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Curtin University
Note to staff

10 April 2017


Recent ranking performance

I am very pleased to announce that we have been ranked equal sixth in the world and third in Australia for Mineralogy by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) by subject.

We also continue to hold a strong position in the recent Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities rankings. We were ranked 84th in the world for institutions under 50 years of age, moving up eight places since 2016 and remaining at 14th in Australia. The Young University rankings use five indicators – Research, Teaching, Citations, International Outlook, and Industry Income. Curtin’s scores rose across all of the indicators with large increases for Research (19 per cent) and Citations (16 per cent). The University also retained its first place nationally for International Outlook (on-campus student and staff diversity and publications with international co-authors). A briefing paper on this ranking will be available on the Office of Strategy and Planning website shortly.

Haydn Williams Fellowship public lecture

The annual Haydn Williams Fellowship public lecture will be held on Thursday 4 May. Dr Haydn Williams was the first Director of WAIT and the fellowship named after him is offered to an academic of outstanding international reputation and broad academic interest.

This year the lecture will be presented by Professor Brendan Murphy on Why leprechauns know how mountains form. A world leader in supercontinent and orogenic (mountain-forming) research, Professor Murphy will examine how mountains form in response to terrestrial factors. More information and registration details can be found on Staff News.

Your Voice survey ending soon

You have a few more days to provide your feedback for the 2017 Your Voice survey. Thank you to those who have already completed the survey. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to take part. Those who participate will go in the draw to win a variety of prizes, and more information is available here.

Curtin Law School prize giving ceremony

Last Thursday the Curtin Law School had its annual Prize Giving Ceremony, celebrating the outstanding achievements of students in the areas of law, business law and taxation. Congratulations to all the students who were recognised.

The award winners with Foundation Dean and Head Curtin Law School, Professor Paul Fairall, and Provost, Professor John Cordery.

The award winners with Foundation Dean and Head Curtin Law School, Professor Paul Fairall, and Provost, Professor John Cordery.

WA School of Mines Rock Mechanics researcher receives Materials, Minerals and Mining Award

Congratulations to Chris Drover, current PhD Candidate in the Curtin WA School of Mines’ Rock Mechanics Group, for being awarded the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining’s (IOM3) Mann Redmayne Medal. Chris was recognised for his paper which featured in the IMM Transactions A: Mining Technology publication, entitled: Estimation of dynamic load demand on a ground support scheme due to a large structurally controlled violent failure: A case study. The paper was co-authored by Professor Ernesto Villaescusa.

Congratulations to both Chris and Ernesto who will collect their award at a dinner in London later this year.

Curtin team places third at AAPG Imperial Barrel Awards

Curtin’s Applied Geology student team placed third at the international finals of the AAPG Imperial Barrel Awards. They were awarded the Stonely Medal along with US$5,000 for their outstanding presentation on the evaluation of the hydrocarbon prospectively of the Taranaki Basin. The team comprised Kirk Gilleran, Mike Maher, Jerome Paz, Jiaojing Bi and Elena Alganaeva.

End of year close down

The end of year arrangements will include close down days on 27, 28 and 29 December 2017 and 2 January 2018. The University will reopen on 3 January 2018.

If you review the table below you will see a great opportunity to have a 14 day break just by taking three days additional leave. All staff who do not have operational requirements in their work area are encouraged to make the most of this opportunity.

As in previous years, it is at the discretion of local area managers as to whether individual work areas close, or offer limited services, for days in addition to the official closedown period. Staff are required to apply for leave in addition to the close down days in these circumstances.

 Weekend P/Holiday
(Boxing Day)
Closedown Closedown Closedown
Weekend P/Holiday
(New Year’s Day)
Closedown Working Day
(Uni Reopens)
Working Day Working Day

Upcoming awards:

  • Nominations are now open for the 2017 John Curtin Medal, which this year will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The John Curtin Medal is the University’s highest non-academic award and is presented to outstanding members of the community who demonstrate John Curtin’s attributes of vision, leadership and commitment to community service. I encourage you to consider nominating anyone who you think meets the criteria for this award. The nomination form and further details can be found here.
  • Applications are also open for the Curtinnovation Awards, previously Curtin’s Commercial Innovation Awards. If you have research or an idea that has commercial potential, then consider applying. This is a unique opportunity for Curtin staff and students to turn their ideas into successful commercial products or services. You can find more information on the awards here.
  • Nominations opened today for the 2017 Alumni Achievement Awards. The Awards recognise graduates for their personal accomplishments and the contributions they make to their communities. There are ten awards in total, including the new Innovation Award, introduced as part of the 50 Years of Innovation celebrations. Staff from all areas of the University are encouraged to nominate alumni who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and excellence in their careers and/or who have made significant contributions to society. Please visit the Alumni Achievement Awards webpage for further details.

Significant dates

  • Pesach – Passover (sundown on 10 April to 18 April)
    Passover is one of the most important Jewish festivals. It commemorates the liberation by Moses of the Jewish people from slavery.
  • Vaisakhi or Baisakhi (14 April)
    Vaisakhi or Baisakhi is the most holy day for Sikhs celebrating the founding of their community or Khalsa by the 10th Guru and the solar new year.
  • Easter
    The Easter festival, which commemorates the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, starts at the end of the week and is one of the most significant periods in the Christian calendar.
  • First Day of Ridvan (begins at sundown on 20 April)
    Ridvan is a Baha’i commemoration and celebrates the 12 day period in 1863 when Baha’u’llah declared that he was God’s messenger for this age. The festival commences at sundown on 20 April.

I wish those who are observing these days a joyous time, and hope that all staff enjoy a peaceful and restorative break with family and friends over the long weekend.

ANZAC Day service

ANZAC Day is one of Australia’s most important national commemorations. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War at Gallipoli. Services at war memorials across the country honour the sacrifice of those who died in war.

I am pleased to advise that in conjunction with the Canning Districts RSL Sub-Branch, the University will hold its inaugural ANZAC Day Sunset Service this year. The service will take place on Thursday 20 April at 5.00pm at The Forum. All staff are invited to attend.

  1. Amit Rudra April 10, 2017 11:46am

    Hi Debbie

    Vaisakhi marks the first day of most of the Indian calendars – Vikrami, Bangabda etc. Vaisakh happens to be first month of the year. Of course it’s a big day for Sikhs as well.

    = New Year’s Day


  2. 237692e April 10, 2017 7:34pm

    Thank you as an ex-defence Force member) for holding a Sunset Service here at Curtin. Last years inaugural service was a moving tribute to the fallen and the Sikh exhibition a very interesting contribution as well.


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