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2016 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 2016 51 nominations were received, representing a total of 220 professional staff.

Congratulations to the following winners who were announced at an awards presentation ceremony attended by approximately 380 staff on 10 November 2016.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Excellence in Innovation

Driven by their own curiosity to find out more

Studying Physics at Curtin is a gateway to the desire to learn, thanks in large part to the efforts of its Physics Technical Team and its members’ ability to foster curiosity among students.

In nominating them for a Vice-Chancellors Professional Excellence Award, colleague Glen Lawson tells us about how things like the quirky snippets of Physics known as ‘science bites’ continually reinvogorate the undergraduate teaching program.

Excellence in Engagement or Collaboration

The Curtin AHEAD Team: building better participation in education

There’s no doubt that there are obstacles to education for what are known as “equity groups”: from school children in low socio-economic areas to those in prisons.

But the Curtin AHEAD Team is making a difference in many on-the-ground ways – even a bicycle repair program – and has been recognised for its achievements with a Vice-Chancellor’s Professional Excellence Award.

Challenging assumptions to make Humanities better

As the Human Resources Business Consultant for the Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University, Jodi Vletter has earned the respect of colleagues with her ability to challenge assumptions about the way staffing is managed.

Nominated for a 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for Professional Staff by colleague Kenneth McCluskey, Jodi is described as a “trusted advisor”, a term Ken says he doesn’t use lightly.

Excellence in Leadership

“What could be more important than personal safety?”

Personal safety on university campuses is imperative, and the Security Leadership Team has a Vice-Chancellor's Professional Excellence Award to show how well they maintain that for the entire Curtin Bentley campus.

From things as simple as giving directions, to being the main point of contact in the event of a major emergency, the Security Team is looking out for us all – 24 hours a day, across a campus of 116 hectares.

Leading the way to a better workforce!

When Curtin University undertook a mammoth task in making its workforce planning nore strategic, Ken McCluskey took a hard-headed approach but with a readiness to embrace new ideas.

The Faculty Business Manager at the Faculty of Humanities, Ken is described by colleagues as someone who steps up to the plate, gets everyone on board and takes them on a journey with him.

Excellence in Service

The “quiet achievers” behind the School of Built Environment

The School of Built Environment (SoBE) at Curtin University benefits from having more than 200 casual academics, but all that knowledge and experience has to be managed to make the most of it.

The SoBE Teaching and Student Support Team was recognised with a Vice-Chancellor’s Professional Excellence Award for going beyond the call of duty to make not only that happen, but also the recruitment of even more casual teaching talent.

The logistical magician… Leigh Brennan makes things happen!

In his role as Administrator for School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, Leigh Brennan is acknowledged by his colleagues as the powerhouse behind the hugely successful annual English and Literature Conference.

With an amazing work ethic and a can-do attitude, Leigh sees to it that the conference continues to attract record attendances and spread the pre-exam help that thousands of school students enjoy year after year… and often inspire them to university studies.