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A great start for ECU in 2009

Friday, 06 February 2009


ECU receives more than $2.8 million in learning and teaching performance funding

The Federal Minister for Education, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, yesterday announced the results of the 2009 Learning and Teaching Performance Fund.

I am delighted to advise that Edith Cowan University is being rewarded with a total of $2,838,256.88 under this initiative. On the basis of the total funding, our University ranks eighth out of thirty-seven universities. Full details are available at

This is a splendiferous result and appropriately captures the deep commitment, professionalism, expertise and personal excellence of ECU staff who strive to do the right thing by our students.

The funding will enable us to progress a number of innovative initiatives, including some excellent strategic funding proposals that were submitted last year.

Welcome to our new Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin

Further to the announcement made on 5 December 2008, by Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, of the appointment of Professor Colleen Hayward as Head of ECU's Kurongkurl Katitjin Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research, I am pleased to welcome Colleen on behalf of all at ECU.

In addition to Colleens impressive Curriculum Vitae profiled by Brenda, Colleen was also the 2008 recipient of the National NAIDOC Person of the Year award.

Welcome to our University community Colleen. We look forward to working with you.

Double celebrations for the Director of WAAPA

It is with great pleasure that I announce the re-appointment of Julie Warn as Director of our renowned WA Academy of Performing Arts - and - Julie's promotion to the position of Professor.

Julie has provided exemplary leadership of WAAPA over the last five years and we look forward to her continuing in the role for the next five years.

Congratulations Julie!

Increased interest by students in ECU

The very significant interest in our University demonstrated in 2008, is continuing in 2009. Early indications in our student numbers appear to be very positive and likely to exceed our budget targets.

Visit to ECU by the Director General of the Department of Health

This morning, it was a pleasure for me to welcome to our University, Dr Peter Flett, Director General of the Western Australian Department of Health.

Together with Professors Tony Watson and John Finlay-Jones, I provided Dr Flett with a tour of the excellent health training and research facilities in our Health and Wellness Building. Professor Rob Newton showcased the Vario Health Institute and Wellness Clinic and Professor Cobie Rudd, the state-of-the-art training facilities. It is fair to say Dr Flett was impressed.

Professor Kerry O. Cox *

* Professor Kerry Cox was Vice-Chancellor of Edith Cowan University from March 2006 to September 2014.

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