Throughout May we celebrated excellence in teaching and
learning at our University. This is a tradition that was established 21 years
ago when our Student Guild first initiated the Excellence in Teaching Awards.
In recent weeks, administrators from Western Australian universities have met to begin discussions on how to help address an issue facing our students - along with many other young people in the community: the problem of alcohol abuse and binge drinking.
Philanthropy is making an increasingly important contribution to our goal of being recognised internationally as a research intensive university of excellence producing benefits for society as a whole.
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.