Being one of the welcoming faces for incoming and current students at the School of Indigenous Studies (SIS) is just one of the things Sabrina Swift enjoys about her job.
Coming from the Bardi people from north of Broome and the Gija people in the East Kimberley, Sabrina knows what it’s like to be new to a community and hopes she can play a role in helping students find their feet at SIS.
In addition to being a familiar face to students, she is the go-to-person for most of the daily operations of the School.
The newly-appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Peter J. Dean, has always had a strong military connection throughout his life and has managed to forge a career that encompasses both this and his passion for education.
Growing up with a father that served in the Australian Army and a sister in the Royal Australian Navy, Peter was inspired to follow a military career pathway. For him, this decision has made a lasting impact on his professional life.
Dr Dino Spagnoli's interest in chemistry started with a childhood fascination with crystals; however, it was only when he reached university that his real passion for all things molecular started to take hold.
Originally from the UK, Dino works as a lecturer and coordinator of first-year studies in chemistry and biochemistry, helping students transition smoothly from high school to university learning.
I wish to welcome Associate Professor Annette George (Head of School, School of Earth Sciences), who will be sharing the Acting Dean of Coursework Studies role with Professor Graham Brown (Head of School, School of Social Sciences).
I also take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to Professor Jane Heyworth (Population and Public Health) who has been sharing the Acting Dean of Coursework Studies role with Graham up until now.
The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students. To recognise these achievements, a monthly article is published on the UWA news page on the website and in UWA Forward on the first week of every month.
Professor Tom O’Donoghue from UWA’s Graduate school of Education has launched a new publication on teacher preparation in Ireland, in response to the introduction of free second-level schooling 50 years ago.
In early 2017, the Vice-Chancellor set out the priorities for the University. These included enhancing the quality of teaching and the student experience to further deliver on UWA’s commitment to providing a world-class education. The introduction of the UWA Courses framework in 2012 explicitly intended to foster research-informed teaching and embed the learning of research skills in all majors and courses.
Final year Civil Engineering student in the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Maryam Khan, has won the 2017 Concrete Institute Rising Stars Award with her project titled “Experimental Investigation of Self-Compacting Rubberized Concrete Exposed to Fire”.