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

Nominations are now open for election to Convocation Council and UWA Senate

Friday, 3 November 2017

Nominations are being called for election to the honorary positions of the Warden of Convocation, the Deputy Warden of Convocation and seven members of the Council of Convocation, and one member of Senate. The current office holders of these positions complete their term in March 2018 and all are eligible for re-election.

Nominations for these positions close on Monday 4 December at midday.

Dr Monika Murcha

Plant biologist wins 2017 Young Tall Poppy Award

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Plant biologist Dr Monika Murcha from The University of Western Australia was today recognised as Western Australia’s brightest emerging scientist at this year’s Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.

Protect what you have, rather than restore what you have lost

Monday, 30 October 2017

When Matthew Fraser moved to Perth from Glasgow in 2006 he never imagined a trip to the Great Barrier Reef would set the direction for a career as a marine scientist.

It’s fair to say it didn’t take long for the Glaswegian to be captivated by our coastline and everything the Western Australian lifestyle has to offer, sparking a passion for Australia’s diverse and unique marine ecosystems.

He’s also passionate about the access West Australian’s have to our beautiful beaches, which led him to UWA to complete a degree in marine science.

Winthrop Hall

UWA climbs in global rankings

Thursday, 26 October 2017

The University of Western Australia has climbed seven places in the 2018 Best Global Universities rankings to be placed 88th in the world and 7th overall in Australia and New Zealand.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 25 October 2017

Thursday, 26 October 2017

All around the world our alumni are making a difference in their chosen fields and I was pleased to share my vision for the University at alumni events in New York and London recently.

Barber Shop Chronicles_credit_Dean Chalkley

Special UWA staff discounts for the 2018 Perth Festival

Monday, 23 October 2017

There is something for everyone in the 2018 Perth Festival as the excitement builds for the full program launch on 9 November. Here’s a taste of what’s to come in four internationally acclaimed works that are on sale now.

As a UWA staff member you have 10% off adult prices for most events across the program and further discounts and special offers when the full program is released. Special ticket price offer for the Lotterywest Festival Films will be announced closer to the program launch.

Library Academic Survey

Library Academic Staff Survey

Monday, 23 October 2017

If you are an academic staff member you will have recently received a survey invitation from the UWA Library. Your feedback is important and will inform the development of services to support your research and teaching needs. Input from academic staff is invaluable for the planning of future developments of the UWA Library and will assist the University in providing world-class education, systems and facilities.

UWA's rising star

Friday, 20 October 2017

Sarah Bourke never expected to be crowned UWA’s Rising Star for 2017. However the South Australian native did just that for her work on groundwater. Sarah grew up in Mt Gambier, a town surrounded by fresh and clean groundwater and it was here her interest in groundwater was formed. 

“I grew up swimming in groundwater and drinking it, and I developed an understanding of what a valuable resource it is.

UWA researchers announced as new Fellows of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

Friday, 20 October 2017

Congratulations to Professor Carol Bower, Professor Karen Simmer and Professor Stephen Zubrick for being inducted into the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences Fellowship last week. This is a wonderful achievement and national recognition of three outstanding researchers in health and medical sciences.

Prestigious prize for emotions research

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) has recently been awarded the prestigious 2017 CHASS Australia Prize for Distinctive Work in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences for its work on the Zest Festival.

ICRAR researchers' precision on point

Thursday, 19 October 2017

An optical fibre-based synchronisation system designed by UWA ICRAR researchers has been selected for the first phase of SKA-mid, the part of the Square Kilometre Array that will be built in South Africa.

The long distances between SKA antennas means radio waves from the sky will arrive at each antenna at different times. With thousands of antennas spread over continental scales, one of the most complex technical challenges for the SKA is to synchronise the incoming signals with extreme precision before they’re combined by the SKA’s supercomputers. 

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 18 October 2017

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Good morning. I am extremely proud that UWA researchers have played an important role in another significant astronomical discovery. 

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 11 October 2017

Friday, 13 October 2017

Good morning. I am pleased to share that the University has been awarded a contract by the State Government to establish a new Wave Energy Centre in Albany.

Call for academic and general staff nominations to the Academic Board

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

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.

On your marks

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Whether you’re keen to give the 5km run a go, try croquet for the first time or hit the hard spikes in volleyball, Pia Chaffey, UWA Sport’s Programs Coordinator says there’s something for everyone at UWA’s annual Staff Sports Day.

And Pia should know as she’s in charge of coordinating the activities and fixtures for the day which is on Friday 10 November.

“We’re following the same structure as last year but hopefully it’ll be even bigger with more fields for soccer and volleyball and extra activities to take part in.

Travelling internationally on UWA business? Funding available to support international recruitment

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Funding and objectives

If you’re travelling overseas on UWA business, you can apply for additional funds if you can extend your visit a few days to engage in activities that will raise UWA’s profile and support UWA’s recruitment of fee-paying students. By doing so you will be supporting the University’s Internationalisation Strategy.

Funding is available for professional and academic staff.

Eligible activities

President of Ireland (L) presented Hon Doc by UWA Pro-Chancellor Penelope Flett

UWA honours Irish President with Honorary Doctorate

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The President of Ireland His Excellency Michael Higgins has been awarded an honorary doctorate at The University of Western Australia, in recognition of his contribution to global affairs and long-term advocacy on behalf of minority groups including the poor, marginalised and underprivileged.

UWA’s new Summer School and an update on the Education Strategy

Monday, 9 October 2017

Earlier this year the Vice-Chancellor set out the 2017 priorities for the University. Included in these was enhancing the quality of teaching and student experience to further deliver on our commitment of providing a world-class education at UWA. To address this priority the Education Strategy has been reviewed and expanded and is in the process of being refined and implemented. 

UWA collaborates with leading global research university

Friday, 6 October 2017

Researchers from UWA and Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Korea will benefit from new teaching and research collaborations which will further strengthen a partnership that began in 2015. 

At the recent SKKU-UWA Partnership Forum, held in Korea on 21-22 September, discussions continued to foster a reciprocal arrangement that started at the inaugural forum held at UWA last year.

Staff are invited to the Big Idea UWA Final, Live Pitch Event

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Australia’s social enterprise competition, The Big Idea, is here and UWA has five teams of undergraduate students pitching their ideas for improving the lives of disadvantaged people.

Staff are invited to come and support our students who have developed a concept and business plan for social enterprise with a mission to make a positive social change.

The national competition is delivered by The Big Issue, and this year UWA is one of the 13 university partners.