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

UWA engineering student makes Top 100 Leadership List

Friday, 24 February 2017

Dedicated UWA Master of Engineering student Eric Grandinger has made Australia’s top 100, in a nationwide hunt for top leadership talent by recruitment agency GradConnection and Fusion Graduate Consultancy.

Awarded for being one of the most employable graduates in his field, Eric was one of six finalists from UWA and announced a winner at the 2017 Top 100 Future Leaders Awards ceremony held in Sydney earlier this month.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 22 February 2017

Friday, 24 February 2017

Good morning. Sixty years ago UWA opened Western Australia’s first medical school and we have been educating tomorrow’s medical pioneers and leading medical advancements ever since. We are excited to build on this proud history of medical teaching and research excellence by investing in new facilities and technologies that meet the changing needs of our students and the communities we serve.

Dr Tony Hughes-d'Aeth

Finding a sense of place

Friday, 24 February 2017

Tony Hughes-d'Aeth, Senior Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies, knows a thing or two about the Western Australian Wheatbelt. 

That’s not surprising given his childhood fascination with the region. He came to Western Australia in his teenage years and has been living here ever since. 

While holidaying with his cousins, he would visit the Wheatbelt and often wondered what the arid place was about. 

Professor Dawn Freshwater

Professor Gilly Salmon announcement

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I wish to advise that Professor Gilly Salmon has resigned from the Office of PVC Education Innovation and will leave UWA in July to take up a new role as Professor of Innovation and Transformation at the University of Liverpool, UK.

Graduates represent a community of support

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

No one knows the value of a UWA degree better than a UWA grad. And no one can tell the story better, with more heart, to prospective students.
This is why, for the first time, graduates are playing a direct role in UWA's postgraduate admissions, making calls to domestic prospective postgraduate students who have received letters of offer from UWA.  Alumni volunteers of similar educational background are reaching out to share why UWA should be a student’s preferred choice.

Don't forget to display your UWA parking permit by Friday 24 February

Monday, 20 February 2017

If you have applied for and received a UWA parking permit for 2017, please ensure the permit is affixed to the left-hand side of your vehicle windscreen before Friday 24 February 2017.

For further information on parking permits visit transport.uwa.edu.au

The moon dust debates

Friday, 17 February 2017

Science is known as ‘the glorious entertainment’, and for Professor Brian O’Brien there are few truer words. From Antarctic expeditions to cave exploration and studying moon dust his career is full of the most gloriously entertaining events and challenges.

Born in Sydney, Professor O’Brien did best at English, physics and maths at school and went on to complete his PhD in experimental cosmic ray physics from the University of Sydney in 1957.

Not bad for someone who had never even heard of a PhD before beginning university.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice – 15 February 2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Good morning. The new academic year is almost upon us.
In earlier editions of UWA Forward I have hinted at some exciting plans for 2017. The Executive and other Senior Leaders have taken the opportunity during January and early February, as we do annually, to revisit the University's strategic plan. Consideration has been given to UWA's core business, focusing on how we want to be known, how we interact with each other and the external environment.

International Women's Day morning tea - Wednesday 8 March

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

You are invited to a morning tea to celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March.

Guest speaker Associate Professor Lindy Fitzgerald will be speaking about the topic: “Time for bold change: act now to ensure women can contribute fully to their fields of endeavour.” 

When: Wednesday 8 March 2017

Time: 10:00 – 11:00am

Location: Tropical Grove, UWA

Please register your attendance online

Research funding for SME and academic collaborations

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Researchers who collaborate with small-medium enterprises (SMEs) on new product and service innovation may qualify to apply for a new WA Government grant to accelerate start-up ideas to commercialisation. 

Through the Innovation Vouchers Program (IVP), up to $20,000 per application over 12 months may be used to develop ideas and to activate academic and industry research collaborations. 

Nyungar language continues to live and breathe

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Make the most of every opportunity and who knows where it will lead is the sentiment from outstanding community leader Len Collard, who won a fellowship to the Yumalundi NIRAKN (National Indigenous Research and Knowledge’s Network) program late last year.

Well respected Whadjuk Nyungar elder and UWA Indigenous Studies ARC Chief Investigator Len thought he was a poor scholar at school, but his outstanding knowledge in the language and culture of his people led him into academia.

UWA Business School receives renewed AACSB accreditation

Friday, 10 February 2017

I am delighted to announce the UWA Business School has had its international accreditation renewed.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is one of three leading international bodies that accredits business schools around the world, and our reaccreditation reflects the School’s strong global standing and outstanding quality of its staff and students. 


Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 8 February 2017

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Good morning. This week hails a cultural celebration on campus with both the Perth International Arts Festival and the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery’s 2017 season openings.

Founded by UWA in 1953, PIAF is a tremendous source of pride for our University and is now WA’s premier cultural event. Over the next month the campus and other venues across Perth will come to life with world class musicians, writers and actors all showcasing their talents for us to enjoy.

Planned maintenance - Thursday 16 February

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Please be aware of the below planned maintenance.

On Thursday 16 February between 6-9pm UniConnect VPN Services will be upgraded. UniConnect VPN Services will be unavailable for up to 30 miutes during this time while maintenance is being carried out.

After this system upgrade, VPN users will be prompted to download and install a newer version of VPN Client to workstations during their next log on to VPN. Full installation instructions can be found here

The ‘Oracle’ calls it a day with a final tour

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

It was a grand campus tour fit for an ‘Oracle’.   

In December our much beloved UWA icon dubbed the ‘Oracle’ donned his UWA gear and vast campus knowledge to give staff the final ‘Terry Tour’. 

Terry Larder had been welcoming staff, students and the general community to UWA for 28 years.

After almost three decades of service, Terry decided to call it a day, but not before he made his mark in the form of fun and frivolity. 

Mark Sampson new University Hall principal

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

UniHall has welcomed a new principal, Mark Sampson. Mark has taught for over 30 years in the education industry at schools across Australia including Canberra, Toowoomba and the Barossa Valley. He has spent the past 15 years in Perth in roles including Deputy Head at Aquinas College and the last six years as Head of Senior School at Wesley College.

He grew up in Adelaide where he studied to become a Physical Education Teacher. In later years, he undertook his Masters in Educational Leadership at The University of Newcastle.

Ian Dunnican

UWA helping the Western Force battle jet lag

Monday, 6 February 2017

Researchers from the Centre for Sleep Science at The University of Western Australia are using novel technology to help the Western Force rugby union team reduce the effects of long-distance travel and optimise their performance in the upcoming Super Rugby competition. 

New super rules on the way

Monday, 6 February 2017

Attend a UniSuper seminar to find out how the changes to superannuation from 1 July 2017 may affect your benefit. 

The 2016 Federal Budget proposed the widest-ranging changes to superannuation seen in several years.  Many of these changes have now been legislated and are set to take effect during 2017/2018 financial year. This seminar outlines the changes and explains the potential impact they may have on your UniSuper account specifically with reference to:

Pay it forward to the next generation – become a mentor

Friday, 3 February 2017

The UWA Career Mentor Link is a terrific program that matches mentors with student mentees. The program has been going from strength to strength over the last few years and already UWA Career Mentor Link and Woman in Engineering program has had more than 320 students register their interest and this number is expected to grow. What this means is that we need more mentors. 

Career Mentor Link is a one-on-one mentoring programme, sponsored by Visagio and Fluor, running for six months from April to October in conjunction with faculties to:

A mural made with smiles and giggles

Thursday, 2 February 2017

It was all smiles and giggles when a new mural featuring the Jacaranda tree was unveiled at a special morning tea at the UWA Early Learning Centre (ELC) last week.

In August last year ELC celebrated its 5th birthday. To further commemorate this big milestone in tiny tot years – the staff and pre-schoolers decided to embark on a collaborative mural.

Using the Jacaranda tree from the ELC’s logo as their inspiration, the children worked hard to transform the limestone bricks into a vibrant mosaic which now sits proudly in the pre-school yard at the UWA ELC.