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Biomedical Sciences – Message from the Head of School, June 2016

Colleagues, this is the third in a series of school newsletters, which started in November 2015 and will be published four times a year.

I am very happy that we have many successes related to the first semester of 2016 to report. With respect to my own Head of School duties and research commitments, I have been participating on a weekly basis in the Faculty Leadership Group meetings, and on a monthly basis in the Faculty Health and Safety committee. I am also part of the working group for the redevelopment of teaching lab facilities in B311, and attend meetings with Financial Reporting, Curtin Financial and Commercial Services to discuss our school budget income and expenditure projections. I have been engaging with staff in the new School of Medicine with respect to our contribution to the first and second year medical curriculum starting in 2017.

HR and staffing issues always require attention, and our Administrative Officer, Andrea Johnson, has been essential to ensuring we achieve the expected outcomes with respect to appointing staff, including adjunct staff and university associates, and supporting various applications for promotion.

I am particularly pleased that we have achieved recent success in both teaching and research grant awards, as detailed in this newsletter, and that our publication number and quality continues to improve. Congratulations to all involved.

Finally, I would encourage all of you to consider providing feedback regarding the content of the new strategic plan for the university.

Philip Newsholme

Head of School, School of Biomedical Sciences.