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

Applications for the Fay Gale Fellowships 2018 open this week

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Dear colleagues,

Are you seeking to develop your career further in 2018?

Applications for the Fay Gale Fellowships 2018 open this week. 

Fay Gale Fellowships are awarded annually to staff in the early stage of their career to assist them to spend a period of time interstate or overseas attending a conference or engaging in other activities that support their career. Fellowship funds can also be used to supplement existing study leave/staff development plans already partly funded through other sources. 

Beasley Law Library re-opens

Beasley Law Library re-opens following refurbishment

Monday, 14 August 2017

The University Library together with the UWA Law School is pleased to re-open the Beasley Law Library following the partial refurbishment of the ground floor.

The refurbishment provides 60 additional seats in a new collaborative study space with a combination of individual, group, informal and conversation study areas. A new, modern information desk has been installed, as well as new high demand shelving and a staff workspace with a greatly reduced footprint to maximise space for students.

Macbeth coming to the Octagon

Friday, 11 August 2017

“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” 

Bell Shakespeare’s latest tale of greed, corruption and dark magic – Macbeth, is coming to campus and staff can watch the gripping tale for free. 

As part of the Community Partnerships Program, UWA has partnered with Australia’s premier theatre company to bring their acclaimed productions to the Octagon Theatre. UWA is only Bell’s third partner after Melbourne Arts Centre and Sydney Opera House. 

Studying medicine in the 21st century

Thursday, 10 August 2017

In the year of the Medical School's 60th anniversary, it seems the pace of groundbreaking medical research and innovation is accelerating faster now than ever. 

Fourth-year medical student Tobias Richards belongs to this brave new world of medical practitioners who will use these high-tech medical tools in as little as five to 10 years.

Wear It Purple Day - 25 August

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Wear It Purple is a youth-led organisation that supports rainbow young people. Founded in 2010 by two Australian teens, Wear it Purple Day has grown into a worldwide celebration of diversity and pride and has a simple message: you have the right to be proud of who you are. Sexuality or gender identity does not change this. The idea is simple: Wear it purple if you agree. 

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 9 August 2017

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Good morning. This week I have been visiting faculty leadership teams to hear their feedback regarding the implementation of Renewal.

Please ensure your work areas and surrounds are tidy before Open Day this weekend

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

As you will be aware this Sunday 13 August is UWA’s Annual Open Day where the University will be on display.

Please ensure your work areas and surrounds are tidy and well-presented before leaving for this weekend. In particular, please ensure:

  • Verandas, walkways and corridors are clean and clear of obstructions
  • Lecture theatres are clear of teaching materials
  • There are no boxes or furniture stacked around or outside buildings.

Remember also to secure valuable equipment and personal items and lock any areas that are not on show on the day.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 2 August 2017

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Good morning. Semester 2 classes have begun for the majority of our students and campus certainly feels busy and bustling.

Helping the next generation aspire to greatness

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

For Jack Bao, his studies at UWA and teaching language in his first year out of University in Paraburdoo have provided the perfect mix of experience for his current role as Aspire Outreach Officer.

The Sports Science graduate has been with Aspire since the start of 2014 and he loves all the elements that make his role varied and challenging.

“I completed a Diploma of Education after my undergraduate degree and developed a passion for teaching.

Cara MacNish announcement

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Dear colleagues

I am pleased to announce that Cara MacNish has been offered a secondment to work with Universities Australia as a Senior Political and Policy Adviser and will begin this role on 16 August.

Based in Canberra, Cara will work directly with UA Chief Executive Belinda Robinson through the five month secondment and use her thorough knowledge of the higher education sector and public policy to contribute to the peak body’s work.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 26 July 2017

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Good morning. On Tuesday 1 August findings from Australia’s first comprehensive student survey on sexual assault and harassment will be released as part of the Respect. Now. Always. initiative. 

Electronic newsletters accessible to all UWA staff

Friday, 28 July 2017

The Office of Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) receives a number of electronic newsletters that cover international events related to the higher education sector.  The information contained in these newsletters is relevant to the publishing organisation’s country of origin and are freely available to UWA staff.

If you are interested please follow the subscription methods listed below:


Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 26 July 2017

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Good morning. On Tuesday 1 August findings from Australia’s first comprehensive student survey on sexual assault and harassment will be released as part of the Respect. Now. Always. initiative. 

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 19 July 2017

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Good morning. Yesterday we welcomed the Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan and other stakeholders to campus for an agricultural industry forum to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

Lecturers invite your graduate students to apply for the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Invite your top students to apply for the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship of up to $120,000 for research or coursework study at graduate level.

If you have students who are keen to pursue a PhD or full time Masters study next year, advise them that applications for this scholarship are open and close on 5 September 2017.

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree after 1 September 2012, or will complete an undergraduate degree by 31 December 2017 (at UWA or other institutions) and:

UWA student sits the State’s first oral PhD exam

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Last week PhD candidate Gundula Winter successfully defended her thesis into the physical wave transformation and water flow across fringing reefs, and in a first for WA, she did this through an oral exam.

Professor Kate Wright, Dean of the Graduate Research School says the value of an oral exam for PhD candidates can’t be overstated.

“There’s so much value for students. Gundula met with her examiners for two hours; this is a great opportunity for her to talk in depth with experts about the research she’s just completed.

Research Week is back from 4-8 September 2017

Monday, 24 July 2017

Research Week is nearly here and you have an opportunity to support colleagues by attending some of the fascinating events including archaeological discoveries of rock art, cell science through to virtual reality and driverless vehicles.

The face of Research Week this year is Professor Jo McDonald, who is leading the Murujuga: Dynamics of Dreaming project, an Australian Research linkage project exploring the extraordinary rock art estate in the Dampier Archipelago.

UWA Choral Society performs REQUIEM

Monday, 24 July 2017


Winthrop Hall, UWA

2.30pm Sunday 20 August

Tickets available online or at the door. Prices: $45 and $40 (concession)

No time like the present to connect with students

Friday, 21 July 2017

Andrew O’Brien, UWA’s new Director of Student Experience, is passionate about the higher education sector and he’s certainly brought this passion to UWA.

With 20 years at Monash (seven as Director Campus Life), and most recently two years at the University of Tasmania, it’s fair to say Andrew also brings a wealth of experience to the role.

“I’ve been in the higher education sector for the vast majority of my career. I did take a bit of time out when I left Monash and this reemphasised the passion I have for higher ed.

Find key services for your research at ORE

Friday, 21 July 2017

The Office of Research Enterprise (ORE) is directing you to services via a new homepage that will assist with your entire research lifecycle including sourcing, securing and managing research funding through to commercialising your work. 

The new research gateway is easy to navigate and will signpost services to help you develop research proposals and collaborative opportunities, provide advice on how to protect your intellectual property and ensure that you maintain research integrity.