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

Graeme Warburton

Shaping tomorrow’s architects

Friday, 27 July 2018

Senior Technician Graeme Warburton never planned to work at UWA for very long. In 1982, while visiting from Sydney, he turned down a two-year contract working on an automated sheep shearing machine. However, after accepting a shorter six-month contract in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, he was hooked – and 36 years later, he’s still at UWA.

Open Day graphic

Help promote Open Day with these quick steps to update your email signature

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

UWA Open Day is almost here! 

Help us promote this important day in the University’s calendar by dressing up your email signature with a dedicated design.

Follow the simple instructions below, and after Open Day (Sunday 12 August) we’ll provide a replacement version so you can change your signature back again.

Thinking and talking art

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Originally from Singapore, Claudia Tan still cannot get over the fact that she is now well-versed in art history – a subject she had long been eager to take up at university.

A final year School of Design student, Claudia leads the first student-led Cultural Ambassadors Program, but her artistic journey had a somewhat unorthodox beginning.

Professor Robyn Owens announcement

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

After many years of dedicated service to UWA, Professor Robyn Owens has made the decision to retire at the end of her current term, in November 2019.

Robyn’s contribution to the university has been immeasurable, having performed numerous roles, most recently of course serving two terms as the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research. In this role Robyn has led the University’s research strategy and played a critical role as a member of the UWA Executive.

A Perth Festival favourite wins the Helpmann Award

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

One of the hits of this year’s Perth Festival was honoured at Australia’s top performing arts awards on Monday night. Early music adventurer Jordi Savall’s performance with Hespèrion XXI and Tembembe Ensamble Continuo won a Helpmann Award in the best chamber and/or instrumental ensemble concert category.

Putting European traditions alongside Indigenous Mexican and Latin American sounds, Savall and a dozen performers revered and celebrated both forms in a thrilling performance of music and dance.

ON Prime5 applications open until 20 July

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Is your research ready for the real world? Take your science or technology from idea to impact with ON Prime5 – a free pre-accelerator experience tailor-made for our brightest researchers and led by CSIRO.

What do UWA researchers think about ON Prime?

Dr Mary Webberley, School of Biomedical Sciences:

Come cheer on our graduands! 27 and 28 July Graduation Ceremonies

Monday, 16 July 2018

All staff are invited to cheer on our students during the graduand processions through campus, starting at Great Court South and making their way to Winthrop Hall.

Be part of UWA Open Day! Join us for the staff briefing - Tuesday 31 July

Monday, 16 July 2018

UWA Open Day will take place on Sunday 12 August from 10am – 4pm.

Join us at the second and final briefing for staff in the lead up to our single largest annual recruitment event open to the WA community.

Hear from Owen Davies, Chief Marketing Officer, on why Open Day is an important recruitment event for UWA, the key messages we are delivering in our campaign, and how the university will showcase its courses and campus life with unique displays, activities and entertainment.

Who should attend?

Dreaming big always the plan for success

Monday, 16 July 2018

For 14 years, Julie Millias worked as a Dental Therapist, visiting schools across Perth, the Wheatbelt and Great Southern.  When she decided it was time for a career change, she turned to studying microcomputers – a change that led her to a new career with UWA.  Now Julie has set herself another goal – to complete postgraduate studies in Leadership. 

You're invited to meet new students during O-Week

You're invited to meet new students during O-Week

Monday, 16 July 2018

O-Week runs from 23 - 27 July and new students from across the globe will join us on campus for a range of activities to help them settle into life at UWA. A consistent piece of feedback from new students is that they are excited to meet academic staff and would like more opportunities to do so.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 11 July

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Good morning. This week Indigenous high school students from across the State are attending the annual Indigenous Science, Engineering and Health Camp, which this year coincides with NAIDOC Week.

Nominations for Honorary Doctorates and Chancellor's Medals close 3 August

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Please note that nominations for Honorary Doctorates and Chancellor's Medals close Friday 3 August. 

Honorary Doctorates

She’s got the Fever

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

You can find Jess Anstiss at the UWA Recreation Centre where she helps people work on their fitness as a UWA Sport Fitness Trainer. However when she’s not putting people through their paces you’ll probably find her on the netball court battling it out in arguably the toughest domestic competition in the world.

For the second year Jess is a core member of the West Coast Fever, WA’s Suncorp Super Netball team which is currently at the top of the ladder.

“I have a degree in Exercise Sport and Rehab Science, and it’s great to transfer what I learnt into my role at UWA Sport.

Visit the Tavern during semester break to try the new menu

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

The Tavern is open on Thursdays and Fridays throughout semester break so staff can come try out the new menu. Come on down from 11am on any of the below days:

  • Thursday 12 July
  • Friday 13 July
  • Thursday 19 July
  • Friday 20 July
  • Thursday 26 July
  • Friday 27 July

See you there!


Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 4 July

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Good morning. I am pleased to announce that UWA will be the lead university in the new Western Australia Life Sciences Precinct which will bring together researchers and industry partners to generate new business opportunities in medicine, health, agriculture and biodiversity.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 27 June

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Good morning. It’s been a busy year for infrastructure development on campus and EZONE UWA reached a milestone last week when major demolition was completed on site.

Nominate a colleague for the UWA Award for Excellence and Teaching

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Do you know a colleague that’s doing a fantastic job? If so, nominate them for an award!

Careers and Employability Award: submit your student programs

Monday, 2 July 2018

The new Careers and Employability Award launches next month and aims to help students prepare for a successful career pathway. To achieve the Award, students must complete EMPLOY101 online career development modules and a diverse range of experiences which enable them to articulate their employability, attributes and skills to potential employers. The Award will improve the student experience and enhance UWA's reputation for producing high-quality graduates.

UWA campus

Christmas closedown period 2018/2019

Monday, 2 July 2018

Dear Colleagues
As you are aware the University typically has a closedown period over the Christmas and New Year holidays.  This is an opportunity for staff to take a well-earned break and spend time with friends and family.

This year, the University Executive has decided to extend the closedown period by two days to provide a full two week break. Accordingly, the last working day will be Friday, 21 December 2018 and staff will return to work on Monday, 7 January 2019.

Bronwen Veale

Inspiring students with university and dancing

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Bronwen Veale spends her days raising the aspirations of high school students, inspiring them to study at university. After work hours she’s a swing dancer, regularly performing and even DJing for other dancers in Perth.

The School Partnerships Coordinator in UWA’s Equity Outreach team loves how her job inspires students who didn’t think that UWA was within their reach.