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

President of Ireland (L) presented Hon Doc by UWA Pro-Chancellor Penelope Flett

UWA honours Irish President with Honorary Doctorate

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The President of Ireland His Excellency Michael Higgins has been awarded an honorary doctorate at The University of Western Australia, in recognition of his contribution to global affairs and long-term advocacy on behalf of minority groups including the poor, marginalised and underprivileged.

UWA’s new Summer School and an update on the Education Strategy

Monday, 9 October 2017

Earlier this year the Vice-Chancellor set out the 2017 priorities for the University. Included in these was enhancing the quality of teaching and student experience to further deliver on our commitment of providing a world-class education at UWA. To address this priority the Education Strategy has been reviewed and expanded and is in the process of being refined and implemented. 

UWA collaborates with leading global research university

Friday, 6 October 2017

Researchers from UWA and Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Korea will benefit from new teaching and research collaborations which will further strengthen a partnership that began in 2015. 

At the recent SKKU-UWA Partnership Forum, held in Korea on 21-22 September, discussions continued to foster a reciprocal arrangement that started at the inaugural forum held at UWA last year.

Staff are invited to the Big Idea UWA Final, Live Pitch Event

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Australia’s social enterprise competition, The Big Idea, is here and UWA has five teams of undergraduate students pitching their ideas for improving the lives of disadvantaged people.

Staff are invited to come and support our students who have developed a concept and business plan for social enterprise with a mission to make a positive social change.

The national competition is delivered by The Big Issue, and this year UWA is one of the 13 university partners.

Diary of a Wombat

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her.

Doormats, bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial. Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained!

Monkey Baa and a team of revered artists use the magic of puppetry and live music to bring this delightful story for ages 2+ to the stage.

Travelling internationally on UWA business? Funding available to support international recruitment

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Funding and objectives

If you’re travelling overseas on UWA business, you can apply for additional funds if you can extend your visit a few days to engage in activities that will raise UWA’s profile and support UWA’s recruitment of fee-paying students. By doing so you will be supporting the University’s Internationalisation Strategy.

Funding is available for professional and academic staff.

Eligible activities

Megan Lee elected 2018 Guild President

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Megan Lee is a first-year Juris Doctor student and the current Guild Vice-President. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations and History of Art from UWA. She has held previous positions in the Guild and faculty societies including the Public Affairs Council Presidency in 2016 and the Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts Student Society Presidency.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 4 October 2017

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Good morning. You will be aware that the Australian community is currently participating in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 28 September 2017

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Good morning. Last week we launched a new initiative with the WA Mental Health Commission to assist workplaces support employees’ mental health.

Uni IT service quality benchmarking survey closing soon

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

A brief reminder that the IT Service Quality Survey is still open; if you wish to contribute to the survey you have an opportunity to do so before the closing date of Friday 6 October. All staff will have received an email with details on how to participate; by completing the survey you’ll go into the draw to win a $200 Visa prepaid gift card – there are two to be won.

Register now for UWA Staff Sports Day - Friday 10 November

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Mark it in your calendars – this year’s UWA Staff Sports Day is on Friday 10 November from 11.30am – 4.30pm. 

Are you a keen runner or do you prefer a leisurely walk? Perhaps joining in the team events is more your style? Want to cheer on your colleagues or relax and unwind?  

Our annual Sports Day is all about enjoying the time outdoors and getting to know your colleagues in a relaxed and enjoyable setting. 

Upcoming works to the Crawley and Nedlands campus telephone system (PABX)

Monday, 2 October 2017

A series of upgrades to the University’s telephone system will be commencing this month, the first of which will take place between 8:30am and 12:30pm (4 hours), Sunday October 8.

During this window, telephone services will be affected as per the points below:

Annual staff appraisal process timeline

Monday, 2 October 2017

The staff appraisal process is a critical part of achieving high performance, service excellence and capability development to enable delivery of the University strategy. 

Going forward, staff appraisals will take place over an 8 week period each year to better align to the University’s Integrated Planning Exercise (IPE).  This will ensure objectives established in staff appraisals are aligned to the IPE and ultimately to the University’s strategy.  

Team UWA performs well at Uni Games

Monday, 2 October 2017

Last week almost 200 student athletes from UWA competed at the 2017 Australian University Games. This year the Games attracted more than 9000 participants from 42 tertiary institutions across Australia, competing in 33 sports at Queensland’s sunny Gold Coast.

Across the week UWA won four golds, as well as a range of silver and bronze medals.

UWA Sport General Manager Ian Fitzpatrick said the team performed well in hot, difficult conditions and came away with some excellent results.

Interested in working with industry but not sure where to start? We're here to help.

Friday, 29 September 2017

UWA’s Innovation Quarter is running a series of new workshops ‘IQ Enterprise Pro’ designed to help UWA researchers build research partnerships with industry, and explore new opportunities for funding and collaboration.

The workshops will cover four education modules (explore, engage, create, and thrive) which offer practical tools and strategies for industry engagement. The first two workshops will run in October and November 2017.

Jill Benn is reading digital

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

“Quiet please!” These are words you will never hear echoed through the ground floor at UWA’s Reid Library again. The once silent, independent place of study has emerged into a vibrant, open, central learning and sharing hub for students, staff and the wider community.

Jill Benn, University Librarian, has witnessed one of the biggest shifts in the library sector during her 16-year career. However UWA has adapted to this new landscape, through a culture of innovation and enterprise, driving new concept libraries at the Reid, as well as in Medicine and Law.

Access staff discounts for performances coming up on campus

Friday, 22 September 2017

Three great shows are hitting UWA venues and staff can access a special discount on tickets.

Rules of Summer

Pterygium a red flag for melanoma, major new study shows

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

A person with a pterygium on the eye is 24 per cent more likely to develop malignant melanoma of the skin, a new study from the Lions Eye Institute (LEI) has revealed.

Researchers from LEI examined almost 24,000 WA patient records of hospital-treated pterygium from 1979 to 2014 and found a strong link between the eye condition and melanoma - the most deadly form of skin cancer. 

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 20 September 2017

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Good morning. I am pleased to share that a new Academic Promotions College has been established to assist academic staff who would like support to further their careers at the University.

Research Forum on Ageing

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

UWA in conjunction with the Local Government Professionals WA Age Friendly Communities Network is hosting a one day research forum on ageing.

For the first time in Perth, this forum brings together a range of researchers from various disciplines who have a focus on ageing, and connects them with local government and industry.

Staff are invited to learn more from over 20 researchers from five WA Universities about their work and how this can inform, inspire and benefit the wider community.