Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 22 February 2017

Friday, 24 February 2017

Good morning. Sixty years ago UWA opened Western Australia’s first medical school and we have been educating tomorrow’s medical pioneers and leading medical advancements ever since. We are excited to build on this proud history of medical teaching and research excellence by investing in new facilities and technologies that meet the changing needs of our students and the communities we serve.

Professor Dawn Freshwater

Professor Gilly Salmon announcement

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I wish to advise that Professor Gilly Salmon has resigned from the Office of PVC Education Innovation and will leave UWA in July to take up a new role as Professor of Innovation and Transformation at the University of Liverpool, UK.

Graduates represent a community of support

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

No one knows the value of a UWA degree better than a UWA grad. And no one can tell the story better, with more heart, to prospective students.
This is why, for the first time, graduates are playing a direct role in UWA's postgraduate admissions, making calls to domestic prospective postgraduate students who have received letters of offer from UWA.  Alumni volunteers of similar educational background are reaching out to share why UWA should be a student’s preferred choice.

Don't forget to display your UWA parking permit by Friday 24 February

Monday, 20 February 2017

If you have applied for and received a UWA parking permit for 2017, please ensure the permit is affixed to the left-hand side of your vehicle windscreen before Friday 24 February 2017.

For further information on parking permits visit

The moon dust debates

Friday, 17 February 2017

Science is known as ‘the glorious entertainment’, and for Professor Brian O’Brien there are few truer words. From Antarctic expeditions to cave exploration and studying moon dust his career is full of the most gloriously entertaining events and challenges.

Born in Sydney, Professor O’Brien did best at English, physics and maths at school and went on to complete his PhD in experimental cosmic ray physics from the University of Sydney in 1957.

Not bad for someone who had never even heard of a PhD before beginning university.

Flaws change image laws

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

We are immersed in it on a daily basis, love it or detest it, popular culture's widespread universal impact can’t be denied.  

Dr Marilyn Bromberg has analysed aspects of popular culture turning the lightweight phenomena into heavyweight research, which could help sculpt change for female body image in the future.

Starting this year at UWA as a senior lecturer in the Law School, Canadian-born Marilyn admits that her fascination for popular culture helps to drive her research on social media and the courts and body image and the law.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice – 15 February 2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Good morning. The new academic year is almost upon us.
In earlier editions of UWA Forward I have hinted at some exciting plans for 2017. The Executive and other Senior Leaders have taken the opportunity during January and early February, as we do annually, to revisit the University's strategic plan. Consideration has been given to UWA's core business, focusing on how we want to be known, how we interact with each other and the external environment.

International Women's Day morning tea - Wednesday 8 March

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

You are invited to a morning tea to celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March.

Guest speaker Associate Professor Lindy Fitzgerald will be speaking about the topic: “Time for bold change: act now to ensure women can contribute fully to their fields of endeavour.” 

When: Wednesday 8 March 2017

Time: 10:00 – 11:00am

Location: Tropical Grove, UWA

Please register your attendance online

Research funding for SME and academic collaborations

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Researchers who collaborate with small-medium enterprises (SMEs) on new product and service innovation may qualify to apply for a new WA Government grant to accelerate start-up ideas to commercialisation. 

Through the Innovation Vouchers Program (IVP), up to $20,000 per application over 12 months may be used to develop ideas and to activate academic and industry research collaborations. 

Nyungar language continues to live and breathe

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Make the most of every opportunity and who knows where it will lead is the sentiment from outstanding community leader Len Collard, who won a fellowship to the Yumalundi NIRAKN (National Indigenous Research and Knowledge’s Network) program late last year.

Well respected Whadjuk Nyungar elder and UWA Indigenous Studies ARC Chief Investigator Len thought he was a poor scholar at school, but his outstanding knowledge in the language and culture of his people led him into academia.