Dr Doug McGhie

Convocation - looking towards 2030

Setting our sights on the decade to come is an exciting time involving all associated with The University of Western Australia’s Strategic Vision 2030.

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Transforming Spaces Connecting Places

UWA’s Perth campus has a long and proud history as a ‘university without gates’. A welcoming campus with heritage-listed gardens and buildings, it’s a major drawcard for students, researchers and visitors alike.

students studying

1000 minds to tackle Grand Challenges

UWA is approaching the future focused on the key issues facing humanity. The University is applying its very best minds, through research excellence, local and global collaboration and the power of collective intelligence, to solve the world’s Grand Challenges – improving lives and the environment.

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Reimagining the workplace

To fulfil its People and Culture vision, UWA will tap into the hearts and minds of people who want to build careers while embracing diversity and driving positive, real-world change.

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Leading beyond borders

The University’s ambitious plans to expand and strengthen global partnerships have been unveiled in UWA 2030, as it aspires to become a pivotal knowledge hub for the Indian Ocean Rim region.

students studying

Modelling the future of education

In 2012, UWA took up an innovative course model in response to the changing times ahead and to better prepare its graduates for the future of work and long-term employability.

scientist Gary Cass

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.

Screenwriter Kodie Bedford

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.

Tania Austin

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.

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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

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.

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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.

Dr Doug McGhie

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.

William Paparo

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.

Peter Reading

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

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.

UWA graduate Torey Rickerby

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.

Michael Tucak

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.

Dr Kate Leeming

Being the change

Dr Kate Leeming is one of many UWA graduates determined to make the world a better place, as she prepares to make the first-ever bicycle crossing of the Antarctic continent, via the South Pole.

Sarah Sands

Surfing for social causes

Social entrepreneur Sarah Sands believes the power of the ocean can be a potent vehicle to inspire change.

Michael Sheldrick

Saying no to poverty

For Michael Sheldrick, a relentless travel agenda is all part of his New York-based role as Vice-President of Global Policy and Government Affairs at Global Citizen. 

Darren Lomman

Waging a war on plastic

The chance viewing of a television advertisement was the catalyst for Darren Loman's latest mission, to establish WA's first-ever plastic reprocessing facility. 

Common causes

Common causes

As wave energy technology attracts global interest in Albany, we look at the breadth and depth of UWA's interaction with the community.

Robert French

Our new Chancellor, in his own words

The former Chief Justice of Australia's High Court and one of the country's most respected judges, is no stranger to UWA. Robert French talks to Uniview about his plans for his new role at his alma mater.

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.

Stewart Scrambler

Natural wonders

To create his unique ceramics, potter Stewart Scrambler delves deep into the West Australian bush - for inspiration and materials alike, finds Dr Sally Quin.


Overcoming huge odds to pursue her dreams

Dilakshana Yogarasa has overcome more obstacles along the way to study than most people encounter in a lifetime. You won't believe her story.

Latest in innovation showcased

The UWA IQ Awards have lived up to their name with a host of cutting edge solutions recognised.

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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