Western Australia’s innovation, entrepreneurship and research expertise was celebrated last night at The University of Western Australia’s inaugural IQ Awards, held at Crawley's historic Masonic Hall. The event saw three very different projects awarded for their impact and ingenuity.
Australia’s Group of Eight Universities (Go8), which is comprised of the nation’s eight leading research intensive universities and includes The University of Western Australia, has entered a landmark agreement, the first of its type in Australasia, with UK based IP Group PLC.
The University of Western Australia has welcomed its largest intake of students from rural Western Australia this year into its Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences which will help WA's rural doctor shortage.
From an early age Daniel Fortini knew that he wanted to become a teacher. Having watched his mother teach special needs children his entire life, Daniel wanted to follow in her footsteps and began tutoring students while completing his undergraduate degree at UWA. In 2015 Daniel enrolled into the Master of Teaching Secondary where he was awarded a Centenary Mathematics Scholarship from the Department of Education in Western Australia.
The ability to influence children’s lives during a vital period in their educational and social development was what motivated William to enrol into the Master of Teaching Early Childhood at UWA.
After graduating with a degree in Politics and Social Sciences from Sussex University in the UK, William completed a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), and spent several years teaching English and managing language schools in Eastern Europe.
In 2012 William moved to Western Australia where he decided to pursue a degree in Early Childhood education at UWA.
Kassie Cubitt is an amazing individual. Driven and dedicated to achieving her goals she is an inspiration to those around her and to her students. Born and raised in Albany, Western Australia by her English father and Filipino mother Kassie had a boisterous and fun childhood.
Australia has for many years experienced an undersupply of specialist teachers in schools particularly in the areas of maths, physics and chemistry. According to the ACER Staff Survey conducted in Australia in 2013 more than 20% of secondary maths and 17% of secondary science teachers were underqualified in their field.
Online Applications for 2017 Australian Postgraduate Awards, University Postgraduate Awards and Prestigious University scholarships for domestic applicants - CLOSE next Monday 31 October 2016
Applications are now open for postgraduate research scholarships for domestic students, including Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA), University Postgraduate Awards (UPA), prestigious University and externally-funded scholarships and other faculty and discipline-specific scholarships. Please encourage eligible applicants to apply.
Earlier this year, our dear colleague Kathy Fenwick lost her husband Ross who passed away in January after falling ill while attending a fire near Two People’s Bay east of Albany.
On the 29 September a special ceremony was held by the City of Albany to honour long serving Bush Fire Brigade Volunteers and to present a posthumous Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council Memorial Medallion for Ross Fenwick.
The recipient of the Endeavour Research Fellowship award by the Australian Federal Government, Dr Sye-Foong Yee from the Teacher Education Institute of Malaysia spent four months with the Graduate School of Education earlier this year. During this time she undertook research into the viability of the Case Method for teacher education using the methodology of Phenomenology. The research was grounded in an attempt to go back to the experience of the Case Method itself to understand how learning takes place in a teacher professional development activity.
When the opportunity arose to Chair the Fogarty Foundation Postgraduate Research Forum student committee UWA PhD candidate Jelena Rakovic couldn’t refuse. As an opportunity to learn from other committee members, it was a unique chance to attain knowledge that would further fuel her already impressive academic career.
Originally from Serbia, Jelena began her PhD at UWA in 2014. She has studied in England, Denmark and Spain, with scholarships to attend Universities including the Danish School of Education and University of Deusto, Bilbao.
Murray Giles Little is a name that doesn’t readily come up in conversation or in print when scholars or historians refer to prominent educators in Western Australia. Nor, for that matter, is Mr. Little mentioned in the annals of The University of Western Australia (UWA), where he studied. Sometimes, even when a particular person rises through the ranks to become the Western Australian Director of Education between1940-50, he can slip through the cracks.
Assessing student work in performance based learning areas is now easier thanks to research developed by Dr Stephen Humphry, Senior Lecturer in Educational Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation at UWA’s Graduate School of Education and Dr Sandy Heldsinger. Humphry and Heldsinger began their research on assessment methods in 2008 with grant funding from the Australian Research Council. The impetus behind their research stemmed from a number of observations. These include: