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

Special graduation ceremony in honour of His Excellency Michael D Higgins, the President of Ireland

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Staff are invited to attend a very special graduation ceremony to celebrate the work and recognise the significant contribution to society of His Excellency Michael D Higgins, the President of Ireland.

President Higgins will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from UWA for his many achievements, including his advocacy on behalf of minority groups, the poor, the marginalized and the underprivileged.

The ceremony will be followed by drinks and canapés on Whitfeld Court.

Event details

Have your say on IT service quality and you could win one of two $200 Visa prepaid gift cards.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The University of Western Australia is again conducting a benchmarking survey on IT service quality which will allow us to compare our service with other universities in Australia and New Zealand.

You will soon be invited to participate in the survey by Voice Project. We want to hear about your experiences with our IT support teams and the survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

Complete the survey and go into the draw to win a $200 Visa prepaid gift card – there are two cards to be won.

Relay for Life UWA – 14-15 October Oak Lawn

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Please note the event will now take place on Oak Lawn and not Riley Oval. 

The annual Relay for Life UWA event is back for 2017 and will be held over the weekend of 14-15 October. Participants will walk and jog laps of the Oak Lawn for 24 hours, raising money for the Cancer Council WA.

UWA staff are invited to take part in the event by forming a team, registering to join in the first lap of the event as a cancer survivor or carer, or donating. 

Academic Promotions College

Monday, 18 September 2017

UWA's new Academic Promotions College is a forward-thinking initiative to provide guidance and coaching on the University's promotion framework for academic staff looking to enhance their careers at the University.

Through the College the University aims to:

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 13 September 2017

Friday, 15 September 2017

Good morning. It was wonderful to see one of our graduates recognised on the national stage with Josephine Wilson winning the Miles Franklin Award for Extinctions, published by UWA Publishing.

Collaborating across oceans

Friday, 15 September 2017

Professor Erika Techera was UWA’s first female Dean of Law, and at the start of the year she made another groundbreaking step when she was appointed Director of the Oceans Institute.

The environmental lawyer is relishing the opportunity to not only lead the Institute but also drive the University’s involvement in the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC), a collaboration of multidisciplinary research teams from UWA, CSIRO, AIMS and Fisheries.

This is a way of working that suits Erika’s style and philosophy perfectly.

Researching without the red tape

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Eighteen months ago Jeremy Rigg came on board as Associate Director of UWA’s new Risk and Legal team. With degrees in Law and Science and seven years’ previous experience working at Murdoch University, Jeremy (a UWA graduate) has an appreciation of the wide-ranging issues universities face.

“Our role is to operate as a business partner and work with professional and academic staff on these matters while taking a strategic university-wide approach,” he says.

UWA Professors admitted to The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Four UWA professors have been elected Fellows of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA). Fellows are elected to the Academy by their peers on the basis of a distinguished contribution to one or more of the social sciences.

Congratulations to:

Research Week wows the crowds

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Crowds of more than 5000 visitors came to Research Week (4-8 Sept) and chose from 60 diverse events that demonstrated the work of our researchers. 

Thank you to all staff who contributed to, and participated in Research Week. We are delighted that the overall attendance has increased from previous years. We also received good media coverage featuring in The West Australian, the Subiaco Post, ABC radio, 6PR, RTR FM and Noongar radio, reaching more than 300,000 people.

Have a design or digital project you want advice on? Face-to-face briefing sessions now available.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Digital and Creative Services (DCS) is now offering face-to-face briefing sessions to assist clients using their services.

Planned IT maintenance - 26 September

Monday, 11 September 2017

On Tuesday 26 September planned maintenance to UniConnect's VPN services will be carried out from 6am-8am. The UniConnect services provide staff and students access to UWA resources and materials when off campus and these services will be unavailable for up to 30 minutes while the maintenance is being carried out.

Please contact the Service Desk should you have any issues after the maintenance period.

Email:  [email protected]
Telephone: 1515

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 6 September 2017

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Good morning. I was thrilled to see UWA improve 14 places to 111 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings released yesterday.

Giving back

Thursday, 7 September 2017

With a civil engineer, mechanical engineer and software engineer in the family, it’s no wonder Brittany Ding wants to follow this trend.

The aspiring chemical engineer has always enjoyed helping people and has found many ways to achieve this at UWA.

“Growing up I was exposed to different types of problem solving and I love the idea of being able to help the community on a large scale which is one reason engineering appeals to me.

Newly refurbished Medical and Dental Library

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Today (6 September) we celebrate the re-opening of the UWA Medical and Dental Library which has undergone an extensive refurbishment over the past 10 months.

Book your UWA travel through Concur TRAVEL and go in the draw for Qantas vouchers

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

It has been nearly one year since UWA introduced Concur and 7,183 approved travel bookings have already been made.

The University is promoting the use of the Concur online booking tool (Concur TRAVEL) as a means to simplify your UWA travel bookings and achieve time and cost savings.

Book University travel via Concur TRAVEL for you or your School to be eligible to win one of three Qantas vouchers (see below for more detail).

Benefits of using Concur TRAVEL

Light the Night - 6 October

Monday, 4 September 2017

UWA has again partnered with the Leukaemia Foundation for Light the Night, an inspiring evening culminating in a lantern walk through our beautiful grounds on Friday 6 October

There will be live music on the night, food trucks and plenty of activities for the kids.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 30 August 2017

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Good morning. Last week we hosted an important gathering of ministers, dignitaries and business leaders from our region to discuss ways to address modern slavery.

Perth’s position In the Zone

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Since 2009 In the Zone has been challenging West Australians to look north. Once pigeon-holed as the most isolated capital city, if you take a latitudinal perspective the strategic role Perth can play in the Indo-Pacific is more apparent.

Perth USAsia Centre CEO Gordon Flake says sharing a time zone with 60 per cent of the world’s population puts Perth in the perfect position to be a thought leader on issues relating to the region.

UWA promotes Australian research and teaching partnerships in Korea

Monday, 28 August 2017

UWA first hosted a Partnership Forum with Korea's Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in 2016 to build research and teaching partnerships. Its success has led to a second event which will be held in Seoul on 21-22 September 2017. 

In its first year the project led to opportunities for collaboration and exchanges in medicine, expansion microscopy, physics and in Korean language education for UWA students.

Preserving Aboriginal heritage

Monday, 28 August 2017

Ngarluma man, Patrick Churnside is passionate about preserving Aboriginal heritage and culture through performing ‘tjaabi’ or ancient songs from his homeland in the Pilbara.  

During Research Week he will tell the story of his heritage using unique song, best compared to poetry that captures stories about the skill of horse-breakers, musterers, or communal life and chasing emus, shooting kangaroos and fishing with nets.