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

Event: Research funding and University Block Grants

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Dear Colleagues

The Federal Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA), which was announced recently, has resulted in changes to the way universities are funded to support research.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 12 April 2017

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Good morning. Last year Australia’s 39 universities worked with the Human Rights Commission to conduct the first comprehensive national student survey on sexual assault and harassment as part of the Respect. Now. Always. initiative.

VC response to 2016 Student Experience Survey

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

As I indicated in my vision statement, our 2017 priorities clearly focus on the student experience and better alignment of educational offering with our world class research. We are committed to providing our students with a world class education experience.

We welcome feedback from our students via the 2016 Student Experience Survey (SES) and acknowledge we need to do even more to meet the high expectations of our students.

Value of international collaboration shines through for UWA

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

A collaborative UWA and Stanford University research project has been named the top Environmental Science paper by Environmental Science & Technology for 2016.

Pea in maze

Study reveals plants 'listen' to find sources of water

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

A study led by The University of Western Australia has found plants have far more complex and developed senses than we thought with the ability to detect and respond to sounds to find water, and ultimately survive.

Wing Threads: Flight to the Tundra - a flight with the shorebirds

Monday, 10 April 2017

When Amellia Formby decided to pursue a career in Zoology, she was seven years old. She had no idea this would one day lead her to pursuing a 12,500 kilometre flight from Australia to Siberia in a microlight aircraft.

But this is what the UWA School of Biological Sciences Technician is currently training for in a bid to promote urgent action to save shorebird habitat along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. 

Amellia always knew she had a love for animals, but was never one of those kids who dreamt of being a pilot.

Karen (Kcee) Carriero announcement

Monday, 10 April 2017

I wish to announce that Chief Marketing Officer Karen Carriero (Kcee) has accepted the position of Associate Vice-President - Communications, at the University of British Columbia.

Over the past three years Kcee has led a dynamic reform of the UWA brand and modernised how the University markets itself and recruits both domestically and internationally. The University will commence the recruitment process for a new Chief Marketing Officer in the near future and following Kcee’s departure in May, her direct reports will report to me until an appointment is made. 

Shaun Lee-Chen

Bringing the mojo back to UWA strings

Friday, 7 April 2017

With an envious collection of sneakers, a love of basketball and epic daily bike rides you don’t immediately think classical musician, but these are just some of the many quirks violinist Shaun Lee-Chen has.

He’s been the Musician in Residence at the UWA School of Music for almost two years and brings violin mastery that equals that of his mentor and teacher, violinist Paul Wright, as well as a level of hip that quickly made him the favourite among the string students.

Being a Musician in Residence is a dream job says Shaun. 

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 5 April 2017

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Good morning. Today I am delighted to announce a new collaboration with one of the world’s leading universities. I have this week signed an agreement that will allow us to offer our students access to Harvard Business School’s Credential of Readiness (CORe) program through their prestigious digital learning initiative, HBX.

What UWA Crowd Research can do for you

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

UWA’s bold initiative, Crowd Research, is building strong connections to community and now has over 6000 people engaging with the latest UWA research discoveries.

Through the initiative, volunteers can either contribute to research projects by donating or they can  participate in helping researchers gather data.

“Once a community feels connected with a research project, they form a connection with UWA. Recent support for our successful crowd research projects is testament to this,” says Dr Campbell Thomson, Director of UWA’s Office of Research Enterprise.

Special offer for UWA staff for final weeks of films at Somerville

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

There are only two weeks until the 2017 Lotterywest Festival Film season at UWA Somerville comes to an end. As a special closing offer, UWA staff are able to use the promo code ONSLOW to access adult tickets for only $16 when purchasing online.

Helicobacter pylori

Study reveals how ulcer-inducing bacteria survive in the stomach

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Scientists at The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with researchers at Imperial College London and Perth-based biotech Ondek Pty Ltd, have revealed new insights into the structure of an important biomolecule in Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers.

All staff are invited to the VC Installation Morning Tea

Monday, 3 April 2017

Please note venue change to the Ground Floor Terrace of the University Club.

Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Gabrielle Scheggia

UWA and West Australian Opera strike up duet

Friday, 31 March 2017

The next generation of opera stars from The University of Western Australia will be offered the opportunity to get real world experience within a professional opera house as part of a new agreement with West Australian Opera (WAO).

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 29 March 2017

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Good morning. Last week I was in Canberra and Melbourne to meet government and sector leaders, including the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Arthur Sinodinos, CSIRO Chief Executive Larry Marshall, and the Federal Shadow Minister for Education Tanya Plibersek.

Call for nominations to the Academic Board

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Nominations are invited for the election of academic staff and general staff to the Academic Board. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show - staff discount

Friday, 24 March 2017

One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family.

Performed in the Octagon Theatre, this Australian made show will excite, educate and entertain new readers and first-time theatre-goers, while those who grew up with these books will delight in experiencing one of the most popular children’s books ever written.

Shows are Friday 21 and Saturday 22 April at 10am, 12:30pm and 3pm.

Muza Gondwe (right) presents boomerang at award ceremony

Strong social compass points to changemaking

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Growing up in Africa helped to build a strong moral and social compass for Muza Gondwe.

Muza, who works for the Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance (MEfDA) based at UWA, discovered early in her career that she was “more of a people person” and changed direction from her first degree completed in Biochemistry at Imperial College London.

Just as well – her remarkable and selfless work helps to improve health and livelihoods in emerging countries.

Planned IT maintenance - 9 April

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Major infrastructure upgrades will be carried out from 10:00am - 2:00pm, Sunday 9 April on the University's Institutional Research Data Store (IRDS).

Access to the UWA IRDS services will be unavailable for up to three hours while maintenance is carried out.

Please contact the Service Desk should you have any issues after the maintenance period - ithelp-is@uwa.edu.au or #1515.


Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 22 March 2017

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Good morning. It’s PROSH Day, one of the most iconic dates on our student calendar. PROSH is a WA institution and for 86 years students have volunteered their time to engage with the community and raise money for local charities. You can make a donation and pick up a copy of the paper at the Guild Student Centre, Boost Juice, Hackett Café or order online