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

Forrest Hall short-term accommodation

Monday, 12 March 2018

Forrest Hall has opened its doors to scholars from around the world. The state-of-the-art accommodation also offers modern self-catering studio and two-bedroom apartments which are available to visiting scholars and academics on short stays.

Forrest Hall short-term accommodation is available to:

UWA and WA-linked atheletes who have been included in the team

Going for gold at the Commonwealth Games

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Four UWA-linked swimmers and two pole vaulters will vie for gold at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next month.

Welcome to UWA's new SDVC Professor Simon Biggs

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

We are pleased to welcome the University’s new Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Simon Biggs who began this week.

Professor Biggs has joined UWA from the University of Queensland and comes to us at an exciting time as we embark on initiatives focussed on enhancing student experience, engagement with our community, and building on our strong global reputation for research excellence.

Look out for a full profile of Professor Biggs in the 21 March edition of UWA Forward. 

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 28 February

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Good afternoon. I spoke about the Be Inspired campaign at December’s all staff forum and informed staff that we would begin recruitment early this year for a number of positions.

Come cheer on our graduands - March graduations

Monday, 5 March 2018

Staff are invited to share in the graduation celebrations by showing their support as our graduands proceed through campus, starting at Great Court South and making their way to Winthrop Hall.

Where to meet

Please meet behind Winthrop Hall near the fig tree on Saw Promenade approximately 15 minutes prior to the ceremony start times. You’ll be joined by our Alumni volunteers to cheer on our graduands during their procession.

Dates and times

Travelling overseas? Share the UWA story with alumni around the world

Monday, 5 March 2018

UWA academic staff travel far and wide attending conferences and industry meetings.

The next time you are travelling for work, consider connecting with alumni to share research and UWA updates, exchange ideas.

These meet-ups allow alumni to engage meaningfully in the UWA community, no matter where they live.

Professor Barry Marshall dined with graduates in Chicago, for example, while there to present at a leading gastrointestinal conference last year. One of those graduates was Michael Wood, the Consul-General for Chicago.

Nurturing industry collaboration

Friday, 2 March 2018

Mark Stickells, Director of Business Development and Head of the Innovation and Industry Engagement (IIE) team, is the first of his family to graduate from university and this has led to a rewarding career at UWA spanning almost 25 years.

Having been part of many changes at UWA over this time, he believes the University has continued to evolve and maintain its relevance in our changing world. 

Heading up the new specialised team, they will provide a welcoming and visible doorway to our University for potential industry and government research partners.  

VCV - 21 February 2018

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Good afternoon. I spoke about the Be Inspiredcampaign at December’s all staff forum and informed staff that we would begin recruitment early this year for a number of positions.

VCV - 21 February 2018

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Good afternoon. I spoke about the Be Inspiredcampaign at December’s all staff forum and informed staff that we would begin recruitment early this year for a number of positions.

UWA Watersports Complex available to hire for conferences, seminars and other events

Thursday, 1 March 2018

The Watersports Complex, with 180 degree views across the stunning Swan River and Matilda Bay Reserve, is the perfect venue for conferences, seminars and networking events, or private celebrations such weddings or special birthdays.

Supported by a dedicated events team, the Watersports Complex offers you flexibility to use your own suppliers; or, we can provide you with our list of trusted suppliers.

Venue hire is inclusive of:

Appointment of Director – Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA)

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Dear Colleagues

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Associate Professor Matt Kilburn as the new Director of the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA).

Leading the way in education

Friday, 23 February 2018

The newly-appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Peter J. Dean, has always had a strong military connection throughout his life and has managed to forge a career that encompasses both this and his passion for education.

Growing up with a father that served in the Australian Army and a sister in the Royal Australian Navy, Peter was inspired to follow a military career pathway. For him, this decision has made a lasting impact on his professional life.

Researchers and innovators nominate for the IQ Awards 2018 from now until 30 March

Thursday, 22 February 2018

If you’re a champion of innovation and enterprise at UWA, nominate yourself – or someone you know -  for the IQ Awards 2018. Winners will receive a $2500 grant to support their project.

The IQ Awards recognise UWA researchers, staff and students who are developing creative solutions to problems worth solving.

UWA staff and researchers are eligible to enter two awards:

Fogarty scholars 2018

WA's brightest awarded UWA Fogarty Scholarships

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Ten of the State’s highest-achieving students have accepted UWA Fogarty Scholarships to study at The University of Western Australia.

VCV - 21 February 2018

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Good morning. The development of Forrest Hall is near completion and I’m pleased to share we will soon open this state-of-the-art facility. 

Keeping up with the pace of learning

Monday, 19 February 2018

Dr Dino Spagnoli's interest in chemistry started with a childhood fascination with crystals; however, it was only when he reached university that his real passion for all things molecular started to take hold.

Originally from the UK, Dino works as a lecturer and coordinator of first-year studies in chemistry and biochemistry, helping students transition smoothly from high school to university learning.

Acting Dean of Coursework Studies

Monday, 19 February 2018


I wish to welcome Associate Professor Annette George (Head of School, School of Earth Sciences), who will be sharing the Acting Dean of Coursework Studies role with Professor Graham Brown (Head of School, School of Social Sciences).

I also take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to Professor Jane Heyworth (Population and Public Health) who has been sharing the Acting Dean of Coursework Studies role with Graham up until now.

Call for nominations to the Academic Board

Thursday, 15 February 2018

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.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 14 February 2018

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Good afternoon. Next week our new students will be on campus to join in the festivities of O-Week.

Iain Watt announcement

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

We are pleased to congratulate Iain Watt who has recently been appointed to the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Iain commenced at UWA as the PVC International in 2013 and in that time has had considerable success in developing and implementing a clear and focused international strategy which under his leadership has seen the number of international students commencing courses at UWA increase by 80% from 2015 to 2017.