Episode 15: Gender equity during COVID-19 – finding silver linings

At the University of Sydney, fairness and inclusion go hand in hand with merit and excellence.

In episode 15 of Think Difference, we spoke to Professor Renae Ryan, Academic Director of SAGE and Annie Fenwicke, SAGE Program Manager.

They spoke about how the University of Sydney has embedded accountability for gender equity and diversity across the university structure, the University’s SAGE action plan, and how they have worked to actively preserve gender equity during COVID-19.

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Webinar: Creating a safer online environment for staff and students

Please read the following details carefully as the registration and joining instructions are different from previous SAGE webinars.

Woman sitting in front of a laptop, taking notes during a video conference with three other women.

In this webinar, the eSafety Commissioner will share content from their Training for university support staff and Workplace harms packages to help SAGE subscribers create a safer online environment for their staff and students.

The training aims to:

  • provide an overview of the key functions of the eSafety Commissioner
  • identify strategies to assist those impacted by adult cyber abuse, image-based abuse and technology-facilitated abuse
  • provide guidance on how to prevent, prepare and respond to online safety incidents using the Toolkit for Universities
  • give an overview of the Women In The Spotlight (WITS) program which provides training and resources to raise awareness about gendered online abuse
  • highlight Safe Work Australia online workplace safety guidance, codesigned with eSafety
  • share eSafety resources to support staff wellbeing.

This training aligns with our collective action approach to preventing and responding to sexual harassment, as agreed upon at the SAGE Key Leaders’ Roundtable.


Thursday 14 October 2021, 12 to 1 pm AEDT

Who can attend

Any staff member or student at a SAGE subscriber institution, provided they are at least 18 years old.



How to register

Joining the webinar

To ensure your live webinar event runs smoothly, please ensure the following:

  • Check with your IT department to ensure you can access the GoToWebinar platform. 
  • Ensure participants all register individually so they can participate on a PC/laptop.
  • Use Google Chrome.
  • Have audio on your computer/device turned on and up.

Recording and slides

  • This webinar will not be recorded.
  • Participants are not permitted to record eSafety webinars.
  • The eSafety Commissioner does not record or provide copies of the slides due to the distribution rights of the images purchased for this webinar.
  • They also do not share the slides as the information is constantly changing and they update their slides accordingly.


For enquiries about the webinar, email sage@sciencegenderequity.org.au.

Job opportunity: Communications and Public Relations Manager

Applications for this role are now closed.

About the role

This role is a senior leadership opportunity with responsibility to lead the development and implementation of the SAGE internal and external communications, media and public relations strategies and support the SAGE CEO build and manage relationships.

The manager will play a pivotal role in strengthening SAGE Ltd’s national and international profile, enhance awareness of SAGE and its subscribers’ achievements and seek to influence stakeholders, government policy and engage in the wider conversation on gender equity, diversity and inclusion. As a member of a small team, the role includes the opportunity to be hands on to achieve the objectives of SAGE.

This is an exciting newly created role that brings varied and challenging opportunities; the successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape SAGE communications and public relations strategies and campaigns.

The role requires strong media experience, proven capacity to engage through social media and proven solid judgement in stakeholder management, event marketing, political advocacy and influence. Exceptional written and presentations skills are expected to fulfill this role.

Location for the role is flexible and the position will work from home. The role may be performed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Individual accountabilities

  • Develop, execute and manage communications, media and public relations strategies and tactics.
  • Manage public relations and engagement with stakeholders, including writing press releases, advertising kits and promotional material.
  • Manage the brand and creating marketing strategies aimed to attract and retain subscribers, supporters and sponsors.
  • Design the SAGE social media strategy, managing social media channels, SAGE podcast, website and publication content calendar.
  • End-to-end responsibility for all publishable material.
  • Responsibility for publication production timelines.
  • Development and management of the website, newsletters and social media analytics to understand opportunities and barriers and formulate strategies to address these.
  • End-to-end management of SAGE events and promotional activities.
  • Mentor of members of the team who contribute to the communications and public relations functions.
  • Undertake other duties as required.

Capabilities expected to perform this role effectively

  • In-depth level knowledge and experience in a combination of:
    • Communications management
    • Corporate communications and Public Relations
    • Communication Strategy and Marketing
    • Media Relations and Issues Management
    • Campaigning
    • Writing and Editing
    • Brand Management
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated capability in planning and implementing organisational objectives in communication activities and public profile management.
  • High level strategic thinking coupled with the ability and willingness to operationalise and deliver tangible outcomes within deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a small team environment and a commitment to help develop the communications skills of members of the team.

Knowledge, experience and education expected to perform this role effectively

  • Relevant tertiary qualification(s) and/or experience in communications, public relations or equivalent.
  • Minimum of five years practical experience in one or more roles that carry significant responsibility for communications and stakeholder relationships.
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills.
  • A well-established media network with an ability to successfully pitch a story.
  • Experience in engagement, relationship management and consultation with stakeholders.
  • Proven skills in and capacity to effectively manage:
    • Media engagement and liaison in both social and traditional media
    • Online communication and social media
    • Public profile raising
    • Experience in publication production software and tools.
  • Understanding of and commitment to principles of gender equity, diversity and inclusion and social justice and WHS requirements

Please note: this recruitment process, including interviews, is being run in conjunction with Aged Care Workforce Industry Council (ACWIC) who is advertising a similar role. Applications received for either role will be considered for both positions (SAGE Ltd and ACWIC), unless the applicant expressly indicates otherwise.


$120,000 – $150,000 including super

Contact details

Further information on the position is available from Wafa El-Adhami, CEO (wafa.el-adhami@sciencegenderequity.org.au).

How to apply

On SEEK, submit your resume and cover letter (max. 2 pages) summarising how you believe your skills and experience would be a good fit for the role.

Applications for this job are now closed.

SAGE Ltd aims to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects difference. We are committed to workplace flexibility, and we encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all cultures, abilities, genders, sexes and sexualities.

About SAGE

SAGE Ltd is a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee. SAGE Ltd’s Board of Directors is chaired by Libby Lyons and is responsible for the corporate governance and strategic vision of the Company.

At SAGE, we are guided by our vision for Australia’s tertiary education and research sector to be leaders in best practice gender equity, diversity, and inclusion.