Convocation Warden, Dr Doug McGhie presents Ashlynne Hendry with the 2018 Convoc

Higher calling for top Arts student

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

The Convocation Undergraduate Prize in Bachelor of Arts has been awarded to Ashlynne Hendry who completed her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Linguistics and Anthropology, and Sociology at The University of Western Australia in 2018.

RESULTS OF CONVOCATION ELECTIONS OF WARDEN, DEPUTY WARDEN, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL OF CONVOCATION AND ONE MEMBER OF SENATE

Monday, 1 April 2019

Following the 12th March 2019 deadline for receipt of voting papers, a ballot was conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission, in the presence of scrutineer. 

Pursuant to section 71 of Statute No 9, and clause 20 of Statute No 12, the following candidates were officially declared elected at the 2019 Autumn Ordinary Meeting of Convocation.

Outstanding Contributions Recognised by Convocation

Monday, 1 April 2019

At its Autumn Ordinary Meeting Convocation recognised three outstanding contributors to the University with the presentation of Convocation Medals to Ms Hilary Silbert, Dr Susan King and Adjunct Professor Warren Kerr AM.

Astrid Boggs and Doug McGhie at the 2019 Autumn Ordinary Meeting of Convocation

The Heart and Soul of Convocation

Monday, 1 April 2019

As is often remarked by the Warden of Convocation at our Ordinary Meetings, Convocation receives much correspondence, more often than not by email these days. Much of it is pretty standard about address changes or the like, or recently some comment about Forrest Hall and contemporary topics.

Occasionally the Warden receives a note that demonstrates just how strong and valuable is the UWA graduate network. In the lead up to the recent Ordinary Meeting I received two such items of correspondence and thought them best shared.

Jacaranda tree confirms bond at UWA

Friday, 22 March 2019

To celebrate the relationship between today’s students and graduates from earlier days, Guild President Conrad Hogg and the Warden of Convocation Doug McGhie planted a white flowering jacaranda on Convocation Walk, east side of James Oval, on this year’s annual Convocation Day.

The Merchant of Venice at New Fortune Theatre

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

The Graduate Dramatic Society's production of William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice”, directed by Lucy Eyre.

Why Should I Vote in the Convocation Elections?

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

If you are reading this as an alumnus of UWA the odds are that you are a graduate and all graduates of UWA are automatically members of Convocation. 

The (Convocation) Network can make a difference

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Convocation aims to build on personal relationships that have been forged through years spent together at study, work, sport and fun at the University and then beyond. 

UWA graduates: become a JP and give back to the community

Thursday, 6 December 2018

With the numbers of Justices of the Peace (JPs) being commissioned in Western Australia dwindling, UWA graduates are urged to broaden their community service and volunteering experience by becoming a JP.

UWA graduate Malcolm Collier JP – who is Registrar of the Royal Association of Justices of Western Australia – said that, since January 2018, there had only been 55 JPs commissioned in WA.

“This barely covers the loss of JPs caused by change of personal circumstances, age and infirmity,” Mr Collier said.

Free library membership to all UWA Graduates commencing 2019

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Convocation’s subscribing members have, for many years, had access to the benefit of discounted Library Membership. Access to the Library print collections and online resources was a valuable benefit to Convocation’s members who supported Convocation through the subscription.


The money raised by subscriptions help fund faculty prizes, postgraduate research travel awards, cultural and sporting awards, and maintains Convocation’s activities on campus. Your subscription also supports the development of services for graduates.

Convocation Warden's Bike Jersey

Successful Warden’s Ride

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Warden of Convocation Doug McGhie successfully completed the Ride to Conquer Cancer in early October. Each day saw the 800 plus cyclists pedalling into stiff sea breezes, and on Sunday into 70 km/h headwinds along the Warnbro Sound coast.


The Saturday evening in Mandurah was special as the head of the Harry Perkins Institute, Professor Peter Leedman, introduced top fundraisers and some particularly brave and inspirational cyclists, some of who were completing the challenge for their seventh time.

Convocation Medal presented to Jiwei Li by Warden of Convocation Dr Doug McGhie

Convocation Medal awarded for outstanding student volunteer for 2018

Thursday, 11 October 2018

A student at The University of Western Australia has won Convocation’s highest honour for her outstanding volunteering work at UWA and around Perth.

Convocation Medal and Certificate presented to Pat Stroud by Warded Doug McGhie

Convocation award for outstanding commitment to the theatre

Thursday, 11 October 2018

A student who joined the University Dramatic Society (UDS) soon after arriving at The University of Western Australia has gone on to win Convocation’s highest honour for her long service and huge contribution to the theatre.

Rachael Zemek, recipient of the 2018 Geoffrey Kennedy Convocation Postgraduate R

UWA research aims to improve immune therapy for cancer treatment

Thursday, 11 October 2018

A student from The University of Western Australia is undertaking innovative research which could have important benefits for cancer patients.

Rachael Zemek, who is in the fourth year of a Doctor of Philosophy, has identified the immunological pathways responsible for a successful anti-tumour immune response, which may then be targeted to improve response rates.

2019 Convocation Elections – Call for nominations

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Nominations for the following positions open on Wednesday, 7 November 2018 and close at 12.00 noon on Wednesday, 5 December 2018.


• ELECTION OF THE WARDEN OF CONVOCATION
• ELECTION OF THE DEPUTY WARDEN OF CONVOCATION
• ELECTION OF SEVEN MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL OF CONVOCATION
• ELECTION OF ONE MEMBER TO SENATE BY CONVOCATION


The current office holders of these honorary positions complete their term in March 2019 and all are eligible for re-election.

Convocation IQX Fellowship 2018 recipient Dr Rafael Medeiros de Souza

Industry and Innovation Engagement: Convocation IQX Fellowship Winners 2018

Thursday, 11 October 2018

The Convocation of UWA Graduates has recognised and awarded two UWA graduates for their entrepreneurial contributions to international innovation.

Arman Siahvashi, 2018 Convocation Postgraduate Research Travel Award recipient

UWA PhD student wins Student Scientist of the Year Award for 2018

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

A final year PhD student from UWA has been selected as an ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year 2018 as part of the Premier's Science Awards, which recognise and celebrate the achievements of the Western Australian science community.

Convocation and a Sense of Place on Campus

Thursday, 14 June 2018

“What is Convocation and what does it do?”

Convocation of UWA 2018 Elections

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Following the legislative changes to the UWA Act approved by State Parliament last year, the number of UWA Senate members elected by Convocation has been reduced from four to two positions.  As a result, three of the current members of the UWA Senate elected by the UWA Convocation were contesting only one position in the 2018 elections.

Convocation Medal recipient, Maria Carvalho with Convocation Warden, Doug McGhie

UWA archivist wins Convocation Medal at UWA Convocation Autumn Ordinary Meeting for 2018

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

The University of Western Australia’s archivist has been honoured for her years of dedicated service preserving and promoting UWA’s history by being awarded the Convocation Medal, an award to a member of Convocation who has made a significant and sustained contribution to Convocation, the University and the community.