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

The Australian Awards for University Teaching

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) recognise the impact that educators have on the learning and teaching experiences and outcomes of university students.

Free Q&A series with ARC General and Detailed Assessors

Friday, 19 October 2018

Do you have questions about your application for a 2020 ARC Discovery project or DECRA? 

Join the Office of Research and Enterprise for Q&A sessions with ARC Assessors.

Experienced general and detailed ARC Assessors will help you to understand what they look for when reviewing an application, as well as the criteria and approaches they use to rank the applications.  

Two interactive sessions will take place over two days in the Gentilli Lecture Theatre, Geography and Geology Building during November.  

Introducing our new UniSuper representative

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Congratulations to Heather Morton, who has been appointed as the University’s Professional and General Staff representative on the UniSuper Consultative Committee.

Heather was appointed as the representative following a week-long ballot where University staff UniSuper members were invited to vote. The term of the appointment is four years.

The role of the Consultative Committee representative is to:

UWA leads the way in global subject rankings

Thursday, 18 October 2018

The University of Western Australia has been ranked first in WA in the subjects of Business & Economics, Social Sciences, and Education in the global Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject, released today.

Have your say on computer hardware for 2019

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Please share your computer hardware and printing requirements for next year by completing this survey.

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UWA researchers elected to Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Two UWA professors were recently elected as Fellows to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the health and medical research landscape in Australia.

UWA the place for learning this summer

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

UWA Summer School is back for the next summer season.

Running from late November 2018 through to early February 2019, Summer School will offer students and the wider community an exciting range of units to choose from over the summer break.

Designed to increase flexibility in learning, Summer School is taught in intensive teaching periods of four to six weeks. There will be nearly 60 units on offer, following last year’s popular program that had almost 1400 enrolments.

The University Club’s Christmas Package

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Christmas will be here before you know it and the University Club of Western Australia is the perfect place to celebrate the festive season with colleagues and friends.

With its stunning location and award-winning food and service, let the club make your end-of-year event one to remember.

The club’s all-inclusive 2018 festive package  removes the stress from planning your Christmas event and offers everything you need to host a memorable celebration.

Leading archaeologist is new Director of the UWA Oceans Institute

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Dear Colleagues

It is my pleasure to announce that Professor Peter Veth has been appointed as the new Director of the UWA Oceans Institute starting in early 2019.

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.  

Up for the challenge

Monday, 15 October 2018

Nigel Waugh is refreshingly personable when he talks about his work and vision for creating the best culture possible for people in the workplace.

UWA’s newly appointed Human Resources Director has an ability to make people feel at ease and practises what he preaches.

“I’m very much a believer of creating a culture that enables people to thrive and grow.

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


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.