Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), Professor Judy Raper, hosted the annual Research and Innovation Forum for UOW academic staff on Monday 10 September. Professor Raper gave an overview of recent research highlights and priorities for 2019 and emphasised the submission of ARC Linkage grants, which have a rolling application deadline. She also provided data about the University’s Research Engagement and Impact submission, saying the timeline for outcomes of this assessment are expected in early 2019.

The Forum also saw the launch of the UOW Impact Makers booklet, profiling the research interests and impact of 43 early and mid-career academics from all faculties across the University. Two of the academics featured gave short talks about their projects. Dr Johan Barthelemy from the SMART Infrastructure Facility provided an overview of the Digital Living Lab, and Dr Jenny Sim from the UOW School of Nursing detailed her project, AUSNOC (the Australian Nursing Outcomes Collaborative).

Dr Thomas Barlow, a higher education sector analyst, provided an entertaining summary of his book A Theory of Nothing, about a fictional professor, his research group, and their desperate attempts to climb the ladder of prestige and recognition. Dr Barlow used his novel to offer some insights and advice on the challenges of an academic career, which included to collaborate widely and to maintain integrity of purpose.

Professor Raper’s presentation slides from the Forum are available on the Staff Intranet. The UOW Impact Makers booklet will be online shortly at www.uow.edu.au/impact-makers. Hard copy booklets are available from the Research Services Office: research@uow.edu.au.