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

UWA researcher awarded Medical Research Future Fund grant

Monday, 29 January 2018

Congratulations to Thomas Snelling, Clinical Senior Lecturer at Telethon Kids Institute for being awarded a Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grant of $3.545 million last week to further his research into cystic fibrosis.

This grant is one of 19 projects under the first round of the rare cancers and rare diseases program of the MRFF.  

The report related to the research-led teaching project is now open for feedback

Monday, 29 January 2018

In early 2017, the Vice-Chancellor set out the priorities for the University. These included enhancing the quality of teaching and the student experience to further deliver on UWA’s commitment to providing a world-class education. The introduction of the UWA Courses framework in 2012 explicitly intended to foster research-informed teaching and embed the learning of research skills in all majors and courses.

From punk rock to ‘rocking’ engagement

Monday, 29 January 2018

Growing up in Kojonup as a ‘farm boy’, little did Jayden Worts, Alumni Relations Officer, know that he’d end up doing ‘virtual engagement’ with alumni worldwide.

“I was probably as far from the stereotypical ‘farm boy’ as you can get. One of my early memories growing up on the farm in the South West was the sense of expanse and freedom, and, funnily enough, of my geologist dad licking rocks to figure out their composition.

UWA researchers invited to attend Q&A sessions with ARC Assessors - 5 & 9 February

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Do you have questions about your application for a 2019 ARC Discovery Project or DECRA?

Join the Office of Research and Enterprise for Q & A sessions with ARC assessors. These workshops are part of the Streamlined Application Support Program (SASP) that aims to improve the quality of your ARC and DECRA applications.

Experienced general and detailed ARC assessors will help you to understand what they look for when reviewing an application, as well as the criteria and approaches they use to rank the applications. 

Access your staff discounts for the upcoming Perth Festival

Thursday, 25 January 2018

The Perth Festival invites you to celebrate a world-class program and to leap in and experience art in a different light.

With the Season Two of Lottterywest Films launched recently and the full Writers Week program* released, there are plenty of things to do and see this Festival.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 18 January 2018

Tuesday, 23 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.

UWA Mediation Clinic now open

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

The UWA Mediation Clinic is now open.

The Clinic offers free mediation services for UWA staff, students, and alumni, and a low-cost service for members of the community. Run by UWA’s Law School, clients can access mediation in the areas of university, workplace, family, and community matters.  Enquire about the services here.

Upholding the moral right to access food

Monday, 22 January 2018

Originally from Germany, Philipp Bayer has called Perth home for two years, and will soon be one of Forrest Hall’s first occupants.

The Research Associate from the School of Biological Sciences works in plant genomics, a rapidly evolving field of study.

“My PhD focused on the computational side of plant breeding, and I continue this stream of work now.

Appointment of Director – Western Australian Health Translation Network

Monday, 22 January 2018

Dear Colleagues

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Professor Gary Geelhoed as Executive Director of the Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN).

Finding the answers to burning questions

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

It’s still sinking in for PhD student Hannah Etchells, that come July she’ll be winging her way to California to conduct research at Berkeley.

In December, Hannah was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to investigate how catastrophic bushfires affect forest ecosystems, and given recent events it will be very timely research.

“My Honours degree focused on the 2015 Northcliffe wildfire that burnt approximately 100,000 hectares of land. It was one of our largest fires and in places the severity was unlike anything we had ever witnessed.

Recent incident highlights need to be aware of phishing scams

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

UWA has received notification that universities have been targeted by a hacking group, and library databases have been successfully accessed. The group conducted a phishing campaign against specific UWA staff to capture their credentials. The University is working with staff who were targeted to ensure their information and data is safe and is reviewing the broader security of the Library database apps to identify vulnerabilities.

Discount for WA Symphony Orchestra tickets

Monday, 15 January 2018

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra is a key partner of the University and staff can access a discount of 20% off A-Reserve ticket prices. 

To claim this offer, simply enter the promo code UWA2018 when purchasing tickets online at waso.com.au.

Please note that the promo code is case sensitive. 

UWA researchers driving social impact in transport

Friday, 12 January 2018

Researchers from the Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC) located at UWA, have been awarded a one million dollar grant from the Federal Government through its inaugural Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

The technology grant, one of six awarded in WA and announced by Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann in November, sees PATREC partner with the City of Wanneroo to investigate how to use smart data to plan the Metronet 13.6k extension to Yanchep.

Update on the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook

Wednesday, 20 December 2017


On Monday the Federal Government released its mid-year budget update which included $2.2 billion worth of cuts to the higher education sector. These significant budget cuts were widely anticipated by the sector after the Government failed to get its budget measures through the Parliament.

Staying cyber safe over the holiday break

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

You may have read in last week’s UWA Forward that one of University IT’s priorities for 2018 is increasing awareness of cyber security across campus. Everyone has a role to play in being cyber safe both at work and at home and this is never more important than over the holiday season. 

UWA Concur Travel – Qantas Competition Winners

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

We are pleased to announce the winners from September’s Concur Travel Qantas competition.

The UWA school or unit with the highest proportion of approved flight-bookings made via Concur TRAVEL (as opposed to Concur REQUEST where assistance is provided by a consultant), is the Office of Strategy, Planning and Performance, who made ninety-three per cent of all bookings in the system. Qantas have provided them with a voucher of $1,500.

International partnerships lead to more study pathways

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

This year UWA has hosted over 5,000 international students and this number is projected to increase significantly as the University develops new pathways for study.

Iain Watt, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) says it is important to continue building our global connections to ensure our teaching, research and community engagement activities include an international perspective. 

“This helps keep UWA relevant in a global market so we continue to attract top international students and researchers.

Translate your research into real-life impact with CSIRO's ON Prime 4

Monday, 18 December 2017

Applications are open for ON, Australia’s sci-tech accelerator designed to help researchers translate their big ideas into real-life impact.

Interested? Contact Jo Hawkins ([email protected]) at the UWA Innovation Quarter to find out more.

Jo can help you with your application – whether you need to recruit team members or develop your business plan.

Raine Foundation announcement

Monday, 18 December 2017


I wish to advise that Ms Lyn Ellis, Director of the Raine Medical Research Foundation will be retiring at the end of this year.  Lyn will be leaving UWA after 30 years, 23 of which were dedicated to administering the Raine Foundation.

Learning from the land

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

From Kings Park to Kew Gardens, Professor Stephen Hopper’s career is as vast as the range of plants he has studied and discovered over the years.

Recently inducted into the prestigious Bragg Membership and recognised for his scientific achievement and commitment to science communication, it is a career that continues to go from strength to strength.