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

Access staff discount tickets for the Festival's early release shows

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Perth Festival brings magic in 2019. It’s going to be another stellar year for the Festival and here’s a taste of what’s to come in three internationally acclaimed works that are on sale now,including the much anticipated Festival opening.

Promote UWA's rankings by updating your email signature

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

We’ve created a range of email signatures for UWA subject areas ranked in the top 50, either by ‘QS World University Rankings’ or ‘Academic Ranking of World Universities’.

We’ve also created a broader message promoting UWA’s ranking in the world’s top 100 and 1st in Western Australia (ARWU 2018).

To create your new email signature, go to our brand tool kit email generator and follow the instructions to create your new signature.

Australian VC calls for free speech principles after controversial event cancelled

Friday, 17 August 2018

An Australian vice-chancellor has called for universities to adopt a sectoral position on free speech, after her university cancelled a controversial address on safety grounds.

The University of Western Australia head Dawn Freshwater said that the sector should emulate the University of Chicago in articulating principles of free expression. She has also called a meeting of her academic board to discuss what she terms a “crisis of leadership” afflicting society.

Hackett Hall

Join our Lombok earthquakes relief fundraiser morning tea

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Join us for a morning tea this Friday to help raise funds for survivors of the Lombok earthquakes.

Major infrastructure upgrades planned for September

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

The University is planning major infrastructure upgrades on Sunday 16 and 30 September and all University network services will be impacted.

These services include internet and email access, Wi-Fi, printing and you won’t be able to log into your desktops. Also business applications such as ALESCO, ESS and People Soft will be affected. 

Please plan activities around these dates and avoid coming into the University if possible. We will confirm the timing of the upgrades in the 30 August edition of UWA Forward.

Collaboration is key for Professor Bennamoun

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Computer scientist Professor Mohammed Bennamoun from UWA’s School of Computer Science and Software Engineering is a self-professed gardening lover but it would be no surprise if a few weeds had escaped his eagle eye lately.

He’s currently embedded three days a week at Woodside Energy, along with four of his PhD students, to work on a project focused on mapping images to 3D coordinates.

The former lecturer in robotics at Queen’s University in Canada and Queensland University of Technology says the opportunity to collaborate with industry in such a hands-on way is invaluable.

Speaking sport

Thursday, 9 August 2018

When Ian Fitzpatrick joined UWA around two and a half years ago, he wasn’t exactly ‘new’ to the University.  His first full-time job was selling gym memberships at UWA as an 18-year-old. 

Now he’s UWA Sport’s General Manager, and after ten years away, returned to Perth for the role in 2015 when UWA Sport was established. 

“It wasn’t a difficult decision to move back to Perth - UWA is a special place for me. When UWA Sport was established, I knew the University’s commitment to sport was strong.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 8 August

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Good morning. It was great to see UWA graduate Professor Akshay Venkatesh awarded the prestigious Fields Medal last week, regarded as the Nobel Prize for mathematics.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 1 August

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Good morning. Today marks one year since the Change the Course report was released as a result of the Respect. Now. Always. national student survey.

Strategy, Planning and Performance Director announcement

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Following a competitive recruitment process, UWA has appointed Ms Jeya Bavan as the new Director, Strategy, Planning and Performance. Ms Bavan will take up the role on 8 October, joining us from Curtin University where she is the current Director of Strategy and Projects. Please welcome Jeya to UWA.

Take a ride in an autonomous bus

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

An autonomous bus is being trialled on our campus so we can investigate how this technology can be integrated into our teaching, research and future sustainable transport plans.

We’ll be exploring the potential impacts of driverless technology on transport, logistics and accessibility as well as taking the opportunity to learn more about public perception of autonomous vehicles.

We’re inviting everyone to get on board and take part in the research. You can check out the timetable for the bus on the website.

The stage is set for Open Day this Sunday

Monday, 6 August 2018

The marquees are going up and the grounds are looking fabulous – we’re in the final days of preparation for Sunday’s Open Day.

From the front end event logistics to behind the scenes, it takes an exceptional amount of effort right across the University to bring Open Day together, with staff in many areas contributing to make the day a success. 

Open Day Events Officer (Lead), Harriet Calverley, says the support from across the University has been fantastic and she’s excited for the day and showcasing what makes UWA unique.

Australia India Institute: EOI for Senior Leader role

Monday, 6 August 2018

UWA has signed an agreement with Melbourne University’s Australia India Institute (AII) to host an affiliate centre, which will sit within the UWA Public Policy Institute (UWA PPI). Two post-doctoral positions will soon be recruited to as part of this program. 

An opportunity exists for a senior UWA academic with mentoring experience to take a business development and mentorship role in the UWA AII affiliate centre. The role will include:

Real world experience to solve real world problems

Friday, 3 August 2018

Matt Lowman’s career path has already taken some interesting turns, but something the IT student knows is that work integrated learning (or work experience) has helped him on this journey.

Now in his final year of a Masters in IT, Matt spent some time with UWA’s Cyber Security team to increase his skills and knowledge in this ever-evolving field.

“My first degree was in chemistry, and after I graduated I worked as a chemist engineer for BHP. This is when I was first really exposed to code and programming.

Professor Michael Johns

Ten UWA projects win national research funding

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Research that will improve our understanding about the potential of unconventional oil and gas in tight rocks and a design guideline for the installation of offshore wind turbines are two new research projects at The University of Western Australia to receive Federal Government funding.

L-R Ashkay Venkatesh and Angel Yu

UWA maths prodigy wins international award

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Professor Akshay Venkatesh, believed to be one of The University of Western Australia’s youngest graduates, is only the second Australian to have been awarded one of the world’s most prestigious mathematical awards – the Fields Medal.

DVC (Community and Engagement) and PVC (Research) announcement

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Community & Engagement (DVC C&E)

I write to advise that Professor Kent Anderson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Community and Engagement has elected not to seek an extension to his current term and return to his family in Canberra. 

Kent will finish at UWA on 31 December 2018. Kent has said he “is looking forward to recharge and is super excited about exploring an unconventional and innovative direction in his future career.”

Graeme Warburton

Shaping tomorrow’s architects

Friday, 27 July 2018

Senior Technician Graeme Warburton never planned to work at UWA for very long. In 1982, while visiting from Sydney, he turned down a two-year contract working on an automated sheep shearing machine. However, after accepting a shorter six-month contract in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, he was hooked – and 36 years later, he’s still at UWA.

Open Day graphic

Help promote Open Day with these quick steps to update your email signature

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

UWA Open Day is almost here! 

Help us promote this important day in the University’s calendar by dressing up your email signature with a dedicated design.

Follow the simple instructions below, and after Open Day (Sunday 12 August) we’ll provide a replacement version so you can change your signature back again.

Thinking and talking art

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Originally from Singapore, Claudia Tan still cannot get over the fact that she is now well-versed in art history – a subject she had long been eager to take up at university.

A final year School of Design student, Claudia leads the first student-led Cultural Ambassadors Program, but her artistic journey had a somewhat unorthodox beginning.