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PVC Message, March 2017

In this issue of the newsletter we have a story on the new HIV epidemic, which was first published in the most recent edition of Health at Curtin. We also have a story on some fascinating research into neurostimulation and brain training for mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

The QS Rankings have been released and Curtin achieved ranking in 25 subjects, seven more than last year, and ranked as a top 100 university in seven subjects: Engineering – Mineral and Mining, Architecture/Built Environment, Art and Design, Nursing, Earth and Marine Sciences, Education, and Sports-related Subjects. Sports-related subjects is a new ranking category for 2017 and Curtin was positioned in the 51-100 band. These are excellent results.

Congratulations to Professor Nikos Ntoumanis, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, who has been awarded the title of John Curtin Distinguished Professor, Curtin’s highest academic honour. A video about Nikos can be seen here.

Congratulations also to two of our undergraduate students, Logan Overden-Clark, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, and Emalee Burrows, Curtin Medical School, who have won prestigious Don Watts scholarships. Only four scholarships were awarded across the University, so this is a wonderful achievement for Logan and Emalee, and for the faculty.

We have a new staff mentoring program for Indigenous students enrolled in Indigenous Pre-Medicine and the Health Sciences Enabling Course. You can read all about the program in the newsletter. There has been a lot of interest in the program, and a number of our staff have volunteered to act as mentors. I extend my thanks to these staff members and encourage anyone who has an interest in supporting our students to get involved.


Michael Berndt

Pro Vice-Chancellor