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

Ignition Commercialisation Course - Information Session

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Interested in commercialising your research? 

Join the Ignition 2017 Program - Sunday 13 to Friday 18 August 2017

Ignition is an intensive 5½ day education program for aspiring entrepreneurs, academics and corporate innovators to trial and prepare their business ideas for the commercial environment.

Event Details 

Date: Monday 26 June 2017

Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Head of the Medical School announcement

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

I am pleased to announce Dr Brendan McQuillan has been appointed as Head of the Medical School. A UWA graduate, Dr McQuillan has worked at UWA since 2004, and was the Head of School for Medicine and Pharmacology between 2013 and 2016.

Brendan brings a wealth of experience to this role and a strong commitment to translating researching findings to patient care. I know he is looking forward to leading the UWA Medical School and building on the outstanding achievements that have been made in the past 60 years. 


Professor Dawn Freshwater


Executive Director, Corporate Services announcement

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

I am happy to announce that after a competitive process involving a strong field of applicants – both internal and external – Robert Webster has been appointed to the position of Executive Director, Corporate Services.  Many of you will know Robert from his current role as UWA’s Director of Strategy, Planning and Performance where he has led UWA’s legal, risk, planning, analysis and reporting processes.  He will take up his new position from 28 June.

Your Say completion rates to date - 13 June

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Last week all permanent and contract staff would have received an email invitation to the Your Say survey. To date 23% of eligible staff have completed the survey. A breakdown of the response rate by Portfolio and Faculty is below.

The survey is open until Monday 19 June and only takes around 10 minutes to complete. This is your opportunity have your say and share your experience of working at UWA.

Professor Peter Klinken

Graduates earn Queen's Birthday Honours

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Western Australia’s Chief Scientist, one of Australia’s most highly cited astronomers and one of the State’s top public servants are among 12 graduates and a staff member of The University of Western Australia who have been recognised in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Concur workshops available to staff

Monday, 12 June 2017

Concur User Presentation

 A 1 hour group presentation can be arranged for travellers on request. Please email Finance. 

Concur User Workshop (previously known as Concur Advanced User Workshop)

This workshop is designed to provide participants with the knowledge to book travel using Concur for themselves as a Traveller, or for others, as a travel arranger.

Free software written for your research project

Friday, 9 June 2017

Do you have a research project that needs software written for it? Third-year Computer Science students undertake group projects which are sourced from around the University. As well as traditional Computer Science application domains, past groups have done projects in diverse areas, including archaeology, lactation biology, medical education and conservation biology.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 7 June 2017

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Good morning. It was a celebration of excellence on Friday night at the Western Australian of the Year Awards.


UWA ranked among world's best universities

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The University of Western Australia has risen to become one of the world’s top 100 universities in the 2018 QS World University Rankings.

Deaf UWA student has influential voice

Thursday, 8 June 2017

She has dined with Prince Charles, been in a photo shoot for Marie Claire and featured in a national Australian TV ad for Woolworths.

Being Deaf doesn’t hold back first-year UWA Arts student Drisana Levitzke-Gray who is from a family of five generations of Deaf women.

Earning status as a positive role model for Deaf people all over the world, there is no doubt that Drisana’s command of two native languages, Auslan (Australian sign language) and English has helped her to negotiate an exceptional terrain leading to achievements that truly are remarkable.

Medical School 60th Anniversary - 'By the community for the community'

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

UWA’s world-renowned medical school turns 60 this year. To celebrate this significant milestone a public awareness campaign and a series of events are launching this month.

This will culminate in the opening of the refurbished Medical and Dental Library, currently undergoing a $7 million transformation into a state-of-the art teaching and learning facility, expected to be completed this year.

IT Update: Office 365 & IT Service Portal

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to advise you of two major IT projects which will shortly be launched, both of which will deliver significant improvements to our current IT services. 


Chancellor's Medals - Call for Nominations for Award in 2018

Monday, 5 June 2017

Nominations are now invited for the award of a Chancellor’s Medal at Graduation Ceremonies in 2018.

A number of people make outstanding contributions to the University in a variety of ways.  It is the wish of the Senate that the contributions of these people should be recognised through the award of a Chancellor’s Medal.  Decisions on awarding of the medals will be made in accordance with the guidelines appended to Statute 14: Granting and Conferring of Degrees and Diplomas.  These guidelines are reproduced below for your ready reference.

Honorary Doctorates - Call for Nominations for Award in 2018

Monday, 5 June 2017

Nominations for Honorary Doctorates for award at Graduation Ceremonies in 2018 are now invited.  Nominations may only be submitted by members of the Academic Board or Senate.  Other members of the University community who have suggestions for nominations should discuss their proposals with a member of the Board or the Senate.  (Details of the membership of these bodies are available here and here).

Take part in Science Cafe 2017

Friday, 2 June 2017

Science Café is a National Science Week event where professionals from science, technology, engineering and maths are invited to network with high school students over morning tea. This is a great opportunity to speak one-on-one with students to pass on your practical knowledge about careers in STEM and inspire the next generation. 

9am – 12pm, Thursday 24 August 2017

Winthrop Hall, University of Western Australia

UWA students selected for World University Games

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Four UWA students have been selected to represent Australia at the 2017 World University Games (Summer Universiade) in Taipei this August. With selections still continuing for several sports UWA’s representation may increase.

The Summer Universiade, held every two years under the banner of the International University Sports Federation is the premier event in the sporting calendar for universities worldwide.

New recruitment initiative to drive student enrolments

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

In the face of an increasingly competitive market, UWA is driving a new recruitment initiative to encourage prospective students to enrol for second semester 2017.

Our world-leading researchers tackle global, regional and local issues. One example is advancing research to feed the world. Despite the significant progress made over the last two decades, more than one billion people around the world still go hungry every day.

Music students impress in Concerto competition

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

In front of an audience of over 800 at the Perth Concert Hall, accompanied by a full symphony orchestra, UWA honours student Jeremy Garside won the coveted VOSE Memorial Prize Concerto Competition, with his performance of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1.  

Finalists for IQ Awards have been announced!

Friday, 26 May 2017

The momentum is building towards a celebration of UWA innovation, entrepreneurship and impact at the inaugural UWA IQ Awards which will be held on 14 June 2017.

Thank you to all who nominated and congratulations to all the finalists for the following awards:

The Research Innovation and Enterprise Award - recognises a UWA researcher who applied learnings from their scholarship to develop an innovative solution to a real-world problem.  


UWA Woodside Information Session: Ride to Conquer Cancer

Friday, 26 May 2017

UWA is joining forces with Woodside for the Harry Perkins Insitute of Medical Research Ride to Conquer Cancer in October and an information session is being held at UWA to attract participants.

This event has raised $1.5 million over five years and you are invited to hear from the Woodside Team Captain.

Get in on the action – get fit, contribute to a worthy cause and join in on the comradery! You are offered half price registration for this event if you attend this session.

Information Session Details: