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

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 29 March 2017

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Good morning. Last week I was in Canberra and Melbourne to meet government and sector leaders, including the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Arthur Sinodinos, CSIRO Chief Executive Larry Marshall, and the Federal Shadow Minister for Education Tanya Plibersek.

Call for nominations to the Academic Board

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Nominations are invited for the election of academic staff and general staff to the Academic Board. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show - staff discount

Friday, 24 March 2017

One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family.

Performed in the Octagon Theatre, this Australian made show will excite, educate and entertain new readers and first-time theatre-goers, while those who grew up with these books will delight in experiencing one of the most popular children’s books ever written.

Shows are Friday 21 and Saturday 22 April at 10am, 12:30pm and 3pm.

Muza Gondwe (right) presents boomerang at award ceremony

Strong social compass points to changemaking

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Growing up in Africa helped to build a strong moral and social compass for Muza Gondwe.

Muza, who works for the Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance (MEfDA) based at UWA, discovered early in her career that she was “more of a people person” and changed direction from her first degree completed in Biochemistry at Imperial College London.

Just as well – her remarkable and selfless work helps to improve health and livelihoods in emerging countries.

Planned IT maintenance - 9 April

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Major infrastructure upgrades will be carried out from 10:00am - 2:00pm, Sunday 9 April on the University's Institutional Research Data Store (IRDS).

Access to the UWA IRDS services will be unavailable for up to three hours while maintenance is carried out.

Please contact the Service Desk should you have any issues after the maintenance period - ithelp-is@uwa.edu.au or #1515.


Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 22 March 2017

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Good morning. It’s PROSH Day, one of the most iconic dates on our student calendar. PROSH is a WA institution and for 86 years students have volunteered their time to engage with the community and raise money for local charities. You can make a donation and pick up a copy of the paper at the Guild Student Centre, Boost Juice, Hackett Café or order online

ICRAR leading the way on gender equality

Thursday, 23 March 2017

The UWA node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) has been recognised by the Astronomical Society of Australia for its commitment to advancing women in astronomical sciences and technology.

The Pleiades Awards encourage organisations to adopt practices that support full participation of women at all levels of professional life, and acknowledge the importance of work-life balance in enabling the career development trajectory of many women.

From L-R, Immediate Past Warden, Adj Prof Warren Kerr AM, Warden Dr Doug McGhie

Dr Doug McGhie elected new Warden of Convocation

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Dr Doug McGhie was announced as the newly elected Warden of Convocation at the Autumn Ordinary Meeting of Convocation last Friday night. Doug is a graduate of UWA with a BSc (Agric) Hons, PhD and MBA all from UWA. He has a strong history of service to UWA including being a past President and Life Member of the Graduate Management Association of UWA and Councillor of Convocation for the last four years, including one as Treasurer.

Centre at the forefront of medical training

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

As we celebrate 60 years of medicine at UWA, we take a look at one Centre which is making a real difference to the healthcare professionals in WA and nationally.

“UWA is fortunate to have the only integrated medical and surgical simulation training facilities in the region. The Clinical Training and Evaluation Centre (CTEC) has trained over 30,000 doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals since it opened in 2000.

“This number alone shows the incredible impact the Centre has on the future of medicine in WA,” CTEC Director, Professor Jeffrey Hamdorf.

Research publications collection for 2016 publications

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The annual research publications collection will take place from 10th April to 1st June. This year it will be carried out through the UWA Research Repository. The Minerva interface will no longer be used in the new process.  

Conflicts of Interest process

Monday, 20 March 2017

The University has improved the Conflicts of Interest policy and process for staff to declare an actual, perceived or potential conflict of interest. The new streamlined approach will enable greater transparency and action in managing conflict of interest risk for the University.

Australia Awards students and mentors

A good start to student life in a foreign land

Monday, 20 March 2017

When you’re far away from home, friendly faces, a good Australian breakfast and a warm welcome from UWA graduates and staff can be just what is needed to help transition into a new country.  

Book an appointment to see UniSuper adviser

Monday, 20 March 2017

As a Private Client Adviser, Stephen Brereton  is available to provide comprehensive financial advice on multiple issues and if a comprehensive financial plan is needed, Stephen will determine your needs and prepare a detailed, written personal financial plan and assist in implementing any changes.

No ordinary expert

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Health Physicist Lyall Munslow-Davies, whose career at UWA spans well over 40 years, was recently awarded the UWA Chancellor's Medal for his outstanding contribution to the University, and his vision and leadership in medical, research and industrial radiation, legislation and laboratory safety and design.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 15 March 2017

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Good morning. Last week we celebrated Western Australia’s leading business entrepreneurs at the 40under40 Awards. It was inspirational to hear about the impactful work the winners perform throughout our State and special congratulations to UWA’s five nominees who were all recognised on the night for their contribution to the future of WA.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants - 2018 Application Round

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a real and meaningful difference to your students' UWA experience? Do you want to help lead them on a truly transformational experience?

Consistent feedback tells us that one of the most transformational experiences we can offer our students is the opportunity to travel and to apply their studies overseas. 

UWA Health and Safety Representatives - Call for Nominations

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Nominations are now open until Friday 31st March 2017.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984, employees are legally entitled to nominate and, if necessary, elect workplace health and safety representatives. The University has been divided into around 80 workplaces for this purpose. 

Nominations are now being sought for 23 workplaces which are either vacant or the current representative's term expires at the end of March 2017. 

Grants offer support to UWA research projects

Friday, 10 March 2017

UWA researchers from the University’s Bee Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and the national iMove CRC collaboration will benefit from two Federal Government CRC grants totalling $62 million which were awarded last week.

UWA’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Peter Davies said these investments would help drive important research solutions to benefit Australian and global communities.

Rainbow flag next to Winthrop Hall

Survey on LGBTI inclusion initiatives at UWA closes 17 March

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

UWA is participating in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI). This index sets the national benchmark for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) workplace inclusion, and provides us with valuable feedback on performance. 

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 8 March 2017

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Good morning. It is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is Be Bold For Change. While we should all be proud of what UWA has achieved we must continue to be bold in this area, which is why our participation in Athena SWAN is so important.