The University of Western Australia (UWA) was established by an Act of the Western Australian Parliament in February 1911, and began teaching students for the first time in 1913. It is the oldest university in the state of Western Australia and the only university in the state to be a member of the Group of Eight, as well as the sandstone universities. UWA was established under and is governed by the University of Western Australia Act 1911. The Act provides for control and management by the university's Senate, and gives it the authority, amongst other things, to make statutes, regulations and by-laws, details of which are contained in the university Calendar. One of Australia's best and most prestigious universities, UWA is highly ranked internationally in various publications; the 2011 QS World University Rankings placed UWA at 73rd internationally. To date UWA has produced close to 100 Rhodes Scholars and a Nobel Prize winner. UWA recently joined the Matariki Network of Universities as the youngest member, the only one established during the 20th century.
Research unlocks potential of super-compound
Researchers at The University of Western Australia's have discovered that nano-sized fragments of graphene - sheets of pure carbon - can speed up the rate of chemical reactions.
Arctic marine organisms capture CO2
Arctic marine organisms act as a reservoir for CO2, according to research published in the international journal Geophysical Research Letters.
Enhanced tolerance to ion toxicities improves wheat yield in WA
Researchers from The University of Western Australia have identified ways for farmers in medium-to-high rainfall areas of the WA grain belt to increase wheat yield. Their breakthrough may have implications ...
Public opinion should help sway marine policy according to study
Public opinion should inform policy decisions about the marine environment, according to a study published this week in the international journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Study unravels links between soils and plant biodiversity
For decades, ecologists have studied soils to understand why some patches of vegetation contain more plant species than others. Researchers at The University of Western Australia's School of Plant Biology and the Smithsonian ...
Haunting tales in ship-wrecked silver
In her work of analysing the silver coins recovered from six ships, wrecked off the WA coast over almost two centuries, PhD candidate Liesel Gentelli finds herself thinking of some of the wreck survivors.
Diet affects sperm competitiveness
It's well known that omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 LC-PUFA) can help to prevent heart disease but new research has found that these essential fatty acids can also increase the chance ...
Woolly mammoth genome sequencer at UWA
How can a giant woolly mammoth which lived at least 200,000 years ago help to save the Tasmanian Devil from extinction? The answer lies in DNA, the carrier of genetic information.
New research provides understanding that helps control legume viruses
Farmers in south-west WA will be pleased to find out that a PhD candidate from The University of Western Australia has made significant advances in our understanding of major plant pathogen Bean yellow mosaic ...
Galapagos invasion is global warning
A new study led by a PhD researcher at The University of Western Australia has revealed that parts of the iconic Galapagos Islands have been overrun by invasive plants from other parts of the world.
Canola flowers faster with heat genes
(Phys.org) —A problem that has puzzled canola breeders for years has been solved by researchers from The University of Western Australia - and the results could provide a vital breakthrough in understanding ...
World's largest drought resistance experiment on chickpeas under way at UWA
Researchers from The University of Western Australia's Institute of Agriculture are conducting the world's largest chickpea experiment on drought resistance.
Bullet 'fingerprints' to help solve crimes
Criminals don't just have to worry about their own fingerprints these days: because of a young forensic scientist at The University of Western Australia, they should also be very concerned about their bullets' ...
Phytoplankton use turbulence to survive
A unique water profiling instrument developed by The University of Western Australia's Centre for Water Research (CWR) is enabling scientists to understand the impact of even the most subtle turbulence on ...
Perthites wanted for study on the Aussie lingo
We all know that Australians speak English differently from the way it's spoken in the UK or the US, and many of us are aware that Perth people have a slightly different version of the language from, say, Melbournians - but ...