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2018 winners

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

In 2018 43 nominations were received, representing a total of 240 professional staff.

Congratulations to the following winners who were announced at an awards presentation ceremony attended by more than 400 staff on 8 November 2018.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Excellence in Innovation

Innovation brings energy usage data to life

Meet the team who developed and brought to life the Curtin Living Campus website.

The innovative online platform displays the real-time energy usage of buildings on the Bentley Campus, as well as highlighting case studies and management strategies. The platform is an Australian first that allows Curtin to monitor, understand and manage energy usage, illustrate the benefits of energy saving initiatives and provide an educational resource to students, staff and the community.

The Living Campus Team is the team winner of the 'Excellence in Innovation Award'.

Excellence in Collaboration

Engaging students for staff ergonomic assessments

With a need to provide ergonomic intervention for staff members, Curtin’s Staff Wellness Team saw an opportunity to collaborate with the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science and the Health and Wellness Centre.

Final year Physiotherapy students were engaged to complete ergonomic workstation assessments for staff, which also provided valuable real world experience for the students.

The partnership has proven to be an immensely valuable collaboration between multiple academic and professional work areas, providing benefits for both staff and students.

The Student Ergonomic Assessment Partnership is the team winner of the 'Excellence in Collaboration Award'.

Instilling a passion for physical activity in school children across Perth

Chris Earl is the Recreation Program Coordinator at Curtin Stadium and he is passionate about helping people be active. His dynamic approach to recreation programs is engaging more people of all ages in physical activity at Curtin Stadium.

Through his engagement with local schools, Chris has initiated a new partnership with Penrhos College to engage more students in physical activity. The collaborative partnership sees Curtin’s sporting clubs facilitate specialised programs at the college. 

Chris is the individual winner of the 'Excellence in Collaboration Award'.

Excellence in Leadership

Fostering the development of staff and their careers

The Professionals @ Curtin Committee plays a significant role in the professional and personal development of many staff across the University.

With more than 240 members, the committee is passionate about providing opportunities for professional staff to develop their careers through training and networking.

The Professionals @ Curtin Committee is the team winner of the 'Excellence in Leadership Award'.

Passionate leadership drives successful outcomes in Physics

Lab Manager Glen Lawson guided the creation of leading-edge spaces for teaching and research within the Physics discipline.

Glen’s empowering leadership style creates a positive work culture, where staff feel supported and valued.

Glen is the individual winner of the 'Excellence in Leadership Award'.

Excellence in Service

eConcierges at the forefront of customer service at Curtin

The Student Services eConcierges provide valuable support and guidance for hundreds of Curtin community members on a daily basis.

They are the dedicated ‘front of house’ triage team at Curtin Connect who assist domestic and international students and future students, staff and industry representatives.

The introduction of the eConcierges, who are mostly Curtin students, has had an enormously positive impact on the customer experience at Curtin Connect.

The Student Services eConcierges are the team winners of the 'Excellence in Service Award'.

Providing exceptional service with a positive presence

As Team Leader for the Enterprise Service Management team in Curtin IT Services, Jess Sertis looks after the processes and technologies that assist faculties and other work areas to meet the demands of their customers, whether they be students or staff.

Jess took ownership of the challenging student customer relationship management support system and with the support of her dedicated team, ensured positive outcomes in student attraction and retention.

As someone who models Curtin’s values in all that she does, Jess supported the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance, through taking on two work experience students. She also established the CITS Social Club and runs a range of other charitable activities.

Jess is the individual winner of the 'Excellence in Service Award'.