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

University CFO and CIO announcement

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

I am pleased to announce the appointments of the University’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Jonathan Cowper has been appointed CFO and will join UWA on Monday 10 July.  Jonathan is an experienced CFO having worked for leading FTSE 100 organisations in both the UK and Australia.  Most recently he was Group Finance Director for AB Sugar, a world leading manufacturer based in the UK where he helped to reshape the business portfolio and drive performance improvement projects across the businesses.

Your Say survey final completion rates

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Thank you to everyone who completed the Your Say survey - we had a final response rate of 42%. A breakdown of the response rate by portfolio and faculty is below.

We will receive a survey report for the full university as well as a number of reports for some faculties and functional areas which will be shared with staff later in the year. The results will be used to create and implement university-wide and local area action plans to address any issues or gaps identified from the survey.

Academic profiles in the UWA Research Repository

Academic profiles in the UWA Research Repository

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The UWA Library is rolling out academic profiles for UWA’s research and teaching staff in the UWA Research Repository as part of a project sponsored by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research.

The project will consolidate the multiple online profiles currently available at UWA into a single, easily discoverable profile that ensures the work and achievements of UWA staff are communicated fully and accurately to researchers, students, industry partners and the wider community.

UWA represented in Helpmann Award nominations

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The University of Western Australia’s significant contribution to Australia’s vibrant live performance industry was recognised last week when nominations for the Helpmann Awards were announced.

Established in 2001, the awards recognise significant artistic achievements and excellence in classical music, comedy, contemporary music, dance and physical theatre, musical theatre and opera.

The Arrival at Dolphin Theatre

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Adapted from the award-winning book by Shaun Tan and exclusively at the Dolphin Theatre

Follow Aki as he starts life amidst the extraordinary inhabitants of this new land.

Will he find a place to live? Will he find a job and make friends? Most of all, will Aki ever see his family again?

The absence of words not only makes this story perfect for puppetry but also emphasises the isolation experienced by many people arriving in a new place.

New contact numbers for UWA's Campus Security and Unipark

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

As of Friday 30 June 2017 Wilsons Security will be operating UWA’s Campus Security Control Room.

In this event there are now new contact numbers that are strictly for security and parking matters.    


Telephone number

+61 8 6488 3020 – Control Room (24 hours)

+61 8 6488 2222 – Emergencies (24 hours)

Fax number

+61 8 6488 1144

Email address



Alaska pollock

Ten million tonnes of fish dumped every year

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Industrial fishing fleets dump nearly 10 million tonnes of good fish back into the ocean every year, according to new joint research by The University of Western Australia and the University of British Columbia.

New Service Portal

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The new IT Service Portal (pictured below) will go live on July 1, and will improve the way that staff, students and guests engage with IT. The Portal will provide a user-friendly method of requesting services and assistance, enabling staff, students and guests to quickly find what they’re looking for. This uplift will bring University IT in line with similar service providers, allowing for quicker identification and resolution of issues. 

2016/2017 Payment Summaries (Group Certificates)

Monday, 26 June 2017

Human Resources wishes to advise that the 2016/2017 Payment Summaries (Group Certificates) will be available in the Employee Self Service (ESS) from Monday, 3 July 2017.

To access your payment summary:

Bacterial protein needed for h. pylori to survive

More than meets the eye to ulcer-inducing bacterial protein

Monday, 26 June 2017

Scientists at The University of Western Australia and Perth-based biotech Ondek Pty Ltd have revealed new insights into the function of an important bacterial protein in Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers.

Making her mark on malaria

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Sri Sugiarto (Ria) has been at UWA less than a year but she’s already making her mark. The first year PhD student had her work on improving the use of malaria drugs acknowledged earlier this year when she was awarded the Hadi Soesatro Prize.

The award supports Indonesian academics who are completing their doctorates in Australia with the aim to develop young leaders and promote educational links between the two countries.

“I completed my medical degree in Indonesia and became really interested in infectious disease and public health.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 21 June 2017

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Good morning. Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s Town Hall, it was wonderful to see so many of you there to be updated on our priorities, key projects and recent news.

Ignition program information session - 26 June

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

UWA’s Research Development and Innovation (RDI) is sponsoring two UWA students or staff to attend the Curtin Ignition Program in 2017. UWA’s Research Development and Innovation (RDI) office

The RDI office works with researchers to: • Develop research opportunities • Create impact from research • protect and

• Develop research opportunities • Create impact from research • protect and

• Create impact from research • protect and

• protect and commercialise intellectual property created at UWA

Your Say completion rates to date - 20 June

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

To date 38% of eligible staff have completed the survey. A breakdown of the response rate by portfolio and faculty is below.

Robert French named UWA’s 15th Chancellor

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The immediate past Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, the Honourable Robert French AC, has been appointed the 15th Chancellor of The University of Western Australia.

The role of the committee Executive Officer

Friday, 16 June 2017

The decision-making system of the University relies heavily on the work of those who service committees in all their forms. Do you want to improve your confidence for this important role?

This participative workshop emphasises the basic skills required of the committee Executive Officer. No previous experience is assumed and the workshop is designed to give participants confidence in their role as a committee executive officer and the practical skills needed to fulfil this role effectively. To register visit the web at:

UWA IQ Awards

UWA has the edge on innovation

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Western Australia’s innovation, entrepreneurship and research expertise was celebrated last night at The University of Western Australia’s inaugural IQ Awards, held at Crawley's historic Masonic Hall. The event saw three very different projects awarded for their impact and ingenuity.

Always striving for personal bests

Thursday, 15 June 2017

It’s fair to say that anything Ray Boyd does, he does full throttle. Eleven Perth City to Surf titles, a handful of WA track and road running records (some which still stand), and WA Primary School Leader of the Year in 2014 are just a few of his accolades.

UWA Library partnerships helping researchers

UWA Library partnerships helping researchers maximise the benefits of their research

Thursday, 15 June 2017

UWA Library is engaging in new global initiatives to provide open access publishing support and options for UWA researchers to maximise the benefits of research by increasing its visibility, accessibility and discovery.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 14 June 2017

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Last week UWA was named one of world’s top 100 universities in the prestigious 2018 QS World University Rankings; this is a wonderful result that we can all be proud of.