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

UWA ranked in top 50 for seven subjects in QS rankings

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

The University of Western Australia has had seven subjects ranked in the top 50 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, up from six subjects last year. 

UWA’s subjects ranked in the top 50 were Mineral & Mining Engineering, Anatomy & Physiology, Agriculture & Forestry, Performing Arts, Psychology, Earth & Marine Science and Civil & Structural Engineering. 

Oak Tree confirms bond at UWA

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

To celebrate the close working relationship between the Guild, the University and Convocation, Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater assisted the Guild President Nevin Jayawardena and the Warden of Convocation Adjunct Professor Warren Kerr AM to plant an oak tree during Saturday’s annual Convocation Day.

86th PROSH just around the corner

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The countdown to PROSH has well and truly begun, so mark 22 March in your calendars, and prepare to laugh. 

For Directors Skevos Karpathakis and Angela Stojanoska it’s been a fun and challenging experience so far, with the best yet to come.

“We had our launch party and layout weekend last week. With two weeks until sale date it really is all systems go now with the focus being on content creation and of course sourcing volunteers - without them, PROSH couldn’t be nearly as successful as it is,” says Skevos.

Craig Williams elected as General Staff Representative on UWA Senate

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Mr Craig Williams, Solutions Architect, in BITS has been elected as the General Staff Representative on the UWA Senate to serve a three year term from 04 March 2017 to 03 March 2020.  He will attend his first meeting of the Senate on Thursday 9 March 2017.

Progress on UWA Contact Directory Updates Project

Friday, 3 March 2017

The editing team have been working hard to update the UWA Contact Directory. To date we have almost completed the new professional services sections. Over the past month, the team has moved over 1000 staff into new areas. We are asking all areas to provide feedback to ensure that all staff are accounted for.

In the coming weeks the editing team will be ‘tidying’ up the remaining administration services and finalising the Faculty/School sections of the directory.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 1 March 2017

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Good morning. I was delighted to experience a real buzz about the University last week with many students on campus taking part in O-Week activities. Thank you to all staff for the efforts you have made to welcome new members to the UWA community. These events are a wonderful introduction to university life for our students as they begin their journey of discovery which we hope will lead them to exciting new knowledge, new friendships and fulfilling careers.

Talking TED

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

In January UWA Senior Research Fellow Laura Boykin was named the first Australian-based Senior TED Fellow - one of just 10 selected worldwide for the 2017 program.

The Arizona native has been at UWA since 2012 working hard with her dedicated team and collaborators to save cassava, a crop that feeds 500 million people in East Africa, from pests and disease. 

Westpac scholars set to make their mark at UWA

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Two UWA post-graduate students have been awarded a Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship providing up to $120,000 for research or coursework studies.

Dr Hsern Tan, a PhD candidate at the School of Surgery and Amy McDermott, undertaking a Masters of Studies through the Faculty of Education, are from very different undergraduate backgrounds but both share a passion for making a difference in the communities they serve.

Planned maintenance to Institutional Research Data Store - Sunday 12 March

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Infrastructure upgrades will be carried out on the University’s Institutional Research Data Store (IRDS) on Sunday 12 March from 10am - 4pm.

This planned maintenance may result in access to the UWA IRDS services being unavailable for up to four hours while the work is carried out.

Please contact the Service Desk on 1515 or ithelp-is@uwa.edu.au if you have any questions or experience issues after the maintenance period.

UWA staff entitled to 20% discount on WA Symphony Orchestra events

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

As a valued partner of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, UWA employees are entitled to a 20% off A-Reserve ticket prices.

Enter the promotional code UWA2017 to claim this offer when purchasing tickets online at waso.com.au (promotional code is case sensitive).


UWA engineering student makes Top 100 Leadership List

Friday, 24 February 2017

Dedicated UWA Master of Engineering student Eric Grandinger has made Australia’s top 100, in a nationwide hunt for top leadership talent by recruitment agency GradConnection and Fusion Graduate Consultancy.

Awarded for being one of the most employable graduates in his field, Eric was one of six finalists from UWA and announced a winner at the 2017 Top 100 Future Leaders Awards ceremony held in Sydney earlier this month.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 22 February 2017

Friday, 24 February 2017

Good morning. Sixty years ago UWA opened Western Australia’s first medical school and we have been educating tomorrow’s medical pioneers and leading medical advancements ever since. We are excited to build on this proud history of medical teaching and research excellence by investing in new facilities and technologies that meet the changing needs of our students and the communities we serve.

Dr Tony Hughes-d'Aeth

Finding a sense of place

Friday, 24 February 2017

Tony Hughes-d'Aeth, Senior Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies, knows a thing or two about the Western Australian Wheatbelt. 

That’s not surprising given his childhood fascination with the region. He came to Western Australia in his teenage years and has been living here ever since. While holidaying with his cousins, he would visit the Wheatbelt and often wondered what the arid place was about. 

Professor Dawn Freshwater

Professor Gilly Salmon announcement

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I wish to advise that Professor Gilly Salmon has resigned from the Office of PVC Education Innovation and will leave UWA in July to take up a new role as Professor of Innovation and Transformation at the University of Liverpool, UK.

Graduates represent a community of support

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

No one knows the value of a UWA degree better than a UWA grad. And no one can tell the story better, with more heart, to prospective students.
This is why, for the first time, graduates are playing a direct role in UWA's postgraduate admissions, making calls to domestic prospective postgraduate students who have received letters of offer from UWA.  Alumni volunteers of similar educational background are reaching out to share why UWA should be a student’s preferred choice.

Don't forget to display your UWA parking permit by Friday 24 February

Monday, 20 February 2017

If you have applied for and received a UWA parking permit for 2017, please ensure the permit is affixed to the left-hand side of your vehicle windscreen before Friday 24 February 2017.

For further information on parking permits visit transport.uwa.edu.au

The moon dust debates

Friday, 17 February 2017

Science is known as ‘the glorious entertainment’, and for Professor Brian O’Brien there are few truer words. From Antarctic expeditions to cave exploration and studying moon dust his career is full of the most gloriously entertaining events and challenges.

Born in Sydney, Professor O’Brien did best at English, physics and maths at school and went on to complete his PhD in experimental cosmic ray physics from the University of Sydney in 1957.

Not bad for someone who had never even heard of a PhD before beginning university.

Flaws change image laws

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

We are immersed in it on a daily basis, love it or detest it, popular culture's widespread universal impact can’t be denied.  

Dr Marilyn Bromberg has analysed aspects of popular culture turning the lightweight phenomena into heavyweight research, which could help sculpt change for female body image in the future.

Starting this year at UWA as a senior lecturer in the Law School, Canadian-born Marilyn admits that her fascination for popular culture helps to drive her research on social media and the courts and body image and the law.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice – 15 February 2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Good morning. The new academic year is almost upon us.
In earlier editions of UWA Forward I have hinted at some exciting plans for 2017. The Executive and other Senior Leaders have taken the opportunity during January and early February, as we do annually, to revisit the University's strategic plan. Consideration has been given to UWA's core business, focusing on how we want to be known, how we interact with each other and the external environment.

International Women's Day morning tea - Wednesday 8 March

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

You are invited to a morning tea to celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March.

Guest speaker Associate Professor Lindy Fitzgerald will be speaking about the topic: “Time for bold change: act now to ensure women can contribute fully to their fields of endeavour.” 

When: Wednesday 8 March 2017

Time: 10:00 – 11:00am

Location: Tropical Grove, UWA

Please register your attendance online