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Note to staff

13 February 2017


Graduations have commenced and as always this is a wonderful time when we come together to help celebrate our students’ successes. Many thanks to the Graduations Team who manage the events exceptionally well. I appreciate all the staff who attend the ceremonies, as do our students.   Anyone who would like to be part of the Academic Procession for one of the forthcoming ceremonies is asked to please let Graduations know as soon as possible.

The first Graduation Ceremony for 2017, for Curtin Business School graduates, was held last Wednesday. It featured an inspiring speech by Ashlee Harrison, CBS alumnus and WA Young Australian of the Year 2016.  The speech can be found here.  At Saturday’s Graduation Ceremony, Dr Vanessa Guthrie, Chair of the Minerals Council of Australia, was very deservedly awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science.

It was very disappointing to have to postpone last Thursday’s graduation ceremony until this Wednesday due to heavy rain. I appreciate how inconvenient this will have been for our students and their families and friends. It is the first time in ten years that a ceremony has been cancelled due to poor weather. To avoid this occurring again in the future, we will make every effort to ensure that an indoor backup option is available on campus.

Review of faculty structures

The University is commencing a review of its faculty structures, to make sure that they are optimally aligned with our new strategic plan. Information on this review can be found at the Strategic Plan website.

I encourage everyone to read the Call for Submissions paper, available at the website, and to participate in this important review.  We look forward to receiving your submissions.

PVC Curtin Business School

As announced last week, the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Curtin Business School, Professor Tony Travaglione, is leaving Curtin to take up the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor, Business and Law, at the University of Newcastle. His last day at Curtin will be 24 March.

An international executive search to fill this important position has commenced, and we expect to shortlist in April and conduct interviews by the end of May. Advice on who will act as Pro Vice-Chancellor CBS after Professor Travaglione leaves Curtin will be provided by the Provost’s office in early March.

Associate Professor Cynthia Joll appointment to NHMRC Committee

Associate Professor Cynthia Joll, Deputy Director of the Curtin Water Quality Research Centre in the Department of Chemistry, has been appointed to the NHMRC Disinfection By-Products Advisory Committee. This specialist committee provides expert advice to the NHMRC on the evidence of a potential association between disinfection by-products in drinking water and human health effects.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Joll on this significant appointment.

Update on the UniForum National Benchmarking

The UniForum National Benchmarking is well underway at Curtin.  Launch and information events were held on 16 and 17 January and since then good progress has been made on completion of the staff survey, however, the supplier survey requires more work.

Thank you for those staff who have completed the survey.  If you are a nominated respondent but haven’t yet completed the survey, I encourage you to do so by the deadline of 17 February.

If you have any questions or require assistance in completing the survey, please contact Jonathan Khan via email or on +61 8 9266 2444.

50 Years of Innovation staff launch event

Invitations were issued for the 50 Years of Innovation staff launch event last week and the response has been very positive. If you haven’t already done so, please register your attendance via the link in the invitation email.

The dedication and commitment of our staff has contributed hugely to Curtin’s success and I hope that you can join us to celebrate this important milestone. Amongst other elements, the event will include the first screening of a video featuring interviews with staff across our campuses, multicultural food and entertainment, live video links to all of our campuses, and a performance by well-known singer Gina Williams. Staff attending will also receive a special anniversary gift.

For more information on the anniversary, please visit

Staff benefits and wellness expo

I encourage you to visit the Curtin Staff Benefits and Wellness Expo this Wednesday 15 February at the Engineering Pavilion Foyer in Building 215. With more than 30 stalls to browse, you can learn about the Staff Wellness Program and the many services, benefits and offers you can access. Plus, our wonderful therapy dog George will be doing the rounds. More information is available on Staff News.

National Apology Day

Today marks the ninth anniversary of the Apology to Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the House of Representatives on 13 February 2008 by former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. Reconciliation Australia has information and resources to allow people to reflect on the reconciliation and healing journey since the Apology was made.



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