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

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UWA launches new centre for Australia-Africa research

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

A new centre that will drive Australia-Africa research and innovation with the hope of improving life in both continents has been launched by The University of Western Australia.

Public Policy Institute takes on mental health research

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

In May, the University established the UWA Public Policy Institute (UWA PPI) as a new way to share our world-class research and expertise with decision makers and community leaders.

UWA PPI Director, David Norman says the Institute recently met with Local Government Professionals WA (LGPWA) CEO, Candy Choo, to discuss commissioning research into the mental health impacts on employees in the sector.

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Research heads to the city for Raising the Bar Perth

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

On Tuesday 11 September, UWA researchers will take you to some of Perth’s trendiest bars for Raising the Bar Perth, an initiative of the UWA Office of Research Enterprise to make research and education a part of the city’s popular culture.

Mishelle Burton, UWA Careers Adviser

Creating career ready graduates

Monday, 27 August 2018

Mishelle Burton is UWA's Careers Adviser, tasked with the enormous job of providing professional, personalised career advice to our entire student community.

She loves the reward that comes with her role, which is seeing firsthand the results of her advice and the impact it has on the lives of our students. She plays an integral part in helping students to reach their full potential and achieve their career-related goals.

Great wins at this year’s APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards

Monday, 27 August 2018

Congratulations to Dr Louise Devenish, Head of Percussion at the Conservatorium of Music for winning the WA Award for Performance of the Year at the APRA AMCOS 2018 Art Music Awards.

Lisa Wood

Challenging stereotypes around homelessness

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

When population health expert Dr Lisa Wood heard the Homeless Healthcare Street Health program didn’t have enough funding to continue operating, she jumped into action.

Access staff discount tickets for the Festival's early release shows

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Perth Festival brings magic in 2019. It’s going to be another stellar year for the Festival and here’s a taste of what’s to come in three internationally acclaimed works that are on sale now,including the much anticipated Festival opening.

Promote UWA's rankings by updating your email signature

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

We’ve created a range of email signatures for UWA subject areas ranked in the top 50, either by ‘QS World University Rankings’ or ‘Academic Ranking of World Universities’.

We’ve also created a broader message promoting UWA’s ranking in the world’s top 100 and 1st in Western Australia (ARWU 2018).

To create your new email signature, go to our brand tool kit email generator and follow the instructions to create your new signature.

Australian VC calls for free speech principles after controversial event cancelled

Friday, 17 August 2018

An Australian vice-chancellor has called for universities to adopt a sectoral position on free speech, after her university cancelled a controversial address on safety grounds. 

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Join our Lombok earthquakes relief fundraiser morning tea

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Join us for a morning tea this Friday to help raise funds for survivors of the Lombok earthquakes.

Major infrastructure upgrades planned for September

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

The University is planning major infrastructure upgrades on Sunday 16 and 30 September and all University network services will be impacted.

These services include internet and email access, Wi-Fi, printing and you won’t be able to log into your desktops. Also business applications such as ALESCO, ESS and People Soft will be affected. 

Please plan activities around these dates and avoid coming into the University if possible. We will confirm the timing of the upgrades in the 30 August edition of UWA Forward.

Collaboration is key for Professor Bennamoun

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Computer scientist Professor Mohammed Bennamoun from UWA’s School of Computer Science and Software Engineering is a self-professed gardening lover but it would be no surprise if a few weeds had escaped his eagle eye lately.

He’s currently embedded three days a week at Woodside Energy, along with four of his PhD students, to work on a project focused on mapping images to 3D coordinates.

The former lecturer in robotics at Queen’s University in Canada and Queensland University of Technology says the opportunity to collaborate with industry in such a hands-on way is invaluable.

Speaking sport

Thursday, 9 August 2018

When Ian Fitzpatrick joined UWA around two and a half years ago, he wasn’t exactly ‘new’ to the University.  His first full-time job was selling gym memberships at UWA as an 18-year-old. 

Now he’s UWA Sport’s General Manager, and after ten years away, returned to Perth for the role in 2015 when UWA Sport was established. 

“It wasn’t a difficult decision to move back to Perth - UWA is a special place for me. When UWA Sport was established, I knew the University’s commitment to sport was strong.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 8 August

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Good morning. It was great to see UWA graduate Professor Akshay Venkatesh awarded the prestigious Fields Medal last week, regarded as the Nobel Prize for mathematics.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 1 August

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Good morning. Today marks one year since the Change the Course report was released as a result of the Respect. Now. Always. national student survey.

Strategy, Planning and Performance Director announcement

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Following a competitive recruitment process, UWA has appointed Ms Jeya Bavan as the new Director, Strategy, Planning and Performance. Ms Bavan will take up the role on 8 October, joining us from Curtin University where she is the current Director of Strategy and Projects. Please welcome Jeya to UWA.

Take a ride in an autonomous bus

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

An autonomous bus is being trialled on our campus so we can investigate how this technology can be integrated into our teaching, research and future sustainable transport plans.

We’ll be exploring the potential impacts of driverless technology on transport, logistics and accessibility as well as taking the opportunity to learn more about public perception of autonomous vehicles.

We’re inviting everyone to get on board and take part in the research. You can check out the timetable for the bus on the website.

The stage is set for Open Day this Sunday

Monday, 6 August 2018

The marquees are going up and the grounds are looking fabulous – we’re in the final days of preparation for Sunday’s Open Day.

From the front end event logistics to behind the scenes, it takes an exceptional amount of effort right across the University to bring Open Day together, with staff in many areas contributing to make the day a success. 

Open Day Events Officer (Lead), Harriet Calverley, says the support from across the University has been fantastic and she’s excited for the day and showcasing what makes UWA unique.

Australia India Institute: EOI for Senior Leader role

Monday, 6 August 2018

UWA has signed an agreement with Melbourne University’s Australia India Institute (AII) to host an affiliate centre, which will sit within the UWA Public Policy Institute (UWA PPI). Two post-doctoral positions will soon be recruited to as part of this program. 

An opportunity exists for a senior UWA academic with mentoring experience to take a business development and mentorship role in the UWA AII affiliate centre. The role will include:

Real world experience to solve real world problems

Friday, 3 August 2018

Matt Lowman’s career path has already taken some interesting turns, but something the IT student knows is that work integrated learning (or work experience) has helped him on this journey.

Now in his final year of a Masters in IT, Matt spent some time with UWA’s Cyber Security team to increase his skills and knowledge in this ever-evolving field.

“My first degree was in chemistry, and after I graduated I worked as a chemist engineer for BHP. This is when I was first really exposed to code and programming.