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

Michael Wise

Born to be wise

Monday, 1 October 2018

On a hot January day at The University of Sydney, a young computer science lecturer was sitting next to a biologist during student enrolments.

Freedom of Expression Working Group established

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

As many of you know, the controversy surrounding the booking of the Octagon Theatre by the Australian Family Association for a speaking event featuring Dr Quentin van Meter led to my calling of an extraordinary meeting of the Academic Board to open up deep debate about the broader issue of the role of universities in providing a place for uncensored and robust discussion and debate on the many issues in society today.

UWA campus

Our performance in the Good Universities Guide 2019

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

In the Good Universities Guide 2019 we gained a five-star rating in Student Retention, and maintained our five-star rating for Student-teacher Ratio and Student Demand.

Colin Barnett joins Public Policy Institute’s Advisory Board

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Former WA Premier Colin Barnett has joined the UWA Public Policy Institute’s (UWA PPI) Advisory Board.

Mr Barnett’s appointment was announced at Tuesday’s PPI public lecture given by Productivity Commissioner Jonathan Coppel: ‘Rising inequality? A stocktake of the evidence’.

Feedback invited on change to the Academic Promotions process

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

The University Executive recently endorsed wider staff consultation on proposed options for change to the Academic Promotions process and associated timeline.

Staff are invited to forward their feedback on the discussion paper “Academic Promotions Process: Options for change,” available at www.hr.uwa.edu.au/working/academic, by email to sdvc@uwa.edu.au by 15 October 2018.

Seeking your feedback on University public holidays

Monday, 24 September 2018

Dear colleagues

It’s the University’s current practice that staff work three state public holidays (Labour Day, WA Day and Queen’s Birthday) during the year, which are then taken in-lieu over the Christmas close-down period.  

However, following staff feedback that working on these days impacts work-life balance and the opportunity to take regular breaks throughout the year, along with the challenges of public transport options and childcare accessibility, the University would like to propose the following changes:

Access staff discount tickets for Schubert Ledger Shostakovich

Friday, 21 September 2018

You are invited to join the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) at the Government House Ballroom for a program of celebrated works by Schubert and Shostakovich, complemented by the world premiere of a work by Western Australian composer and UWA Conservatorium of Music lecturer James Ledger.

Anna Lee

Running her own race

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Anna Lee is always ready for a new adventure. When she was just 23 years old, the Student Experience Officer left her home in Sweden to begin a new life halfway around the world.

Winners of the Disrupting Law Hackathon

Law hack to help community legal centres

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

The UWA Law School held its inaugural Disrupting Law Hackathon last month, with 35 students working over 54 hours to create software solutions for the legal industry.

Research at UWA

Register now for Achieving Your Research Outcomes workshops

Monday, 17 September 2018

If you’d like to increase the impact of your research, come along to one of the workshops being run as part of the Achieving Your Research Outcomes series.

Call for nominations

Call for Staff Nominations to UniSuper Consultative Committee by 5 October 2018

Monday, 17 September 2018

The University is calling for nominations for a Professional and General Staff representative on the UniSuper Consultative Committee.

The function of the Consultative Committee is to advise and make recommendations to the Trustee as well as to give its consent in relation to any matter under the Trust Deed.

Nominees must be a current member of the UniSuper Defined Benefit Division or Accumulation Fund, as well as being a Professional or General employee of UWA, to be eligible.

UWA's Global Medical Program named finalist in the 2018 WA Industry and Export Awards

Friday, 14 September 2018

UWA’s Global Medical Program has been named as a finalist in the 2018 WA Industry and Export Awards. The awards program provides support and encouragement the state’s most innovative and forward-thinking organisations.

Percussing sounds and ideas

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Louise Devenish’s musical life revolves around exploring sounds, techniques, ideas.

Pro Vice-Chancellor International announcement

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Following the recent competitive Expression of Interest for the interim role of Pro Vice Chancellor, International we can advise that Anu Rammohan, Yinong Liu, and Minghao Zheng have agreed to collectively act in the role of PVC International over the coming months. 

They will be co-located in the Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor International and for contact please email:  pvc-international@uwa.edu.au.

Major infrastructure upgrades planned for September postponed

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Major infrastructure upgrades planned for Sunday 16 and 30 have been postponed. We will keep you updated regarding the timing for the rescheduled work.

For more information contact your local IT SDC.

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Commercialise your research with the CSIRO's ON Accelerate

Friday, 7 September 2018

Does your research have commercial potential? Are you looking to rapidly accelerate your impact by joining a structured, full-time sci-tech accelerator program?


Discover IQX - UWA's newest co-working and event space

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Staff, students and community members are invited to an Open House at IQX.

Melinda Boss

All in the family

Thursday, 6 September 2018

When Melinda Boss called time on her career as a consultant pharmacist to start a family, she ended up embarking on her first research project: looking to increase knowledge around human lactation.

Teaching Excellence Conference and Teaching Excellence Awards

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

You are invited to celebrate learning and teaching at UWA by attending the Teaching Excellence Conference on Thursday 1 November 2018.

The conference will feature information and interactive sessions on:

All systems go for UWA’s new Africa Research and Engagement Centre

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

UWA’s Africa Research & Engagement Centre (AfREC) has hit the ground running after last week’s launch. A number of ambassadors, high commissioners and vice-chancellors were at the AfREC launch and have already pursued direct engagement with the Centre.