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

Support the Smith Family’s Toy and Book Appeal – donations accepted until 4 December

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

This year the University Club is acting as a collection centre for donations to the Smith Family’s Toy and Book Appeal.

Works in Reid, Law and Barry J Marshall Libraries: November 2017- February 2018

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Around 600 new study spaces are being installed in the Reid, Law and Barry J Marshall Libraries over the end-of-year student break.

Have children at high school and want to share your views on how UWA engages with schools?

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Throughout the year we engage with WA high schools as part of the University’s recruitment strategy. We do this to foster awareness of UWA, develop relationships with prospective UWA students and help drive applications.

The Future Students team, who drive this strategy, will conduct a workshop with UWA staff to gather insights into how we can continue to effectively engage with teachers, parents and students. 

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 22 November 2017

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Good morning. In last week’s UWA Forward staff were invited to march in this Saturday’s Pride Parade.

New Campus Management Director

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


It’s great to be able to announce that we have appointed a new Director of Campus Management. Trevor Humphreys will commence with us in the New Year from the University of Surrey.  

UWA researchers make 2017 Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers list

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Congratulations to Professor Stephen Powles, Professor Graeme Hankey, Adjunct Professor Mark Chase, Professor Richard Hobbs, Professor Rajeev Varshney and Professor Ian Small for being included on the 2017 Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers list.

Ranking in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in Web of Science, inclusion on this list represents researchers whose work is making a positive impact on society.

This is well-deserved recognition, well done.

Robyn Owens

Standard IT maintenance window being introduced in December

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Starting Sunday December 3, Uni IT will introduce a standard IT maintenance window, which going forward, will reoccur on the first Sunday of each month from 5am-11am. Major maintenance and upgrades to IT systems and services will be performed during this window. 

This does not mean there will be a full outage to all IT services during this window however, we would like to advise staff to plan activities around the maintenance window if they are able. 

Leave loading pay and payroll deadlines

Monday, 20 November 2017

Leave Loading Pay

The annual recreation leave loading will be paid on Friday 8 December 2017 (pay 18-12).

Annual leave loading of 17.5% of four weeks' salary per calendar year (up to a maximum amount of $1,637.20) is payable to staff other than casuals. Staff who commenced after 1 January 2017 will be paid a pro rata annual leave loading for the year.

Payroll Deadlines

Please note that HR has back-to-back weekly payroll deadlines (normally fortnightly) coming up in December.

Additional staff discounts for Perth Festival events

Friday, 17 November 2017

Perth Festival has announced a jam packed program for 2018 and invites everyone to leap in and experience art in a different light.  

As a UWA staff member you have access to 10% off adult prices in most events across the program when booking online.  

Championing environmental history

Friday, 17 November 2017

Andrea Gaynor, Associate Professor of History, has always been interested in the environment. With environmental history being her main research focus, she now looks at current environmental issues through a historical lens. 

UWA-Chevron collaboration wins award

Friday, 17 November 2017

The University of Western Australia in partnership with Chevron Australia last night won the 2017 BHERT (Business/Higher Education Round Table) ‘Outstanding Collaboration in Research and Development Award’, presented at a gala dinner at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne. 

UWA’s Director of Business Development and Innovation, Mark Stickells said that UWA has enjoyed a successful and productive collaboration with Chevron for more than 15 years.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 15 November 2017

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Good morning. I am pleased to announce that Professor Simon Biggs has been appointed the University’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Simon Biggs

New Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Professor Simon Biggs has been appointed the next Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia.

Everyone’s a winner at Staff Sports Day

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

UWA’s annual Staff Sports day has wrapped for another year with around 500 participants taking on the heat in a fun-filled day.

Riley Oval was awash with colour, as competitors dressed in red, blue, yellow, green and purple depending on which team they were representing. Health and Medical Sciences’ blue oasis themed marquee was judged the best on the day.

University Christmas closedown period

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

This year the University closedown period is from 12 noon Friday, 22 December 2017, with the University re-opening on Thursday, 4 January 2018.

As per usual practice, on Friday 22 December 2017, all areas are required to remain open and public counters staffed until 12 noon. Clear signage should be placed on counters indicating the dates the University is closed for business. After 12 noon all staff may proceed on leave.  Staff planning to take leave on 22 December will need to submit an application for a full day’s leave.

Office of Research Enterprise: We can assist writing and planning applications for DECRA or ARC Discovery Project grants

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The Streamlined Application Support Program (SASP) will assist you with the process of planning and writing applications for a 2019 ARC Discovery Project or DECRA.

The pilot program will help you save time, reduce administrative uncertainty and improve the quality of your application.

All UWA researchers are invited to register for the program's series of workshops from November 2017 to March 2018. There are over 20 sessions addressing different parts of the application process.

Solving the world’s water problems starts at the dinner table

Monday, 13 November 2017

For Anas Ghadouani, Professor of Environmental Engineering, solving the world’s water problems starts with looking at ways to reduce waste. It’s a unique approach to tackle one of the world’s biggest challenges, and was the theme of his talk at TEDxPerth last Saturday.

Growing up in Morocco, in a family of academics, Anas has fond memories of his family hosting visitors and the variety of interesting topics discussed.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 8 November 2017

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Good morning. In a rapidly changing world we must equip our students with the skills they need to succeed in the future.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 1 November 2017

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Good morning. Our position as a world-leading university has been re-emphasised with another strong result in a key ranking.

Student athletes achieve highest honour

Monday, 6 November 2017

Last week the University recognised its highest achieving athletes at the annual Blues awards, a tradition that stretches back to 1921.

These awards are considered the highest honour universities can bestow upon outstanding student athletes for not only their athletic abilities but their contributions to the university and their respective clubs throughout the year.

Ian Fitzpatrick, UWA Sport General Manager says the Blues are a worldwide university sporting tradition, and one of the most prestigious at UWA.