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Curtin’s $2.5m student research facility opens

Media release

C045/11

Curtin’s new multi-million dollar research facility dedicated to health sciences postgraduate research students was officially opened on Monday 21 March.

The Health Sciences Graduate Research Hub is part of a major refurbishment project that will provide students access to state-of-the-art facilities in a central research environment.

With 127 workstations for full-time and part-time students, video conferencing facilities, a wireless network, purpose built seminar rooms and interview rooms, the research hub will provide health sciences graduate students with innovative facilities to help them in the learning process, and solidify Curtin’s reputation as an innovator in research.

image of student and staff using the new facility

The Health Sciences Graduate Research Hub will give students access to state-of-the-art facilities in a central research environment.

Located at Technology Park the new hub continues Curtin’s Health Innovation Research Institute’s (CHIRI) vision to integrate health research, teaching and practice into an interdisciplinary team-based approach.

Health Sciences Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jill Downie, said the distinctive development supported Curtin’s vision to be a world-class teaching and research university.

“Groundbreaking research rarely occurs in isolation. Our new research hub provides superb facilities that will enable our research students to interact with each other and academic researchers, providing the opportunity for collaborative interdisciplinary endeavours that inspire minds and lead to innovation,” Professor Downie said.

Andrew Cameron, President Curtin University Postgraduate Student Association (CUPSA) said feedback from the students was very important and they were fully consulted on what they actually needed including a dedicated statistician, IT support and a librarian.

“The move to this new supportive research centre is a great step forward as it uniquely provides access to everything a research student could dream of including a wide range of outstanding services and resources all in one central location,” Mr Cameron said.

“This results in a high quality research experience for all health sciences research students.”

Contacts:

Andrea Jones, Marketing and Communications Manager, Faculty of Health Sciences
Tel: 08 9266 1909, Mobile 0404 947 893, Email: andrea.jones@curtin.edu.au

Teresa Belcher, Public Relations, Curtin University
Tel: 08 9266 9085, Email: teresa.belcher@curtin.edu.au