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PVC Message, March 2016

As we look forward to enjoying a well-deserved Easter break, it is gratifying to reflect on the recent achievements of our staff and students, both past and present.

Our staff continue to be nominated for prestigious research awards, locally and internationally, and to present their research findings at conferences. Curtin alumni are consistently recognised for their high standards by industry, and our students work hard to achieve academic success and more personal goals. My congratulations to everyone on their recent accomplishments.

We have the exciting Festival of Learning coming up in early May. The festival’s theme is ‘The Global Classroom: Innovation for the future’ and I encourage you to engage with the stimulating activities and ideas on offer.

I am always pleased to see our hardworking students acknowledged for their commitment to their studies. I had the great pleasure of attending the School of Pharmacy Awards Ceremony earlier this month, and presenting prizes and awards to our exceptional students. I was also delighted that Curtin and WAIT Pharmacy alumni were honoured at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s recent WA Excellence Awards.

The positive impact the application of research findings can have in clinical environments is demonstrated in this month’s story about Dr Susan Slatyer and her exceptional work in palliative care. Dr Slatyer is just one of our staff members who has recently been nominated for an award for research.

School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science staff member, Sian Williams, and fourth year student, Rebekah Weller, competed in the inaugural open water swimming Port to Pub race recently, with quite stunning results. Congratulations to Sian and Rebekah.

I am happy to report that, thanks to the continued hard work of staff, the accreditation process for the new Curtin Medical School is progressing well. I will continue to update you of progress as it happens.

I wish you all a very happy, relaxing and safe Easter break.

Michael,

Pro Vice-Chancellor.