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Curtin values

Building on a foundation of integrity and respect, and through courage, we will achieve excellence and have an impact on the communities we serve.


To act ethically, honestly and with fairness.

Marc Phillips

Marc Phillips’ interest in volunteering was sparked when he joined Curtin Volunteers! as an undergraduate. He later worked in Curtin’s Support Services and local government, before returning to manage CV!. He now runs volunteering and leadership activities to enrich the student experience and benefit the wider community.

“To me, integrity is more than just doing the right thing. It means going out of your way to make things better.”

The characteristics of integrity:

  • Honour commitments.
  • Engender trust through openness honesty and consistency.
  • Lead by example and act with due care.
  • Make informed decisions and be accountable for outcomes.


To listen, value and acknowledge.

Sean Ralph

Sean Ralph is Curtin’s Injury Manager. An elite amateur ironman triathlete and long-distance runner, Sean managed the relaunch of the Curtin Staff Wellness Program in 2014. He strives to be a role model for staff who want to make a positive change toward their health and fitness.

“Respect for yourself is important in knowing how to respect others.”

The characteristics of respect:

  • Ensure safety, health and wellbeing are paramount.
  • Act professionally with courtesy and consideration of others.
  • Give and be responsive to constructive feedback.
  • Value diversity and promote equity and inclusion.


To lead, take responsibility and question.

Dr Caroline Fleay

Dr Caroline Fleay has been an active campaigner for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia over the past fifteen years. As Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Human Rights Education, Caroline teaches human rights and conducts research into the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees.

“Courage is about believing in your work and maintaining a commitment to making a difference.”

The characteristics of courage:

  • Embrace challenges and opportunities with agility and purpose.
  • Support intellectual freedom and value bold ideas.
  • Take ownership of decisions and learn from experience.
  • Live our values and uphold our signature behaviours.


To strive for excellence and distinction.

Kyra Bonney

Kyra Bonney was the first Indigenous woman to win the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy ‘Outstanding Woman in Resources’ Award (2014) for improving opportunities for Indigenous people in the resource sector. A Curtin alumnus, Kyra runs her own consultancy business, is the youngest member of the WA Government Aboriginal Lands Trust and is Deputy Chairperson of an Indigenous youth leadership program.

“Excellence is not about being the best, it is doing your best with the right attitude.”

The characteristics of excellence:

  • Reflect, learn and improve.
  • Advance creativity and innovation.
  • Offer exceptional levels of service.
  • Acknowledge success and the achievements of others.


To empower, enable and inspire.

Associate Professor Dr Reena Tiwari

Associate Professor Dr Reena Tiwari is Head of the Department of Architecture and Interior Architecture at Curtin. Reena is passionate about places everyone can access and enjoy. She believes that involving students and local communities in public architecture can bring about change for the better.

“As an educator, I use teaching and research to have a positive impact on the wellbeing and sustainability of local and international communities.”

The characteristics of impact:

  • Deliver outcomes that make a difference.
  • Inspire others to fulfil their potential.
  • Work together to achieve common goals.
  • Build partnerships that create opportunities.