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

Perth’s position In the Zone

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Since 2009 In the Zone has been challenging West Australians to look north. Once pigeon-holed as the most isolated capital city, if you take a latitudinal perspective the strategic role Perth can play in the Indo-Pacific is more apparent.

Perth USAsia Centre CEO Gordon Flake says sharing a time zone with 60 per cent of the world’s population puts Perth in the perfect position to be a thought leader on issues relating to the region.

UWA promotes Australian research and teaching partnerships in Korea

Monday, 28 August 2017

UWA first hosted a Partnership Forum with Korea's Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in 2016 to build research and teaching partnerships. Its success has led to a second event which will be held in Seoul on 21-22 September 2017. 

In its first year the project led to opportunities for collaboration and exchanges in medicine, expansion microscopy, physics and in Korean language education for UWA students.

Preserving Aboriginal heritage

Monday, 28 August 2017

Ngarluma man, Patrick Churnside is passionate about preserving Aboriginal heritage and culture through performing ‘tjaabi’ or ancient songs from his homeland in the Pilbara.  

During Research Week he will tell the story of his heritage using unique song, best compared to poetry that captures stories about the skill of horse-breakers, musterers, or communal life and chasing emus, shooting kangaroos and fishing with nets.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 23 August 2017

Friday, 25 August 2017

Good morning. Enhancing the UWA student experience is one of our key priorities and as I’ve previously shared we have been developing a new education strategy to help achieve this.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 16 August 2017

Friday, 25 August 2017

Good morning. I am pleased to announce that our position in the Academic Ranking of World Universities has improved by five places to 91; an achievement which places us in the top five of Australian universities.

Marriage equality debate - support for staff

Thursday, 24 August 2017

The political process to enable change on marriage equality in Australia is currently under debate and there will be a postal plebiscite. Ballot papers will start arriving in the mail from 12 September and eligible voters have until 6pm on 7 November 2017 to send in their vote.

Leading from the front

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Warwick Calkin, UWA’s new Chief Information Officer, has spent the last decade working across the globe from Melbourne to the Netherlands, Vancouver and Saskatoon where the temperature didn’t rise over -40 degrees one winter.

He never envisaged a move to Perth, but an opportunity arose in 2014 and now the New Zealander can’t think of anywhere else he’d rather be and is ready for a new challenge. 

Chief Marketing Officer announcement

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Dear colleagues

I am pleased to announce the appointment of leading West Australian marketer, Owen Davies, as the University’s new Chief Marketing Officer. He will be taking up the role on Monday 4th December. 

Owen’s appointment comes at an important time for the University as we seek to enhance our external brand and grow our student numbers. 

Owen has 20 years of brand, marketing, market research and strategy experience after working in senior roles with Crown Resorts since 2007 and prior to that with leading global market research firm Synovate.

UWA’s enhanced education strategy

Monday, 21 August 2017

Dear colleagues,

The strategy’s four projects are in the early consultation stage and key project officers are sourcing input from staff and students as well as external stakeholders. More on each of the projects is below:
 

UWA collegiate system

Postgraduate students help drive excellence in research

Monday, 21 August 2017

UWA has teamed up with Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) in a new collaboration to help drive excellence in research for the mining and resources sector. 

Students from two Chinese universities and Curtin joined UWA students to tour FMG’s mine sites, infrastructure and the remote Operations Control Centre for experience in the ‘real world’ of mining.

Top NHMRC Fellow tackling one of WA’s biggest issues

Monday, 21 August 2017

For Dutchman Dr Joost Lesterhuis the decision to move his family to Perth was fairly straight-forward even though he wasn’t 100% sure where in Australia he was moving to.

The oncologist by trade now specialises in immunotherapy and focuses particularly on mesothelioma (cancer caused by asbestos exposure) and given WA has the highest incidence of the disease in the country, UWA was a perfect fit.

“I completed my medical training in the Netherlands and combined it with a PhD in tumour immunology.

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.