University of Western Australia

MNU Co-ordinator:  Michelle Emmett / Jerline Chen (

UWA campus

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is one of Australia’s leading universities and has an international reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and research.  A dynamic and progressive university, UWA is a member of the prestigious ‘Group of Eight’ partnership of leading Australian universities and offers a diverse range of courses.  UWA attracts outstanding staff and students from around Australia and internationally.  With intellectual excellence and critical thinking at the heart of all degrees, UWA graduates are leaders in all fields of endeavour at home and abroad.

The dual strengths of UWA’s research and research training set the University apart.  Responsible for almost 70 per cent of the university-based research and development in Western Australia, the University is ranked second for research in Australia, taking account of its size.  The 2005 Nobel Prize for Medicine to UWA graduate and current researcher Professor Barry Marshall and colleague Emeritus Professor Robin Warren underscores the international excellence of research being conducted at UWA.

UWA is connected into the National Infrastructure investment through its nodes of AuScope, the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility, the Australian National Fabrication Facility, Bioplatforms Australia, the Integrated Marine Observing System, Metabolomics Australia, the National Imaging Facility, and the Population Health Research Network.  It is a major partner in iVEC, which hosts the Pawsey Centre national high performance computing infrastructure, and UWA runs a high quality Animal Care Services unit.  World-class is the minimum standard and the University strives to achieve international excellence in all areas.

Major facilities, equipment, special collections and field stations

Science and engineering

  • UWA’s Energy and Minerals Institute has world-class centrifuge facilities for deep water engineering and is the only testing and modelling facility in the southern hemisphere to have both a beam and drum centrifuge.
  • UWA’s main campus will have the largest marine research capability in the Indian Ocean Rim with the construction of the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC) – a AUD $62 million facility which will enable Australia to expand international research.
  • UWA scientists are working towards a better future in farming with the ‘UWA Future Farm 2050’ project.  The mission of the 1600-hectare farm near Pingelly, Western Australia is to develop a profitable mixed-enterprise operation at the cutting edge of practical technology for cropping, animal, environmental footprint, and ecosystem and biodiversity management.
  • UWA also offers a purpose-built AUD $30 million Science Library that draws together the University’s library resources across all science disciplines and provides a variety of individual and group learning spaces.
  • The University houses the cutting-edge AUD $73 million Bayliss Building, the most advanced bimolecular sciences facility in WA.
  • E-Zone (UWA’s Engineering Zone), offers an inspiring physical space for academics, staff and students to collaborate and represents the largest investment in engineering education in Western Australia’s history.

Health and medicine

  • UWA launched the AUD $122 million 10-storey Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in 2014 on the campus of the QEII Medical Centre in Nedlands.  The institute took eight years to plan, is 21,000sqm and was purpose built with systems designed to help integrate researchers.  The state-of-the-art building has capacity to house 750 researchers and will focus on cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neuromuscular diseases and will oversee centres which focus on melanoma, ageing, emergency medicine and neurotrauma.
  • UWA received AUD $10 million to create a Western Australia based centre for Indigenous Health which aims to significantly improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and develop stronger social, spiritual and emotional wellbeing.
  • In partnership with the Western Australian Government, UWA has a state-of-the-art oral health centre, offering modern teaching and clinical services.
  • The University’s Clinical Training and Education Centre (CTEC), Australia’s premier medical and surgical skills training centre, is one of the most advanced medical technology complexes in the world.

Ongoing investment for leading facilities
The University of Western Australia’s New Century Campaign will raise AUD $400 million in philanthropic and partnership support to achieve the full impact of our research and educational vision. Scholarships, access programs, research and teaching facilities and a museum will receive funding from the campaign.