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

UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson

Developing a ‘leadership culture’

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

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 environment.

Madeline Joll and Rob Lines in the Octagon

New Octagon prepares for starring role

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Expect a lot more activity soon in the Octagon Theatre - and in all the theatre venues on the Crawley campus.

University Theatres is ramping up its role from simply providing venues, to presenting its own shows.

Alan Dench presents Lauren Hollier with her prize

Three years of work captured in three minutes

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Lauren Hollier's success in UWA's Three Minute Thesis competition might just have something to do with her gender.

Steve Wilton and Sue Fletcher

A research leap for boys who can’t walk

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

A jump in the share price of a pharmaceutical company has signalled significant success for medical researchers at UWA, in their quest to treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

Australian Household Guide was republished as Lady Hackett's Household Guide

Household hints from the Hackett family

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

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.)

Artist's impression of the new landmark entrance for the Hall, at dusk

New name new entrance

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Next year's Centenary will mark a change in the history of Currie Hall when it will be re-named University Hall.

Winthrop Professor Ray da Silva Rosa, President UWA Academic Staff Association

The case for Seeking Wisdom

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

By Winthrop Professor Ray da Silva Rosa

President, UWA Academic Staff Association

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 stage".

Associate Professor Meredith Blake

The legal, ethical and medical end of the road

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

By Meredith Blake

Associate Professor, Law School

There may be nothing more certain in life than death (and taxes). But with advanced medical technology, the process of dying has become increasingly more complex and medicalised.

Links to story: Ole bem vindos  (Hello and welcome)

Higher Education: A vital industry for Australians

Monday, 6 August 2012

The Brazilian students are treading a well-worn path that has been trod by more than 2.5 million international students over the past quarter of a century.

The Brazilian students were excited about being at UWA

Olá e bem vindos (Hello and welcome)

Monday, 6 August 2012

A big oil find off the coast of Brazil has led to 100,000 university students travelling all over the world to study.

Flashback to 2010: Yves Potvin (right) shows HEA mesh to mining exec Alan Bate

Mining world-wide benefits from ACG

Monday, 6 August 2012

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.

Lindsay Vickery (R) with Emily Green-Armytage, Catherine Cahill, Shaun Lee-Chen

Music of the century

Monday, 6 August 2012

How music has changed over the century since UWA was opened.

To celebrate that century, a CD of UWA 's musical treasures is being created, with music covering not just the past hundred years, but many centuries before.

Robyn Owens

Gateway to knowledge

Monday, 6 August 2012

A new search engine is bringing university research to the wider community.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson

Global on-line offerings present new challenges for campus-based learning

Monday, 6 August 2012

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.

Oliver Rafferty (left) and St Thomas More Dean of Students Craig Buchanan

Historian visits ‘the scene of the crime’

Monday, 6 August 2012

The dramatic story of the Catalpa escape in the ocean off Rockingham has lured an Irish Jesuit historian to WA.

John Newnham and baby

Just a minute

Monday, 6 August 2012

By Lindy Brophy

A wait of just 60 seconds before clamping a newborn baby's umbilical cord could be the most important minute of that baby's life.

Methane emissions from sheep are measured by Phil Vercoe's group in Animal Biol

Grazing into the future

Monday, 6 August 2012

While once we rode on the sheep's back, we are now trying to reduce its burps.

Anna Nowak, Bruce Robinson, Richard Lake and Jenette Creaney

World leaders fight a cancer that targets Western Australia

Monday, 6 August 2012

"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.

In The Zone with Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Leaders zone in on power shift

Monday, 6 August 2012

The rest of Australia might feel that WA is out of step without daylight saving.

But our time zone corresponds very significantly with about 60 per cent of the world's population, including nations that hold the greatest economic promise for the 21st century.

Providing an international student experience

Thursday, 26 July 2012

A recent planning day for the UWA International Centre provided a valuable opportunity to reflect on the meaning and importance of internationalisation at our University.