Pilbara campus for UWA

The University of WA is considering opening a campus in the Pilbara to support its expansion into the resources sector in the state’s northwest.

A taskforce has already been set up to examine the move, but no final decision has been made on the investment or its location, The West Australian reports.

The push is likely to be spearheaded by the university’s Energy and Minerals Institute and will help students and staff conduct research on WA’s mining industry, EMI director Tim Shanahan said.

"Clearly the Pilbara is the most important energy and minerals region in WA and probably in Australia,” he said.

"Over the last four or five years the university's been active in making regular visits to the communities there and supporting a range of activities which already exist."

UWA has already established a presence south of Perth in Albany and Geraldton, but the push into the Pilbara could be its largest expansion yet, according to The West Australian.