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

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 1 August

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Good morning. Today marks one year since the Change the Course report was released as a result of the Respect. Now. Always. national student survey.

Strategy, Planning and Performance Director announcement

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Following a competitive recruitment process, UWA has appointed Ms Jeya Bavan as the new Director, Strategy, Planning and Performance. Ms Bavan will take up the role on 8 October, joining us from Curtin University where she is the current Director of Strategy and Projects. Please welcome Jeya to UWA.

Take a ride in an autonomous bus

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

An autonomous bus is being trialled on our campus so we can investigate how this technology can be integrated into our teaching, research and future sustainable transport plans.

We’ll be exploring the potential impacts of driverless technology on transport, logistics and accessibility as well as taking the opportunity to learn more about public perception of autonomous vehicles.

We’re inviting everyone to get on board and take part in the research. You can check out the timetable for the bus on the website.

The stage is set for Open Day this Sunday

Monday, 6 August 2018

The marquees are going up and the grounds are looking fabulous – we’re in the final days of preparation for Sunday’s Open Day.

From the front end event logistics to behind the scenes, it takes an exceptional amount of effort right across the University to bring Open Day together, with staff in many areas contributing to make the day a success. 

Open Day Events Officer (Lead), Harriet Calverley, says the support from across the University has been fantastic and she’s excited for the day and showcasing what makes UWA unique.

Australia India Institute: EOI for Senior Leader role

Monday, 6 August 2018

UWA has signed an agreement with Melbourne University’s Australia India Institute (AII) to host an affiliate centre, which will sit within the UWA Public Policy Institute (UWA PPI). Two post-doctoral positions will soon be recruited to as part of this program. 

An opportunity exists for a senior UWA academic with mentoring experience to take a business development and mentorship role in the UWA AII affiliate centre. The role will include:

Real world experience to solve real world problems

Friday, 3 August 2018

Matt Lowman’s career path has already taken some interesting turns, but something the IT student knows is that work integrated learning (or work experience) has helped him on this journey.

Now in his final year of a Masters in IT, Matt spent some time with UWA’s Cyber Security team to increase his skills and knowledge in this ever-evolving field.

“My first degree was in chemistry, and after I graduated I worked as a chemist engineer for BHP. This is when I was first really exposed to code and programming.

Professor Michael Johns

Ten UWA projects win national research funding

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Research that will improve our understanding about the potential of unconventional oil and gas in tight rocks and a design guideline for the installation of offshore wind turbines are two new research projects at The University of Western Australia to receive Federal Government funding.

L-R Ashkay Venkatesh and Angel Yu

UWA maths prodigy wins international award

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Professor Akshay Venkatesh, believed to be one of The University of Western Australia’s youngest graduates, is only the second Australian to have been awarded one of the world’s most prestigious mathematical awards – the Fields Medal.

DVC (Community and Engagement) and PVC (Research) announcement

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Community & Engagement (DVC C&E)

I write to advise that Professor Kent Anderson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Community and Engagement has elected not to seek an extension to his current term and return to his family in Canberra. 

Kent will finish at UWA on 31 December 2018. Kent has said he “is looking forward to recharge and is super excited about exploring an unconventional and innovative direction in his future career.”

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.