Co-curricular program and activities

Improve your employability, develop your skills and complement your studies with UWA's range of co-curricular programs. It’s also a great way to meet like-minded students.

Enterprise challenges

Educators, business leaders and entrepreneurs come together to provide mentorship and deliver skills development sessions to help groups of students create simulated start-ups that address real-world problems.

  • UWA Innovation Academy

    Immersive corporate innovation program involving iconic Western Australian organisations. Skill development includes creativity and ideation, prototyping, market validation, leadership, teamwork, communication and influence.

    When: Twice-yearly, February to March and November to December
    Mode: Online
    Commitment: 20 hours over four weeks
    Eligibility: UWA students at bachelor level or higher
    Register: Currently closed

  • Global Leader Experience

    Develop your ability to lead from a truly global perspective by engaging you in tackling the biggest issues facing businesses, governments and societies worldwide. Provides practical experiences and challenges you to adapt in diverse situations. Teaches adaptability, cultural intelligence, networking, navigating complexity, human-centred design, desk research, market research, and presentation and communication skills.

    When: July (exact dates to be confirmed)
    Mode: In-person or mixed-mode (i.e. in-person and online)
    Commitment: 20-25 hours over four days
    Eligibility: Onshore UWA students at bachelor level or higher
    Register: Currently closed

  • Joondalup Innovation Challenge

    Employability and entrepreneurship challenge designed to build your employability and resilience. Focuses on resilience, team-work, problem-solving, introduction to entrepreneurship and start up methodologies, wireframe development, presentation and pitching skills, self-development reflection, empathy, and use of digital tools (e.g. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, Slack, Google Docs, Trello, Miro, Mural, Cisco Webex).

    When: Mid-year 2022 (exact dates to be confirmed)
    Mode: Online or mixed-mode (i.e. in-person and online)
    Commitment: 20 hours over four days
    Eligibility: UWA students and students from other WA higher education organisations at bachelor level or higher (MBA students ineligible)
    Register: Currently closed

Start-up programs

Designed to help innovators turn concepts into minimum viable products (MVPs) through mentorship, workshops and training.

UWA Startup Pre-Accelerator

This entrepreneur-led program helps to validate early-stage ideas. UWA alumni, staff and researchers offer support as industry experts and mentors.

When: Once a year, June to August
Mode: In-person
Commitment: 30 hours over six weeks
Eligibility: Onshore UWA students at bachelor level or higher and UWA alumni (under 30 years of age)
Registration: Currently closed

Digital industry projects

Students are supported by educators and facilitators to undertake projects for businesses, governments and community organisations via a digital platform. Industry representatives provide students with guidance in a manner that mirrors a typical client-consultant relationship.

  • Business opportunity accelerator

    Experiential learning program that connects UWA student teams to undertake real-world consulting projects for Australian organisations through a gamified project learning platform.

    When: Twice-yearly (dates to be confirmed)
    Mode: Online
    Commitment: 25 hours over two weeks

    Further details will be available closer to the time – keep checking this page for updates

  • StudyAustralia Industry Experience

    Brings together students from across Australia into multi-disciplinary teams to work on industry export projects with Australian and global employers.

    Mode: Online
    Commitment: 25 hours over two weeks

    Further details will be available closer to the time – keep checking this page for updates

  • Inspiration Australia

    A work experience program providing students the chance to work cross-culturally and collaboratively in teams to solve a real industry challenge. Clients will provide a project brief and students will need to present their research and insights at the end of the program. Professional mentor feedback will be provided throughout.

    Mode: Online
    Commitment: 50 hours over three weeks

    Further details will be available closer to the time – keep checking this page for updates

  • WACE Global Challenge

    Brings students together in interdisciplinary and inter-country teams to undertake real-world projects for businesses, governments and community organisations aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Teams work to identify practical 'shared value' initiatives to create social, environmental and economic value, and in doing so develop their cultural intelligence and employability skills, and network with students and industry from across the world.

    When: Once a year, November to December
    Mode: Online
    Commitment: 30 hours over four weeks

    Further details will be available closer to the time – keep checking this page for updates

Self-paced online courses

Series of learning exercises and assessments that students can take at their own pace, sometimes within a pre-determined start and finish date.

  • Global Citizenship

    Students engage with and learn from each other as they participate in experiential activities and exercises, complete offline tasks and reflections and work on individual plans to advance a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

    The course aims to develop the skills and competencies needed to advance the SDGs, through which participants will be better able to: a) gain understanding and insights on the SDGs and focus on one goal in which they have a particular interest, b) apply rapid action on their chosen SDG, c) compare and learn to collaborate with diverse networks, d) gain skills in challenging preconceptions and confidence in how to better inform people's perspectives, e) understand the nature of hierarchies and compare approaches to best operate across them, f) evaluate their own values and integrity in regard to key global issues.

    When: Monday 7 to Sunday 27 February 2022
    Mode: Online
    Commitment: Nine hours over three weeks
    Eligibility: UWA students at bachelor level or higher 
    Register: Apply online by midnight Sunday 23 January 2022 (AWST)

  • Indigenous Cultural Awareness Program

    There are three components of the Indigenous Cultural Awareness Program:

    1. Induction - Designed to help individuals learn the basics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    2. Foundations - For those who want to learn more and deepen their understanding and appreciation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories
    3. Foundations Plus - For those who engage with Indigenous Australians on a regular basis, and who need the key information and tools to engage effectively

    When: Available year-round
    Mode: Online
    Commitment: Six to seven hours for all three components

    Further details will be available closer to the time – keep checking this page for updates

  • Disability Awareness e-Learning

    Developed as part of the Australian Government initiative, National Disability Coordination Officer Program, Disability Awareness Training is the only eLearning training freely available in Australia. Its content is ideal for someone who has minimal or no knowledge of disability, and can be used as a refresher course to be applied across the workplace and the community.

    When: Available year-round
    Mode: Online
    Commitment: Two hours

    Further details will be available closer to the time – keep checking this page for updates

  • SBS Cultural Competence Program

    Aimed at building capability around cultural diversity in the workplace, featuring engaging multimedia learning modules and resources. It explores topics including: the business case for diversity, cultural differences and similarities within our diverse society, cross cultural communication, unconscious bias, and cultural adaptation.

    When: Available year-round
    Mode: Online
    Commitment: Three hours

    Further details will be available closer to the time – keep checking this page for updates

Work experience

Short-term placements with employers, designed to provide insights into industries and workplaces.

Forage Virtual Work Experience Program

Designed to give students a career advantage by helping them better understand available career pathways. Built and endorsed by leading companies. A simulation of the real-world experience of starting a career.

When: Available year-round
Mode: Online
Commitment: Five to six hours per 'placement'

Further details will be available closer to the time – keep checking this page for updates

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