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UWA Forward

Vice-Chancellor's Voice

Good morning. This week we welcome our new and returning students back onto campus with a full schedule of orientation activities. Activities will peak this Friday 26 February with the Student Guild's O-Day Festival taking place on Oak Lawn from 11am till 3:30pm. The move from high school to university can be a daunting time so it is important that we all welcome and support our new students as much as possible.

I remind you that the staff in Student Central, our one-stop-shop of services for current students, are on hand to provide help and advice on a range of topics from enrolment support to study abroad opportunities. If you are asked a question but aren't sure of the answer, I encourage you to direct the student to Student Central which is open from 8:30am till 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Professor Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson

Forward Focus

Airport greetings and Adventure World - ensuring a warm welcome for our students.

The reappearance of students on campus each February can be easy to take for granted. As if out of thin air they arrive; bustling between activities, anxiously studying their maps and often looking wide-eyed and overwhelmed.

Narelle Palmer (right)
ready to welcome students at Perth airport.

I had a very isolated existence at university; I didn't know what was on offer or where to go for support and because of that I don't feel I really got the full university experience…

Narelle Palmer

However for Narelle Palmer, Orientation Services Manager, and the UniStart team orientation is much more than just one week and involves months of hard work and preparation to minimise those overwhelmed looks. If you ask Narelle, the start of semester is all about making students feel welcome, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more welcoming bunch than this.

Find out more about UniStart initiatives and what motivates Narelle to continually improve their service...

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