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Note to staff

13 March 2017


Thank you to everyone who attended the 50 Years of Innovation staff launch on Friday.

Over 1000 staff at Bentley were joined by our colleagues in Singapore, Malaysia and Kalgoorlie via video link-up. This was the first time we have connected with our campuses in this way, and I was delighted that we were able to join together for this very special occasion. Many staff I spoke to commented that they now felt a greater connection with our other campuses and I hope that feeling was shared across all our locations.

The launch was a great celebration of the many achievements and contributions of WAIT and Curtin over the past 50 years, and showcased what a strong, diverse and global university we are today. The inspiring staff video is included below and links to other highlights of the event will be provided soon.

Many Bentley staff were also involved in creating the ‘giant 50’ photo shown below which I am sure will be used many times throughout the year.

A great deal of work went into Friday’s events and I would like to thank and congratulate all those involved, across all of our campuses.  It was a wonderful start to our anniversary celebrations.

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Staff gathered to form a giant ’50’ prior to the 50 Years of Innovation launch

QS ranking success

I am delighted to advise that Curtin has again achieved outstanding results in the QS World University Subject Rankings.

The highlight for the University was being ranked second in the world and first in Australia, for Mineral and Mining Engineering, which is a tremendous achievement, moving up 17 places from last year. Overall, the University was ranked in 25 subjects (seven more than last year) and as a top 100 university in seven subjects including:

  • Mineral and Mining Engineering (top 5)
  • Architecture/ Built Environment
  • Art and Design
  • Nursing
  • Earth and Marine Sciences
  • Education
  • Sports-related subjects

Curtin also ranked for the first time in a number of other subjects including:

  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Pharmacy and Pharmacology
  • Psychology
  • Materials Science
  • Law
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Physics and Astronomy

These rankings are based on academic reputation, employer reputation and citations. The results are a testament to our strong connections with industry, high quality research and commitment from our outstanding staff. More information is available here.

Curtin to lead WA node of agriculture and food industry Cooperative Research Centre 

I am very pleased to announce that Curtin will be a lead partner in the new Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre which has been established to fast-track the digital transformation of Australia’s food industry.

Together with the University of Technology Sydney and Queensland University of Technology, Curtin will help accelerate research adoption and commercialisation within the food industry, working with AgTech start-ups and small to medium sized enterprises to improve digital services that will have great impact on the sustainability of the food and agriculture industry in Australia.

More information is available in our media release.

Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, CBS

Congratulations to Professor Nigel de Bussy who has been appointed as Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Curtin Business School, commencing after Professor Tony Tavaglione leaves to take up his new position at the University of Newcastle later this month.  My thanks to Nigel for agreeing to take on this important acting role.  Professor Carolyn Dickie will continue to provide excellent input and leadership as Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, CBS.

We farewelled Tony at last week’s SET meeting. We wish him all the best in his new role and congratulate him on his recent appointment as President of the Australian Business Deans Council.

Your Voice staff satisfaction survey 2017

It has been very pleasing to see the many positive initiatives that have been made across the University in response to the Your Voice staff satisfaction survey held in 2014. The 2015 Pulse Check results reflected the positive impact of a number of these initiatives.

The full Your Voice survey will be conducted again this year from 27 March to 12 April. This will give us the opportunity to check our progress and make further improvements where needed, in an effort to continue to improve levels of staff satisfaction and engagement. This year our colleagues from Singapore and Malaysia will also be invited to participate in the survey for the first time.

Improving the lived experience of our staff is a priority for myself and the Senior Executive Team, and we hope that you all take the time to provide your valuable feedback. For more information about the survey please visit the Your Voice website.

Journalism students operate Fairfax pop-up newsroom for WA elections

A team of Curtin Journalism students has been working hard since last Tuesday operating a Fairfax Media pop-up newsroom for the WA election. Under the guidance of Curtin and Fairfax staff, the team populated a live election blog on the WAtoday website. A number of stories were also published separately online.

I would like to congratulate the students on being involved in this important project and to thank the staff who organised this fantastic opportunity for our students to obtain such valuable, hands on experience.

Curtin journalism students in the pop-up newsroom at our Bentley campus.

Curtin journalism students in the pop-up newsroom at our Bentley campus.

Students gaining industry connections at the Naturally Inspiring Seminar

Last week we hosted an event involving experts on merino wool’s provenance, benefits, possibilities and place in contemporary fashion and textiles. This was an excellent opportunity for students to learn from and network with industry, and was attended by students from Curtin and TAFE as well as guests from the fashion industry. The event was organised by the School of Design and Art.

Curtin St Georges Terrace and Historical Panoramas finalists in State Heritage Awards

I am pleased to announce that Curtin St George’s Terrace and the Historical Panoramas project have been named finalists in the Western Australian Heritage Awards. Congratulations to everyone involved in these projects. You can read more on the Heritage Council website.

Significant dates:

  • Holi (Festival of Colours)
    Today is Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, a Hindu celebration for the beginning of spring, good harvests and fertility of the land. Holi also commemorates key figures in Hindu Mythology. There will be Holi Festival celebrations at Lower Henderson Court this evening from 3.00pm to 6.00 pm, including colour throwing and traditional Indian food, music and dancers.
  • National Close the Gap Day
    16 March is National Close the Gap Day which raises awareness about the 17-year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The purpose of this day is to bring people together to share information and most importantly take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030. If you would like to know more about how Curtin is taking action, please see our Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • St Patrick’s Day
    This Friday marks Ireland’s National Day, St Patrick’s Day. St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and brought Christianity to Ireland.


  1. Kliti Grice March 13, 2017 4:10pm

    Great achievements- a lovely video for 50 years of celebration! Great to see.

  2. Christopher Reid March 13, 2017 5:08pm

    Friday’s celebration was excellent – congratulations to those who made it all happen.

  3. Valerie Raubenheimer March 13, 2017 8:51pm

    Thanks Kliti. And apparently we have almost eight hours of film….so expect to see many other mini videos featuring our amazing staff popping up through the year.

  4. Jo Clements March 14, 2017 11:16am

    The 50 Years of Innovation launch on Friday was a fabulous event and congratulations to those involved and to our VC for a great presentation. Proud to be a Curtin staff member.

  5. Erica Schurmann March 14, 2017 1:54pm

    Hi Val
    Lovely event and great video – it would be even better if, as part of celebrating our achievements regarding ‘inclusion and diversity’, that we also acknowledge people with disability on our campuses :)

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