All staff at JCU have the opportunity to participate in research to improve the recruitment, promotion and retention of women within the university.
Across Australia’s higher education sector, women are under-represented in senior academic positions, management and senior leadership roles more broadly. For example, women comprise more than half of science PhD graduates and early career researchers but just 17% of senior academics in Australian universities and research institutes.
JCU is undertaking a program to better understand this inequity by participating in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative. SAGE is a national program that aims to improve the inclusion of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, and Medical (STEMM) disciplines. JCU, however, has committed to expand the program to female staff across the whole university.
SAGE is coordinated by the Australian Academy of Science and is based on the Athena Swan initiative in the UK. The accreditation program takes three-years, and is a starting point to transforming the academic profile of the University.
The accreditation process includes data collection and analysis, workshops, forums, network meetings and other related activities. A Self-Assessment Team (SAT) has formed under the leadership of Professor Iain Gordon to spearhead this initiative. The team is undertaking quantitative and qualitative research to identify the inhibitors and enablers to gender equity at JCU.
Have your say
You can participate by submitting confidential online testimonials on topics relating to gender equity at JCU. An online link with a question will be sent out each week for the next six weeks. You may choose to submit a response in relation to none, some or each of the weekly topics. The topics will cover issues such as, family friendly arrangements, interactions amongst male and female staff, effective gender equity strategies as well as harmful stereotypes in the workplace. Testimonials are anonymous and only to be used for informing the SAGE program.
The first weekly topic is now open for contributions and you may submit your testimonial here:
Thank you for contributing to gender equity research at JCU.