UWA Gives Back was a major UWA Centenary initiative and UWA's opportunity to share the celebrations of a century of achievement with the people of regional Western Australia. All Faculties, SIS, Aspire and Guild took part with Aspire playing a major role across many visits. The initiative also provided a fantastic opportunity to strengthen the University’s relationship with regional Aspire partner schools.
UWA has had a long involvement with the regional communities of WA. Prosperity in WA has always been dependent on the successful collaboration between those working on the land and researchers at the University as well as the Department of Agriculture, and the predecessor of the CSIRO.
It has been recognised that the willingness of Australian farmers to invest in scientific research is unique in the world. It is the farmers and people of regional Western Australian that first recognised the value of science and research to their livelihoods and to the State.
This early collaboration in agriculture and science has expanded across the years and across the disciplines, with all Faculties now having ties across the state. These enduring relationships were celebrated by all UWA Faculties and the UWA Student Guild, who also celebrated their 100th birthday in 2013, by going on a roadshow around WA throughout 2013.
Through the UWA Gives Back initiatives, students from Kindergarten to Year 12 in regional and remote parts of the state gained valuable insights into university and many of the different disciplines on offer. School staff also benefitted from the expertise of staff who offered professional development sessions during visits to schools.
The visits engaged the local communities, including schools, community members, alumni, industry and local government and highlighted the University’s relationships and connections across the State. They explained research happening at UWA and how it can benefit the people of WA; enthused high school students about tertiary study and the power of education; they became involved in local projects including agriculture, urban planning, arts productions and teaching programs.