Our emphasis on academic curiosity sets us apart from other universities. We operate more than 75 research and training centres and receive roughly 80 per cent of all research funding to Western Australian universities annually. Over the years, we’ve continued to attract high-calibre, globally recognised scholars such as Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall.
Professor Marshall was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2005 for his part in discovering the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease. Professor Marshall continues to lead UWA research teams within the Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases Research and Training, of which he is a director. The centre draws research staff and visitors from overseas regularly.
Another key facility within UWA is our Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, an internationally significant facility established in 2000 as a joint venture between WA's four public universities and CSIRO. The centre is an integral part of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s biggest radio telescope. The project commences construction in 2018 in WA’s Mid-West.
The University was part of a major discovery in 2015 when, in a world first, a team of UWA scientists observed ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves. This confirmed a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity.
More than 400 postdoctoral students carry out important projects at UWA across a range of disciplines. As a student with us, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge through collaborative projects with business, industry, government and the wider community.