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

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 30 May

Friday, 8 June 2018

Good morning. It was a pleasure to host the Worldwide Universities Network Conference and AGM from 21-25 May.

UWA improves ranking among world's best universities

Thursday, 7 June 2018

The University of Western Australia has climbed two places in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, rising to 91. The University has improved seven places over the past three years.

Chancellor's Medals - call for nominations for Award in 2019

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Nominations are now invited for the award of a Chancellor’s Medal at Graduation Ceremonies in 2019.

A number of people make outstanding contributions to the University in a variety of ways.  It is the wish of the Senate that the contributions of these people should be recognised through the award of a Chancellor’s Medal.  Decisions on awarding of the medals will be made in accordance with the guidelines appended to Statute 14: Granting and Conferring of Degrees and Diplomas.  These guidelines are reproduced below for your ready reference.

Honorary Doctorates - call for nominations for Award in 2019

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Nominations for Honorary Doctorates for award at Graduation Ceremonies in 2019 are now invited.  Nominations may only be submitted by members of the Academic Board or Senate.  Other members of the University community who have suggestions for nominations should discuss their proposals with a member of the Board or the Senate.  (Details of the membership of these bodies are available here and here).

UWA Staff Intranet coming soon – register now to take part in the pilot

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

You’ve told us that information for staff is hard to find and often out-of-date. We’ve listened! The UWA Staff Intranet is currently under development and we are recruiting a group of volunteers to take part in a six-week pilot to test the system and provide feedback.

Professor James Trevelyan recognised at Western Australian of the Year awards

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Professor James Trevelyan was recognised at the Western Australian of the Year awards last week winning the professions category.

Professor Trevelyan has been an engineer, researcher and educator since 1971, and is a current Winthrop Professor in the School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, as well as a Fellow of Engineers Australia. He practices as a mechanical and mechatronics engineer and his main area of research is on engineering practice, and he teaches design, sustainability, engineering practice and project management.

Apply to be sponsored for Ignition 2018: Information Session

Monday, 4 June 2018

UWA’s Office of Research and Enterprise (ORE) is sponsoring two UWA staff or students to attend the Curtin Ignition Program 2018 for new entrepreneurs.

We are holding an information session that will answer your questions in regards to applying for sponsorship to the program.

It’s open to anyone with a business idea, research project, or early stage business venture that could become a high growth business.

Music is the word

Thursday, 31 May 2018

It was through his mother’s music teacher, Sir Frank Callaway, that Graeme Gilling first heard about the then School of Music at UWA.

Inspired by Frank to make the move from New Zealand, Graeme joined the School to pursue postgraduate studies in collaborative piano with Professor Roger Smalley. A little over three decades on, Graeme is now Head of Performance and Keyboard Studies at the Conservatorium of Music and inspiring the next generation of musicians.

David Haig presented with Gibb Maitland Medal

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Congratulations to Professor David Haig from the School of Earth Sciences for being awarded the Gibb Maitland Medal. The Medal is awarded for substantial contributions to geoscience in Western Australia, with particular consideration given to contributions that relate to the occurrence or discovery of mineral resources.

Do you have an idea for an interactive activity that can be part of UWA’s stall at the Perth Science Festival?

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

UWA will host an exhibition stall at the Perth Science Festival on Saturday 18 August and Sunday 19 August at the Claremont Showgrounds (10am-5pm). We are looking for engaging, interactive, hands-on science activities, suitable for a primary school and family audience that can be part of our stall and demonstrate how fun science can be.

If you or your area would like to be part of the festival atmosphere and carry out an exciting science activity, please contact Rilana Ostheim by Friday 1 June to discuss your ideas. A commitment of at least one day is required.

Western Australian of the Year Awards – UWA finalists

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Congratulations to UWA staff who are finalists in the 2018 Western Australian of the Year Awards. Winners will be announced on Friday night.

UWA Finalists:

Become a 2018 Fogarty Scholar Academic Mentor

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Dear colleagues,

Each year, the UWA Fogarty Scholarship Program awards 10 scholarships to exceptional young people studying at The University of Western Australia. Fogarty Scholars are academic high achievers with the desire, motivation and ability to positively influence their communities. They are UWA’s best and brightest.

Free online repository available to staff

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

The Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG) is a not-for-profit mining research centre based at The University of Western Australia. The ACG has an Online Repository of Conference Proceedings that is a free, open access resource for academics and students.

It was created to provide access for industry, academics and students in the mining and civil engineering, seismology, geomechanics, geology and environmental fields to easily search, access and download highly technical, peer-reviewed conference papers, as well as importable citation information in various formats. 

Start-up accelerates to global status

Monday, 28 May 2018

A UWA geospatial software start-up that began intensive research just three years ago is gaining significant traction on the international market.  

Mapizy Founder and CEO, Dr Ravanbakhsh and his partner Dr Pouria Ramzi are supplying computer vision software to help monitor changes to built-up and natural environments for agriculture, mining, natural resources and urban infrastructure projects.

Registrations open for IQ LaunchCamp 25-26 June 2018

Monday, 28 May 2018

UWA’s Innovation Quarter (IQ) is collaborating with CSIRO to bring IQ LaunchCamp to UWA on 25-26 June.

This two day experience is designed to help researchers take the first steps to understanding the market for their research idea.  Through IQ LaunchCamp researchers will be introduced to tools that will help them test and validate their ideas by starting the process of ‘proof of problem.’

Ian Fitzpatrick appointed Uniroos Winter Chef de Mission

Friday, 25 May 2018

UWA Sport General Manager Ian Fitzpatrick has been appointed the Chef de Mission of the Australian Uniroos World Winter Universiade team for the 2019 and 2021 campaigns.

Ian comes to the role with a wealth of experience, not just through UWA Sport, but also in a variety of sport environments including not-for-profit, commercial, consulting and service sectors.

The youth version of the Olympics, the Universiade, run by International University Sports Federation (FISU), has been a feature of the world sporting calendar for more than 50 years.

Would you like free Software written for your research project?

Friday, 25 May 2018

Do you have a research project that needs software written for it? Third-year Computer Science students undertake group projects which are sourced from around the University. As well as traditional Computer Science application domains, past groups have done projects in diverse areas, including archaeology, lactation biology, medical education and conservation biology.

The power of impressive numbers

Friday, 25 May 2018

Laila Simpson has a natural affinity for numbers and while many young girls told stories through dance or song, she told stories in a different way – through numbers.

Laila, now the Research Impact and Engagement Manager at the Office of Research Enterprise, pursued maths and science subjects which at the time were less popular for most young women.

Her passion for numbers began at a very unique small country school in the mystical Scottish Highlands.

“With only 30 kids in the entire school, our teacher gave us a lot of freedom to explore whatever we wanted.


UWA Public Policy Institute to help shape the future

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The University of Western Australia has established a new way to share its world-class research and expertise with decision makers and community leaders to help shape the future of our society.

Mark Stickells announcement

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Having spent much of the last 25 years working for The University of Western Australia, Mark Stickells will soon be leaving the organisation to take up the role of Director of the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. Mark’s last day at UWA will be 22 June 2018.