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Note to staff

23 January 2017


Kalgoorlie Agricola accommodation opening

This morning the redeveloped and expanded Agricola accommodation at our Kalgoorlie campus was officially opened by the Deputy Premier, Liza Harvey, and Wendy Duncan MLA, representing the Minister for Regional Development.

Agricola first opened in 1971 and so needed to be expanded and redeveloped to meet the needs of current students. The accommodation now consists of a new 180-bed facility and a refurbished 48-bed facility, with capacity to now accommodate up to 228 students.

The $32 million redevelopment has involved an important partnership between the Departments of Training and Workforce Development and Regional Development, Curtin University, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Central Regional TAFE.  The State Government’s Royalties for Regions program provided $21.2 million, with the balance of funding being provided by Curtin.

The newly redeveloped and expanded Agricola will contribute significantly to the vibrancy and attractiveness of our Kalgoorlie campus, benefiting the WA School of Mines and helping to support a broader range of university offerings on the campus.  I thank all who have been involved in this important project.

For more information, please read our Media Release.

With Curtin Chancellor Colin Beckett, Deputy Premier Hon. Liza Harvey MLA and Member for Kalgoorlie Wendy Duncan MLA

With Curtin Chancellor Colin Beckett, Deputy Premier Hon. Liza Harvey MLA and Member for Kalgoorlie Wendy Duncan MLA

Changes to the Curtin Act

After 10 years of negotiation, the Universities Legislation Amendment Act 2016 has passed both Houses of the WA Parliament.  The Amendment Act amends the enabling Acts of each of the WA universities to ensure that they reflect and support the contemporary role and profile of universities.

The Act includes a number of amendments, including the formal changing of the name of Curtin University of Technology to Curtin University, which makes the trademark disclaimer now used on many official documents unnecessary. University Marketing will be auditing all material which needs to be altered as a result of this amendment.  Significantly, the amendments also clarify and expand Curtin’s ability to carry out development on its land for commercial purposes. These are essential changes in support of the vision for Greater Curtin.

Curtin tops the Global Reviews 2016 Digital Customer Experience Index

I am delighted to announce that the Curtin University website has again been ranked number one in the Global Reviews Digital Customer Experience Index for the tertiary education industry.  This award recognises Curtin’s commitment to providing a digital experience that minimises effort and supports the needs and expectations of our future students.

Congratulations to the University’s Marketing Analytics, Platforms and Compliance team on this significant recognition.

2017 Women in Resources awards

Two Curtin alumni are finalists in the Chamber of Minerals and Energy 2017 Women in Resources Awards. The awards recognise those working to build an industry that enhances the recognition and participation of women.

Jayne Finch, Vice-Chair of the Kalgoorlie branch of the Western Australian School of Mines Alumni, is a finalist in the ‘Outstanding Woman in Resources’ category. Jayne is an Underground Project and Planning Engineer with Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mine. Alumnus Andrew Bywater is a finalist in the ‘Women in Resources Champion’ category. Andrew works as General Manager of Gold Fields Australia’s Darlot Gold Mine.

Winners will be announced on Friday 3 March. I wish our graduates the very best of luck and encourage staff to take the opportunity to cast a vote in the People’s Choice Award.

Beyond Sport John Gilmour Medal for Curtin University Boat Club

Congratulations to Curtin University Boat Club (CUBC), which capped off a highly successful 2016 by winning the Beyond Sport Award, the John Gilmour Medal, at the RAC WA Sports Star Awards on December 12. The medal recognised the Row Ahead program, which supports Clontarf Aboriginal College students through an intensive academic mentoring and State level rowing program.

Congratulations to the Club and its President Cameron Thorn for their strong and ongoing commitment to the community.

Significant dates

  • 26 January is Australia Day, where we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. This day is a public holiday in Australia and celebrations are held in communities across the country. The Order of Australia awards are also announced on Australia Day and the Queen’s Birthday each year.
  • 28 January marks the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar and 2017 is the year of the Rooster, the tenth in the Chinese zodiac. The Rooster represents confidence and resourcefulness.
  • 28 January also marks the first day of Tet, or the Vietnamese Lunar New year, which is celebrated with family reunions, special foods and gifts.

I hope you all have a pleasant Australia Day holiday on Thursday and that those staff celebrating their New Year events enjoy a prosperous and lucky time.

  1. Jonathan Hallett January 24, 2017 10:06am

    It’s disappointing that Curtin management chose to use the Universities Legislation Amendment Act 2016 to also reduce the number of elected academic representatives on University Council. So much for consultative and democractic values in higher education.

    • Deborah Terry February 2, 2017 7:59am

      Dear Jonathan

      Thank you for your comment. The governing bodies of all the public universities in WA are now similarly constituted. The WA government took the view that smaller governing bodies with skill sets aligned with the strategic aims of the particular university are best placed to operate both now and into the future. As a consequence of the changes that have been made to Curtin’s Act, the total number of members on the Curtin Council has been reduced from a maximum of 22 members to a maximum of 17 members (if the Chancellor is not appointed from the existing membership). These changes have impacted on a range of different categories of membership, including the reduction in the number of elected academic staff members from 2 to 1. The President of Academic Board remains a member of Council.

      with best wishes

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