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

UWA students selected for World University Games

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Four UWA students have been selected to represent Australia at the 2017 World University Games (Summer Universiade) in Taipei this August. With selections still continuing for several sports UWA’s representation may increase.

The Summer Universiade, held every two years under the banner of the International University Sports Federation is the premier event in the sporting calendar for universities worldwide.

New recruitment initiative to drive student enrolments

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

In the face of an increasingly competitive market, UWA is driving a new recruitment initiative to encourage prospective students to enrol for second semester 2017.

Our world-leading researchers tackle global, regional and local issues. One example is advancing research to feed the world. Despite the significant progress made over the last two decades, more than one billion people around the world still go hungry every day.

Music students impress in Concerto competition

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

In front of an audience of over 800 at the Perth Concert Hall, accompanied by a full symphony orchestra, UWA honours student Jeremy Garside won the coveted VOSE Memorial Prize Concerto Competition, with his performance of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1.  

Finalists for IQ Awards have been announced!

Friday, 26 May 2017

The momentum is building towards a celebration of UWA innovation, entrepreneurship and impact at the inaugural UWA IQ Awards which will be held on 14 June 2017.

Thank you to all who nominated and congratulations to all the finalists for the following awards:

The Research Innovation and Enterprise Award - recognises a UWA researcher who applied learnings from their scholarship to develop an innovative solution to a real-world problem.  


UWA Woodside Information Session: Ride to Conquer Cancer

Friday, 26 May 2017

UWA is joining forces with Woodside for the Harry Perkins Insitute of Medical Research Ride to Conquer Cancer in October and an information session is being held at UWA to attract participants.

This event has raised $1.5 million over five years and you are invited to hear from the Woodside Team Captain.

Get in on the action – get fit, contribute to a worthy cause and join in on the comradery! You are offered half price registration for this event if you attend this session.

Information Session Details:

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 24 May 2017

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Good morning. I am delighted to share our ongoing commitment to providing an equitable and inclusive workplace has been recognised.

Linda Nguyen

Ciara Glennon Scholarship awarded

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

A second-year Law student with a strong commitment to achieving social justice has been awarded this year’s Ciara Glennon Memorial Law Scholarship.

David Sadler - UWA's new DVC Education

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UWA offers one of the most attractive university environments and campuses in Australia. I am excited to see how the education portfolio can help achieve the University's ambition to be a top 50 University in world rankings.

Reid Library nominated for global design award

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Last week the Ground Floor Reid Library Refurbishment project won a Shaw Contract Design Market Award (Education category). Thrity-six Market Award winners were selected from a total of 497 entries from 32 countries and the project now goes into the Global Awards program. Winners will be announced later this year.

The project is also up for the People's Choice award which you can vote for here


Your Say survey 6 - 19 June

Tuesday, 23 May 2017


Your Say survey FAQs

Why are we doing the Your Say survey?

We are doing the Your Say survey to better understand the real experience of working at UWA, both the good and the bad, because we can’t fix what we don’t know.

 What will the survey provide?

EZONE UWA site refurbishment work commencing

Monday, 22 May 2017

EZONE UWA will transform the way we educate our students, undertake our research and engage with our community.

Once complete it will equip Western Australia and the world with engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians who can solve far-ranging problems that arise in multiple disciplines. A revolutionary research, teaching and learning facility, it will combine the talent, technology and equipment required to make a real and lasting difference.

VC announces Andrew and Nicola Forrest donation

Monday, 22 May 2017

I am delighted to announce that Andrew and Nicola Forrest have today donated $65 million to the University which will be used to expand the Forrest Research Foundation.

Darren Jorgensen at Warakurna

Stories of the Indigenous archives

Monday, 22 May 2017

Dr Darren Jorgensen, Senior Lecturer at UWA’s Design School, became interested in Indigenous art when a friend came back from the desert with a roll of paintings.

Just returned from Europe, when Darren saw the Papunya Tula paintings from a remote Aboriginal community he realised they were as remarkable as the paintings he had been studying in Paris.

Darren was in his 30s then and embarrassed to admit he’d missed one of the most interesting aspects of his own country. It was this cultural awakening that shaped much of what he researches and teaches today.

The Wind in the Willows

Monday, 22 May 2017

Join us for The Wind in the Willows by La Boite Theatre Co.

The Wind in the Willows will take badgers (small and large) on a heartfelt and humorous adventure that explores humanity, time and the value of friendship. For children aged 4 - 12 and anyone who enjoys messing about in boats.

Saturday 17 June

Octagon Theatre

10am and 12:30pm

Use staff discount code STAFF17 when purchasing tickets at http://www.ticketswa.com/event/wind-willows.


Andrew and Nicola Forrest

Australia's largest philanthropic donation creates history

Monday, 22 May 2017

Andrew and Nicola Forrest have made philanthropic history today, donating a further $65 million to the Forrest Research Foundation, a partnership with all five Western Australian universities and hosted within The University of Western Australia (UWA).

457 visa FAQs - Listed Occupations

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

FAQs developed in consultation Deloitte

My nominated occupation appears on either the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). What does this mean for my current 457 visa? 

Your current 457 visa is unaffected. You can remain in Australia employed in your nominated role until the expiry of your current 457 without impact. 

My current 457 visa is close to expiring. What is the impact?

457 visa FAQs - Removed Occupations

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

FAQs developed in consultation Deloitte

My nominated occupation has been removed from the lists as an eligible occupation. What does this mean for my current 457 visa? 

Your current 457 visa is unaffected. You can remain in Australia employed in your nominated role until the expiry of your current 457 without impact. 

My current 457 visa is close to expiring. What is the impact?

Changes to the 457 visa scheme - FAQs

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

On 18 April 2017, the Australian Government announced plans to significantly change the framework of the Temporary Work (subclass 457) visa, which had subsequent flow on effects to the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa. 

The reforms include abolishing the 457 visa and replacing it with a new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa from March 2018. The implementation for some of these changes are immediate while other changes are expected to be implemented by March 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Worldwide Cyber-attacks

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


Over the weekend a wave of cyber-attacks spread rapidly around the world, this is a critical threat to the University given its ability to rapidly spread and cause damage. The threat is a form of ransomware known as "WannaCrypt" or “WannaCry”.  

What is ransomware?

Dr Tim Inglis

Fast break for antibiotic resistance testing

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

A team of scientists from The University of Western Australia has developed a screening test that quickly confirms antibiotic efficacy. Their method is able to ensure the most effective antibiotics are prescribed sooner.