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

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 18 January 2018

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

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.

UWA Mediation Clinic now open

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

The UWA Mediation Clinic is now open.

The Clinic offers free mediation services for UWA staff, students, and alumni, and a low-cost service for members of the community. Run by UWA’s Law School, clients can access mediation in the areas of university, workplace, family, and community matters.  Enquire about the services here.

Upholding the moral right to access food

Monday, 22 January 2018

Originally from Germany, Philipp Bayer has called Perth home for two years, and will soon be one of Forrest Hall’s first occupants.

The Research Associate from the School of Biological Sciences works in plant genomics, a rapidly evolving field of study.

“My PhD focused on the computational side of plant breeding, and I continue this stream of work now.

Appointment of Director – Western Australian Health Translation Network

Monday, 22 January 2018

Dear Colleagues

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Professor Gary Geelhoed as Executive Director of the Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN).

Finding the answers to burning questions

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

It’s still sinking in for PhD student Hannah Etchells, that come July she’ll be winging her way to California to conduct research at Berkeley.

In December, Hannah was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to investigate how catastrophic bushfires affect forest ecosystems, and given recent events it will be very timely research.

“My Honours degree focused on the 2015 Northcliffe wildfire that burnt approximately 100,000 hectares of land. It was one of our largest fires and in places the severity was unlike anything we had ever witnessed.

Recent incident highlights need to be aware of phishing scams

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

UWA has received notification that universities have been targeted by a hacking group, and library databases have been successfully accessed. The group conducted a phishing campaign against specific UWA staff to capture their credentials. The University is working with staff who were targeted to ensure their information and data is safe and is reviewing the broader security of the Library database apps to identify vulnerabilities.

Discount for WA Symphony Orchestra tickets

Monday, 15 January 2018

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra is a key partner of the University and staff can access a discount of 20% off A-Reserve ticket prices. 

To claim this offer, simply enter the promo code UWA2018 when purchasing tickets online at waso.com.au.

Please note that the promo code is case sensitive. 

UWA researchers driving social impact in transport

Friday, 12 January 2018

Researchers from the Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC) located at UWA, have been awarded a one million dollar grant from the Federal Government through its inaugural Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

The technology grant, one of six awarded in WA and announced by Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann in November, sees PATREC partner with the City of Wanneroo to investigate how to use smart data to plan the Metronet 13.6k extension to Yanchep.

Update on the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook

Wednesday, 20 December 2017


On Monday the Federal Government released its mid-year budget update which included $2.2 billion worth of cuts to the higher education sector. These significant budget cuts were widely anticipated by the sector after the Government failed to get its budget measures through the Parliament.

Staying cyber safe over the holiday break

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

You may have read in last week’s UWA Forward that one of University IT’s priorities for 2018 is increasing awareness of cyber security across campus. Everyone has a role to play in being cyber safe both at work and at home and this is never more important than over the holiday season. 

UWA Concur Travel – Qantas Competition Winners

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

We are pleased to announce the winners from September’s Concur Travel Qantas competition.

The UWA school or unit with the highest proportion of approved flight-bookings made via Concur TRAVEL (as opposed to Concur REQUEST where assistance is provided by a consultant), is the Office of Strategy, Planning and Performance, who made ninety-three per cent of all bookings in the system. Qantas have provided them with a voucher of $1,500.

International partnerships lead to more study pathways

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

This year UWA has hosted over 5,000 international students and this number is projected to increase significantly as the University develops new pathways for study.

Iain Watt, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) says it is important to continue building our global connections to ensure our teaching, research and community engagement activities include an international perspective. 

“This helps keep UWA relevant in a global market so we continue to attract top international students and researchers.

Translate your research into real-life impact with CSIRO's ON Prime 4

Monday, 18 December 2017

Applications are open for ON, Australia’s sci-tech accelerator designed to help researchers translate their big ideas into real-life impact.

Interested? Contact Jo Hawkins (jo.hawkins@uwa.edu.au) at the UWA Innovation Quarter to find out more.

Jo can help you with your application – whether you need to recruit team members or develop your business plan.

Raine Foundation announcement

Monday, 18 December 2017


I wish to advise that Ms Lyn Ellis, Director of the Raine Medical Research Foundation will be retiring at the end of this year.  Lyn will be leaving UWA after 30 years, 23 of which were dedicated to administering the Raine Foundation.

Learning from the land

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

From Kings Park to Kew Gardens, Professor Stephen Hopper’s career is as vast as the range of plants he has studied and discovered over the years.

Recently inducted into the prestigious Bragg Membership and recognised for his scientific achievement and commitment to science communication, it is a career that continues to go from strength to strength.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 13 December 2017

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Good morning. This week the Executive and key stakeholders, including the President and Provost of University College London took part in a two-day roundtable discussion to initiate the strategic planning process for the University’s 2030 Vision.

Recruitment of Director, Strategy, Planning and Performance

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Recruitment to the role of Director, Strategy, Planning and Performance (SPP) has been deferred until new SDVC, Professor Simon Biggs commences at the University.  Jessica Thomas will continue as Acting Director having done a great job since July delivering, amongst other things, the 2018 IPE.  Jessica’s continuation as Acting Director will assist Professor Biggs’ transition into the SDVC role and timing of formal recruitment to Director, SPP will be determined by the SDVC.

Getting smart about cyber attacks

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

UWA students put their hacking skills to the test in a capture the flag competition, part of a wider cyber security event hosted by the University and the IT industry earlier this month.

The event aimed to showcase WA’s developing cyber security talent in front of industry partners searching for these skills and encourage those with an interest in the area to investigate possible career paths.

University IT Associate Director, Lee Patterson says the event was one way the industry is trying to stem the flow of security skills heading out of WA.

Appointment of new Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Dr Peter Dean has been appointed the next Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) of The University of Western Australia. He was selected from a competitive field of applicants after an international search and will take up the position in February 2018. 

The discussion paper related to the research-led teaching project is now open for feedback

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Earlier this year the Vice-Chancellor set out the 2017 priorities for the University. These included enhancing the quality of teaching and the student experience to further deliver on our 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.