Have your say week 2: gender equity at JCU

@JCU Have your say week 2: gender equity at JCU

Have your say week 2: gender equity at JCU

Invisible and undervalued work

Thanks to the many staff who have already contributed to the gender equity research at JCU. We have had a great response to our first weekly topic on family friendly arrangements.  The topic for Week 2, invisible and undervalued work, is now open for contributions:


Online testimonials are confidential and anonymous.  An online link with a question will be shared each week for six weeks. You may choose to submit a response in relation to none, some or each of the weekly topics.

Why undertake this research?

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 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 assess workplace practices and culture 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.

Thank you for contributing to gender equity research at JCU.