Education

A UWA education will empower students to create the best possible future for themselves and, through their leadership, others.

We will be globally acclaimed for our stimulating curriculum built on social responsibility, experience-rich learning and cutting-edge research.


Priorities
  • Ceaselessly drive innovation in our curriculum to create unique and globally relevant educational experiences.
  • Exploit the potential of disruptive digital technology to positively transform the student experience.
  • Broaden the variety of courses we offer and the diversity of students we attract.

Strategies

Leverage our innovative, research-based and experience-rich curriculum to become the university of first choice

We will be the first-choice university for students from the Indian Ocean Rim and the world who want an unparalleled depth and breadth of education and rewarding, experience-rich learning opportunities.

Tailored degrees, centred on a major area of interest or expertise and complemented by a curated suite of broadening units that provide cross-disciplinary skills and research capabilities will offer a unique education experience. Broadening units will offer cognate study, advanced interdisciplinary study and experience-based learning, framed by the Grand Challenges.

We will create accomplished and global leaders by offering international and real-world experiences to every student, including work-based learning opportunities, internships and service learning. Our extensive global partnerships will create huge potential for students to have meaningful overseas experiences.

We will lead the region in a curriculum connected to Indigenous languages, culture and knowledge, and to our place in the local and global community, ensuring graduates can lead culturally respectful careers.

New opportunities in teaching methods and technology will open up opportunities for students outside Perth to have a UWA education experience. Our unique campus and digital environments will offer world-leading on-campus and online learning, adaptable to educational needs and lifestyle. Regional WA will serve educational offerings as a living testbed for ideas and experiences.

We will create accomplished and global leaders by offering international and real-world experiences to every student.

Celebrate teaching excellence

Excellent teaching is at the heart of an outstanding student experience. UWA's internationally recognised staff will provide engaging and industry-relevant learning experiences for students.

Exceptional teaching will be recognised nationally and in the region, and celebrated through annual showcases and teaching awards. We will commit to teaching excellence through a refreshed performance framework, recognised by a fellowship scheme and supported by peer evaluation, and will engage with the latest technology.

Our research leaders will actively share their cutting-edge findings with students, helping create the new generation of research-capable leaders.

Deliver an excellent student experience to a diverse and inclusive student community

From their first point of contact with the University through to graduation and beyond, students will have an excellent experience. Our courses will be accessible to students of all cultures and professional backgrounds at any stage of life. Students will develop a lifelong affection for UWA.

We will be recognised for the excellence spanning the seven pillars of UWA student life: learning opportunities, career development and employability, digital capability and engagement, wellbeing and success, a vibrant and connected community, Indigenous knowledge, and an inclusive and diversified student community.

The diversity of our student body will be celebrated and recognised regionally for the expansive perspectives and exposure our students enjoy. We will actively invite students with great potential from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds, supporting them with scholarships and specialist assistance or customised programs to enable success. Every student will have access to outstanding pastoral care services.

We will strategically invest in regional WA, enriching learning experiences across the state. These localised hubs of learning will inspire the next generations by connecting the cultural, biodiversity, industry and community partnership opportunities in the regions.

We will embrace every opportunity presented by digital technology, such as virtualisation and artificial intelligence, to transform and streamline the student experience.

Become a partner in lifelong learning

UWA will be a place students return to over a lifetime, helping them develop new skills, face new challenges and seek new opportunities.

Exciting opportunities for students to engage from a young age will inspire their intellectual journey, with a suite of courses and experiences enticing students back throughout life. Exciting professional development and short courses and executive education opportunities will create an ongoing partnership, allowing our students and alumni to continually extend and recreate their careers.

Measures of success

  • Increased enrolment, conversion and completion numbers, more students returning later in life for further education.
  • Increased access, participation and success of Indigenous, regional, international and under-represented students.
  • Consistent high satisfaction with teaching and student experiences across internal and some external measures.
  • Improved ranking performance, including improvements to graduate starting salaries and graduate employment rates.
  • Improved performance in relevant awards, participation in teaching excellence initiatives, and faculty and institutional award schemes
  • Greater student engagement in selection, design and governance processes.