It’s my pleasure to join the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing Health and Science, Professor Tony Watson, in welcoming the Head of our new School of Medical Sciences, Associate Professor Moira Sim, who will start immediately.
I have just returned after almost three weeks in the USA where I attended the International Association of University Presidents’ triennial meeting in New York and then visited universities in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington (DC), and El Paso.
It is with deep regret that I announce the passing of Mr Arthur Hartley at age 105. Mr Hartley was ECU’s oldest Alumnus and graduated from the Claremont Teachers' College, one of ECU’s well-known predecessor institutions, in 1927.
On 21 May 2011 it was my honour to attend the 105th birthday party of ECU’s oldest alumnus, Arthur Hartley. Mr Hartley graduated from the Claremont Teachers' College, one of our precursor institutions, in 1927.
As we enjoy an extra long Easter weekend, let us not forget that the additional public holiday this year is to commemorate ANZAC Day.
I am pleased to announce that a number of staff have been recognised for their outstanding achievements in teaching and learning through the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching; Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning; and Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.
Many of you will be aware that our colleague Karen D’costa will commence twelve months maternity leave soon. Karen has been supporting me in her role as my Executive Officer since March 2008 and has undertaken this role in an exceptionally professional manner.
At ECU we have decided not to renew our partnership with MDIS in Singapore. The relationship had continued for 11 years. It is my view that our Strategic Goals at ECU, particularly the rigorous commitment to quality and quality assurance processes will be greatly facilitated by moving into the ‘teach out’ process at MDIS and expanding our relationship with the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMa) in Singapore.
ECU’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox announced last year that ECU would be making a scholarship available for any Indigenous Australian, not necessarily connected to ECU, to participate in ECU’s Leading Edge program.
This week I attended a morning tea to congratulate the winners of the Top 100 and Vice-Chancellor’s Student Awards for outstanding achievements at the University and in the wider community.
The Australian Research Council (ARC) has recently announced the successful applications for Linkage and Discovery grants commencing in 2011.
This week it was my honour to join our Chancellor to welcome Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, South Africa, Professor Cheryl de la Rey to ECU as the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Orator for 2010.
I was pleased to present the winners of the 2010 Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Awards with their certificates and prizes this afternoon. The winners were chosen by expert panels, for their excellence in the areas of Engagement, Citizenship, Service, Research and Learning and Teaching (L& T).
Many of you would be aware of the rigorous evaluation of academic staff who seek promotion. The standard of applications this year has been strong and all applicants are to be congratulated on their contributions to ECU at their various levels.
On Saturday, 28 August I joined with the ECU community to congratulate more than 1,000 of our most recent graduates at graduation ceremonies held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.