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Note to staff

28 November 2016


Eduniversal World Convention at Curtin

This week Curtin Business School is co-hosting the ninth Eduniversal World Convention at our Bentley Campus. Eduniversal unites representatives of business schools in 154 countries and produces two annual global rankings: ‘The Best 1000 Business schools in 154 countries’ and the ‘The Best 4000 Masters and MBA programs in 30 fields of study in 154 countries’.

This is the first time the Eduniversal World Convention will be held in Australia. Curtin Business School’s role in co-hosting this convention will greatly enhance its international reputation as well as the profile of the University, Perth and the other universities in Western Australia.

Achievement in health and safety

We were recently advised that the University had not only met the requirements for Worksafe Plan Certification, but that we have received a Gold Certificate of Achievement. These certificates are awarded to organisations demonstrating good progress toward a best practice approach to safety and health management.

I would like to congratulate the University’s Health, Safety and Emergency Management team, led by Nelly Latino, and the numerous safety and health representative and Health and Safety Committee members who have supported our move to a more positive safety culture at Curtin. This recognition is a very significant achievement.

QS Graduate Employability Ranking

I am pleased to advise that Curtin has ranked 151-200 globally and equal 10th in Australia (along with Macquarie University and University of Wollongong) in the 2017 QS Graduate Employability Ranking.

In only its second year after a pilot year last year, this ranking aims to assess which universities best prepare students for the graduate world by exploring five key aspects: employer reputation, alumni outcomes, employer partnerships, employer-student connections and graduate employment rate.

Forrest Research Foundation Scholarships

I am pleased to advise that Curtin PhD students, Frederik Seersholm and Kit Prendergast, have been awarded Forrest Research Foundation Scholarships. The scholarships are provided to encourage and assist outstanding international and domestic students to undertake high quality research and enrol in PhD studies in Western Australia. I warmly welcome Frederik and Kit to Curtin and congratulate them on receiving these prestigious scholarships – details of their research projects can be found here.

With Nicola Forrest, Ryuta Ujihara (UWA), Kit Prendergast, Frederik Seersholm and Andrew Forrest

With Nicola Forrest, Ryuta Ujihara (UWA), Kit Prendergast, Frederik Seersholm and Andrew Forrest

ARC College of Experts appointments

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has recently announced appointments for 2017 ARC College of Experts. Members play a key role in reviewing grant applications, moderating external assessments and recommending fundable proposals. I would like to congratulate the following Curtin staff members who have been appointed to the ARC College of Experts and thank each of them for their valuable contribution to the University:

  • Professor Phil Bland, Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Associate Professor Gretchen Benedix, Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Professor Ottmar Lipp, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Professor Carey Curtis, Faculty of Humanities

Thank you also to Professors Xiangyu Wang, Marco Falasca, Tilak Chandratilleke, Grant Wardell-Johnson and Associate Professor Kate Trinajstic for their continuing contribution to the ARC College.

Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the Curtin Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching. These awards are presented annually to recognise and reward outstanding performances by both individuals and teams in teaching and enhancing student learning.  The names of the recipients are included below, and the awards will be presented early in 2017 at a learning and teaching celebration.

Awards for Teaching Excellence:

  • Dr Jun Chih, School of Public Health (Category: Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies)
  • Dr King Hann Lim, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Miri) (Category: Early Career)
  • Dr Benjamin Milbourn, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work (Category: Early Career)
  • Ms Brooke Thomson, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (Category: Early Career)
  • Associate Professor Mohamed Shahin, School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (Category: Physical Sciences & Related Studies)

Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning:

  • UniPASS (University Peer Assisted Study Success), led by Ms Amanda Smith, with team member Mr Raphael Pereira from START, Support Services (Category: Student experiences and services supporting learning, development and growth in higher education)

Visit the 50 years of innovation website

As many of you know, next year we celebrate 50 years since the first students started studying at our predecessor institution, WAIT. This significant milestone is an opportunity to celebrate the innovative spirit that has seen us grow and evolve into the vibrant, global university we are today. The anniversary website is now live at and I encourage you to explore and share the site with current and former colleagues, alumni and anyone else with a WAIT/Curtin association. On the website you can share your own WAIT or Curtin story, explore our organisational history, find out about some of next year’s planned events and register your own anniversary activities.

I look forward to updating you on more anniversary news in the near future.

New Dean of Research and Graduate Studies for Health Sciences

Professor Torbjorn Falkmer has accepted the role of Dean, Research and Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Health Sciences. Torbjorn has been a Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, working in the area of disability research, specifically autism.  He will continue to oversee the Cooperative Research Centre for Autism within the School for one day per week.

I congratulate Torbjorn on his new role leading research development within the Faculty and wish him all the best.

Delegation from the Western Australia-Korea Energy and Resources Forum visit the Curtin HIVE

In advance of the Western Australia-Korea Energy and Resources Forum 2016, Curtin was honoured to host a delegation of company representatives from the energy and resources industry (including gas and utility companies, steel and coal), the banking sector and government representatives from the Department of State Development, Korean Embassy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korea Resources Corporation and Korea’s trade and investment arm.

The delegates were taken on an immersive tour of the Curtin HIVE facilities. The interactive tour demonstrated the potential of visualisation technologies in the fields of exploration, geoscience and mining.

Australian Academy of the Humanities Honorary Fellowship

Curtin alumnus and renowned author Tim Winton was among 21 leading figures in the humanities to be elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities – the highest honour for achievement in the humanities in Australia. Tim was appointed as an Honorary Fellow in recognition of his distinguished contribution to the humanities and to Australian cultural life.

Bankwest Art Prize for Sculpture

Congratulations to Tarryn Gill, Curtin alumna and Gallery Assistant at the John Curtin Gallery, on winning the prestigious 2016 Bankwest Art Prize, for her work Guardian Totem (with Toad). Tarryn was presented with the award at the opening of the Prize exhibition on 22 November. It is extraordinary to note that of the 16 finalists for the Prize, 13 are Curtin alumni and/or current Curtin staff members.  You can submit your vote for the People’s Choice Award at

Fundraising Institute of Australia awards

Congratulations to Simone Yule, Development Coordinator in Curtin’s Office of Advancement who won two awards at the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA) WA Awards on 24 November. Simone won both the Young WA Fundraiser of the Year for her achievements and service to the philanthropic sector, and the WA Chair’s award for most committed WA executive committee member. FIA will now support Simone’s travel and registration to its national conference next year, as a finalist for the national Young Fundraiser of the Year Award.

Development Coordinator Simone Yule

Development Coordinator Simone Yule

Curtin alumni win 2016 WA Regional Small Business Award

Two Curtin Alumni have been awarded the 2016 Regional Small Business Award. Grant Pattison and Jye McCaffery both completed a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at Curtin and together run Mandurah’s 4 Life Physio.

Curtin horticulturalist featured on The Garden Gurus

Congratulations to Emma Britten-Jones, a horticulturalist in the Properties, Facilities and Development team who is now a featured presenter on The Garden GurusEmma presented on water wise gardening and will be appearing again this Sunday at 5.30 pm on Channel 9. This is wonderful recognition of Emma’s expertise and an excellent opportunity to share her passion and knowledge for horticulture with the community.

  1. Vickie Roxburgh November 29, 2016 2:12pm

    Congratulations on your awards Simone!

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