Good morning. Welcome to the first edition of UWA Forward for 2017 and my first as Vice-Chancellor. As I said last week it is an absolute privilege to be appointed UWA’s 18th VC and it will be wonderful to work with you to build on last year’s achievements.
I am writing to let you know that, after a great deal of reflection, I informed the Chancellor over the weekend of my decision to decline the offer from Senate to renew my contract for a further five-year term; I therefore intend to retire from the Vice-Chancellorship at the end of this year.
The University of Western Australian congratulates the Prime Minister on today’s announcement of the National Innovation and Science Agenda and is committed to working with the Federal Government to turn the plan into reality.
I, like I am sure each of you, was disturbed to learn of news over the weekend that a pig’s head was found in the bathroom of University’s Muslim Prayer Room. One of our PhD students made the discovery as he was preparing for his regular prayers on Sunday.
September is a special month at UWA: graduation season. A time for us to reflect on our graduating students' contribution to the University, to celebrate their achievements, and to wish them well as they embark on their future endeavours.