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

UWA News has moved to Impact

Monday, 17 August 2020

All UWA news content, including media releases, are now available on Impact.

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UWA awarded Platinum status for LGBTQ inclusion

Monday, 15 June 2020

The University of Western Australia has received top honours at the 2020 Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards.

Professor Jane den Hollander

Fearless campus leaders who stepped into the breach

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

This article was published online in The Australian newspaper on Tuesday 28 April and is reprinted with permission of the newspaper.

Neither Jane den Hollander nor Belinda Robinson had any idea what they were in for when they agreed to take an interim job running a university for a few months.

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Friday 8 May update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Friday, 8 May 2020

Dear UWA staff,

Today the Prime Minister announced a three stage plan to reopen Australia in a COVID-safe way. It is clear there is now significant activity at the State and Federal level focussed on mapping the pathway forward – good news as we are certainly all well over the joy of Zooming. This also means we are now planning the University’s recovery route – it seems, in retrospect, to have been easier to close the campus than it is to open it up again given our shared global experience of this virus.

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Seventh annual University Mental Health Day unlike any other

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

This week university staff and students in Australia and New Zealand marked the seventh annual University Mental Health Day. It’s hard to deny, this year especially, that mental health is top of mind for the majority of people following the myriad of impacts from COVID-19. But what does this mean for university students and staff, and their circumstances?

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Tuesday 5 May update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Dear UWA staff,

Today is University Mental Health Day in Australia and New Zealand. So much has happened in 2020, what with bushfires, pandemics and the state of the economy, it can be hard to focus on our mental health and wellbeing, but now more than ever it’s important to practice a little self-care. There is support available to you through these challenging times, so please reach out if you need to.

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Semester 1, 2020 exam timetable released

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Dear Students,

The Semester 1, 2020 examinations will be held from Saturday, 6 June to Saturday, 20 June 2020.

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Friday 1 May update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Friday, 1 May 2020

​​Dear UWA staff,

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Thursday 30 April update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Dear UWA staff,

Protecting University Jobs

As you all know, Universities Australia has been in discussions with the National Tertiary Education Industry Union (NTEU) at the national level about how we can collectively protect jobs in the current COVID-19 crisis.

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Launch of Support our Students (SOS) – COVID-19 Emergency Appeal

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Dear UWA Staff,

On Saturday morning, at daybreak, we were wakened by a lone trumpeter on our street – we listened from our balcony – a sublime moment in time for reflection – no people, just the rising sun and the beautiful sound. It was a most beautiful celebration of remembrance and reminded me that there is something to be said for a simpler approach to the things that really matter in our communities.

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Thursday 23 April update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Dear UWA staff,

Thank you for the many messages and thoughtful responses on how we can best deal with the challenges currently facing us. I appreciate your engagement and interest in ensuring the future of our workplace. Please continue emailing me – I want to hear from you as it informs my thinking and enables better decisions.

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Monday 20 April update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Monday, 20 April 2020

Dear UWA staff,

It’s back into full swing, as students return from the mid semester break – it’s always a bit dreary when they are not around. It’s also good to know that our attrition appears to be less severe than the sector as a whole so we got a few things right this far but we are not out of the woods by any stretch and more on that later.

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Wednesday 15 April update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Dear UWA staff,

I hope you had a restful and refreshing break over the Easter weekend.

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Friday 9 April update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Thursday, 9 April 2020

​​Dear UWA staff,

As we prepare to experience a very different Easter break, at home, mostly not at the beach, not down south and definitely not with lots of friends or family, I am reminded that our adaptability and endurance to get to this point has enabled us to keep our campuses operating. Alongside this we have seen the number of new COVID-19 cases across Australia falling as social distancing measures have taken effect, and I am hopeful this trend will continue.

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Monday 6 April update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Monday, 6 April 2020

Dear UWA staff,

We’ve made it to the tuition free week, mostly intact, but now knowing that over 1 million people have contracted the virus and many of these will lose the battle. My 95 year old mum likens it to the depth of despair during the London bombings in terms of its capacity to terrify and dishearten. So today we send our thoughts to everyone who has experienced the devastation caused by war or displacement and is now experiencing it again. 

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Friday 3 April update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Friday, 3 April 2020

Dear UWA staff,

It is astonishing to think that just a month ago we were worried about bushfires, and the month before that the climate wars were alive and brutal. 

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Thursday 2 April update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Dear UWA staff,

Thank you to everyone who sent through feedback in response to my emails yesterday. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to do so. Thank you also for your questions and suggestions: we are now working through the finer details and will be in touch.

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Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Dear UWA staff

These last few days we have all been glued to news bulletins and social media checking the progress of COVID-19, now affecting every city, every village, every snow field and every beach around the world. It is truly a global phenomenon, fiercely infectious and macabre in its ferocity. It is the stuff of a Sci-Fi book or movie — remember Outbreak and Contagion — only worse because we’re living it.

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Semester 1 assessment guidelines

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Dear UWA staff

This is the second email today: The email this morning was so important it seemed sensible to give it the respect it required. This has meant a second email with information more generally of relevance to the current situation.

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UWA Response to Coronavirus COVID-19

Monday, 30 March 2020

​​Dear UWA Staff

As Chancellor of the University of Western Australia I have been kept up to date with the University’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, continuing its teaching and research missions and taking initiatives related to the fight against the virus.