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

Researchers and innovators nominate for the IQ Awards 2018 from now until 30 March

Thursday, 22 February 2018

If you’re a champion of innovation and enterprise at UWA, nominate yourself – or someone you know -  for the IQ Awards 2018. Winners will receive a $2500 grant to support their project.

The IQ Awards recognise UWA researchers, staff and students who are developing creative solutions to problems worth solving.

UWA staff and researchers are eligible to enter two awards:

Fogarty scholars 2018

WA's brightest awarded UWA Fogarty Scholarships

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Ten of the State’s highest-achieving students have accepted UWA Fogarty Scholarships to study at The University of Western Australia.

VCV - 21 February 2018

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Good morning. The development of Forrest Hall is near completion and I’m pleased to share we will soon open this state-of-the-art facility. 

Keeping up with the pace of learning

Monday, 19 February 2018

Dr Dino Spagnoli's interest in chemistry started with a childhood fascination with crystals; however, it was only when he reached university that his real passion for all things molecular started to take hold.

Originally from the UK, Dino works as a lecturer and coordinator of first-year studies in chemistry and biochemistry, helping students transition smoothly from high school to university learning.

Acting Dean of Coursework Studies

Monday, 19 February 2018


I wish to welcome Associate Professor Annette George (Head of School, School of Earth Sciences), who will be sharing the Acting Dean of Coursework Studies role with Professor Graham Brown (Head of School, School of Social Sciences).

I also take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to Professor Jane Heyworth (Population and Public Health) who has been sharing the Acting Dean of Coursework Studies role with Graham up until now.

Call for nominations to the Academic Board

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Nominations are invited for the election of academic staff and general staff to the Academic Board.  Elections will be carried out by postal ballot in these two categories. Research staff should apply in the relevant category according to whether they hold an academic or general staff appointment.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 14 February 2018

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Good afternoon. Next week our new students will be on campus to join in the festivities of O-Week.

Iain Watt announcement

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

We are pleased to congratulate Iain Watt who has recently been appointed to the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Iain commenced at UWA as the PVC International in 2013 and in that time has had considerable success in developing and implementing a clear and focused international strategy which under his leadership has seen the number of international students commencing courses at UWA increase by 80% from 2015 to 2017. 

Comic excerpt

Comic contracts and other ways to make the law understandable

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

This article by Camilla Andersen was originally published on The Conversation.

Capturing UWA’s Work Integrated Learning activity

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The Strategy, Planning and Performance (SPP) team are currently undertaking a project to capture data about UWA’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activity for reporting to Universities Australia. 

The purpose of the project is to develop a national baseline for Work Integrated Learning activities across the university sector.

Trevor Humphreys

Collaboration the key to effective campus management

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Trevor Humphreys, UWA’s new Director of Campus Management, has spent more than three decades in the higher education sector.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 7 February 2018

Monday, 12 February 2018

Good morning. Last week the Executive committed two days to the planning processes for the University’s 2030 Vision.

Caine Chennat

Awards and achievements - December 2017 - January 2018

Thursday, 8 February 2018

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students. To recognise these achievements, a monthly article is published on the UWA news page on the website and in UWA Forward on the first week of every month.

Mark Cassidy announcement

Monday, 5 February 2018

We are pleased to congratulate Professor Mark Cassidy following his appointment as Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering.

Professor Cassidy has been at UWA’s Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems since 2000, and Director since 2006.

Finding inspiration in arts and films

Monday, 5 February 2018

There aren’t many staff members at UWA who can claim their university connection goes as far back as campus kindy.

Pier Leach, Executive Assistant to the Chief Cultural Officer, fondly remembers her kindy time here and sometimes feels like she never left.

“Most of my time growing up involved UWA in some shape or form as I lived nearby and would often be doing something on campus during school holidays.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 31 January 2018

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Good morning. Enhancing our international reputation is an ongoing priority for the University and I was pleased to visit India and Singapore last week, two countries we share a strong relationship with.

Planned IT maintenance this weekend

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

This weekend electrical works are being carried out which may affect UWA’s phone and network infrastructure.

While no service disruption is anticipated, works of this nature could result in an outage to the following services: 

Saturday 3 February (6:30am – 1:00pm)

  • Phone services (both incoming and outgoing calls) for all UWA sites

Sunday 4 February (6:30am – 1:00pm)

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 24 January 2018

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Good morning. This time of year brings great opportunity to enjoy Summer on and around our beautiful campus including the Lotterywest Film season at SomervilleRecreate courses which run from January to March; the iconic Perth Festival opening on 9 February and Writers Week, a wonderful celebration of storytelling, beginning on 19 February.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 18 January 2018

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Good afternoon. Welcome to a special edition of UWA Forward, the first for 2018, I hope you all had a relaxing break. As we build on last year’s achievements, 2018 promises to be another dynamic and productive year.

Come and meet our Schools Engagement Team and hear how they promote UWA

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Our Schools Engagement Team represents the University on and off-campus at various recruitment events aimed at secondary school students.  The team are often the first UWA staff representatives that future students meet in person.

In 2017, the team engaged with approximately 13,300 students through a high number of presentations, expos and on campus recruitment events. 

Now it is your opportunity to meet the vibrant team at a special presentation they are delivering just for staff.