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Discover some of the groundbreaking research and innovation happening at UWA.

Major project to tackle dropout rates for online courses

19 February 2019

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have received a major funding boost to develop a project that will significantly improve the success of online education by reducing the number of students who drop out of online courses.

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Whalers left rock engravings in Pilbara in 1840s

19 February 2019

A team of archaeologists from UWA working with Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and mining company Rio Tinto have discovered that Indigenous people were not the only ones to leave their mark in the Dampier Archipelago.

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Can being born blind protect people from schizophrenia?

15 February 2019

A study carried out by The University of Western Australia has provided compelling evidence that congenital/early cortical blindness – that is when people are blind from birth or shortly after - is protective against schizophrenia.

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Morning exercise improves brain health in older overweight adults

15 February 2019

Researchers have found a morning bout of exercise reduces the detrimental impact on the pattern of brain blood flow of prolonged sitting in older adults who are overweight or obese.

Professor Shamit Saggar

Public Policy Institute appoints inaugural director

12 February 2019

A leading British academic with expertise in government and industry leadership has been appointed inaugural director of The University of Western Australia’s Public Policy Institute.

Sylvia Young and Grant Morahan

Project that can predict risk of fatal illnesses selected for development

11 February 2019

A team from The University of Western Australia that has developed a new way of analysing genetic data to determine the risk of diseases such as cancer and heart attack has been selected to develop their technology through the prestigious CSIRO ON Accelerate program.


UWA is engaged with our local and international communities through education, research, vibrant events and cultural activities.

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Perth Festival opens with epic Kings Park adventure

08 February 2019

Perth Festival opens in spectacular style this weekend by transforming Perth's beloved Kings Park into a nocturnal wonderland for the whole family to enjoy over four magnificent nights

Dawn Freshwater

Unlikely proof that from small beginnings great careers grow

06 February 2019

UWA Vice-Chancellor Dawn Freshwater is the new chair of Australia's elite university body, the Group of Eight, but nothing in her upbringing would have suggested this was her calling.

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Awards and achievements - January 2019

05 February 2019

Congratulations to UWA staff and students for the many achievements of January 2019.

Professor Freshwater

Women rise to the top

31 January 2019

The Group of Eight universities has appointed its first female chair. UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater will lead the organisation, which represents the eight ­research-heavy universities, for the next 12 months, taking over from UNSW Vice-Chancellor Ian Jacobs.

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Perth Festival Writers Week to start on 18 February

11 January 2019

More than 100 writers, poets and journalists will showcase their work at this year’s Perth Festival Writers Week which runs between 18 - 24 February 2019.

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Support the mentally vulnerable this Christmas

19 December 2018

As our thoughts turn to the excitement and fun of the festive season, Young Lives Matter Foundation-UWA is reminding people to stay closely connected to loved ones, especially those who struggle with mental health.

Indigenous commitment

The University of Western Australia acknowledges that its campus is situated on Noongar land, and that Noongar people remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land, and continue to practise their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge.