UWA Forward is the University of Western Australia's weekly staff news bulletin. It is published every Wednesday via all-staff email.

Learning from the land

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

From Kings Park to Kew Gardens, Professor Stephen Hopper’s career is as vast as the range of plants he has studied and discovered over the years.

Recently inducted into the prestigious Bragg Membership and recognised for his scientific achievement and commitment to science communication, it is a career that continues to go from strength to strength.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 13 December 2017

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Good morning. This week the Executive and key stakeholders, including the President and Provost of University College London took part in a two-day roundtable discussion to initiate the strategic planning process for the University’s 2030 Vision.

Recruitment of Director, Strategy, Planning and Performance

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Recruitment to the role of Director, Strategy, Planning and Performance (SPP) has been deferred until new SDVC, Professor Simon Biggs commences at the University.  Jessica Thomas will continue as Acting Director having done a great job since July delivering, amongst other things, the 2018 IPE.  Jessica’s continuation as Acting Director will assist Professor Biggs’ transition into the SDVC role and timing of formal recruitment to Director, SPP will be determined by the SDVC.

Getting smart about cyber attacks

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

UWA students put their hacking skills to the test in a capture the flag competition, part of a wider cyber security event hosted by the University and the IT industry earlier this month.

The event aimed to showcase WA’s developing cyber security talent in front of industry partners searching for these skills and encourage those with an interest in the area to investigate possible career paths.

University IT Associate Director, Lee Patterson says the event was one way the industry is trying to stem the flow of security skills heading out of WA.

Appointment of new Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Dr Peter Dean has been appointed the next Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) of The University of Western Australia. He was selected from a competitive field of applicants after an international search and will take up the position in February 2018. 

The discussion paper related to the research-led teaching project is now open for feedback

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Earlier this year the Vice-Chancellor set out the 2017 priorities for the University. These included enhancing the quality of teaching and the student experience to further deliver on our commitment to providing a world-class education. The introduction of the UWA Courses framework in 2012 explicitly intended to foster research-informed teaching and embed the learning of research skills in all majors and courses.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education): Grady Venville announcement

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

We are pleased to congratulate Professor Grady Venville, Dean of Coursework Studies, who has recently been appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the Australian National University. After a period of long service leave in early 2018, Grady will commence at ANU on Monday 2nd April 2018.  Grady was appointed as UWA’s inaugural Professor of Science Education in 2007 and the inaugural Dean of Coursework Studies in 2013.

Dr Talitha Santini and Professor Sean Hood

Winners of ORCID iD Competition

Monday, 11 December 2017

During November, the University Library ran a promotion encouraging UWA researchers to get an ORCID iD and register it in the Research Repository.

ORCID® provides researchers with a globally unique iD that can be used throughout their scholarly career. In an international research environment, an ORCID distinguishes research outputs from those of other researchers to ensure consistent, reliable attribution and accurate measurement of research impact. 

UWA teams fast-tracked in CSIRO’s Accelerate Program

Friday, 8 December 2017

Two UWA teams have been fast-tracked as part of the prestigious CSIRO’s ON Accelerate program for scientific inventions to detect muscle health for elite athletes and gut health.   

The program brings together the experience and expertise of established researchers, entrepreneurs and inspiring mentors, through a structured program that helps scientists turn their ground-breaking research into real-world solutions.

Election of one member of Senate by Convocation

Friday, 8 December 2017

Candidates in this election are:

  • Brett DAVIES
  • Paul APPLETON
  • Hilary SILBERT
  • Simon DAWKINS

All graduates of The University of Western Australia are automatically members of Convocation and are entitled to vote in this election.

Voting papers will be posted out to all members of Convocation in February 2018.

Voting papers must reach the below address no later than 5.00pm Tuesday 13th March 2018.

CorpVote Voting Services

UWA Convocation-Election of Senate Member

Another successful year for our Fairway UWA students

Friday, 8 December 2017

The latest cohort of Fairway UWA Year 12 students were presented their certificates of completion at an inspirational ceremony which saw many of the students reflect on the experiences they’ve had as part of the program.

Strong leader for Shell Chair

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Phil Watson has never been one to shy away from a challenge. Over his 20 year career he has worked in most continents and tackled a wide range of engineering projects, from Africa and the Middle East, to the United States and Europe. 

Now UWA’s Shell Chair, Phil is working to strengthen research and industry collaboration in WA’s offshore petroleum industry – not bad for a country kid who grew up running barefoot in Western Australia’s dusty red north.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 6 December 2017

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Good afternoon. Last week we celebrated the close of the New Century Campaign, an unprecedented campaign raising $410 million from alumni, staff, students, friends and business from across the globe. 

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 29 November 2017

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Good morning. Our relationship with the Student Guild is built on mutual respect and collaboration and last week the Guild President and I signed a new partnership agreement to strengthen these ties.

2017 Professional and General Employees Agreement approved by the Fair Work Commission

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The Fair Work Commission has approved The University of Western Australia Professional and General Employees Agreement 2017. It will come into effect on Thursday, 7 December.

This represents a significant achievement for the University as we move forward with employment conditions that are simple, contemporary and fair.  This is a testament to the work that has been done to modernise process and procedure while also providing fair and equitable outcomes that reward employees for their contributions to the University.

Visitors Information Centre closed for refurbishment

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

As part of redevelopment works designed to create a collaborative space for the University, industry and wider community, the Visitors Information Centre is being refurbished.  This work commenced on Monday and the building will re-open in its new capacity in the first part of 2018.

Uniview Spring 2017 - check out the new website and follow Uniview on Apple News

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

The new edition of Uniview has hit letterboxes in perfect timing with the launch of the magazine on a number of digital platforms. Check out the new website featuring special digital-only content. You’ll also find Uniview on Apple News, with plans to launch a Google News version shortly.

To find Uniview on Apple News:

The generosity of donors celebrated last week

Monday, 4 December 2017

The generosity of more than 12,000 donors has resulted in the overwhelming success of UWA’s $400 million New Century Campaign

Our students - our best advocates

Friday, 1 December 2017

Owen Davies, UWA’s new Chief Marketing Officer, has long wanted to work in the higher education sector and is looking forward to this new challenge.

With 20 years of experience in marketing strategy, research, analysis, brand development and marketing communications execution, Owen brings with him a wealth of knowledge and a customer-driven approach.

Special UWA discount for West Coast Fever netball membership

Thursday, 30 November 2017

As part of the University's partnership with the West Coast Fever, UWA staff can access a special membership offer using the code UWAFEVER18.

Centre Circle : $1350

Emerald Zone : Adult $233 ; Conc. $190 ; Child $167 ; Family $720

Green Zone : Adult $180 ; Conc. $140 ; Child $115 ; Family $550

Supporter Member : $32

Offer availabe until 31 December 2017.

Visit the website to join.