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

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Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Friday, 27 March 2020

​​Dear UWA staff,

It’s Friday and it’s the weekend.

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Thursday 26 March update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Dear UWA staff

Well we are still standing – just! Hopefully you are too. The last two days have seen intense discussions across the nation and across campus with mixed messaging and the inevitable confusion that occurs at times like these. For sure a few things from Canberra came out wrong. For sure we have made the odd blunder here and there. But we are here and we have achieved a week of online tuition that many thought we could never do! Bravo!

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Wednesday 25 March update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Dear colleagues,

You are probably getting a little tired of these missives, but please do take a minute to read as we are now in heading into unchartered waters – the aim as I understand it, is to flatten the curve which effectively means slow down the rate of infection. This will enable hospitals to keep going. We are playing our part in this endeavour.

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Tuesday 24 March update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Dear UWA staff,

The week is moving faster and faster, I feel as if I am in a movie being fast forwarded.

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Monday 23 March update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Monday, 23 March 2020

Dear UWA Staff

The saying that a week is a long time in politics is certainly no longer the case in the fast moving confronting world of COVID-19. You will probably know that, in an effort to flatten the curve, the Premier has closed all WA borders and in very firm advice yesterday indicated that there would be strengthened efforts to ensure the appropriate physical distancing was properly observed. Certainly my own observations over the weekend is that work places are safer than some excessively crowded beaches and cafes and we all need to try harder.

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Friday 20 March update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Friday, 20 March 2020

Dear UWA staff

Thank you to everyone who participated in our virtual Town Hall yesterday. It was live-streamed to more than 2,300 participants and we received more than 480 questions, many pleased to have received information and a fair few of you with advice and comments which I have noted.

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Wednesday 18 March update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Dear UWA staff

Here’s a briefer daily update on the unfolding COVID-19 situation, outlining the University’s recent responses.

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Updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) health and safety measures

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Dear UWA staff

This email is to update you on our collective response to the evolving international COVID-19 pandemic. It includes important information about what each of us must do to protect and support each other.

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Updated information for staff regarding COVID-19

Monday, 16 March 2020

Dear UWA staff

Today I commence as your Vice-Chancellor until July 2020.

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COVID-19 learning and teaching support

Friday, 6 March 2020

Dear Heads of Schools and Education Leaders Network,                                                                

As we continue to respond to the COV​​ID-19 situation, I would like to remind everyone of the ongoing support that is available to teaching staff. I hope it will be useful for you and your teams in regards to the support the University can provide for your teaching staff.

Health and safety precautions regarding coronavirus

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Dear students,

In short:

  • Lectures available remotely for all students
  • Preventive hygiene practices to be introduced for teaching spaces around campus

I understand that members of the UWA community will be experiencing heightened concern for their health and wellbeing with the wider international spread of COVID-19. 

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International travel advice for staff and students

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Dear Colleagues

UWA continues to closely monitor developments surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on our community. In order to protect the health and wellbeing of colleagues, the University Executive has decided to limit international travel for staff and students. This correspondence outlines the decision and process for staff.

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Health and safety precautions regarding coronavirus

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Dear Colleagues

In short: 

  • Lectures available remotely for all students
  • Preventive hygiene practices to be introduced for teaching spaces around campus
  • A staff guide “Understanding COVID-19” with detailed health information is available for download and on the Staff Intranet
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Advice regarding COVID-19 and work practices

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Dear Colleagues,

We understand that you may be concerned about COVID-19 and its potential effect on the University. I write to give you some advice about how we can all stay safe and support each other at this time.

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Digitally-supported learning for students impacted by travel restrictions (message to staff)

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Dear colleagues,

Further to the Vice-Chancellor’s email last week, I would like to provide you with an update on teaching solutions for students impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions who are as a result unable to join us on campus for the start of semester.

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Important information about orientation and the start of Semester (message to students)

Friday, 14 February 2020

Dear students,

As we prepare for orientation activities next week and at the start of first semester on February 24, I write to assure you that UWA remains committed to providing a safe, positive and welcoming environment for all our students; both for those who are joining us for the first time and for those continuing their studies.

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Novel coronavirus update – support for affected students (From the Vice-Chancellor)

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Dear colleagues,

I would like to update you on how we are supporting our students in China whose ability to travel to Perth for Semester 1 classes has been impacted by the current travel restrictions.

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Message to staff regarding UWA response to coronavirus

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Dear Colleagues,

We trust that you have seen the Vice-Chancellor’s email to all staff on 2 February 2020 regarding the current travel restrictions from mainland China. We write further to the Vice-Chancellor’s email, to provide more advice and information about how we are acting on the advice of health experts to manage the health and safety for the UWA community.

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Travel restrictions from mainland China (From the Vice-Chancellor)

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Dear staff and students,

On February 1 the Australian Government announced that foreign citizens’ travelling from China would be unable to enter Australia.  This means that non-Australian citizens, residents, and their dependents are prevented from entering Australia from mainland China.

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Updated information for staff regarding novel coronavirus

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Dear colleagues,

The University is continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak as the safety and wellbeing of the UWA community always remains paramount.