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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.