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Curtin Commons

Bold. Original. Inspiring

“Welcome to Curtin Commons, an online storytelling space for Curtin alumni, staff, students and friends. Featuring a series of thought-provoking articles intended to inspire and enlighten, Commons celebrates the many amazing contributions of our Curtin community and how they are striving to create a brighter future for us all.”

– Carmelle Wilkinson, Editor-in-Chief

Image: Creative Spotlight features Curtin graduate James Giddy’s (BA (Fine Art) 2017) latest mural, created as part of Curtin’s sustainability trail, which shines a light on some of Western Australia’s flora and fauna that we may often take for granted.

Latest stories


Bronze artwork worth its weight in gold

3 February. By Carmelle Wilkinson.

Middle Eastern artist Ayad Alqaragholli is the incredible artist behind the popular bronze figure sculptures you’ve seen in many Perth parks, homes, businesses and galleries. An expression of love and peace they are a sight to behold and a tell a tale steeped in rich history and culture.

Journalism student becomes unexpected homegrown hero over holiday period

25 January. By Raquel De Brito.

When Dylan Storer returned home to Fitzroy Crossing for the Christmas holidays, things took an unexpected turn. The Curtin journalism student found himself in the middle of a natural disaster and did what he knew best – report.

First Nations advocate and lawyer an inspiration to a generation

24 January. By Carmelle Wilkinson.

Curtin Business and Law graduate Emma Garlett is a proud advocate and ambassador for Indigenous culture and rights. The 28 year old Nyungar-Nyiyaparli-Yamatji woman is using her passion and talents to change the narrative and fight for social justice.

Curtin’s first cohort of medical graduates, report to frontline

13 December. By Carmelle Wilkinson.

After a year in the field, some of our first-year medical graduates get ready to hand in their ‘p-plates’ and embark on new and exciting medical careers. A recent chat with Commons uncovered the highs, the lows and the many incredible experiences of working as a junior doctor in our WA health system.

Curtin’s head teacher strives to make a difference

29 November. By Carmelle Wilkinson.

If it weren’t for the generosity of a stranger, Curtin’s Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne would never have discovered the transformational power of higher education. The developmental psychologist sat down with Curtin Commons to share her incredible career journey from junior lecturer to Curtin’s head teacher.

Star athlete bringing her superpowers to the field

7 November. By Carmelle Wilkinson.

Hockeyroos Captain and Curtin Occupational Therapy graduate says good physical and mental preparation is paramount to success both on and off the field. With a never give up attitude and commitment to making her younger self proud, Jane is a wonderful role model to anyone wanting to chase their dreams.

Oscar worthy visual effects mastermind brings cinematic magic to life

1 November. By Carmelle Wilkinson.

Growing up in the golden era of classic movies like E.T and Jaws had a profound effect on Curtin humanities graduate Brendan Seals. Passionate about filmmaking, the sci-fi movie buff is now a visual effects supervisor for Luma Pictures Melbourne, working on some of Hollywood’s biggest action films.

Reducing carbon footprint major step towards well-being of planet

25 October. By Carmelle Wilkinson.

Through his Singapore based company Unravel Carbon, Curtin chemical engineer Marc Allen and business partner Grace Sai are helping businesses around the globe reduce their carbon footprint. The climate change champion believes drastic changes now, could ensure the wellbeing of the planet tomorrow.

Actors push disability boundaries in new Curtin production

14 October. By Carmelle Wilkinson.

It was in the oncology ward as a little girl, where Australian actress and Curtin Honorary Doctorate Kate Mulvany discovered a love for books and storytelling. The proud patron of the Hayman Theatre, recently returned to Campus to mentor Curtin theatre arts student Crystal Nguyen in her lead as Richard in the university’s modern reboot of the Shakespearean classic.

Creative spotlight

For Creative Spotlight, Curtin graduate and Perth-based artist James shares some of his favourite murals he’s created over the years, including his most recent murals at Curtin Bentley and Padbury Shopping Centre in Perth, WA. Taking inspiration from his surroundings, James’ murals remind us of the powerful beauty and diversity of WA’s native flora and fauna that can often be forgotten or left behind in our ever-growing materialistic world.

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Our mission

‘The Branching Future’ – a digitally-drawn illustration by Curtin student Nina Dakin for Curtin Commons.

A ‘commons’ is a space that is shared by and benefits a community.

Our commons is a cultural and virtual one, reflecting the ideas and experiences shared by a proud and distinct Curtin community living in Western Australia and around the world. We hope that this space will inspire us to stay connected in ways that are beneficial to our lives, families and communities.

Acknowledgement of Country

Curtin University acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which Curtin Perth is located, the Whadjuk people of the Nyungar Nation; and on our Kalgoorlie campus, the Wongutha people of the North-Eastern Goldfields.