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Note to staff

6 February 2017


Curtin proudly supports AFL Women’s League Fremantle Dockers game

I am very pleased to advise that as part of Curtin’s proud foundation partnership with the AFL Women’s League (AFLW) Fremantle Dockers team, we will be supporting the team’s Round 4 NAB AFLW game against the Adelaide Crows on Sunday 26 February at Fremantle Oval.

Although there were discussions about Curtin hosting the game at our Bentley campus, a decision has been made to move the game to the Fremantle Oval.

We are thrilled that five current and former Curtin students, Hayley Miller (Physiotherapy), Belinda Smith (Physiotherapy), Brianna Green (Health Science), Stephanie Cain (Construction Management), and alumna Dana Hooker (Occupational Therapy) are part of the inaugural squad. In addition Tarryn Dickerson, Curtin’s Elite Athletes Coordinator, has taken on a part-time role as the team’s Welfare Officer, providing exceptional support to the players who juggle their sporting commitments, work and study.

The development of the women’s league is a defining moment for Australian football and sends a powerful message that elite performance, both on and off the sporting field, is not restricted by gender, in the same way as it should not be restricted by race, background or religion.

Curtin’s partnership with the AFLW Fremantle Dockers team aligns with our commitment to create valuable work placement opportunities for our students across a broad range of study areas including multimedia, public relations, physiotherapy, dietetics and business, at the same time as opening up new research opportunities.

The game is free to attend and I encourage staff to head down and show their support. Event details can be found on Facebook. Place activation activities will be there on the day so bring your friends and families down to enjoy the game and support some of Curtin’s elite athletes.

26th Annual Teaching and Learning Forum

Curtin was proud to host the 26th Annual Teaching and Learning Forum at our Bentley campus on 2 and 3 February. Approximately 260 educators from 13 Australian institutions gathered to share knowledge and expertise in learning and teaching in higher education, around the theme of: Multiple Dimensions in Teaching and Learning. Engaging keynote speakers, Professor Adam Bridgeman of the University of Sydney and Curtin’s Professor Teri Balser of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, provided insights into their innovative teaching.

As Curtin strengthens its position as a global educator, innovations such as distributed learning are being used to offer a quality learning experience not only to students attending a physical campus but also those studying online as distance learners. For the first time, using a range of technologies, the Forum facilitated a borderless conference experience between different sites at Curtin and our Miri Campus, to showcase this distributed learning model.

Congratulations to the Curtin Learning and Teaching team on a highly successful event.

Ranking Web of Repositories

Curtin has been ranked 179 globally and 9 in Australia in the 2017 edition of the Ranking Web of Repositories.  The ranking assesses institutions according to “the free access to scientific publications in an electronic form and to other academic material”.  More than 2200 institutions are listed in the ranking.

Shenton Park campus handover

At the end of March, Curtin will hand back our Health Research Campus at Shenton Park to LandCorp. This will allow the site to be redeveloped into a residential precinct.

Curtin’s involvement with the Shenton Park site began in 1969 when the Department of Therapies opened at WAIT. A new building for the Department opened at Shenton Park in 1972, housing physiotherapy and occupational therapy. These areas transferred to Bentley in 2000 and 2002, respectively, allowing education and research in both physiotherapy and occupational therapy to grow significantly as a consequence of access to state-of-the-art amenities and equipment.

The Shenton Park site then became focused on health research.  Over the past few years, its research centres and groups have gradually moved to Technology Park and Bentley. This has helped strengthen their links and collaborations with other parts of the Faculty and the broader University.

I warmly welcome all staff who have recently moved from the Shenton Park campus.

Curtin to feature on Our Town WA

I am pleased to advise that Curtin University will feature on the Channel 7 TV program Our Town WA. The segment, featuring the Town of Victoria Park, notes that the vibrant local presence of our Bentley Campus adds significantly to the liveability of the Town.

The segment will acknowledge Curtin’s close connections to industry and the local community, and will highlight the next exciting phase of Greater Curtin which will transform our facilities and bring a range of social, economic and lifestyle benefits to Bentley and the surrounding community. I encourage staff to tune into Our Town WA on Sunday 12 February from 5.00pm to 5.30pm.

Pearson Student of the Year Awards

Congratulations to Bachelor of Commerce student Mitchell Liebeck, who has won the 2016 Pearson Student of the Year Award in the category of Accounting, Economics and Finance. Mitchell is a UniPASS Peer Learning Facilitator, Future Students Course Advisor and a New to Curtin Mentor.  The awards recognise outstanding effort, dedication, and academic achievement and Mitchell is the first student from a West Australian university to be recognised in the awards. I would like to thank Dr Rosie Kerr and the staff at the School of Accounting for submitting his nomination.

A highly engaged member of the Curtin community, Mitchell took up a number of opportunities whilst studying, including a business internship and a mentoring role with Chinese articulation students through the New to Curtin Mentor program. You can view Mitch’s award-winning presentation here.

Mitchell Liebeck

Mitchell Liebeck

Curtin FM presenter inducted into Tamworth Country Music Hall of Fame

Congratulations to long-time Curtin FM presenter and volunteer, Brendon T Moylan, who was inducted into the Australian Country DJ Broadcaster’s Music Hall of Fame during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.

Brendon presents Curtin FM’s popular Saturday afternoon program Born in Boots, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his ongoing commitment and passion for the country music genre. Born in Boots has been voted the most popular country music program in Perth and one of the ten most popular country music programs in Australia. Brendon is Curtin FM’s second longest serving volunteer.


Brendon T Moylan

Vale Dusanka Davidson

Sadly, Dusanka Davidson, a former Human Resources Business Consultant at Curtin, has passed away from lung cancer. Although Dusanka left Curtin for other opportunities in 2013, she is well remembered by many at the University who admired her integrity, kindness, compassion and lively spirit. On behalf of the University I extend our deepest sympathies to her husband and family, and all who mourn her loss.

  1. Donna Brookes February 6, 2017 1:59pm

    Congratulations to everybody involved in the T&L Forum. I gained a great deal of practical information that I will use in my work here at Curtin. The presentations have generated much interest and enthusiasm in our area, and I am looking forward to researching further aspects of ideas outlined at the forum. A great effort from all who were involved.

    • Amanda Smith February 7, 2017 1:02pm

      I agree Donna, it was a great forum, a really good mix of practical ideas and theoretical inspirations! I have to find time right now to incorporate a few ideas directly into my new Peer Learning Facilitator training as they are great ideas! It was also a really supportive and collegial atmosphere – I presented with a facilitator who was totally new to conferences, and she felt very supported and not really nervous because of the collegial environment. Thank you to Curtin Learning and Teaching for enabling that.

  2. Aleisha Davidson February 6, 2017 2:01pm

    Thank you, Deborah, for your note about Dusanka.
    Her family are very thankful for your kind words.

  3. Lauren Robertson February 6, 2017 8:04pm

    Congratulations Mitchell for receiving this award. Your attitude towards your studies, enhancing your employability and career development is to be commended, as well as your commitment to helping your peers. Securing a graduate role with PwC is clearly a testament to your proactive approach to making the most of your university experience. Well done. You are a great role model to other students.

  4. Amanda Smith February 7, 2017 9:03am

    Congratulations to Mitch for his well deserved win in the Pearson’s Student of the Year Award – it is fantastic that he was nominated by the dedicated staff at the School of Accounting for his dedication and community spirit. He was a fantastic UniPASS facilitator and Mentor and many students benefitted from his enthusiastic, engaging and interactive work, he will be missed by our teams!

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