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Note to staff

31 May 2016


Last week, I travelled to Mauritius to attend the graduation of around 300 Curtin University students from the Charles Telfair Institute, CTI.  It is very impressive what has been achieved at CTI.  Students are studying a range of CBS and Humanities programs with a current enrolment of around 1300.  High quality teaching and learning outcomes and industry engagement are key strengths of CTI’s approach.  In recent years, CTI has also committed to academic research development and the number of academic staff with, or completing, doctoral degrees has grown very rapidly.

In addition to the graduation, CTI hosted an event for around 500 alumni.  Both Dr Andy Crane (Curtin Council member) and Her Excellency Susan Coles (High Commissioner to Mauritius) spoke at what was a very uplifting and positive event – another great example of Curtin’s impact and strong reputation around the world.

John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library (JCPML) Anniversary Lecture

The 2016 JCPML Anniversary Lecture will be held on Wednesday 29 June at the John Curtin Gallery. This Lecture commemorates the anniversary of John Curtin’s death on 5 July 1945. Curtin is the only Western Australian federal politician to have been Prime Minister. He led our country during the most critical phase of World War II.

Ms Sally Warhaft will present the lecture entitled Curtin’s Call: what our 14th prime minister would make of the federal election campaign.

Ms Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, The Fifth Estate, now in its fifth year. She is a former editor of The Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches That Made Australia.

The Honourable Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister and  Patron of the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library, will provide the introduction.

Staff can register online for the event, or via telephone (08 9266 4364) by 17 June 2016.

Curtin Ignition program

The Curtin Ignition program is a world-class education program for aspiring entrepreneurs, academics and corporate innovators that enables them to trial and prepare their business ideas for the commercial environment.  Applications are now being sought for this year’s program on 4-9 September.

Ignition is open to both staff and students, and comprises a blend of practical teaching sessions, expert clinics, mentor sessions and expert advice from leading entrepreneurs and innovators.

This evening, Peter Klinken, Chief Scientist of WA, will speak to a large crowd of Curtin Ignition Alumni and stakeholders and announce that applications for the program will open tomorrow, Wednesday, 1 June.

A number of scholarships are available for Curtin staff and students. An information session will be held on Friday, 3 June, 9.30-11.30am in the CBS Boardroom. Please email or call Danelle Cross for further information.

I would like to thank the staff of the Curtin Centre for Entrepreneurship who have been instrumental in the organisation and implementation of the program.

Development of Curtin’s new Strategic Plan

Thank you to all staff and students who have contributed to the online forum relating to Curtin’s new Strategic Plan. The seven day forum concluded last week and was one of several consultations that will inform the plan’s development. A number of Curtin’s senior staff acted as facilitators for the forum which was opened to students on the last few days, encouraging a diversity of perspectives.

I would like to thank all those who engaged with the forum for their interest and contribution, and also the staff of the Office of Strategy and Planning managing the suite of consultations for their work.  A summary of activity on the forum, and outcomes from other consultation sessions, are available on the new Strategic Plan blog.

Further updates of the plan’s development will be posted on the blog at the relevant times.  Please direct any questions you may have regarding the planning process to

VC Forum Wednesday 1 June

I hope you can join me tomorrow, 1 June, for the first VC Forum for 2016 at 12.30pm-1.30pm in the Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre. All staff are invited to attend.

A light lunch will be provided from 12pm onwards. The catering will be set up at both the top and bottom entrances to the lecture theatre and you can take your lunch into the lecture theatre.

The Forum is intended to provide an overview of the year to date as well as an update on a range of current issues, including enterprise bargaining, strategic planning, our international activities, and implications of the recent Federal budget for Curtin. I’ll be very happy to take questions on these or any other subjects, as will other members of the Senior Executive Team (SET).

If you are unable to attend in person, the Forum will be webcast live and also recorded.

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week commemorates the two significant milestones in our country’s reconciliation journey – the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

Over 80 staff and students attended an event to mark Sorry Day last week, and other events were arranged as part of National Reconciliation Week.  Curtin has a long-standing commitment to Indigenous education and culture, and to reconciliation, and I would like to thank all those involved in these activities.

Those attending the Sorry Day tree planting heard from Robin Barrington of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies

Those attending the Sorry Day tree planting heard from Robin Barrington of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies

Sarah Franz and Sharleah Ramirez of the Curtin Student Guild also spoke at the event

Sarah Franz and Sharleah Ramirez of the Curtin Student Guild also spoke at the event

Curtin University Boat Club success

Congratulations to the Curtin University Boat Club (CUBC) for its strong start to this year’s rowing season. At this month’s Bunbury Pennant Regatta, CUBC finished third overall on points with five wins, and numerous second and third placings.

Three of the eight women in the winning Women’s E-Grade Coxed Eight crew (Catherine Gangell, Robyn Kenneally and Lien Stewart) were rowers in the 2015 Curtin staff Leadership Learn to Row Program.

Curtin also won medals in the Women’s D-Grade Coxed Eight, Women’s D-Grade Coxed Quad, and Women’s E-Grade Coxed Quad. In addition, the University won one of the most coveted medals of the day, the Men’s B Grade Coxed Eight, in a nail-biting finish against The University of Western Australia.

Sixty rowers competed in 36 races at the regatta – the most ever for the club. Membership is the highest it has ever been in the club’s 47-year history.

Congratulations to all involved and I look forward to following the club’s season as it takes shape.

Curtin University Boat Club rowers racing in style wearing new Curtin branded zoot suits

Curtin University Boat Club rowers racing in style wearing new Curtin branded zoot suits



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