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UWA Forward

Vice-Chancellor's Voice

Good morning. I have been in the media this week talking about why UWA wants to change the way school leavers gain entry to university. Currently Year 12 students sit their final exams in October, but don’t receive their ATAR scores until well into December, and must wait until mid-January to learn if they have secured a university place. UWA, in a recent submission to the federal government inquiry, suggested a new national university admissions system would help. We have also recently introduced a new pilot project providing early offers for engineering.

Meanwhile, over the past two weeks you may have seen school children of all ages taking part in holiday programs and bringing some youthful exuberance to campus while most of our students are on their break. Our campus provides the perfect space for these students to learn in and explore and I hope they leave inspired and ambitious to return one day as UWA students.

Sincerely,
Professor Paul Johnson
Vice-Chancellor

Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson
Vice-Chancellor

Renewal Project Update

Thank you to everyone who joined me at the recent information sessions where I shared updates on the progress of the renewal project. As part of these sessions I indicated that a number of roles were to be advertised within the University. Applications for the four PVC & Executive Dean roles have now closed, and I will update you on the appointment process following the conclusion of interviews in August. In addition the new Director, Business Development role opened for applications last week. The intent behind this role is to maximise the impact of the University’s world leading research through strategic partnerships.

Thanks again to those who have already provided feedback on our thinking in relation to the new academic structure and service delivery model shared with you last week. Work continues on the development of the Faculty sub-structures and where Schools, Centres and Institutes will sit. At Friday's open forum I will provide examples of how the proposed service delivery model might be configured and more information on staff engagement and feedback. I hope to see you there.

Sincerely,
Professor Dawn Freshwater
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Registrar

Dawn Freshwater
Dawn Freshwater
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Registrar

Forward Focus

Building a healthier WA

Professor David Preen is the first to confess that UWA is more like a second home than a workplace. Recently appointed as the Chair in Public Health, the Professor took this opportunity to expand his career and areas of focus.

There is a disconnect between the great research being completed across the State and policy decisions and this role straddles the divide. The end goal is to bring about evidence-based policy that will improve public health outcomes for everyone in WA.

Professor David Preen

Previously Director of the Centre for Health Services Research for 10 years, the UWA graduate is six months into the Chair role and has started to foster greater collaboration between researchers and policy makers.

Watch Professor Preen talk more about the Chair role and the importance of this work in WA.

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July
21
Thursday
Makerspaces - Promoting Participatory Learning
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July
25
Monday
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July
26
Tuesday
The 2016 George Seddon Memorial Lecture
6pm – 7pm, Engineering Lecture Theatre 1
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