As many of you know, the controversy surrounding the booking of the Octagon Theatre by the Australian Family Association for a speaking event featuring Dr Quentin van Meter led to my calling of an extraordinary meeting of the Academic Board to open up deep debate about the broader issue of the role of universities in providing a place for uncensored and robust discussion and debate on the many issues in society today.
It’s the University’s current practice that staff work three state public holidays (Labour Day, WA Day and Queen’s Birthday) during the year, which are then taken in-lieu over the Christmas close-down period.
However, following staff feedback that working on these days impacts work-life balance and the opportunity to take regular breaks throughout the year, along with the challenges of public transport options and childcare accessibility, the University would like to propose the following changes:
You are invited to join the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) at the Government House Ballroom for a program of celebrated works by Schubert and Shostakovich, complemented by the world premiere of a work by Western Australian composer and UWA Conservatorium of Music lecturer James Ledger.
UWA’s Global Medical Program has been named as a finalist in the 2018 WA Industry and Export Awards. The awards program provides support and encouragement the state’s most innovative and forward-thinking organisations.
Following the recent competitive Expression of Interest for the interim role of Pro Vice Chancellor, International we can advise that Anu Rammohan, Yinong Liu, and Minghao Zheng have agreed to collectively act in the role of PVC International over the coming months.
UWA’s Africa Research & Engagement Centre (AfREC) has hit the ground running after last week’s launch. A number of ambassadors, high commissioners and vice-chancellors were at the AfREC launch and have already pursued direct engagement with the Centre.
Graduation ceremonies for semester two will be held from 11-15 December 2018.
The change in date from March 2019 to December 2018 enables many students to graduate closer to their completion of studies and, for some students, means that they will be able to attend their ceremonies when previously they may not have.