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From wine to twine

Using cutting-edge sustainable technology, scientist Gary Cass is pioneering a plant-free alternative to cotton... and it all started with a 'mistake' in a vat of wine.


The teller of stories

Screenwriter Kodie Bedford is making Australia sit up and take notice as she uses her passion for writing to weave Australian tales that matter.


Material girl

She's a successful businesswoman, mum of three and the queen of laid back style. We speak to Tania Austin about how she does it and what's next for Decjuba.

Michael Grebla

Award winning composer seeking support

Multi-talented UWA alumnus Michael Grebla is looking for patrons as he establishes himself as a freelance composer in the big Apple.


Sounds of climate change

Dripping ice cores, fish song and a musical saw are just some of the unusual materials to be used in a stunning new immersive performance at UWA.


Rhodes Scholar Calum off to Oxford

A mathematician, choral singer and pianist from UWA has been awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, recognising his potential as a young global ambassador.


Taking textbooks to the world

Alumni-founded textbook platform Bibliotech has raised $4.2m in its latest funding round, with the company getting ready to further spread its wings.


Charity ride close to Doug's heart

When UWA’s Warden of Convocation Dr Doug McGhie gears up for a 200km ride in October, it will be to raise funds for three important causes which have touched him personally.


Human rights mission

UWA Master of International Relations post grad William Paparo has been honing his diplomatic skills while in Geneva and reports there was never a dull moment.


Advancing LGBTIQ rights in Hong Kong

July was a groundbreaking moment in advancing the human rights of LGBTIQ people in Asia and UWA alumni Peter Reading has played a key role.


Nil Sine Labore

After a cycling accident in 2013 that left him paralysed, UWA PhD candidate Zac Leow was told he’d be lucky to ever walk again. He was to prove everyone wrong.


Running just like life says NAIDOC champ

UWA graduate Torey Rickerby, who was awarded runner up for the NAIDOC Education Achievement Award, says he uses marathon running as a metaphor for life.


Music got me started

As principal lawyer at a specialist practice offering services to artists and innovators across the creative industries there’s no denying Michael Tucak is passionate about developing arts and culture in Perth and WA.


Sophie to use win to inspire others

UWA law student Sophie Coffin says she’ll use her 2018 Miss NAIDOC crown as a platform to motivate other young indigenous women and to advocate for Aboriginal rights.

Mr Munns

The University is his garden

The remarkable story of Mr George Munns, UWA's first ever gardener, as told by alumni and well-known journalist Tony Thomas in a piece for The West Australian back in 1965.

Thought leaders

Zoe Yujnovich

Caught out! Ethical behaviour in sport

Dr Sandy Gordon argues professional sport has become controlled by the power elite and shaped by the needs of corporate logic.

Zoe Yujnovich

Convocation's work never done

The first reaction to any discussion of Convocation at UWA is often a question - “What is Convocation and what does it do?” Warden Dr Doug McGhie has the answer.

Zoe Yujnovich

Thriving through the energy transition

Chairman of Shell Australia and UWA graduate Zoe Yujnovich explores how climate change is impacting the energy industry, and society, and looks at what needs to change.

Terrorism, the Muslim religion and other identities

Australia Day: It’s complicated

It’s a day we usually associate with sunshine, time off, back yard barbeques and evening fireworks however January 26 has also become a day which sits uncomfortably with many Australians.

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Terrorism, the Muslim religion and other identities

Today, terrorism is quickly linked with religion – to be more precise, with Islam – but is there really a connection?

Australian schooling reform

Australian schooling reform: lots of change but very little impact

Completion rates remain persistently low, with only 74% achieving year 12 by the time they turn 19. This means a staggering one in four young Australians don’t complete school. This rises to nearly one in three for young men, with only 70% finishing.



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