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

Championing environmental history

Friday, 17 November 2017

Andrea Gaynor, Associate Professor of History, has always been interested in the environment. With environmental history being her main research focus, she now looks at current environmental issues through a historical lens. 

UWA-Chevron collaboration wins award

Friday, 17 November 2017

The University of Western Australia in partnership with Chevron Australia last night won the 2017 BHERT (Business/Higher Education Round Table) ‘Outstanding Collaboration in Research and Development Award’, presented at a gala dinner at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne. 

UWA’s Director of Business Development and Innovation, Mark Stickells said that UWA has enjoyed a successful and productive collaboration with Chevron for more than 15 years.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 15 November 2017

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Good morning. I am pleased to announce that Professor Simon Biggs has been appointed the University’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Simon Biggs

New Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Professor Simon Biggs has been appointed the next Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia.

Everyone’s a winner at Staff Sports Day

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

UWA’s annual Staff Sports day has wrapped for another year with around 500 participants taking on the heat in a fun-filled day.

Riley Oval was awash with colour, as competitors dressed in red, blue, yellow, green and purple depending on which team they were representing. Health and Medical Sciences’ blue oasis themed marquee was judged the best on the day.

University Christmas closedown period

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

This year the University closedown period is from 12 noon Friday, 22 December 2017, with the University re-opening on Thursday, 4 January 2018.

As per usual practice, on Friday 22 December 2017, all areas are required to remain open and public counters staffed until 12 noon. Clear signage should be placed on counters indicating the dates the University is closed for business. After 12 noon all staff may proceed on leave.  Staff planning to take leave on 22 December will need to submit an application for a full day’s leave.

Office of Research Enterprise: We can assist writing and planning applications for DECRA or ARC Discovery Project grants

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The Streamlined Application Support Program (SASP) will assist you with the process of planning and writing applications for a 2019 ARC Discovery Project or DECRA.

The pilot program will help you save time, reduce administrative uncertainty and improve the quality of your application.

All UWA researchers are invited to register for the program's series of workshops from November 2017 to March 2018. There are over 20 sessions addressing different parts of the application process.

Solving the world’s water problems starts at the dinner table

Monday, 13 November 2017

For Anas Ghadouani, Professor of Environmental Engineering, solving the world’s water problems starts with looking at ways to reduce waste. It’s a unique approach to tackle one of the world’s biggest challenges, and was the theme of his talk at TEDxPerth last Saturday.

Growing up in Morocco, in a family of academics, Anas has fond memories of his family hosting visitors and the variety of interesting topics discussed.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 8 November 2017

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Good morning. In a rapidly changing world we must equip our students with the skills they need to succeed in the future.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 1 November 2017

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Good morning. Our position as a world-leading university has been re-emphasised with another strong result in a key ranking.

Student athletes achieve highest honour

Monday, 6 November 2017

Last week the University recognised its highest achieving athletes at the annual Blues awards, a tradition that stretches back to 1921.

These awards are considered the highest honour universities can bestow upon outstanding student athletes for not only their athletic abilities but their contributions to the university and their respective clubs throughout the year.

Ian Fitzpatrick, UWA Sport General Manager says the Blues are a worldwide university sporting tradition, and one of the most prestigious at UWA.

UWA innovators part of TEDxPerth

Friday, 3 November 2017

TEDxPerth returns to Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 11 November 2017 with sixteen powerful talks by some of Western Australia's leading thinkers and doers, including four from UWA.

Professor Ray Willis, Emeritus Professor Alan Harvey, Professor Anas Ghadouani and Ian Dunican will all gives talks at the event.

Professor Ray Wills - Faculty of Science
Ray’s enthusiasm and positivity about the global future for low carbon energy is infectious. His energetic talk will be a caffeine injection of new perspectives on a problem facing us all.

Research consultancy with industry made easy

Friday, 3 November 2017

Fine-tuned negotiation skills and a creative mind are important attributes for research consultants who manage complex contracts with industry partners. It can at times be perplexing as the two parties navigate the commercial minefield.

To assist this process the Office of Research Enterprise now provides a consultancy and expert opinion service through Research Partnerships Adviser, Alex Attwood.


Researchers, register your ORCID iD in the Research Repository

Friday, 3 November 2017

Open Researcher and Contributor iD (ORCID) is a free, unique identifier for researchers that provides the following benefits:

UWA VC Dawn Freshwater, Siemens Chief Technology Officer Roland Busch with UWA

Major boost for an industry-ready workforce

Friday, 3 November 2017

The University of Western Australia today received a major industrial software investment from the global technology company Siemens to help students develop the skills needed for the highly digitalised world of the future.

Nominations are now open for election to Convocation Council and UWA Senate

Friday, 3 November 2017

Nominations are being called for election to the honorary positions of the Warden of Convocation, the Deputy Warden of Convocation and seven members of the Council of Convocation, and one member of Senate. The current office holders of these positions complete their term in March 2018 and all are eligible for re-election.

Nominations for these positions close on Monday 4 December at midday.

Dr Monika Murcha

Plant biologist wins 2017 Young Tall Poppy Award

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Plant biologist Dr Monika Murcha from The University of Western Australia was today recognised as Western Australia’s brightest emerging scientist at this year’s Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.

Protect what you have, rather than restore what you have lost

Monday, 30 October 2017

When Matthew Fraser moved to Perth from Glasgow in 2006 he never imagined a trip to the Great Barrier Reef would set the direction for a career as a marine scientist.

It’s fair to say it didn’t take long for the Glaswegian to be captivated by our coastline and everything the Western Australian lifestyle has to offer, sparking a passion for Australia’s diverse and unique marine ecosystems.

He’s also passionate about the access West Australian’s have to our beautiful beaches, which led him to UWA to complete a degree in marine science.

Winthrop Hall

UWA climbs in global rankings

Thursday, 26 October 2017

The University of Western Australia has climbed seven places in the 2018 Best Global Universities rankings to be placed 88th in the world and 7th overall in Australia and New Zealand.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 25 October 2017

Thursday, 26 October 2017

All around the world our alumni are making a difference in their chosen fields and I was pleased to share my vision for the University at alumni events in New York and London recently.