Dr Dino Spagnoli's interest in chemistry started with a childhood fascination with crystals; however, it was only when he reached university that his real passion for all things molecular started to take hold.
Originally from the UK, Dino works as a lecturer and coordinator of first-year studies in chemistry and biochemistry, helping students transition smoothly from high school to university learning.
I wish to welcome Associate Professor Annette George (Head of School, School of Earth Sciences), who will be sharing the Acting Dean of Coursework Studies role with Professor Graham Brown (Head of School, School of Social Sciences).
I also take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to Professor Jane Heyworth (Population and Public Health) who has been sharing the Acting Dean of Coursework Studies role with Graham up until now.
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.
We are pleased to congratulate Iain Watt who has recently been appointed to the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Iain commenced at UWA as the PVC International in 2013 and in that time has had considerable success in developing and implementing a clear and focused international strategy which under his leadership has seen the number of international students commencing courses at UWA increase by 80% from 2015 to 2017.
The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students. To recognise these achievements, a monthly article is published on the UWA news page on the website and in UWA Forward on the first week of every month.
Good morning. Enhancing our international reputation is an ongoing priority for the University and I was pleased to visit India and Singapore last week, two countries we share a strong relationship with.
Good morning. This time of year brings great opportunity to enjoy Summer on and around our beautiful campus including the Lotterywest Film season at Somerville; Recreate courses which run from January to March; the iconic Perth Festival opening on 9 February and Writers Week, a wonderful celebration of storytelling, beginning on 19 February.
Good afternoon. Welcome to a special edition of UWA Forward, the first for 2018, I hope you all had a relaxing break. As we build on last year’s achievements, 2018 promises to be another dynamic and productive year.
Our Schools Engagement Team represents the University on and off-campus at various recruitment events aimed at secondary school students. The team are often the first UWA staff representatives that future students meet in person.
In 2017, the team engaged with approximately 13,300 students through a high number of presentations, expos and on campus recruitment events.
Now it is your opportunity to meet the vibrant team at a special presentation they are delivering just for staff.
Congratulations to Thomas Snelling, Clinical Senior Lecturer at Telethon Kids Institute for being awarded a Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grant of $3.545 million last week to further his research into cystic fibrosis.
This grant is one of 19 projects under the first round of the rare cancers and rare diseases program of the MRFF.
In early 2017, the Vice-Chancellor set out the priorities for the University. These included enhancing the quality of teaching and the student experience to further deliver on UWA’s commitment to providing a world-class education. The introduction of the UWA Courses framework in 2012 explicitly intended to foster research-informed teaching and embed the learning of research skills in all majors and courses.
Growing up in Kojonup as a ‘farm boy’, little did Jayden Worts, Alumni Relations Officer, know that he’d end up doing ‘virtual engagement’ with alumni worldwide.
“I was probably as far from the stereotypical ‘farm boy’ as you can get. One of my early memories growing up on the farm in the South West was the sense of expanse and freedom, and, funnily enough, of my geologist dad licking rocks to figure out their composition.