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

Helping the next generation aspire to greatness

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

For Jack Bao, his studies at UWA and teaching language in his first year out of University in Paraburdoo have provided the perfect mix of experience for his current role as Aspire Outreach Officer.

The Sports Science graduate has been with Aspire since the start of 2014 and he loves all the elements that make his role varied and challenging.

“I completed a Diploma of Education after my undergraduate degree and developed a passion for teaching.

Cara MacNish announcement

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Dear colleagues

I am pleased to announce that Cara MacNish has been offered a secondment to work with Universities Australia as a Senior Political and Policy Adviser and will begin this role on 16 August.

Based in Canberra, Cara will work directly with UA Chief Executive Belinda Robinson through the five month secondment and use her thorough knowledge of the higher education sector and public policy to contribute to the peak body’s work.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 26 July 2017

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Good morning. On Tuesday 1 August findings from Australia’s first comprehensive student survey on sexual assault and harassment will be released as part of the Respect. Now. Always. initiative. 

Electronic newsletters accessible to all UWA staff

Friday, 28 July 2017

The Office of Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) receives a number of electronic newsletters that cover international events related to the higher education sector.  The information contained in these newsletters is relevant to the publishing organisation’s country of origin and are freely available to UWA staff.

If you are interested please follow the subscription methods listed below:


Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 26 July 2017

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Good morning. On Tuesday 1 August findings from Australia’s first comprehensive student survey on sexual assault and harassment will be released as part of the Respect. Now. Always. initiative. 

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 19 July 2017

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Good morning. Yesterday we welcomed the Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan and other stakeholders to campus for an agricultural industry forum to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

Lecturers invite your graduate students to apply for the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Invite your top students to apply for the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship of up to $120,000 for research or coursework study at graduate level.

If you have students who are keen to pursue a PhD or full time Masters study next year, advise them that applications for this scholarship are open and close on 5 September 2017.

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree after 1 September 2012, or will complete an undergraduate degree by 31 December 2017 (at UWA or other institutions) and:

UWA student sits the State’s first oral PhD exam

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Last week PhD candidate Gundula Winter successfully defended her thesis into the physical wave transformation and water flow across fringing reefs, and in a first for WA, she did this through an oral exam.

Professor Kate Wright, Dean of the Graduate Research School says the value of an oral exam for PhD candidates can’t be overstated.

“There’s so much value for students. Gundula met with her examiners for two hours; this is a great opportunity for her to talk in depth with experts about the research she’s just completed.

Research Week is back from 4-8 September 2017

Monday, 24 July 2017

Research Week is nearly here and you have an opportunity to support colleagues by attending some of the fascinating events including archaeological discoveries of rock art, cell science through to virtual reality and driverless vehicles.

The face of Research Week this year is Professor Jo McDonald, who is leading the Murujuga: Dynamics of Dreaming project, an Australian Research linkage project exploring the extraordinary rock art estate in the Dampier Archipelago.

UWA Choral Society performs REQUIEM

Monday, 24 July 2017


Winthrop Hall, UWA

2.30pm Sunday 20 August

Tickets available online or at the door. Prices: $45 and $40 (concession)

No time like the present to connect with students

Friday, 21 July 2017

Andrew O’Brien, UWA’s new Director of Student Experience, is passionate about the higher education sector and he’s certainly brought this passion to UWA.

With 20 years at Monash (seven as Director Campus Life), and most recently two years at the University of Tasmania, it’s fair to say Andrew also brings a wealth of experience to the role.

“I’ve been in the higher education sector for the vast majority of my career. I did take a bit of time out when I left Monash and this reemphasised the passion I have for higher ed.

Find key services for your research at ORE

Friday, 21 July 2017

The Office of Research Enterprise (ORE) is directing you to services via a new homepage that will assist with your entire research lifecycle including sourcing, securing and managing research funding through to commercialising your work. 

The new research gateway is easy to navigate and will signpost services to help you develop research proposals and collaborative opportunities, provide advice on how to protect your intellectual property and ensure that you maintain research integrity.

Planned UWA wifi maintenance - 22/23 July

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Planned maintenance to all UWA Wireless Services (except Unifi Guest) will occur from Saturday 22 July 8:00am to Sunday 23 July 6:00pm.  These services are:

  • Eduroam
  • ICRAR Wireless

No service interruption is expected however given the complex nature of the work, an outage could occur. University IT will be monitoring our wireless services closely throughout the maintenance period.  Please contact the Service Desk should you have any issues after the maintenance period. 

Wheelchair basketball

Indigenous high school students shoot for the stars

Monday, 17 July 2017

Thirty-four Year 10 Indigenous students from around the State spent their school holidays learning a raft of new skills from wheelchair basketball to building a strong bridge and making moulds of teeth.

Introducing UWA’s new Chief Financial Officer

Friday, 14 July 2017

Jonathan Cowper, UWA’s new Chief Financial Officer, has always enjoyed working in new industries and cultures.

While he’s no stranger to WA having worked in Perth between 2009-2015, this will be his first role in the higher education sector, a challenge he’s well equipped for and looking forward to.

“I certainly enjoy fresh challenges and I’ve built my career on this philosophy.

“As we’re all aware the University has gone through a significant amount of change and all Australian universities are currently working within a complex policy environment. 

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 12 July 2017

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Good morning. I am pleased to share we are introducing an enhanced UWA Summer School this year to provide our students with more flexible study options and help drive excellence in education.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 5 July 2017

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Good morning. I was thrilled to see that two UWA subject areas have been ranked in the world’s top 10 and four were recognised as number one in Australia by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Accelerate your research with ON, powered by CSIRO

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Applications are now 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.

Director, Human Resources announcement

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The University confirms the resignation of Sandra Ventre, Director Human Resources with effect on 30 June 2017.

Sandra joined the UWA team in September 2014. During her tenure, Sandra has focused on the introduction of the new HR Business Partner model and the implementation of new HR services such as recruitment and immigration and the delivery of the new Enterprise Agreements. 

 UWA thanks Sandra for her effort and commitment. 

Team UWA takes out WA Uni Games

Monday, 10 July 2017

Last week Team UWA won the 2017 WA University Games after three compelling days of competition in Bunbury. In what marks the final WA University Games, it was fitting UWA won the championship after dominating the tournament for the last decade.

UWA Sport General Manager Ian Fitzpatrick said the team not only excelled on the sports field but also demonstrated a high level of sportsmanship throughout the week. 

“Given this is the last year of the regional games it was great to take out the championship and finish on top.