Year in review

UWA staff, students and researchers celebrated many significant achievements over 2018. Here’s a look at just some of these milestones.

  • The Centre for Human and Cultural Values is established as part of an ARC Linkage Grant to help link academics, businesses and government to develop timely solutions to important social issues.
  • The Honourable Robert French AC is formally installed as the 15th Chancellor of The University of Western Australia.
  • Groundbreaking event takes place for EZONE UWA construction, marking a new era of engineering and mathematical sciences at the University.
  • The UWA Health Campus opens its door to the community to allow future students and the public to explore teaching laboratories, e-learning suites and interactive displays, and attend workshops to learn about study pathways.
  • The Public Policy Institute is established to provide research and advice to shape public policy in Western Australia, Australia and the Indo-Pacific.
  • The Young Lives Matter Foundation – UWA is launched to support research that can identify trigger points for youthsuicide and measure it to help predict young people at high risk.
  • UWA joins with the State Government and MTPConnect to create a life sciences hub at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research to generate business opportunities in medicine, health, agriculture and biodiversity.
  • The Africa Research & Engagement Centre (AfREC) launches to drive new initiatives and ethical collaborations between Australia and Africa and draw upon the important knowledge, ideas and experiences of growing African-Australian communities.
  • Researchers invent a new, highly sensitive way of monitoring cells in the blood that can rapidly detect the presence of leukaemia much faster than before.
  • UWA launches an initiative with the Law School and School of Indigenous Studies to incorporate Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into every unit of the Juris Doctor degree.
  • A winning medicine formula is developed by scientists that makes bad-tasting medicine taste nice, making it easier to treat sick children.
  • More than 500 students studying human reproductive biology and issues in women’s health assemble 2000 birthing kits for women who do not have access to the facilities needed for a clean and safe childbirth.
  • Researchers from the University play a key role in an international report to help governments and policy advisers across the globe tackle climate change.
  • The Centre for Long Subsea Tiebacks launches, aiming to drive research into new subsea engineering technologies for offshore oil and gas production.
  • His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, visits The University of Western Australia to be briefed on two of the University’s key projects, UWA’s EZONE Student Hub and the Square Kilometre Array project.

Key statistics

  • 4 faculties
  • 21 schools
  • 32 research centres (The definition of research centres changed in 2018 and the list was in the process of being changed to reflect the policy at the time of print.)
  • 2 research institutes


  • 23,765 student enrolments
  • 7,378 postgraduates (by coursework)
  • 1,930 higher degree (by research)
  • 14,457 undergraduates


  • 3,306 full-time equivalent staff
  • 1,957 professional staff
  • 1,349 academic staff

Community engagement

  • More than 16.2k Twitter followers
  • More than 140k Facebook likes
  • 4,691 Monitored media items


  • $166,647,955 research income (2017 data)
  • 4,563 research publications


  • The 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks UWA 93rd in the world.
  • The 2018 QS World University Rankings places UWA 91st in the world.
  • The Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2018 ranks UWA 134th in the world.
  • 5 stars for student demand, student/staff ratio and student retention (QS World Rankings 2018).