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School of Indigenous Studies

Billy and the Fridge still

‘Billy and the Fridge’ a big hit

Friday, 28 November 2014

Congratulations to Kamsani Bin Salleh, whose production team won two awards at the annual Faculty of Arts' Media and Communication showcase 2014 for their short film "Billy and the Fridge' - the Multimedia Centre Award for Best Production, and The Chair of Media and Communication Award for Most Innovative Film. 

The film was produced for the COMM3002 Communication Studies Project unit, semester 2 2014. The showcase was held at Somerville Auditorium on November 20 and it featured the 10 best films produced in the unit this year. 

Indigenous Year 8 Discovery Days

150 Indigenous year 8 students sample uni life

Friday, 21 November 2014

What methods do junk-food manufacturers use to make sure people keep buying their products? More than 150 Indigenous students are about to find out - at The University of Western Australia's Year 8 Discovery Days.

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Program review highlights strategies for improving Aboriginal mental health

Thursday, 6 November 2014

A nationwide review looking at effective mental health strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has highlighted the ongoing need for culturally-appropriate and holistic programs and services.

Jessyca Hutchens - Fine Arts/Law Graduate

Indigenous graduates hold their own in the labour market

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

New research focusing on Indigenous Australian university graduates has found they now achieve comparable labour market outcomes to their non-Indigenous peers.

SIS survey winner

New Building Student Survey

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

In 2016 the School of Indigenous Studies will be moving to a brand new facility, just south of the Old Pharmacology Building alongside Prescott Court. Thank you to all the students that participated in our survey about the type of facility you want built. This feedback is invaluable in making sure that the new building is designed to provide the best teaching and learning experience and a variety of spaces for students, staff and visitors to enjoy their time on campus.

Kimberley Rock Art – Photo:  Sven Ouzman

New master's degree engages with 50,000 years of Indigenous heritage

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The University of Western Australia's newest degree, the Master of Heritage Studies was launched today by the Hon Albert Jacob, Minister for Environment; Heritage.

Jade Lampton winner of Fly competition

Western Waagyls' dreamtime run at National Indigenous Games

Friday, 26 September 2014

Two UWA teams named after the snakelike Dreamtime creature the Waagyl have swept the annual National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games (NITESG) for the second year in a row, taking out first and third places.

Stephanie Wenclawski and Professor Leonard Collard

USA student keen to 'learn country' from Noongar and western perspectives

Thursday, 25 September 2014

When Stephanie Wenclawski (21) from North Carolina State University discovered that she could find out about ancient Noongar culture at The University of Western Australia, she couldn't wait to enrol.

National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games

Record turnout of Indigenous students for National Games

Thursday, 18 September 2014

More than 350 Indigenous tertiary students from 21 universities around Australia will be welcomed to The University of Western Australia this Sunday September 21 when UWA hosts the 19th annual National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games.

Why did the penguin cross the road? To get to Rockingham

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

A new road in the City of Rockingham has been given a Noongar name, thanks to consultations between the City and The University of Western Australia's Professor Leonard Collard.

Southern Cross

Kimberley students shoot for the stars

Friday, 22 August 2014

The University of Western Australia will visit the Kimberley town of Derby next week to work with teachers, schools and communities to promote awareness of study opportunities at university.

Indigenous students aim for top marks, top jobs

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Law, medicine, education, sports science - these are just some of the careers in the sights of 26 year 11 and 12 Indigenous students who are giving up part of their school holidays to come to The University of Western Australia for a WACE revision camp starting on Sunday and ending on Friday 18 July.

Bryce Bevan with horse Eiffel

Indigenous student tops in sport of kings

Friday, 4 July 2014

A young Albany Indigenous man who recently completed his Honours at The University of Western Australia is about to embark on a scholarship that will enable him to be part of the international thoroughbred industry.

Kimberley Cup - water rocket activity

UWA engineering students on tour in Broome

Thursday, 3 July 2014

A team of 12 engineering student ambassadors from The University of Western Australia's Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics touched down in Broome last week to take part in the Kimberley Cup, an annual school sporting carnival coordinated by Broome Senior High School.

Better fun than being on holiday for Indigenous kids keen on science

Thursday, 3 July 2014

School holidays? What school holidays?

Fifty Indigenous students in Years 9 and 10 will be having a different kind of fun when school breaks up at the end of the week - including learning about designing a world championship-winning racing car, launching rockets, extracting DNA from strawberries, experimenting with liquid nitrogen, making moulds of teeth and challenging their sporting abilities.

Dancers are Yilin Kong and Kenny Johnson, Photo by Dana Weeks

Ochre bridges the gap through dance

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

There is a lot of talk about ‘bridging the gap' between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and usually it is in the context of addressing the imbalance in health and life-expectancy.

Houghton Prize

Indigenous prizewinner in Education

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Clair Halls graduated in March this year but was recognised recently at the Faculty of Education 2014 Prize giving ceremony. Originally from New South Wales, Clair transferred her studies to UWA from the University of Sydney, enrolling in the combined Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Education.  

Clair excelled in her Arts majors in English and the Classics. However the Bertha Houghton Prize was awarded to Clair as the student who achieved the highest academic results overall in the Bachelor of Education component of a combined course.  

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Summit to address unacceptably high rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide

Friday, 20 June 2014

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are dying at twice the rate of other Australians from suicide, and among younger age groups the rate can be six times higher. In some communities, suicide clusters involving up to 20-plus deaths in a short time-frame take a terrible toll not only in terms of wasted lives, but also devastate communities and those left behind. Professor Pat Dudgeon, from The University of Western Australian's School of Indigenous Studies and a summit convenor said: "It's time that this terrible ‘gap' is closed, once and for all."

Vinka Cummins-Barunga – Credit to NAIDOC Perth and photographer Eva Fernandez

NAIDOC celebration of impressive Indigenous UWA women

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Two Indigenous students from The University of Western Australia were among 10 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women named as finalists in the 2014 Miss NAIDOC Perth awards.

Murujuga  group

Dampier's Murujuga community land and sea representatives say thank you

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Members of the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation travelled to The University of Western Australia recently to thank the University for its participation in the repatriation component of their Cultural Management Plan.