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

Research Week is back from 4-8 September 2017

Monday, 24 July 2017

Research Week is nearly here and you have an opportunity to support colleagues by attending some of the fascinating events including archaeological discoveries of rock art, cell science through to virtual reality and driverless vehicles.

The face of Research Week this year is Professor Jo McDonald, who is leading the Murujuga: Dynamics of Dreaming project, an Australian Research linkage project exploring the extraordinary rock art estate in the Dampier Archipelago.

UWA Choral Society performs REQUIEM

Monday, 24 July 2017


Winthrop Hall, UWA

2.30pm Sunday 20 August

Tickets available online or at the door. Prices: $45 and $40 (concession)

No time like the present to connect with students

Friday, 21 July 2017

Andrew O’Brien, UWA’s new Director of Student Experience, is passionate about the higher education sector and he’s certainly brought this passion to UWA.

With 20 years at Monash (seven as Director Campus Life), and most recently two years at the University of Tasmania, it’s fair to say Andrew also brings a wealth of experience to the role.

“I’ve been in the higher education sector for the vast majority of my career. I did take a bit of time out when I left Monash and this reemphasised the passion I have for higher ed.

Find key services for your research at ORE

Friday, 21 July 2017

The Office of Research Enterprise (ORE) is directing you to services via a new homepage that will assist with your entire research lifecycle including sourcing, securing and managing research funding through to commercialising your work. 

The new research gateway is easy to navigate and will signpost services to help you develop research proposals and collaborative opportunities, provide advice on how to protect your intellectual property and ensure that you maintain research integrity.

Planned UWA wifi maintenance - 22/23 July

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Planned maintenance to all UWA Wireless Services (except Unifi Guest) will occur from Saturday 22 July 8:00am to Sunday 23 July 6:00pm.  These services are:

  • Eduroam
  • ICRAR Wireless

No service interruption is expected however given the complex nature of the work, an outage could occur. University IT will be monitoring our wireless services closely throughout the maintenance period.  Please contact the Service Desk should you have any issues after the maintenance period. 

Wheelchair basketball

Indigenous high school students shoot for the stars

Monday, 17 July 2017

Thirty-four Year 10 Indigenous students from around the State spent their school holidays learning a raft of new skills from wheelchair basketball to building a strong bridge and making moulds of teeth.

Introducing UWA’s new Chief Financial Officer

Friday, 14 July 2017

Jonathan Cowper, UWA’s new Chief Financial Officer, has always enjoyed working in new industries and cultures.

While he’s no stranger to WA having worked in Perth between 2009-2015, this will be his first role in the higher education sector, a challenge he’s well equipped for and looking forward to.

“I certainly enjoy fresh challenges and I’ve built my career on this philosophy.

“As we’re all aware the University has gone through a significant amount of change and all Australian universities are currently working within a complex policy environment. 

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 12 July 2017

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Good morning. I am pleased to share we are introducing an enhanced UWA Summer School this year to provide our students with more flexible study options and help drive excellence in education.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 5 July 2017

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Good morning. I was thrilled to see that two UWA subject areas have been ranked in the world’s top 10 and four were recognised as number one in Australia by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Accelerate your research with ON, powered by CSIRO

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Applications are now open for ON, Australia’s sci-tech accelerator designed to help researchers translate their big ideas into real-life impact.

Interested? Contact Jo Hawkins (jo.hawkins@uwa.edu.au) at the UWA Innovation Quarter to find out more.

Jo can help you with your application – whether you need to recruit team members or develop your business plan.

Director, Human Resources announcement

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The University confirms the resignation of Sandra Ventre, Director Human Resources with effect on 30 June 2017.

Sandra joined the UWA team in September 2014. During her tenure, Sandra has focused on the introduction of the new HR Business Partner model and the implementation of new HR services such as recruitment and immigration and the delivery of the new Enterprise Agreements. 

 UWA thanks Sandra for her effort and commitment. 

Team UWA takes out WA Uni Games

Monday, 10 July 2017

Last week Team UWA won the 2017 WA University Games after three compelling days of competition in Bunbury. In what marks the final WA University Games, it was fitting UWA won the championship after dominating the tournament for the last decade.

UWA Sport General Manager Ian Fitzpatrick said the team not only excelled on the sports field but also demonstrated a high level of sportsmanship throughout the week. 

“Given this is the last year of the regional games it was great to take out the championship and finish on top.

Open Day 2017 is coming in August

Friday, 7 July 2017

Open Day is the largest recruitment and community engagement event on the University’s calendar. It’s designed to inspire potential students to study at UWA and includes an extensive community engagement program.

The campus will come alive with activity as representatives from Guild Clubs and residential colleges, current students, alumni and staff from across the University share information about the UWA experience.

Making arts happen

Thursday, 6 July 2017

He is the new guy in town, but not so new in the art space.

When The Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) announced they were looking for an energetic, innovative and creative leader to further build the festival’s success, they didn’t need to look any further than Nathan Bennett. 

Nathan, the new Executive Director of PIAF, has been making waves in the arts industry for over 15 years. 

Energetic, passionate and with a fearless drive for making arts happen, he wants to bring the highest quality artistic experiences to the festival audiences. 

Planned wifi maintenance

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Please be aware that the University wireless services (on all campuses) will be unavailable for up to 10 minutes while infrastructure upgrades are being carried out on Monday 17 July from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

This includes:

  • Unifi
  • Unifi Guest
  • Eduroam
  • ICRAR Wireless

Please contact the Service Desk should you have any issues after the maintenance period.

Service portal release delay

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

As a result of issues identified during testing, IT have decided to delay the release of the Service Portal & Service Desk upgrade.

Call for academic and general staff nominations to the Academic Board

Monday, 3 July 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.

Pathways to commercialisation at UWA

Friday, 30 June 2017

Many ground-breaking research projects in medicine and life science have been successfully commercialised at UWA and the Office of Research Development and Innovation (RDI) wants this to continue.

Most recently, Dr Samantha South, RDI Senior Commercialisation Officer helped secure up to $6 million from the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund for UWA’s latest start-up company OncoRes Medical.

How do we attract future domestic students? Meet our Schools' Engagement Team to hear about their critical activities

Friday, 30 June 2017

UWA’s Schools’ Engagement Team are the face of UWA, representing the University on and off-campus at various secondary schools. To date this year the team has delivered 56 presentations and 27 expos to schools across Western Australia.

Their aim is to raise UWA’s profile and communicate our relevance and distinctiveness in a competitive market.

Now it's your opportunity to come and meet the vibrant team at a special presentation they are delivering just for UWA staff.  

The value of space, nature and calm

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Her first semester at UWA complete, Desirae Goh is full steam ahead since arriving from Singapore to complete a Master of Teaching (Early Childhood).

The structure of UWA’s course aligned well with her personal values on learning and this influenced her decision to study here rather than undertake a more academic focused program in Singapore.