Curtin culture

A comfortable, relaxed and inclusive environment

Students sitting outside at Curtin

Regardless of who you are or where you come from, you’ll find Curtin to be a friendly and relaxed place where respect for one another is a part of everyday life. Curtin is a culturally diverse community where you will be accepted and treated fairly. The sheer population of the University means there is not one definitive culture across the campuses but many, contributing to a lively environment where everyone is included. We work hard to maintain best practice in the following areas:

Ethics

At Curtin, everything we do is designed with one overarching goal in mind: to have a positive effect on our students and the wider community. In order to achieve that goal we provide students and staff with a welcoming environment that’s founded on five core values:

  1. Integrity – to act ethically, honestly and with fairness;
  2. Respect – to listen, value and acknowledge;
  3. Courage – to lead, take responsibility and question;
  4. Excellence – to strive for excellence and distinction;
  5. Impact – to empower, enable and inspire.

Our commitment to equal opportunity is reflected in a range of policies and support services to ensure all students and staff, irrespective of race, gender, beliefs or culture, receive fair and just treatment.

A multicultural university

With more than 10,000 international students studying in Australia, Curtin offers a unique cross-cultural experience. Students become part of an international network that provides social and academic support for a lifetime.

As a Curtin student, you can participate in a variety of multicultural events that occur throughout the year.

Curtin also promotes religious diversity with a Multi-Faith Officer available at the Bentley campus and prayer rooms at some of our campuses.

Indigenous culture

Curtin has the highest number of indigenous students of any university in Australia. Our Indigenous students come from all over the country to study at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies and we strive to provide relevant academic and personal support, as well as a strong sense of community.

The Centre for Aboriginal Studies promotes indigenous identity, culture and heritage, providing graduates with the skills and abilities needed for successful careers.

The centre offers some courses exclusively for indigenous students, including enabling degrees for students who may not meet the normal university entrance requirements. The centre is also actively engaged in educating non-indigenous students from Australia and abroad about the rich history of Australia’s Aboriginal people and the social and political issues that continue to affect their lives.

Curtin’s Reconciliation Action Plan has also cemented the University’s commitment to turning good intentions into action.

Family friendly

Curtin is committed to ensuring that students and staff with family responsibilities have full access to education, employment and other services. We support a family-friendly environment to study and work by offering services to assist parents.

For students there are flexible study options, with most courses available part-time, some available online and externally and several postgraduate courses running during evenings and weekends. We also provide a number of flexible working arrangements to help staff with family responsibilities.

Accessible education

Curtin makes every effort to ensure that students with disabilities are able to participate in the same learning experience as students without disabilities. Over the years we’ve significantly improved our parking facilities, graded pathways, automated doorways, lifts, rest areas, toilet facilities and signage.

Our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan reflects our commitment to making Curtin an inclusive and accessible environment for our students, staff and visitors with disabilities.

If you’re not able to meet Curtin’s standard entry requirements due to a disability or medical condition you may be eligible for special consideration entry. For more information visit the Future Students website.

Our Disability Counsellors can help to reduce the impact of your disability on all aspects of university life. Find out more on the Disability @ Curtin site.

Environment

In our own backyard and globally, we’re committed to reducing Curtin’s ecological footprint.

Curtin’s campuses are used by over 45,000 staff and students so it’s no secret that Curtin has a significant impact on the environment. Ensuring environmental sustainability presents an enormous challenge but it’s one that we’re continuing to tackle through a number of initiatives.