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

Your Say completion rates to date - 20 June

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

To date 38% of eligible staff have completed the survey. A breakdown of the response rate by portfolio and faculty is below.

Robert French named UWA’s 15th Chancellor

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The immediate past Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, the Honourable Robert French AC, has been appointed the 15th Chancellor of The University of Western Australia.

The role of the committee Executive Officer

Friday, 16 June 2017

The decision-making system of the University relies heavily on the work of those who service committees in all their forms. Do you want to improve your confidence for this important role?

This participative workshop emphasises the basic skills required of the committee Executive Officer. No previous experience is assumed and the workshop is designed to give participants confidence in their role as a committee executive officer and the practical skills needed to fulfil this role effectively. To register visit the web at:

UWA IQ Awards

UWA has the edge on innovation

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Western Australia’s innovation, entrepreneurship and research expertise was celebrated last night at The University of Western Australia’s inaugural IQ Awards, held at Crawley's historic Masonic Hall. The event saw three very different projects awarded for their impact and ingenuity.

Always striving for personal bests

Thursday, 15 June 2017

It’s fair to say that anything Ray Boyd does, he does full throttle. Eleven Perth City to Surf titles, a handful of WA track and road running records (some which still stand), and WA Primary School Leader of the Year in 2014 are just a few of his accolades.

UWA Library partnerships helping researchers

UWA Library partnerships helping researchers maximise the benefits of their research

Thursday, 15 June 2017

UWA Library is engaging in new global initiatives to provide open access publishing support and options for UWA researchers to maximise the benefits of research by increasing its visibility, accessibility and discovery.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 14 June 2017

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Last week UWA was named one of world’s top 100 universities in the prestigious 2018 QS World University Rankings; this is a wonderful result that we can all be proud of.

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.