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

Open Day 2017 is coming in August

Friday, 7 July 2017

Open Day is the largest recruitment and community engagement event on the University’s calendar. It’s designed to inspire potential students to study at UWA and includes an extensive community engagement program.

The campus will come alive with activity as representatives from Guild Clubs and residential colleges, current students, alumni and staff from across the University share information about the UWA experience.

Making arts happen

Thursday, 6 July 2017

He is the new guy in town, but not so new in the art space.

When The Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) announced they were looking for an energetic, innovative and creative leader to further build the festival’s success, they didn’t need to look any further than Nathan Bennett. 

Nathan, the new Executive Director of PIAF, has been making waves in the arts industry for over 15 years. 

Energetic, passionate and with a fearless drive for making arts happen, he wants to bring the highest quality artistic experiences to the festival audiences. 

Planned wifi maintenance

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Please be aware that the University wireless services (on all campuses) will be unavailable for up to 10 minutes while infrastructure upgrades are being carried out on Monday 17 July from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

This includes:

  • Unifi
  • Unifi Guest
  • Eduroam
  • ICRAR Wireless

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

Service portal release delay

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

As a result of issues identified during testing, IT have decided to delay the release of the Service Portal & Service Desk upgrade.

Call for academic and general staff nominations to the Academic Board

Monday, 3 July 2017

Nominations are invited for the election of academic staff and general staff to the Academic Board.  Elections will be carried out by postal ballot in these two categories. Research staff should apply in the relevant category according to whether they hold an academic or general staff appointment.

Pathways to commercialisation at UWA

Friday, 30 June 2017

Many ground-breaking research projects in medicine and life science have been successfully commercialised at UWA and the Office of Research Development and Innovation (RDI) wants this to continue.

Most recently, Dr Samantha South, RDI Senior Commercialisation Officer helped secure up to $6 million from the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund for UWA’s latest start-up company OncoRes Medical.

How do we attract future domestic students? Meet our Schools' Engagement Team to hear about their critical activities

Friday, 30 June 2017

UWA’s Schools’ Engagement Team are the face of UWA, representing the University on and off-campus at various secondary schools. To date this year the team has delivered 56 presentations and 27 expos to schools across Western Australia.

Their aim is to raise UWA’s profile and communicate our relevance and distinctiveness in a competitive market.

Now it's your opportunity to come and meet the vibrant team at a special presentation they are delivering just for UWA staff.  

The value of space, nature and calm

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Her first semester at UWA complete, Desirae Goh is full steam ahead since arriving from Singapore to complete a Master of Teaching (Early Childhood).

The structure of UWA’s course aligned well with her personal values on learning and this influenced her decision to study here rather than undertake a more academic focused program in Singapore.

University CFO and CIO announcement

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

I am pleased to announce the appointments of the University’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Jonathan Cowper has been appointed CFO and will join UWA on Monday 10 July.  Jonathan is an experienced CFO having worked for leading FTSE 100 organisations in both the UK and Australia.  Most recently he was Group Finance Director for AB Sugar, a world leading manufacturer based in the UK where he helped to reshape the business portfolio and drive performance improvement projects across the businesses.

Your Say survey final completion rates

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Thank you to everyone who completed the Your Say survey - we had a final response rate of 42%. A breakdown of the response rate by portfolio and faculty is below.

We will receive a survey report for the full university as well as a number of reports for some faculties and functional areas which will be shared with staff later in the year. The results will be used to create and implement university-wide and local area action plans to address any issues or gaps identified from the survey.

Academic profiles in the UWA Research Repository

Academic profiles in the UWA Research Repository

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The UWA Library is rolling out academic profiles for UWA’s research and teaching staff in the UWA Research Repository as part of a project sponsored by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research.

The project will consolidate the multiple online profiles currently available at UWA into a single, easily discoverable profile that ensures the work and achievements of UWA staff are communicated fully and accurately to researchers, students, industry partners and the wider community.

UWA represented in Helpmann Award nominations

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The University of Western Australia’s significant contribution to Australia’s vibrant live performance industry was recognised last week when nominations for the Helpmann Awards were announced.

Established in 2001, the awards recognise significant artistic achievements and excellence in classical music, comedy, contemporary music, dance and physical theatre, musical theatre and opera.

The Arrival at Dolphin Theatre

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Adapted from the award-winning book by Shaun Tan and exclusively at the Dolphin Theatre

Follow Aki as he starts life amidst the extraordinary inhabitants of this new land.

Will he find a place to live? Will he find a job and make friends? Most of all, will Aki ever see his family again?

The absence of words not only makes this story perfect for puppetry but also emphasises the isolation experienced by many people arriving in a new place.

New contact numbers for UWA's Campus Security and Unipark

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

As of Friday 30 June 2017 Wilsons Security will be operating UWA’s Campus Security Control Room.

In this event there are now new contact numbers that are strictly for security and parking matters.    


Telephone number

+61 8 6488 3020 – Control Room (24 hours)

+61 8 6488 2222 – Emergencies (24 hours)

Fax number

+61 8 6488 1144

Email address



Alaska pollock

Ten million tonnes of fish dumped every year

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Industrial fishing fleets dump nearly 10 million tonnes of good fish back into the ocean every year, according to new joint research by The University of Western Australia and the University of British Columbia.

New Service Portal

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The new IT Service Portal (pictured below) will go live on July 1, and will improve the way that staff, students and guests engage with IT. The Portal will provide a user-friendly method of requesting services and assistance, enabling staff, students and guests to quickly find what they’re looking for. This uplift will bring University IT in line with similar service providers, allowing for quicker identification and resolution of issues. 

2016/2017 Payment Summaries (Group Certificates)

Monday, 26 June 2017

Human Resources wishes to advise that the 2016/2017 Payment Summaries (Group Certificates) will be available in the Employee Self Service (ESS) from Monday, 3 July 2017.

To access your payment summary:

Bacterial protein needed for h. pylori to survive

More than meets the eye to ulcer-inducing bacterial protein

Monday, 26 June 2017

Scientists at The University of Western Australia and Perth-based biotech Ondek Pty Ltd have revealed new insights into the function of an important bacterial protein in Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers.

Making her mark on malaria

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Sri Sugiarto (Ria) has been at UWA less than a year but she’s already making her mark. The first year PhD student had her work on improving the use of malaria drugs acknowledged earlier this year when she was awarded the Hadi Soesatro Prize.

The award supports Indonesian academics who are completing their doctorates in Australia with the aim to develop young leaders and promote educational links between the two countries.

“I completed my medical degree in Indonesia and became really interested in infectious disease and public health.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 21 June 2017

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Good morning. Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s Town Hall, it was wonderful to see so many of you there to be updated on our priorities, key projects and recent news.