As we approach the festive season and mark the end of another year, I would like to reflect on my first year as Dean of the Faculty and highlight some of the successes we have achieved throughout the year.
With the release of proposals from the Formal Governance, Discipline and Research Themes working parties, the One Faculty, One Future project moves into a phase of open consultation across the Faculty on their proposals.
As part of the One Faculty, One Future project, the Formal Governance, Research Themes and Disciplines working parties have today released proposals for comment from the Faculty. All staff are strongly encouraged to provide feedback on the proposals.
The new Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation (CMSC) has been established at UWA. The Centre will be the hub of cutting-edge research across the disciplines of Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science.
The ARC's Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Funding (LIEF) scheme provides funding for large-scale cooperative initiatives, so that expensive infrastructure, equipment and facilities can be shared by researchers in partnered organisations.
Bushfire prediction technology developed at The University of Western Australia will receive an almost $3 million boost as part of a Federal Government Digital Regions Initiative that will benefit regional communities across Australia.
Generation Y’s latest telecommunication accessories are being used to help their grandparents overcome disabilities caused by stroke and Parkinson’s disease.
For the first time, iPhones and iPod Touch have been clinically tested by patients who have lost the use of their hands and fingers, as simple, inexpensive and convenient assessment tools for manual dexterity.
Following consideration by the Faculty Representative Panel of a second round of draft proposals from the Formal Governance, Disciplines and Research Themes working parties, the working parties are now in the process of considering the feedback and making necessary revisions to their proposals. Once this is complete, the proposals will be circulated to the Faculty for further consideration and feedback.
The working parties of the One Faculty, One Future project are well into operation, with the second draft proposals recently presented to the Faculty Representative Panel. In addition, progress continues to be made with the professional staff structure, with all ongoing staff now transferred into new positions and advertising underway for vacancies.
All staff are reminded that as part of the Faculty's commitment open dialogue and dissemination of information a series of weekly information sessions are being held on the implementation of the new professional staff structure.
These sessions will provide all staff with an opportunity to hear an update on the implementation of the professional staff structure, and ask questions.