Dear Colleagues,

I want to convey my sincere thanks for your continued hard work, commitment, and perseverance during this time.

It has been heartening to see the continued goodwill and positive energy amongst staff – even via our screens.

I’ve heard of recipe’s being swapped between staff, children practising their reading in front of their parents’ colleagues, online trivia, best zoom background competitions and loads more.

The resilience of this institution has struck me from day one, and now more than ever, it is serving us well and ensuring we stay positive and on track.

As always, much good work continues around UOW despite the hurdles in front of us, with teaching and research in full swing and staff achieving impressive accolades.

I’d like to congratulate Senior Professor Simon Ville, from UOW’s Faculty of Business, who has been appointed Australian Studies Chair at Harvard University. This is the first time Harvard University has awarded this prestigious position to a UOW scholar. Congratulations Professor Ville!

During the week, I was also pleased to learn that UOW had secured over 50 individual and team grants, valued at over $1.4M, as part of our RevITAlise Research Grants scheme supporting early career researchers and interdisciplinary teams impacted by COVID-19. This is wonderful news for all involved and a significant boost for our researchers whose work has been severely impacted by the events of the past 18months.

To stay active and connected during this time, I encourage staff to use UniActive’s free online live exercise classes. The team have a range of classes via Zoom to suit all abilities, including yoga, core, body balance, strength and cardio. You don’t need to be a member, just pick your class and follow along from home. Join the closed Facebook group here for timetables, zoom links, training tips, and staying connected with the UniActive community. Thank you to Pulse and the UniActive team for providing this vital service for staff and students.

And finally, I’d like to acknowledge UOW alumni Flynn Ogilvie and his incredible achievements with the Kookaburras who competed for gold last night – just missing out against Belgium in penalties. Along with fellow UOW alumni Sarah Carla who competed in the 400m hurdles, and Emma McKeon, who started her swimming career here in our UOW pool. What an impressive group of young people! And we’re honoured to be part of their journey.

I hope everyone has a restful weekend and thank you for all that you do.