As this is my last UWA News column as Vice-Chancellor, I want to confirm what a privilege it has been to lead this University - an institution with such a strong history of support for the social and economic well-being of our State, and which has played such an important part in the personal growth and development of generations of young Western Australians.
As we near the end of another academic year, we are pleased to acknowledge the success of three UWA researchers who have been named as 2011 Scientist of the Year finalists in the Western Australian Science of the Year Awards.
The Royal visit to Perth last week for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting was an opportunity to reflect on the involvement of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in the history of our University.
We often talk about our University as being a ‘community' or a ‘family' and it certainly feels that way, especially when staff and students work together to ensure the success of events such as Open Day and the Parents' Welcome, or in response to emergencies such as the hail storm in March 2010.
Communication across the spectrum - from academic discourse and international relationships, to student recruitment, marketing and development - has been the focus of much activity on campus in the past two weeks.
New rankings released recently indicate that our University continues to move positively towards its ambitious goal of being counted among the world's best 100 universities in 2013 - the year we celebrate our centenary.
The high regard in which the community holds our University - in no small measure because of our contribution to the social and economic wellbeing of the State - was evident again in the large numbers who attended our recent UWA Open Day.
If anyone wanted confirmation of Vice-Chancellor our University's central place in global scholarship, they need only look at a list of events for the first few days of this month organised or hosted by staff of the University.