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

Research funding for SME and academic collaborations

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Researchers who collaborate with small-medium enterprises (SMEs) on new product and service innovation may qualify to apply for a new WA Government grant to accelerate start-up ideas to commercialisation. 

Through the Innovation Vouchers Program (IVP), up to $20,000 per application over 12 months may be used to develop ideas and to activate academic and industry research collaborations. 

Nyungar language continues to live and breathe

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Make the most of every opportunity and who knows where it will lead is the sentiment from outstanding community leader Len Collard, who won a fellowship to the Yumalundi NIRAKN (National Indigenous Research and Knowledge’s Network) program late last year.

Well respected Whadjuk Nyungar elder and UWA Indigenous Studies ARC Chief Investigator Len thought he was a poor scholar at school, but his outstanding knowledge in the language and culture of his people led him into academia.

UWA Business School receives renewed AACSB accreditation

Friday, 10 February 2017

I am delighted to announce the UWA Business School has had its international accreditation renewed.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is one of three leading international bodies that accredits business schools around the world, and our reaccreditation reflects the School’s strong global standing and outstanding quality of its staff and students. 


Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 8 February 2017

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Good morning. This week hails a cultural celebration on campus with both the Perth International Arts Festival and the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery’s 2017 season openings.

Founded by UWA in 1953, PIAF is a tremendous source of pride for our University and is now WA’s premier cultural event. Over the next month the campus and other venues across Perth will come to life with world class musicians, writers and actors all showcasing their talents for us to enjoy.

Planned maintenance - Thursday 16 February

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Please be aware of the below planned maintenance.

On Thursday 16 February between 6-9pm UniConnect VPN Services will be upgraded. UniConnect VPN Services will be unavailable for up to 30 miutes during this time while maintenance is being carried out.

After this system upgrade, VPN users will be prompted to download and install a newer version of VPN Client to workstations during their next log on to VPN. Full installation instructions can be found here

The ‘Oracle’ calls it a day with a final tour

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

It was a grand campus tour fit for an ‘Oracle’.   

In December our much beloved UWA icon dubbed the ‘Oracle’ donned his UWA gear and vast campus knowledge to give staff the final ‘Terry Tour’. 

Terry Larder had been welcoming staff, students and the general community to UWA for 28 years.

After almost three decades of service, Terry decided to call it a day, but not before he made his mark in the form of fun and frivolity. 

Mark Sampson new University Hall principal

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

UniHall has welcomed a new principal, Mark Sampson. Mark has taught for over 30 years in the education industry at schools across Australia including Canberra, Toowoomba and the Barossa Valley. He has spent the past 15 years in Perth in roles including Deputy Head at Aquinas College and the last six years as Head of Senior School at Wesley College.

He grew up in Adelaide where he studied to become a Physical Education Teacher. In later years, he undertook his Masters in Educational Leadership at The University of Newcastle.

Ian Dunnican

UWA helping the Western Force battle jet lag

Monday, 6 February 2017

Researchers from the Centre for Sleep Science at The University of Western Australia are using novel technology to help the Western Force rugby union team reduce the effects of long-distance travel and optimise their performance in the upcoming Super Rugby competition. 

New super rules on the way

Monday, 6 February 2017

Attend a UniSuper seminar to find out how the changes to superannuation from 1 July 2017 may affect your benefit. 

The 2016 Federal Budget proposed the widest-ranging changes to superannuation seen in several years.  Many of these changes have now been legislated and are set to take effect during 2017/2018 financial year. This seminar outlines the changes and explains the potential impact they may have on your UniSuper account specifically with reference to:

Pay it forward to the next generation – become a mentor

Friday, 3 February 2017

The UWA Career Mentor Link is a terrific program that matches mentors with student mentees. The program has been going from strength to strength over the last few years and already UWA Career Mentor Link and Woman in Engineering program has had more than 320 students register their interest and this number is expected to grow. What this means is that we need more mentors. 

Career Mentor Link is a one-on-one mentoring programme, sponsored by Visagio and Fluor, running for six months from April to October in conjunction with faculties to:

A mural made with smiles and giggles

Thursday, 2 February 2017

It was all smiles and giggles when a new mural featuring the Jacaranda tree was unveiled at a special morning tea at the UWA Early Learning Centre (ELC) last week.

In August last year ELC celebrated its 5th birthday. To further commemorate this big milestone in tiny tot years – the staff and pre-schoolers decided to embark on a collaborative mural.

Using the Jacaranda tree from the ELC’s logo as their inspiration, the children worked hard to transform the limestone bricks into a vibrant mosaic which now sits proudly in the pre-school yard at the UWA ELC.

Sensationalism sells but should it?

Thursday, 2 February 2017

For Dr Michael Jetter the opportunity to work at an established research-intensive University was the perfect motivation to move over 16,000 kilometres across the world.

Joining the UWA Business School 18 months ago, his role combines research and teaching activities on some of society’s most critical issues such as corruption, terrorism and gender inequality.

Originally from Germany, Michael was in his home country last year when Bavaria was shaken by three violent incidents and he witnessed first-hand how subsequent media coverage played into the perpetrators’ hands.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 1 February 2017

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Good morning. At the start of a new year and early in my term as Vice-Chancellor, it is indeed a privilege to be able to share with you some exciting plans for the launch of an international academic recruitment campaign.  

Progress update on UWA Contact Directory updates

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Dear Colleagues, 

Thank you again for your support while we update the UWA Contact Directory. Prior to Christmas we indicated our expectation was to complete these by 31 January. 

Recently the Contact Directory experienced ongoing system issues which affected the editing team’s ability to complete the required updates. BI&TS has been working hard to resolve these issues and we now estimate the updates will be completed by the end of February. 

We appreciate your patience, and will keep you informed as we progress. 

Vice-Chancellor's statement on U.S. immigration ban

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The University of Western Australia has today joined higher education institutions and colleagues from across the world to express concern about the impact of the new US executive order on the free exchange of students, academics and researchers between Australia and the United States of America.

MBA scholarship winner ready to tackle global issues

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Ashley Broering has spent the last five years working to improve patient experience in the healthcare industry.

Initially working as a healthcare analyst and then as a product manager at Press Ganey Associates in New York, Ashley has been responsible for the strategic development of several technologies giving patients greater control over their own care.

Professor Freshwater's speech at the International Indian Ocean Science Conference

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Function: International Indian Ocean Science Conference

Date: Monday, 30 January 2017

Check Against Delivery

Speech Notes

Ladies and gentlemen, it is a great pleasure to welcome you here for this afternoon’s event.  

Andrew Forrest

UWA high achievers recognised in Australia Day honours

Friday, 27 January 2017

Twelve graduates and one staff member from The University of Western Australia have been recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours List.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice – 25 January 2017

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Good morning. Welcome to the first edition of UWA Forward for 2017 and my first as Vice-Chancellor.  As I said last week it is an absolute privilege to be appointed UWA’s 18th VC and it will be wonderful to work with you to build on last year’s achievements.

Call for software engineering projects

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

We are looking for projects to be undertaken by groups of 5th year students as a capstone for their software engineering and information technology degrees. 

Projects are run over two or more successive semesters and allow the group to scope, build, deliver and maintain a software solution. 

This software could be to support a research project, enhance or automate some work requirement, or enable a new way of teaching.