtin Leadership Academy and Curtin Volunteers. On behalf of Curtin, I extend our sympathy to his family and friends.

THE World University Rankings and QS Top 50 under 50

Times Higher Education World University Rankings have been released and I am pleased to advise Curtin has maintained its ranking in the 401-500 band. Our estimated ranking has risen from 435 to 417 in the world, with a national rank of equal 24th.

Curtin has also been ranked 27 in the world in the QS Top 50 Under 50, a slight fall of four places from 23 last year. This places us 6th nationally.

Curtin programs have success with ON Prime

I am very pleased to announce that three Curtin programs have been selected to participate in ON Prime, a national sci-tech innovation accelerator program run by CSIRO. ON Prime assists research teams to develop their work for market. The successful Curtin programs are: Biometric Market Research Laboratory, Exoskeleton Robotic Finger Orthosis and Virtual Home Visits.

The teams will participate in an eight week program that will be hosted at the Cisco Internet of Everything Centre on our Bentley campus. Congratulations to all the staff involved in these projects – we look forward to hearing more about their future success.

Launch of the new edX MicroMasters programs

Curtin has joined with 13 national and international institutions to launch MicroMasters programs as part of our collaboration with edX. I would like to thank the Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin Learning and Teaching and Corporate Relations for the significant work undertaken to put the programs together within a tight timeframe.

The MicroMasters in Human Rights program will be run through the Centre for Human Rights Education and will develop students’ understanding of human rights concepts and practices at local, national and international levels. We are also collaborating with MIT to provide a pathway to further study for students completing their MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management.

Curtin students receive WA Mining Club Scholarships

Congratulations to three students from Curtin’s WA School of Mines who have been awarded West Australian Mining Club Scholarships.

Third year Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) student, Anis McGowan, was presented with the Female Student in a Technical Discipline in the Mining Sector scholarship. First year Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) student, Elliot Puccinelli, was granted the Engineering in the Mining Sector Scholarship and the Geology Scholarship was awarded to, Przemyslaw Jakub Cichosz, who is a second year student completing a Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology).

Review of the Teaching Support Coordinator and Teaching Support Officer roles

At last week’s Senior Executive Team’s (SET) meeting, a summary of the outcomes of the Teaching Support Coordinator and Teaching Support Officer Roles Review was presented by Associate Professor Stephanie Fryer-Smith (Office of the Provost) for consideration.

SET endorsed the outcomes of the Review and supported the establishment of a Working Party to consider the issues raised by the Review and to make recommendations to the Operational Effectiveness Committee.  For those who are interested, the Review summary is available here. I thank all those who contributed to the Review and I am confident that we will be able to satisfactorily address the issues raised.

Invisible Genres exhibition at John Curtin Gallery

The recently opened Invisible Genres exhibition commemorates the 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s landing in Western Australia and explores continuing connections and parallels between four countries in their histories and politics, depicted in contemporary art. There will be a floor talk from the curator, John Mateer, tomorrow at 12.30 pm. More information is available on Staff News.

  1. Georgina Fyfe September 28, 2016 8:07am

    Wayne Clark was a wonderful friend and colleague who exemplified the Curtin values of integrity and courage, and made a substantial contribution to this organisation in the short time he was with us. Wayne’s erudition and wicked sense of humour were a delight, and his UCC meeting evaluation, done in rhyming couplets, is the stuff of legend. More importantly, he brought to Curtin his vast experience and wisdom, and was generous in sharing his insight. I shall miss him so much.

  2. Mary Miller-Furesh September 28, 2016 8:46am

    Today is our first day of the CSIRO ON Prime innovation accelerator. I am looking forward to leading the Virtual Training for Health and Aged Care project team (The Empathy Simulator “Jim” and Virtual Home Visit Training Tool). Go team!

  3. Sian Flynne September 28, 2016 9:00am

    So sorry to hear the tragic news about Wayne. In the short time I knew him he was always happy to help in any way he could and a delight to be with.

  4. Anthea Macrides September 28, 2016 9:58am

    Very sorry to hear about the passing of Wayne Clark. Wayne was a much valued member of the Curtin Extra Committee and always such a pleasure to work with. Deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

  5. Nancy Antoine September 29, 2016 2:39pm

    The sudden passing of Wayne has left many of us with heavy and sad hearts and we are still trying to come to terms with this terrible tragedy. Wayne was not only a fantastic colleague, but someone we all had a special friendship with. He was such a wise and knowledgeable man and always had time for us. He would always drop by the office no matter what time of day it was, on his way to a meeting, just to say hi to everyone, always with a smile and happy to converse. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. We miss you already dear friend!

  6. Amy Cleasby October 3, 2016 11:15am

    I am very sorry to hear about Wayne’s passing and my condolences go out to his family and friends.

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