Pre service teacher Samuel Marsh on practicum at Scotch Colllege

Learnings gained from Professional Practice

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Each year hundreds of pre service teachers from UWA undergo their professional practice at schools throughout the state.  They spend between 12 to 14 weeks at a school learning about classroom dynamics and engaging with students and staff.  Samuel Marsh completed his practicum at Scotch College earlier this year teaching History under the guidance of teacher mentor James Hindle.  We asked Sam to tell us more about his experiences and what he learned during his time at Scotch College. 

What made you decide to become a teacher?

Maths whiteboard

WA's universities to offer bonus points for ATAR maths courses

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Students in WA can choose from three ATAR maths subjects ranging in difficulty from Mathematics Applications (easiest), to Mathematics Methods (intermediate) and Mathematics Specialist (highest level).

Year 12 Indigenous students

Indigenous Year 12 students get leading edge at UWA

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

More than 30 Indigenous Year 12 students from across WA are attending a leadership seminar at The University of Western Australia this week, which aims to encourage them to aspire to a tertiary education and learn about the opportunities available at UWA.

International Education

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Andy Homden has spent most of his professional life working in international schools around the world. Here he reflects on the rapid growth of international K-12 education and the influence UWA has had on his work.

Applications for Round 2 2016 Forrest Research Foundation PhD Scholarships now open

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Forrest Foundation Research Scholarships are awarded to the best domestic and international students to undertake high quality research and enrol in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at a Western Australian university. In October 2013, Andrew and Nicola Forrest made what is believed to be the largest single philanthropic donation in Australian history – $65 million to attract the best minds to Western Australia. The donation included $50 million for the establishment of the Forrest Research Foundation to fund PhD scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships across all five WA universities.

Dawn Freshwater at International Women's Day

UWA celebrates International Women's Day

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

The University of Western Australia is proud to celebrate International Women's Day, which acknowledges the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Congratulations to our 2016 scholarship winners

Thursday, 3 March 2016

The Faculty had an overwhelming response to the many scholarships on offer this year.  Congratulations to the following recipients of the scholarships awarded so far.

Dr Val Faulkner talks about her career in Education and teaching

Dr Val Faulkner retires

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Tell us about your career in Education and when you began your work with UWA.
I spent 1974 to 1998 teaching in schools in Western Australia.  I worked in both country and city schools, including schools of great challenge.  I taught all year levels with my final years at Winthrop Primary School.  I have worked in five universities since moving away from school teaching – Murdoch, University of Canberra, Australian Catholic University, Edith Cowan and UWA. I began at UWA in August 2009; the second semester of the Master of Teaching (Primary).  

Children's literacy from an early age is critical

Getting it right from the start

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Children’s literacy from an early age is critical to their development. Research undertaken by the Telethon Kids Institute discovered the frequency with which joint attention and adult child book reading occurs has an effect on vocabulary levels particularly by the time of school entry. 

UWA Campus

Ten of the West's best awarded UWA Fogarty Scholarships

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Ten of the State’s best and brightest have accepted UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships to study at the University of Western Australia.

Professors David Lawrence, Catherine Taylor and Stephen Zubrick

Working together to help our youth

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

We welcome Professors Stephen Zubrick, David Lawrence and Catherine Taylor from The University of Western Australia and the Telethon Kids Institute.

Valentines Day

Valentines should give thanks to Chaucer

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Valentine’s Day enthusiasts should give credit to English poet Geoffrey Chaucer according to The University of Western Australia, with the famous writer believed to be the first person to associate the day with romantic love.

Rebecca Halse Secondary school classroom is a dynamic place

Secondary school classroom is a dynamic place

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Rebecca Halse has a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Education from UWA, and works as a Secondary Ancient and Modern History Teacher at Shenton College.  In 2013, she was named Beginning Teacher of the Year at the WA Education Awards.  

Education is an Amazing Space

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Brendan was inspired by his Year 12 Literature teacher, a man who was able to expand his horizons and stimulate a sense of wonder and curiosity.  He saw how learning could empower and change people and the idea of contributing to a better world, of serving and empowering people, and of the transformative capacity of knowledge meant teaching made sense to him.

Brendan is currently studying a Masters of Education by Coursework and Thesis. 

Amelia Baker, Making a Difference as a Primary School Teacher

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Amelia's decision to study a Master of Teaching degree came at a pivotal time in her life. Prior to that, she was pursuing a different career in the arts industry in South Australia, working in the areas of marketing, public relations and youth arts, after completing a Bachelor of Media at the University of Adelaide.

After working in the arts industry for several years, Amelia decided to return to study to become a teacher.

Master of School Leadership first cohort set to Graduate

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Approximately 40 students in the first Master of School Leadership cohort are set to complete their studies later this year.   Marie Adams is one of three students who have completed their degrees earlier this month as a result of credit from other study.  

Nobel Prize Winner Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney annual lecture in Dublin

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Professor Tom O’Donoghue is to give the November 2015 Seamus Heaney lecture at St. Patrick’s College, Dublin City University.

Caroline Dixon on her teaching experience in the Kimberley

A teaching experience in the Kimberley to remember

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

When Caroline Dixon first arrived in Kununurra, a small township 3,040 kilometres from Perth in the far-east Kimberley, it was only natural for her to feel a slight sense of anxiety and nervousness.  


“Everything about the environment was unfamiliar. However, on my first day I knew I was going to enjoy my time there.  Everyone was welcoming and kind.  The community spirit was fantastic,” said Caroline.

Virtually Impossible.  World first study into screen based media use

Virtually impossible

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

A world first study into the amount of time Australian children and adolescents spend on all types of screens and specific screen activities has been undertaken by Professor Stephen Houghton from the Faculty of Education and a research team of experts from The School of Population Health; The School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health; The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and the National Heart Foundation.

Katrina Millard-Hurst, Master of Teaching Early Childhood student at UWA

A new calling

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

“Teaching is a career that will challenge me; a vocation and not just a job. A great teacher can inspire a child to love learning and to take that through the rest of their lives. I am confident I can be that teacher.” – Katrina Millard Hurst