Dear Colleagues,

I’m pleased to be writing to you on a Thursday this week, with our UOW staff ‘Wellbeing Day’ tomorrow and a nice long weekend ahead of us to enjoy. I hope you all get the opportunity to enjoy some much-deserved rest and rejuvenation over the coming days.

A quick reminder that I and some of the senior executives will be hosting ‘Storytime’ for your little ones later this morning. The fun starts at 11.00 am! If you’d like a short break to go and grab a cuppa or find a sunny spot to take five, this is for you.

In community news, the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) is currently looking for individuals to help future-proof our community’s healthcare system against COVID-19. If you know anyone who may be suitable, staff for clinical and non-clinical roles are needed for work in their network of hospitals, virtual care centres, Special Hospital Accommodation and Community Health Accommodation, contact tracing team, and testing clinics, and vaccination clinics across the region. This is a fantastic opportunity for candidates to make their mark on history, working together with a great team to support, vaccinate and treat as many people as possible against COVID-19. If you know someone who might be interested, please send them here.

The NSW Government recently confirmed the plan to return international students progressively to our state. This is wonderful news! International students are a much-valued part of our community. The different cultural perspectives they bring greatly enriches the diversity of campus life and all students’ learning experiences. Having worked closely with our sector and governments to explore ways to bring about the safe return of international students, we are delighted that we may soon be welcoming small numbers back to our campuses. I will share more information as it becomes available.

A big thank you to the 170+ Professional and Academic staff working on Early Admission activities over the past two weeks. UOW has engaged with over 7,000 Year 12 students throughout the week through Early Admission interviews and offer activation events. This is a true institution-wide project, and your efforts play a vital role in reinforcing UOW as a university of choice for these prospective students. Well done to all involved!

And lastly, Trivia with Trish will wrap up for now. Congratulations to Tara Sailor, who has taken the final prize this week and will receive a $50 gift card. Honourable mentions to our clever runners up: Tania Brown, Heath Ecroyd, Chris Hadley, Chris Tulloch, Jono Keyes and Laura Mothersdill. We’ve had more than 800 registrations for our trivia sessions over the past six weeks, and I wanted to send a big thank you for joining me for 30 mins of fun in these lockdown times. It has brightened my Tuesdays, and I hope yours too.

Enjoy the long weekend ahead, and don’t forget about daylight savings!