A recent workshop run for the University's highly successful
Leadership Development for Women (LDW) program provided an opportunity to
consider leadership issues in an increasingly competitive higher education
While Sir John Winthrop Hackett probably spent his final years watching benevolently over the University he funded, his wife was otherwise occupied.
Australian Household Guide, edited by Lady Deborah Hackett, was published in 1916, the year of Sir John's death. UWA has two copies in the Scholars' Centre, rediscovered recently as centenary activities and publications are researched and organised. (One is dedicated to Edith Cowan.)
UWA shares a common purpose with the Australia Council: to
achieve international excellence. A recent review of the Australian Council
endorsed ‘excellence' as the basis of its grants and claimed that due to the Council's
funding "Australia now punches far above its weight on the international arts
When the Beaconsfield miners were trapped underground by a rockburst in 2006, Yves Potvin and his team were already working on a safety system that would help protect workers from just that phenomenon.
Winthrop Professor Potvin is the Director of the UWA -based Australian Centre for Geomechanics, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.
There have been some significant global developments in
recent months in the provision of on-line education which support the view that
we are on the verge of a change which will fundamentally challenge the
traditional delivery of university courses.
"In science, you don't expect to find cures, you just hope."
As Winthrop Professor Bruce Robinson looks back on more than
20 years of research into asbestos-related diseases and forward to more
developments in detection and treatment, he says he had no expectations when he
first began the journey.