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Mine

$30 million boost for sustainable mine closure in regional Australia

Friday, 13 March 2020

A national consortium jointly led by The University of Western Australia and University of Queensland has secured almost $30 million from the Federal Government to support regional Australian communities facing local mine closures.

Bushfire

Scientists uncover how invasive plants gain a head start after fire

Thursday, 12 March 2020

New research from The University of Western Australia has shed light on why some invasive plants make a better comeback after a fire, outstripping native species in the race for resources.

Indigenous students

Indigenous students to boost Aboriginal communities

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Twelve Indigenous students – the largest ever cohort to study medicine in any year – have commenced their postgraduate studies at The University of Western Australia.

Optometry

New course to tackle growing eye disease among Australians

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Next year, The University of Western Australia will offer the State’s first and only Doctor of Optometry degree to tackle an increase in eye complications from chronic diseases and conditions suffered by millions of Australians.

Marine heatwaves

New study reveals hidden impact of marine heatwaves

Monday, 9 March 2020

A new study by an international team of researchers including The University of Western Australia reveals the worst marine heatwave ever recorded off Western Australia was responsible for a massive loss of genetic diversity in underwater forests.

Saba Saheli, Roger Cook and Tim Colmer

WA patients to benefit from medical research boost

Friday, 6 March 2020

Western Australia's medical innovation and research capabilities have received a substantial boost with $2.5 million from Lotterywest.

Wheat

Genetic diversity improves yield in hybrid crop varieties

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Researchers from The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture and University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute have discovered that high levels of genetic diversity and dominant genes in grain crops such as wheat, barley or rice leads to the production of greater yields in hybrid varieties.

Perth Biodesign 2019 cohort

UWA initiative supports healthcare innovation and early stage entrepreneurs

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Healthcare innovation in Western Australia has received a boost under a new initiative that will help Australia’s brightest minds in medicine, business, research and engineering develop into medtech entrepreneurs and early stage start-ups.

UWA

UWA achieves strong results in QS Rankings

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

The University of Western Australia achieved outstanding results in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject Area, maintaining its top ranking in the State with the highest number of subjects ranked in the top 100 globally. The QS Rankings ranked 1,368 universities globally. 

Prof Karol Miller

Awards and achievements - February 2020

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students.

Associate Professor Britta Bienen

Researcher awarded national medal for engineering science

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

The University of Western Australia’s Associate Professor Britta Bienen has been awarded the prestigious John Booker Medal in Engineering Science for her contribution towards improving the safety and reliability of offshore foundations.

Bremer Canyon sponges

Deep-sea coral gardens discovered in canyons off Australia's South West

Friday, 28 February 2020

Stunning ‘gardens’ of deep-sea corals have been discovered in the Bremer Canyon Marine Park by Australian and international scientists during an oceanographic expedition aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor.

Drought

Experts warn Australia at risk from drought, rising water levels

Friday, 28 February 2020

Leading water and coastal engineering experts from The University of Western Australia warn one of the biggest risks facing Australia is water security, with some regional towns experiencing water shortage to the point where they are unable to respond to bushfires and coastal areas at risk from rising sea levels.  

Fish catches

Illicit seafood trade costing up to $26 billion each year

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Up to 14 million tonnes of unreported fish catches are being traded illicitly every year, costing the legitimate market between $14 and $26 billion in trade annually, researchers from The University of Western Australia and the University of British Columbia have found.

Clarice Antero and Hayden Hunt with Whoosh bikes

RAC partnership offers new ways to ‘whoosh’ around UWA campus

Thursday, 27 February 2020

The University of Western Australia has partnered with RAC to launch a new multi-mode transport service – making it the first university in WA to offer a broad range of convenient and environmentally friendly ways to get around campus.

Natayla Beer providing motivation to a person using a spin bike

How exercise conditions can shape post-workout food intake

Thursday, 27 February 2020

People who incorporate sprints into their exercise may be more likely to make healthier food choices after their workout, according to a new study by The University of Western Australia and James Cook University. 

Education awards

UWA's top teachers recognised in Australian Awards for University Teaching

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Four academics from The University of Western Australia have been presented with awards to recognise their innovative and engaging contributions to student education in the 2020 Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Dr Andrew Guzzomi

Australian farmers to reap rewards from weed chipper

Monday, 24 February 2020

The University of Western Australia has partnered with a WA-based manufacturing company to commercialise an award-winning mechanical weed chipper that serves as a ground-breaking alternative to the use of herbicides for weed management in large scale cropping operations.

Athena SWAN

UWA recognised for gender diversity and equity in STEMM

Friday, 21 February 2020

The University of Western Australia is one of 11 organisations to be awarded an internationally recognised Athena SWAN Bronze Award last night for its commitment to gender diversity in the STEMM subjects of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.  

CA qualification

Accounting degree incorporating CA qualification gives students a head start

Friday, 21 February 2020

Students enrolled in the Master of Professional Accounting at The University of Western Australia will now be able to complete the professional requirements of the Charted Accountants (CA) qualification as part of their degree, in a move that will set students apart in the job market.