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

Linda Nguyen

Ciara Glennon Scholarship awarded

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

A second-year Law student with a strong commitment to achieving social justice has been awarded this year’s Ciara Glennon Memorial Law Scholarship.

David Sadler - UWA's new DVC Education

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UWA offers one of the most attractive university environments and campuses in Australia. I am excited to see how the education portfolio can help achieve the University's ambition to be a top 50 University in world rankings.

Reid Library nominated for global design award

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Last week the Ground Floor Reid Library Refurbishment project won a Shaw Contract Design Market Award (Education category). Thrity-six Market Award winners were selected from a total of 497 entries from 32 countries and the project now goes into the Global Awards program. Winners will be announced later this year.

The project is also up for the People's Choice award which you can vote for here


Your Say survey 6 - 19 June

Tuesday, 23 May 2017


Your Say survey FAQs

Why are we doing the Your Say survey?

We are doing the Your Say survey to better understand the real experience of working at UWA, both the good and the bad, because we can’t fix what we don’t know.

 What will the survey provide?

EZONE UWA site refurbishment work commencing

Monday, 22 May 2017

EZONE UWA will transform the way we educate our students, undertake our research and engage with our community.

Once complete it will equip Western Australia and the world with engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians who can solve far-ranging problems that arise in multiple disciplines. A revolutionary research, teaching and learning facility, it will combine the talent, technology and equipment required to make a real and lasting difference.

VC announces Andrew and Nicola Forrest donation

Monday, 22 May 2017

I am delighted to announce that Andrew and Nicola Forrest have today donated $65 million to the University which will be used to expand the Forrest Research Foundation.

Darren Jorgensen at Warakurna

Stories of the Indigenous archives

Monday, 22 May 2017

Dr Darren Jorgensen, Senior Lecturer at UWA’s Design School, became interested in Indigenous art when a friend came back from the desert with a roll of paintings.

Just returned from Europe, when Darren saw the Papunya Tula paintings from a remote Aboriginal community he realised they were as remarkable as the paintings he had been studying in Paris.

Darren was in his 30s then and embarrassed to admit he’d missed one of the most interesting aspects of his own country. It was this cultural awakening that shaped much of what he researches and teaches today.

The Wind in the Willows

Monday, 22 May 2017

Join us for The Wind in the Willows by La Boite Theatre Co.

The Wind in the Willows will take badgers (small and large) on a heartfelt and humorous adventure that explores humanity, time and the value of friendship. For children aged 4 - 12 and anyone who enjoys messing about in boats.

Saturday 17 June

Octagon Theatre

10am and 12:30pm

Use staff discount code STAFF17 when purchasing tickets at http://www.ticketswa.com/event/wind-willows.


Andrew and Nicola Forrest

Australia's largest philanthropic donation creates history

Monday, 22 May 2017

Andrew and Nicola Forrest have made philanthropic history today, donating a further $65 million to the Forrest Research Foundation, a partnership with all five Western Australian universities and hosted within The University of Western Australia (UWA).

457 visa FAQs - Listed Occupations

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

FAQs developed in consultation Deloitte

My nominated occupation appears on either the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). What does this mean for my current 457 visa? 

Your current 457 visa is unaffected. You can remain in Australia employed in your nominated role until the expiry of your current 457 without impact. 

My current 457 visa is close to expiring. What is the impact?

457 visa FAQs - Removed Occupations

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

FAQs developed in consultation Deloitte

My nominated occupation has been removed from the lists as an eligible occupation. What does this mean for my current 457 visa? 

Your current 457 visa is unaffected. You can remain in Australia employed in your nominated role until the expiry of your current 457 without impact. 

My current 457 visa is close to expiring. What is the impact?

Changes to the 457 visa scheme - FAQs

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

On 18 April 2017, the Australian Government announced plans to significantly change the framework of the Temporary Work (subclass 457) visa, which had subsequent flow on effects to the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa. 

The reforms include abolishing the 457 visa and replacing it with a new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa from March 2018. The implementation for some of these changes are immediate while other changes are expected to be implemented by March 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Worldwide Cyber-attacks

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


Over the weekend a wave of cyber-attacks spread rapidly around the world, this is a critical threat to the University given its ability to rapidly spread and cause damage. The threat is a form of ransomware known as "WannaCrypt" or “WannaCry”.  

What is ransomware?

Dr Tim Inglis

Fast break for antibiotic resistance testing

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

A team of scientists from The University of Western Australia has developed a screening test that quickly confirms antibiotic efficacy. Their method is able to ensure the most effective antibiotics are prescribed sooner.

Library Design at UWA

Reid a leading example of library design

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Since opening on the 1 August last year, the refurbished Reid Library Ground Floor has quickly become a favourite space on campus for students to meet, collaborate and learn. The new space has also been attracting a great deal of attention off campus and recently received national and international recognition due to its innovative approach to library space design.

Dr Yu Suk Choi

Researchers uncover new way of growing stem cells

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Research led by The University of Western Australia has discovered a new, simple and less expensive way of growing human stem cells.

Start Something @ UWA launches in June 2017

Monday, 15 May 2017

Do you want to develop an idea to release the social and economic value of your research through enterprise? At Start Something @ UWA, you'll work alongside industry mentors with commercialisation experience in healthcare, resources, information technology, engineering, and social enterprise. In doing so, you'll develop knowledge, skills and networks to help translate your research.

Workshop #1: Mon 12 June, 3-5pm
Workshop #2:Thurs 15 June, 3-5pm
Workshop #3: Mon 19 June, 3-5pm
Workshop #4:Thurs 22 June, 3-5pm
Pitch event: Tues 4 July, 4.00-6.30pm

UWA and industry leading the way in floating LNG technology

Monday, 15 May 2017

The $200 billion investment in Australia’s LNG production capacity over the past decade has put us at the forefront of global supply.

Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) vessel technology is being developed as the next generation for gas projects across our Northern shores in WA and Australia will soon host world’s largest floating LNG facility, Shell’s Prelude FLNG project.

UWA has a team of ocean engineers that have partnered with Shell through Shell-EMI Chair, David White to help develop this new technology.

Call for nominations to the Academic Board

Monday, 15 May 2017

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 - 10 May 2017

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Good morning. Finding novel solutions to today’s problems is a key driver of our research and it was great to see some of our engineering students’ ground-breaking work featured in the media recently.