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

Collaborating across oceans

Friday, 15 September 2017

Professor Erika Techera was UWA’s first female Dean of Law, and at the start of the year she made another groundbreaking step when she was appointed Director of the Oceans Institute.

The environmental lawyer is relishing the opportunity to not only lead the Institute but also drive the University’s involvement in the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC), a collaboration of multidisciplinary research teams from UWA, CSIRO, AIMS and Fisheries.

This is a way of working that suits Erika’s style and philosophy perfectly.

Researching without the red tape

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Eighteen months ago Jeremy Rigg came on board as Associate Director of UWA’s new Risk and Legal team. With degrees in Law and Science and seven years’ previous experience working at Murdoch University, Jeremy (a UWA graduate) has an appreciation of the wide-ranging issues universities face.

“Our role is to operate as a business partner and work with professional and academic staff on these matters while taking a strategic university-wide approach,” he says.

UWA Professors admitted to The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Four UWA professors have been elected Fellows of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA). Fellows are elected to the Academy by their peers on the basis of a distinguished contribution to one or more of the social sciences.

Congratulations to:

Research Week wows the crowds

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Crowds of more than 5000 visitors came to Research Week (4-8 Sept) and chose from 60 diverse events that demonstrated the work of our researchers. 

Thank you to all staff who contributed to, and participated in Research Week. We are delighted that the overall attendance has increased from previous years. We also received good media coverage featuring in The West Australian, the Subiaco Post, ABC radio, 6PR, RTR FM and Noongar radio, reaching more than 300,000 people.

Have a design or digital project you want advice on? Face-to-face briefing sessions now available.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Digital and Creative Services (DCS) is now offering face-to-face briefing sessions to assist clients using their services.

Planned IT maintenance - 26 September

Monday, 11 September 2017

On Tuesday 26 September planned maintenance to UniConnect's VPN services will be carried out from 6am-8am. The UniConnect services provide staff and students access to UWA resources and materials when off campus and these services will be unavailable for up to 30 minutes while the maintenance is being carried out.

Please contact the Service Desk should you have any issues after the maintenance period.

Email:  ithelp-is@uwa.edu.au
Telephone: 1515

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 6 September 2017

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Good morning. I was thrilled to see UWA improve 14 places to 111 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings released yesterday.

Giving back

Thursday, 7 September 2017

With a civil engineer, mechanical engineer and software engineer in the family, it’s no wonder Brittany Ding wants to follow this trend.

The aspiring chemical engineer has always enjoyed helping people and has found many ways to achieve this at UWA.

“Growing up I was exposed to different types of problem solving and I love the idea of being able to help the community on a large scale which is one reason engineering appeals to me.

Newly refurbished Medical and Dental Library

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Today (6 September) we celebrate the re-opening of the UWA Medical and Dental Library which has undergone an extensive refurbishment over the past 10 months.

Book your UWA travel through Concur TRAVEL and go in the draw for Qantas vouchers

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

It has been nearly one year since UWA introduced Concur and 7,183 approved travel bookings have already been made.

The University is promoting the use of the Concur online booking tool (Concur TRAVEL) as a means to simplify your UWA travel bookings and achieve time and cost savings.

Book University travel via Concur TRAVEL for you or your School to be eligible to win one of three Qantas vouchers (see below for more detail).

Benefits of using Concur TRAVEL

Light the Night - 6 October

Monday, 4 September 2017

UWA has again partnered with the Leukaemia Foundation for Light the Night, an inspiring evening culminating in a lantern walk through our beautiful grounds on Friday 6 October

There will be live music on the night, food trucks and plenty of activities for the kids.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 30 August 2017

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Good morning. Last week we hosted an important gathering of ministers, dignitaries and business leaders from our region to discuss ways to address modern slavery.

Perth’s position In the Zone

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Since 2009 In the Zone has been challenging West Australians to look north. Once pigeon-holed as the most isolated capital city, if you take a latitudinal perspective the strategic role Perth can play in the Indo-Pacific is more apparent.

Perth USAsia Centre CEO Gordon Flake says sharing a time zone with 60 per cent of the world’s population puts Perth in the perfect position to be a thought leader on issues relating to the region.

UWA promotes Australian research and teaching partnerships in Korea

Monday, 28 August 2017

UWA first hosted a Partnership Forum with Korea's Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in 2016 to build research and teaching partnerships. Its success has led to a second event which will be held in Seoul on 21-22 September 2017. 

In its first year the project led to opportunities for collaboration and exchanges in medicine, expansion microscopy, physics and in Korean language education for UWA students.

Preserving Aboriginal heritage

Monday, 28 August 2017

Ngarluma man, Patrick Churnside is passionate about preserving Aboriginal heritage and culture through performing ‘tjaabi’ or ancient songs from his homeland in the Pilbara.  

During Research Week he will tell the story of his heritage using unique song, best compared to poetry that captures stories about the skill of horse-breakers, musterers, or communal life and chasing emus, shooting kangaroos and fishing with nets.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 23 August 2017

Friday, 25 August 2017

Good morning. Enhancing the UWA student experience is one of our key priorities and as I’ve previously shared we have been developing a new education strategy to help achieve this.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 16 August 2017

Friday, 25 August 2017

Good morning. I am pleased to announce that our position in the Academic Ranking of World Universities has improved by five places to 91; an achievement which places us in the top five of Australian universities.

Marriage equality debate - support for staff

Thursday, 24 August 2017

The political process to enable change on marriage equality in Australia is currently under debate and there will be a postal plebiscite. Ballot papers will start arriving in the mail from 12 September and eligible voters have until 6pm on 7 November 2017 to send in their vote.

Leading from the front

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Warwick Calkin, UWA’s new Chief Information Officer, has spent the last decade working across the globe from Melbourne to the Netherlands, Vancouver and Saskatoon where the temperature didn’t rise over -40 degrees one winter.

He never envisaged a move to Perth, but an opportunity arose in 2014 and now the New Zealander can’t think of anywhere else he’d rather be and is ready for a new challenge. 

Chief Marketing Officer announcement

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Dear colleagues

I am pleased to announce the appointment of leading West Australian marketer, Owen Davies, as the University’s new Chief Marketing Officer. He will be taking up the role on Monday 4th December. 

Owen’s appointment comes at an important time for the University as we seek to enhance our external brand and grow our student numbers. 

Owen has 20 years of brand, marketing, market research and strategy experience after working in senior roles with Crown Resorts since 2007 and prior to that with leading global market research firm Synovate.