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Awards and innovations

Recognising and celebrating the outstanding achievements of students and staff.

The outstanding achievements of our students and staff have long been celebrated both within the University and internationally. Whether it's our professors receiving national awards for excellence or students forging a successful career in international industry, Curtin is renowned for producing innovation and academic excellence that ultimately benefits the wider community.


Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citations

Curtin's commitment to excellence in education is reflected in our success at national level in the Australian Learning and Teaching Council citations, the most prestigious teaching awards in Australia. The awards recognise outstanding individual teachers, teaching teams and university teaching programs. Curtin nominees are consistently short listed and/or recognised as the most outstanding candidates.

2011 winners

Awards for Teaching Excellence

Ms Lisa Goldacre (School of Business Law and Taxation) - Award for Priority Area 2011: Teaching large classes

Dr Lisa Tee (School of Pharmacy) - Award for Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies

Ms Katharina Wolf (School of Marketing) - Award for Early Career

Curtin winners from previous years can be found at the Office of Assessment, Teaching and Learning site.

Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Awards

Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Awards

The Curtin Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching are awarded annually and aim to provide recognition and reward for outstanding performances, by both individuals and teams, in teaching and in enhancing student learning.

All members of Curtin academic staff are eligible to be nominated, provided they have taught at Curtin for at least two years. Nomination for is open to academic staff, general staff and sessional staff.

2011 winners

Awards for Teaching Excellence

Linda Portsmouth, School of Public Health
Anna Bunn, School of Business Law & Taxation
Dr Mohamed Shahin, Department of Civil Engineering
Andrew Trosic, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Dr Tama Leaver, Department of Internet Studies

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Dr Leslie Almberg, Department of Applied Geology
Dr Susan Bolt, Curtin Business School
Associate Professor David Pick, School of Management

Programs that Enhance Student Learning

START Programs: Linking Retention Interventions
Interprofessional Practice Placement Program - Health Sciences

View the full list of Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award winners.

Vice-Chancellor's List

The Vice-Chancellor's List was created in 1991 to recognise Curtin undergraduate students, including Honours students, who excel academically. It awards all Curtin students who, at the completion of each semester, fall within the top one per cent of undergraduates.

An annual prize from our sponsor Qantas is awarded each year to the student who achieved the highest academic standards during the term of their degree. It is presented at the Vice-Chancellor's List ceremony.

Click here to view the Vice-Chancellor's List Honour Roll.

John Curtin Medal

The John Curtin Medal is awarded by Curtin University of Technology to people who have made a significant contribution in their chosen field in Australia or internationally and who have exhibited John Curtin's qualities of vision, leadership and community service.

2011 recipient

2010 recipients

2009 recipient

2008 recipients

For more information on the John Curtin Medal and details of this year's award, visit our John Curtin Day website.

Miles Franklin Literary Award

The Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia's most prestigious literary prize. Curtin alumni and Curtin staff have won the award seven times since the honour was first given in 1957.

Kim Scott

Professor Kim Scott is a Professor of Writing at Curtin's School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts. He also works alongside the Centre for Aboriginal Studies and the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute. He is an accomplished author, winning two Miles Franklin Literary Awards for his novels Benang(2000) and That Deadman Dance (2011). He is the first Indigenous author to win the award.

Tim Winton

Curtin alumnus Tim Winton is one of Australia's cherished writers. His career has spanned three decades and during this time he has won four Miles Franklin Literary Awards for Breath (2009), Dirt Music (2002), Cloudstreet (1992) and The Shallows (1984). Tim Winton has also been nominated for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction for The Riders (1995).

In 2009, Curtin University honoured Tim Winton's literary successes by naming a lecture theatre after him on the Bentley campus.

Elizabeth Jolley

Elizabeth Jolley was a cherished figure at Curtin University. In 1978, she started teaching part-time at the Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin), becoming Writer in Residence in 1987. In 1998 she was appointed Professor of Creative Writing and later became Emeritus Professor in Curtin's School of Communication and Cultural Studies.

Elizabeth Jolley won the 1986 Miles Franklin Literary Award for The Well.

Curtin University has named a lecture theatre, research collection and lecture series in honour of Elizabeth Jolley's contribution to the University.

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The Bentley campus is home to over 1,000 different species of plants.