As the new Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Education), I am pleased to announce that 2017 was a successful year with UWA providing students with an increasingly accessible and enriching education experience.
Classroom lessons were brought to life with the creation of new high technology facilities. Business School students now have access to a stateof- the-art trading and analysis centre, the largest of its kind in Australia. The Centre for Education Futures' new Creator Space enables students to create video and audio recordings for their studies.
UWA received a $447 million software investment from Siemens to equip students for the highly digitalised world of the future, while UWA and Harvard Business School's digital learning initiative, HBX, helped students work through real-world business challenges with access to some of the world's best online courses. The inaugural 2017/2018 Summer School attracted more than 1300 enrolments in the new program of 70 units.
In a strong year for our special pathways and support programs, Fairway received a UWA Excellence in Teaching Award and a UWA Award for Programs that Enhance Learning, and Aspire UWA was a finalist in the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Community Partnership Award. We also completed a third National Priorities Pool Project, which engaged 2939 regional high school students and focused on raising aspirations for STEM careers.
It was a successful year of engagement with industry, schools and the community. Through Aspire UWA, school students benefited from workshops with BHP and Alcoa staff. A partnership with Kimberley Cup offered Engineering students a regional volunteering experience where they supported Kimberley high school students in the classroom and at their annual sporting carnival. Partnering with the School of Indigenous Studies also enabled UWA Indigenous students from the Kimberley to participate. This year, the McCusker Centre for Citizenship increased its partnership base with an additional 50 local, national and global organisations making their mark in the community.
UWA supported the groundbreaking 'Respect. Now. Always.' initiative, aimed at preventing and addressing sexual assault and harassment across the sector. UWA improved its processes to support students and visitors and enhanced support for Indigenous students. Counselling and Psychological Services and the School of Indigenous Studies collaborated to increase cultural understanding, resulting in a 50 per cent increase in counselling services requests from Indigenous students.
I am pleased to announce that 2017 was a successful year with UWA providing students with an increasingly accessible and enriching education experience. It was a year of engagement with industry, schools and the community.Professor David SadlerDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)
UWA this year welcomed 755 residents from almost 60 different countries to our residential college, UniHall. With an increase from 15 last year, Global Learning facilitated 19 New Colombo Plan scholarships through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, enabling UWA students to participate in study exchange and internships in Southeast Asia. A new agreement with the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences saw the first intake of students complete a semester under a new study abroad model.
We continue our commitment to ensuring our graduates are job-ready with a webpage dedicated to Work Integrated Learning (careers.uwa.edu. au/wil) and pre-placement modules for students undertaking a practicum or work experience. Our Careers Team was awarded the Council for International Students of WA Provider of the Year for its Career Mentor Link program.
UWA Sport had an outstanding year. UWA won Overall Champion University at the Western Australia Games, with three teams named national champions. Eight students joined the Australian Uniroos Team for the Summer University Games. UWA Hockey Club, UWA West Coast Swim Club and the UWA City Beach Water Polo Club enjoyed great success, winning various state and national titles.
This year, the Centre for Education Futures conducted a learning analytics project called Zenith, which enabled participating students to strive for improvements and renewed commitment to their study.
Four UWA teaching staff, Associate Professor Cosimo Faiello, Associate Professor Denese Playford, Associate Professor Natalie Skead and Dr Bonnie Thomas, were recognised this year with Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT).
I look forward to implementing our new education strategy, working with the Education Enhancement Unit (which will replace CEF), and bringing us closer to our goal of becoming a global leader in education.