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

NASA Space Apps Challenge Hackathon 2018, 20-21 October

Monday, 15 October 2018

Have you ever wanted to attend NASA’s Rocket Launch at the NASA Kennedy Space Centre in Florida? Now is your chance.    

UWA is supporting the NASA Space Apps Hackathon together with hosts CORE and the Perth innovation community including Space Hub Perth, Unearthed and Spacecubed.

Students, staff and researchers are invited to attend this free event.  You will work with technologists, scientists, designers and entrepreneurs to develop answers for challenges on Earth and Space.  

Professor Kate Wright - Dean, Graduate Research School announcement

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

I wish to advise that Professor Kate Wright will be completing her term as Dean of the Graduate Research School and will be retiring in March 2019.

Vote for your UniSuper representative

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

At the close of the UniSuper Consultative Committee call for nominations, the University received three nominations for the Professional and General staff representative.

As such, the University is holding an election to determine the successful candidate. The ballot will open 8am Thursday 11 October, and close at 5pm Wednesday 17 October 2018.

Eligibility (to vote)
All staff who are members of the UniSuper Fund are eligible to vote for the relevant nominated staff member in the election.

How to vote

Finding the links between population data and health outcomes

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Australia’s Population Health Research Network (PHRN) was established in 2009 and Chief Executive Dr Merran Smith will be the first to attest that it’s very fitting UWA is the lead agency.

With a long history in linking data, WA is at the forefront of this field, and this was reinforced when Dr Smith was recently named as incoming Director of the International Population Data Linkage Network.

Still time to register for Achieving Your Research Outcomes workshops

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Due to popular demand we have increased the number of places for our free Research Impact Series workshops.

Over 17 and 18 October, you can hear from experts on how to optimise your success in research outcomes and hear tips on how you can best promote your work.

These separate sessions will run in succession at the Hemsley Learning Suite in the Reid Library.

If you register now there are still places for the following workshops:

Staff Sports Day

Staff Sports Day tickets now available

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Tickets are now available for Staff Sports Day on Friday 23 November.

Join colleagues and friends for an afternoon of fun-filled activity beginning with a 5km campus run or 3km campus walk, followed by team and social sports.

Staff Sports Day

Staff Sports Day change of date

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

CHANGE OF DATE

Please be advised that Staff Sports Day will now be held on Friday 23 November from 11.30 – 4.30pm.

Convocation IQX Fellowship 2018 winners

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

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

The winners of the Convocation IQX Fellowship 2018, each valued at $1000, will have a chance to hot desk alongside industry innovators for six months in our newest coworking space at UWA IQX.

Congratulations to the award recipients –Dr Rafael Medeiros de Souza and Fiona Bettesworth, both working on projects that will benefit Australians and our international partners.

Expressions of Interest are invited for the University’s Communities of Practice

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

As part of the Teaching Excellence Initiatives, the Office of the DVCE is supporting academic and professional staff to develop their own Communities of Practice (CoP) for innovation and best practice in higher education. Up to $20,000 will be awarded to each CoP as a form of support.

Call for nominations to the Academic Board

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Nominations are invited for the election of academic staff and general staff to the Academic Board.  Elections will be carried out by postal ballot in these two categories. Research staff should apply in the relevant category according to whether they hold an academic or general staff appointment.

Michael Wise

Born to be wise

Monday, 1 October 2018

On a hot January day at The University of Sydney, a young computer science lecturer was sitting next to a biologist during student enrolments.

Freedom of Expression Working Group established

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

As many of you know, the controversy surrounding the booking of the Octagon Theatre by the Australian Family Association for a speaking event featuring Dr Quentin van Meter led to my calling of an extraordinary meeting of the Academic Board to open up deep debate about the broader issue of the role of universities in providing a place for uncensored and robust discussion and debate on the many issues in society today.

UWA campus

Our performance in the Good Universities Guide 2019

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

In the Good Universities Guide 2019 we gained a five-star rating in Student Retention, and maintained our five-star rating for Student-teacher Ratio and Student Demand.

Colin Barnett joins Public Policy Institute’s Advisory Board

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Former WA Premier Colin Barnett has joined the UWA Public Policy Institute’s (UWA PPI) Advisory Board.

Mr Barnett’s appointment was announced at Tuesday’s PPI public lecture given by Productivity Commissioner Jonathan Coppel: ‘Rising inequality? A stocktake of the evidence’.

Feedback invited on change to the Academic Promotions process

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

The University Executive recently endorsed wider staff consultation on proposed options for change to the Academic Promotions process and associated timeline.

Staff are invited to forward their feedback on the discussion paper “Academic Promotions Process: Options for change,” available at www.hr.uwa.edu.au/working/academic, by email to sdvc@uwa.edu.au by 15 October 2018.

Seeking your feedback on University public holidays

Monday, 24 September 2018

Dear colleagues

It’s the University’s current practice that staff work three state public holidays (Labour Day, WA Day and Queen’s Birthday) during the year, which are then taken in-lieu over the Christmas close-down period.  

However, following staff feedback that working on these days impacts work-life balance and the opportunity to take regular breaks throughout the year, along with the challenges of public transport options and childcare accessibility, the University would like to propose the following changes:

Access staff discount tickets for Schubert Ledger Shostakovich

Friday, 21 September 2018

You are invited to join the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) at the Government House Ballroom for a program of celebrated works by Schubert and Shostakovich, complemented by the world premiere of a work by Western Australian composer and UWA Conservatorium of Music lecturer James Ledger.

Anna Lee

Running her own race

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Anna Lee is always ready for a new adventure. When she was just 23 years old, the Student Experience Officer left her home in Sweden to begin a new life halfway around the world.

Winners of the Disrupting Law Hackathon

Law hack to help community legal centres

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

The UWA Law School held its inaugural Disrupting Law Hackathon last month, with 35 students working over 54 hours to create software solutions for the legal industry.

Research at UWA

Register now for Achieving Your Research Outcomes workshops

Monday, 17 September 2018

If you’d like to increase the impact of your research, come along to one of the workshops being run as part of the Achieving Your Research Outcomes series.