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

Registrations open for IQ LaunchCamp 25-26 June 2018

Monday, 28 May 2018

UWA’s Innovation Quarter (IQ) is collaborating with CSIRO to bring IQ LaunchCamp to UWA on 25-26 June.

This two day experience is designed to help researchers take the first steps to understanding the market for their research idea.  Through IQ LaunchCamp researchers will be introduced to tools that will help them test and validate their ideas by starting the process of ‘proof of problem.’

Ian Fitzpatrick appointed Uniroos Winter Chef de Mission

Friday, 25 May 2018

UWA Sport General Manager Ian Fitzpatrick has been appointed the Chef de Mission of the Australian Uniroos World Winter Universiade team for the 2019 and 2021 campaigns.

Ian comes to the role with a wealth of experience, not just through UWA Sport, but also in a variety of sport environments including not-for-profit, commercial, consulting and service sectors.

The youth version of the Olympics, the Universiade, run by International University Sports Federation (FISU), has been a feature of the world sporting calendar for more than 50 years.

Would you like free Software written for your research project?

Friday, 25 May 2018

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.

The power of impressive numbers

Friday, 25 May 2018

Laila Simpson has a natural affinity for numbers and while many young girls told stories through dance or song, she told stories in a different way – through numbers.

Laila, now the Research Impact and Engagement Manager at the Office of Research Enterprise, pursued maths and science subjects which at the time were less popular for most young women.

Her passion for numbers began at a very unique small country school in the mystical Scottish Highlands.

“With only 30 kids in the entire school, our teacher gave us a lot of freedom to explore whatever we wanted.


UWA Public Policy Institute to help shape the future

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The University of Western Australia has established a new way to share its world-class research and expertise with decision makers and community leaders to help shape the future of our society.

Mark Stickells announcement

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Having spent much of the last 25 years working for The University of Western Australia, Mark Stickells will soon be leaving the organisation to take up the role of Director of the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. Mark’s last day at UWA will be 22 June 2018. 

Chairman Ronald Woss AM

New foundation at UWA to help save young lives

Friday, 18 May 2018

A new foundation at The University of Western Australia will support research to identify trigger points for youth suicide and measures to help predict when someone is at high risk.

HBF Run for a Reason road closures - Sunday 27 May

Thursday, 17 May 2018

The HBF Run for a Reason is on Sunday and there will be a number of roads closed in the morning including Mounts Bay Rd (from Point Lewis to Hackett Dr) and Hackett Dr (from Mounts Bay Rd to Australia II Dr).

You can see a full list here

Good luck to anyone running!

Chris Marsh

Looking after the grounds

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

For over 30 years Chris Marsh has been the curator of the University’s sports grounds where student sports teams and countless elite athletes have plied their trade.

IQ awards 2018

2018 IQ Awards celebrate new inventions that make the world a better place

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

UWA’s dynamic innovation community joined forces last Thursday at the annual IQ Awards held in the refurbished Nedlands Masonic Hall, known as Innovation Quarter Exchange or IQX, to celebrate four winners and creative inventions to improve our world.

Behind the scenes: May the Fourth be with you social media video

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Our ‘May the Fourth be with you’ social media video was produced entirely in-house by Brand, Marketing and Recruitment. 

It took creativity and collaboration right across campus to produce - and the response to the video has been outstanding - reaching an international audience and resonating with our key demographics. 

Here are a few insights into how it was made: 

Office of Research Enterprise: Access help to navigate funding rules

Monday, 14 May 2018

If you need help with research funding rules and regulations let UWA’s Research Grants and Contracts Office (RGCO) team assist you.

UWA has qualified and accredited professionals who can provide support throughout the cycle of the grants process.

The team offers pre-award support by interpreting and advising on complex external guidelines, reviewing applications and submitting to external agencies.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 9 May

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Good afternoon. This past week I attended the World University Presidents Symposium and Beijing Forum 2018 in China.

Strategic Vision 2030 Update - 9 May

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Since the Strategic Vision 2030 consultation launched, portfolio work streams have been formed and the Vice Chancellor's Strategy 2030 Steering Group convened.

Vanessa Russ appointed to Art Gallery of WA Board

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Congratulations to Dr Vanessa Russ for her appointment onto the Art Gallery of WA Board. Dr Russ is the Associate Director of the Berndt Museum where she focuses on the importance of this museum to create a dynamic facility for all Australians to learn about the first peoples, while engaging young Australian Aboriginal people in new ways of accessing cultural knowledge. 

Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture - 17 May

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

The Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture is an annual collaboration between the University of Western Australia and the Equal Opportunity Commission of Western Australia. It honours the work and achievements of the late Ms Isabelle Lake, a young trans rights activist, former employee of the Commission, and a University of Western Australia student.  These lectures aim to honour Ms Lake’s work and draw attention to the issues faced by transsexual, transgender, intersex and gender diverse people.

UWA representation on ERA 2018 Research Evaluation Committees

Friday, 4 May 2018

Nine UWA researchers have been appointed as members of the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Research Evaluation Committees (REC).

The Committee members will assess the quality of research in Australia occurring in Australian research institutions as part of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluations now underway for 2018.

UWA researchers have been appointed across seven RECs as outlined below:

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 2 May

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Good afternoon. Yesterday the State Education Minister, the Hon Sue Ellery, other WA Vice-Chancellors and industry partners, joined a roundtable discussion on the importance of education to the State’s future.

David Harrison announcement

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

After nearly six years with the University of Western Australia, David Harrison will be leaving the institution to take on the role of Chief of Staff to the Vice-Chancellor at Murdoch University. David's last day at UWA will be 18 May.

Finalists for 2018 IQ Awards announced

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

The annual IQ Awards on 10 May will celebrate UWA staff, researchers and students who are developing creative solutions to real-world problems.

Our applicants are helping to drive UWA’s culture of innovation and their amazing stories will inspire others to get involved in creating, doing, and making a contribution to exciting transformations for the future. 

Award winners will receive support to take their projects further – including access to funding, publicity, networks and mentors.