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Curtin University
Note to staff

8 August 2016


I encourage you to visit the latest exhibition at the John Curtin Gallery titled ASSEMBLAGE. The exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase a selection of extremely interesting and important donated works from the Curtin Art Collection. It was curated by Lia McKnight, one of the Gallery staff members.

It was also a great pleasure to open the Curtin Law Colloquium at Curtin St Georges Terrace on Friday.  The colloquium featured speakers from the University of Ghent. The colloquium is a great example of the collaborative global partnerships that are developing across the University.

Also, on Friday, Curtin University’s Athena SWAN (gender equity) program was launched at a symposium, entitled: ‘Global Issues – Local Action’, on women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine).  The panellists contributed to a valuable discussion about initiatives to reduce the gender gap in the STEMM areas and it was very inspiring to hear three of our PhD and early career researchers give three minute thesis presentations – Dr Dr Sam Hall, Arti Verma, and Efat Fakhar.

My thanks to Professor Jo Ward, Associate Professor Linley Lord, Amanda Willis and Vicki Ward for their leadership of the Athena Swan Project at Curtin.  I also thank Paul Nicholls for doing such a good job as MC of the event and John Langoulant for his contribution to the panel discussion.

Urban Design award for Greater Curtin Master Plan

I am very pleased to advise that the Greater Curtin Master Plan has been awarded the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) WA Award of Excellence in the Urban Design category. The Award of Excellence is the highest award that can be achieved within a category, granted to the entry ‘judged to be the most significant for the advancement of Landscape Architecture’.

Developed by Curtin in partnership with AECOM, the Master Plan outlines a vision for Curtin’s Bentley campus for 2030, from which we are already starting to see the emergence of an innovation precinct – a hub that is designed to bring together Curtin’s research, commercial partnerships, creative knowledge and diversity, with additional accommodation for our students.

This acknowledgement is a welcome endorsement of the ambition, comprehensive planning and leadership driving the Greater Curtin vision forward.

Appointment of Professor Sam Spearing as Director, WA School of Mines

I have great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Professor Sam Spearing as Director of the Curtin WA School of Mines, which is located at our Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Bentley campuses.

Professor Spearing joined the School of Mines as Deputy Director in June last year, following eight years as Associate Professor in the Department of Mining and Mineral Resources Engineering at Southern Illinois University. He has a diverse background in academia and the mining industry, and an international career spanning 40 countries.

Professor Spearing’s leadership will reinforce the global reputation of the School and strengthen the relationships between the School, the mining industry, alumni and local community.

Professor Spearing commenced in his new role on 27 July. Professor Boris Gurevich will continue as Acting Deputy Director of the School until the position is filled.

Research and Innovation Week 2016

To celebrate research at Curtin, I encourage you to take part in Research and Innovation Week 2016, being held from 29 August to 2 September. The annual event showcases our innovation, research strengths, capabilities and achievements, and allows our research staff to share their work across the University.

It includes a launch event, entitled: Improving the connectedness between universities and external communities, by Professor Clive Baldock, Australian Research Council Executive Director, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics and Information Services.  A full calendar of events is available on the Research Week website.

Education graduates recognised at Awards Night

Congratulations to the 19 Curtin University education graduates from bachelor, masters and PhD programs who were recognised at the School of Education’s 2016 Awards Night on 29 July. The awards, across 22 categories, recognise students’ academic achievements and commitment to the field of teaching.

I would like to make a special acknowledgement of Sarah Briotti, recipient of the Miles Medal Award for Excellence in Education, which is presented to the School of Education pre-service graduate who achieved excellence in overall academic performance during the course.

Sarah studied a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education, graduating with Distinction in 2015. She also received the Early Years in Education Society  award; the Teachers Mutual Bank in Excellence Award; the Mathematics Association of Western Australia  Pre-Service Teachers Award for Early Childhood Mathematics; and the Internship Award in Early Childhood Education.

Well done to Sarah and all of the other recipients.

Sarah Briotti

Multi-award recipient, 2015 graduate of Bachelor of Education,
Early Childhood Education, Sarah Briotti

  1. Tony Brown August 8, 2016 10:03am

    Lots of good news to celebrate and positive developments to acknowledge in this week’s note the staff! Well done to all.

  2. Kliti Grice August 8, 2016 12:32pm

    Congs. all and Sam wonderful news on your appointment.

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