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Professor Dawn Freshwater
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Campus locations

  • Crawley
  • Claremont
  • Albany


By choosing The University of Western Australia (UWA) you’ll be joining a dynamic and passionate community of forward-thinking people determined to explore the unknown and make things happen. Ranked in the world’s Top 100 universities, UWA is the State’s first university and is committed to excellence in education, research and community engagement. The main campus is by the Swan River, 5km from the heart of Perth city. The University was established in 1913 and has a student population of more than 24,000, from more than 100 countries.

Our students learn from experts, gain practical and hands-on experience and develop critical skills for today’s rapidly changing society. Our course structure is based on a global model and allows students to design an individual course of study to match career goals with their interests. UWA graduates consistently exceed the national average starting salary and State graduate employment rates.

We rank 91st in the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities and the QS World Rankings has given us its highest rating possible of 5 Stars+.
UWA is also a member of the Group of Eight, an association of leading research-intensive Australian universities and is one of only two national members of the Worldwide Universities Network, a partnership of 18 research-led institutions. We’re also a member of the Matariki Network of research-intensive universities focusing on student experience.

We attract high-calibre researchers and receive roughly 80 per cent of research funding to Western Australian universities annually. Our staff have won numerous awards for teaching and research, including Professor Barry Marshall and Emeritus Professor Robin Warren, who received a Nobel Prize for the discovery of Helicobacter pylori as the cause of stomach ulcers. More recently, UWA researchers contributed to the discovery of Einstein’s gravitational waves, one of the biggest discoveries of the century.

The University is renowned for its national heritage-listed, picturesque grounds and vibrant social, cultural and sporting life. We’re part of a dynamic cultural scene, having founded the Perth Festival (the oldest festival of its kind in the southern hemisphere) and enjoy a vibrant cultural precinct which draws the community to our galleries, museums and theatres.