This year the UWA Student Guild launched Venture, their new Student Innovation Centre, which promotes student enterprise and equips students with the skills to future-proof their careers.
The world that UWA’s current students are stepping into is changing at a more rapid pace than ever before. If they’re to keep up with the tectonic shifts brought on by automation and AI, innovation and enterprise skills are no longer optional.
Earlier this month the Australian Government passed legislation that makes it an offence to provide or advertise academic cheating services. This is good news for our students and for the higher education sector.
Todd Bond is a marine ecologist with the Marine Ecology Group – Fisheries Research lab in the School of Biological Sciences and UWA Oceans Institute. He works with marine scientists from many different disciplines, specialising in fish and shark ecology. Todd submitted his PhD in May this year and recently sat his Viva Voce. His PhD research investigated how fish and fisheries interacted with subsea oil and gas pipelines located on the North West Shelf (NWS) of Western Australia.
Academic Integrity is described by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) as the ‘moral code of academia involving the use, production and dissemination of information in a respectful and responsible way’.1
The rapid passage of COVID-19 around the globe has shed an intense light on a number of critical ethical issues—from concerns about the rationing and just distribution of scarce resources such as ventilators and medicines; to questions of how to best respond to the vastly unequal impact of the virus across a range of demographic markers; to issues related to the limitations and extent of the power of states to impose restrictions and surveillance on their citizens; to the fraught business of vaccine development, distribution and uptake.
Grand Challenges represent the most complex, multidisciplinary and important issues facing communities at local, regional and global levels. They do not lend themselves to easy resolution, but are areas where fresh thinking is needed and the combination of research applications and ‘students as future leaders’ will shape ever more effective responses.
From late May to early June, more than 40 staff members, including the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), participated in a series of online discussions exploring how we can work together in research, learning and teaching, and community engagement to have a greater impact on how climate change is understood, and the actions that individuals, communities and governments can take in the face of climate-driven challenges.
As part of UWA 2030, the Education Portfolio is establishing a UWA Regional Strategy. The Strategy aims to strengthen and support the existing education, research and community engagement activities of the Albany Campus, and make UWA an active stakeholder that contributes to the economic development and social and knowledge capital of Regional, Rural, and Remote (RRR) communities across the State. The Regional Strategy will ensure UWA continues to serve as the University for Western Australia.
The Pilbara region covers 507,896 square kilometres (representing 20 per cent of the State’s total land mass) and extends from the Indian Ocean in the west across the Great Sandy Desert to the Northern Territory border in the east. Its main industries, iron ore and liquefied natural gas (LNG), are valued at over $70 billion, representing more than 70% of mineral and energy production in Western Australia. The region therefore makes a significant contribution to national wealth.
To cope with population projections for 2050, we must go beyond ‘business-as-usual’ in our food production systems if we are to avoid further compromising the environment and therefore human wellbeing. This challenge is multidisciplinary because agriculture is multidisciplinary – farmers have to be able to interpret wide varieties of types of information and form a holistic plan for their farm, their business, and their family.
UWA Podiatry students experienced rural practice in the Midwest in 2019 as a result of efforts by Podiatry at UWA, and support from the Western Australian Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) and Rural Health West.
Caleb Kim is in his fourth and final year of medicine. This year, he will continue his studies as one of the three students participating in UWA’s fourth year Rural Clinical School (RCS) pilot program in Bunbury.