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2017 winners

The Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff recognise and celebrate the vital contributions in engagement, innovation, service and leadership that our professional staff make to Curtin.

In 2017 35 nominations were received, representing a total of 174 professional staff.

Congratulations to the following winners who were announced at an awards presentation ceremony attended by approximately 300 staff on 8 November 2017.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Excellence in Innovation

Making on-campus software available to the online world

Meet the team that overcame barriers to allow students all over the world to gain the same access to university computer software that’s available to students studying on campus.

They developed a Virtual Computing Lab that improves our online offering and positions Curtin ahead of most other universities in terms of delivering lab software to remote and online students.

The CITS Virtual Computing Lab Project Team is the team winner of the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff 'Excellence in Innovation Award’.

Unparalleled passion for the Curtin Student Experience

As Director of Student Engagement at Curtin Business School (CBS), Hannah Wilkinson is seen by her colleagues as someone who truly values the student voice.

Her innovative leadership style and collaborative student-focused approach has helped her team to improve engagement with students. Not only has she successfully driven the launch of several new projects, she has championed change to positively impact CBS and the wider Curtin community.

Hannah Wilkinson is the individual winner of the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff, 'Excellence in Innovation Award’.

Excellence in Engagement or Collaboration

Engaging students to help kids with restricted mobility participate in exercise

Rebecca and Rosie are the Exercise Physiologists behind the Curtin Stadium paediatric exercise program.

Bringing a genuine love of helping people – especially the young – and a fun disposition, Rebecca Morony and Rosie Sciacca are getting children with restricted mobility into physical activity, and at the same time providing Work Integrated Learning opportunities for Health Sciences students.

Rebecca and Rosie are the team winners of the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff, 'Excellence in Engagement or Collaboration Award’.

Connecting Curtin with industry to boost research and innovation

Mike Ridout, Business Development Manager of the Spatial Research Hub at Curtin, has a talent for connecting industry and external organisations with Curtin’s valuable expertise.

Mike’s friendly approach to business development is key to his success and his expertise plays a strategic role in boosting Curtin’s research and innovation activities in the Department of Spatial Sciences.

Mike Ridout is the individual winner of the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff, 'Excellence in Engagement or Collaboration Award’.

Excellence in Leadership

Transformational leadership drives remarkable outcomes

As Director of Marketing Analytics and Platforms, Sarah Moffat plays a critical and innovative role in driving digital marketing innovation at the university.

Sarah has built a high-performing team that is responsible for Curtin's website, which has over eight million visitors a year.

Her transformational leadership has enabled her team to achieve remarkable outcomes, working with areas across the University to implement and improve Curtin’s web capabilities.

Sarah is the individual winner of the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff 'Excellence in Leadership Award’.

Excellence in Service

IT Venue support invaluable to teaching

The Curtin Information Technology Services (CITS) Venue Support team provides invaluable IT support to staff and students across Curtin.

They are a dedicated team who work tirelessly to enable teaching technology to run smoothly on campus, all day, every day.

For a global university, their work is instrumental to Curtin’s ability to deliver distributed learning capabilities.

The members of the CITS Venue Support team are the team winners of the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff 'Excellence in Service Award’.

Smoothing the way for valuable research to happen

Administrative Officer Jenny Goodison is the first port of call when Higher Degree by Research students embark on their research endeavours at Curtin Business School.

Jenny provides a nurturing, safe and inclusive environment for approximately 250-300 students.

Her excellent organisational skills and enthusiasm ensures students’ diverse needs are met so they can focus on their studies.

Jenny Goodison is the individual winner of the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Professional Staff 'Excellence in Service Award’.