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

Seeking your feedback on University public holidays

Monday, 24 September 2018

Dear colleagues

It’s the University’s current practice that staff work three state public holidays (Labour Day, WA Day and Queen’s Birthday) during the year, which are then taken in-lieu over the Christmas close-down period.  

However, following staff feedback that working on these days impacts work-life balance and the opportunity to take regular breaks throughout the year, along with the challenges of public transport options and childcare accessibility, the University would like to propose the following changes:

Access staff discount tickets for Schubert Ledger Shostakovich

Friday, 21 September 2018

You are invited to join the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) at the Government House Ballroom for a program of celebrated works by Schubert and Shostakovich, complemented by the world premiere of a work by Western Australian composer and UWA Conservatorium of Music lecturer James Ledger.

Anna Lee

Running her own race

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Anna Lee is always ready for a new adventure. When she was just 23 years old, the Student Experience Officer left her home in Sweden to begin a new life halfway around the world.

Winners of the Disrupting Law Hackathon

Law hack to help community legal centres

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

The UWA Law School held its inaugural Disrupting Law Hackathon last month, with 35 students working over 54 hours to create software solutions for the legal industry.

Research at UWA

Register now for Achieving Your Research Outcomes workshops

Monday, 17 September 2018

If you’d like to increase the impact of your research, come along to one of the workshops being run as part of the Achieving Your Research Outcomes series.

Call for nominations

Call for Staff Nominations to UniSuper Consultative Committee by 5 October 2018

Monday, 17 September 2018

The University is calling for nominations for a Professional and General Staff representative on the UniSuper Consultative Committee.

The function of the Consultative Committee is to advise and make recommendations to the Trustee as well as to give its consent in relation to any matter under the Trust Deed.

Nominees must be a current member of the UniSuper Defined Benefit Division or Accumulation Fund, as well as being a Professional or General employee of UWA, to be eligible.

UWA's Global Medical Program named finalist in the 2018 WA Industry and Export Awards

Friday, 14 September 2018

UWA’s Global Medical Program has been named as a finalist in the 2018 WA Industry and Export Awards. The awards program provides support and encouragement the state’s most innovative and forward-thinking organisations.

Percussing sounds and ideas

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Louise Devenish’s musical life revolves around exploring sounds, techniques, ideas.

Pro Vice-Chancellor International announcement

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Following the recent competitive Expression of Interest for the interim role of Pro Vice Chancellor, International we can advise that Anu Rammohan, Yinong Liu, and Minghao Zheng have agreed to collectively act in the role of PVC International over the coming months. 

They will be co-located in the Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor International and for contact please email:  [email protected].

Major infrastructure upgrades planned for September postponed

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Major infrastructure upgrades planned for Sunday 16 and 30 have been postponed. We will keep you updated regarding the timing for the rescheduled work.

For more information contact your local IT SDC.

UWA campus

Commercialise your research with the CSIRO's ON Accelerate

Friday, 7 September 2018

Does your research have commercial potential? Are you looking to rapidly accelerate your impact by joining a structured, full-time sci-tech accelerator program?


Discover IQX - UWA's newest co-working and event space

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Staff, students and community members are invited to an Open House at IQX.

Melinda Boss

All in the family

Thursday, 6 September 2018

When Melinda Boss called time on her career as a consultant pharmacist to start a family, she ended up embarking on her first research project: looking to increase knowledge around human lactation.

Teaching Excellence Conference and Teaching Excellence Awards

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

You are invited to celebrate learning and teaching at UWA by attending the Teaching Excellence Conference on Thursday 1 November 2018.

The conference will feature information and interactive sessions on:

All systems go for UWA’s new Africa Research and Engagement Centre

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

UWA’s Africa Research & Engagement Centre (AfREC) has hit the ground running after last week’s launch. A number of ambassadors, high commissioners and vice-chancellors were at the AfREC launch and have already pursued direct engagement with the Centre.

11 - 15 December 2018 Graduation Ceremonies

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Graduation ceremonies for semester two will be held from 11-15 December 2018.
The change in date from March 2019 to December 2018 enables many students to graduate closer to their completion of studies and, for some students, means that they will be able to attend their ceremonies when previously they may not have.

Are dark matter and dark energy real?

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

UWA will partner with leading Australian and European institutions to unlock two of the most compelling mysteries in contemporary physics.

The University will support the operations of the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) in New South Wales and the European Southern Observatory’s 4 Metre Optical Spectroscopic Telescope (4MOST) in northern Chile, in their investigations into the galaxy distribution.  

Help us to shape UWA’s student experience strategy

Monday, 3 September 2018

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) portfolio is currently working on a distinctive Student Experience Strategy (2019 – 2021) that complements UWA student engagement with teaching and research. The strategy recognises that the student experience means different things to students at different stages of their UWA journey, and engages with different parts of the University throughout their degree. It articulates a transformative, inclusive and student-centred experience that exceeds the expectations of students.

Nominations open for outstanding contributions to student learning and student experience

Monday, 3 September 2018

Do you know of colleagues in non-faculty areas that are doing a fantastic job and contributing to student learning and/or enhancing the student experience?

Dianne King

From swimming champ to lab manager

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Dianne King grew up in Alice Springs, 1200km from the nearest ocean – but that didn’t stop her forging an early career in competitive swimming.