Remagining 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.

Increasingly, employees want to see the impact their organisation is making in the local community and the world.

While UWA has a long and proud history of creating a workplace and learning environment that prizes inclusion, diversity and fairness, it is determined to reconceptualise the meaning of ‘people and culture’ in the workforce as it pursues its vision. (UWA 2030)

UWA will be a remarkable place to work, attracting and retaining world-class staff from diverse backgrounds who want to build careers, drive change, provide leadership and create opportunities at an institution renowned for its excellence.
UWA 2030

Leaders of tomorrow

Associate Professor Julia Powles and Professor Barry Marshall are the epitome of inspiring and successful UWA alumni. Having both worked at prestigious universities across the globe, they have been lured back to work at the University as part of the Be Inspired campaign which attracts inspiring individuals who want to create change and challenge convention.

Prior to joining UWA, Associate Professor Powles held positions at New York University, Cornell Tech and the University of Cambridge. As a leading expert in privacy, intellectual property, internet governance and the law and politics of data, her current research focuses on civic and rights-based responses to emerging technologies.

While it has been tremendously inspiring to live and work in Europe and North America, Associate Professor Powles says there is considerably more to learn and discover in this part of the world. Reflecting on the University's workplace culture, she said what makes UWA such a remarkable place to work is the generosity and wisdom of her colleagues.

"Along with clear expertise, there’s a constant sense of curiosity and discovery; a mutual quest," she said.

"The teaching and research at the University is world-class and fuelled by a commitment to the academic enterprise and to sustaining a supportive, collegiate and meaningful work environment.

"Valuing our academics – their freedom, their experience and their ideas – will be absolutely essential to successfully implementing the vision."

Professor Marshall also praises the supportive culture at UWA and credits the University as being key to his work. When he and long-time collaborator Dr Robin Warren made their co-discovery of the stomach ulcer-causing Helicobacter pylori bacterium, they were able to take their findings and attain an unparalleled peer review.

"In WA, lots of people are willing to help you if they think your project is interesting. Over the years, UWA has helped me secure industry and private funding, fellowships and travel grants to further my work," Professor Marshall said.

"I was supported by UWA in so many ways. UWA was always attracting me back."