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START team members and contacts

START (Student Transition And Retention Team) are a dynamic team who are committed to helping students transition into university. Find out who is in the START team and access contact details.

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Who are START

START are a dynamic team who are part of CurtinLife Support Services.

Staff and students of the University are always welcome to make contact – no question too big or small. The START staff are located on the Bentley Campus in Curtin Connect, Building 101, Level 2.

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What is START all about

START’s goal is to help students succeed at Curtin. We do this by:

  • Providing comprehensive orientation and transition events for all students to assist their move into University
  • Connecting students to sources of support as and when these are needed
  • Providing Student Wellbeing Advisors for  individual confidential, appointments  to discuss any issue affecting a student’s studies or wellbeing
  • Facilitating the Uni-wide year Peer Mentoring Program
  • Facilitating UniPASS, Curtin’s peer assisted learning sessions
  • Advising the University on matters related to student orientation, transition and retention

For further details, please check our full range of START programs and activities

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Associate Director

Gary Hepworth
Associate Director, Engagement & Community
Phone: +61 8 9266 2957
Responsibilities: General strategic management of START

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Student Engagement and Retention Team

Amy Cleasby: Manager, Student Engagement and Retention
Phone: +61 8 9266 1556


Tina McLoughlin: Orientation & Transition Coordinator
Phone: +61 8 9266 1055

Student Wellbeing Advisory Service

Student Wellbeing Advisors offer confidential support, advice and follow-up for all Curtin students, for any issue. Wellbeing Advisors have time to spend with students to discuss any concern, big or small, and will refer students to the many other support services available at Curtin, when relevant.

Wellbeing Advisors can also advise Curtin staff on student support and student success programs available and are also involved in orientation and transition activities to support student engagement and a positive student experience.

Mat Darch: Student Wellbeing Advisor, Team Leader
Helen Hesselberg: International Student Transition Coordinator
Jade Kuppusamy: Student Wellbeing Advisor
Carrie Graham: Student Wellbeing Advisor
Len Nielsen: Student Wellbeing Advisor
Lauren Carey: Student Wellbeing Advisor
Gillian Hatt: Student Wellbeing Advisor, Equity
Kellie Brown: Student Wellbeing Advisor, Equity

Freecall: +61 8 1800 244 043
Bentley Campus: Drop in to Curtin Connect, Building 101 on Bentley Campus

WASM Kalgoorlie Campus

Connie Klaassen: Student Wellbeing Coordinator
Phone: +61 8 9088 6029

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Peer Learning and Support

Roselynn Lang: Manager, Peer Learning
Phone: +61 8 9266 2009

Peer Learning Programs

Amanda Smith: Peer Learning Coordinator
Phone: +61 8 9266 9819

Irene Ho: Administrative Support Officer
Phone: +61 8 9266 1663

Mentor Programs

Chris Barker: Mentor Program Coordinator
Phone: +61 8 9266 9822

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