Among Australian universities, the University of Southern Queensland is one of only two that have had two female vice-chancellors in a row. It looks like the university’s efforts to improve gender equity are paying off.
“We now have over 50% of our senior staff roles filled by women but we were at 33%, five years ago,” said Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie in this episode of the SAGE podcast, Think Difference.
While a number of Australian higher education and research sector organisations have started their journey towards gender equity, gender imbalance at senior leadership levels remains a challenge to overcome.
In this episode of Think Difference, guest host Liz Foschia from the Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) spoke with two medical research institutes and SAGE subscribers who are working to reverse that trend.
CEO of SAGE Ltd, Dr Wafa El-Adhami, says despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, the pandemic is demonstrating how SAGE and Australia’s higher education and research sector are continuing to innovate in their approaches to addressing gender equity and diversity.
Our guest on this episode of the SAGE Think Difference podcast is none other than CSIRO Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley FAA FTSE.
Dr Foley reflects on her career in physics and how CSIRO is embracing diversity to solve the greatest challenges of our time. “You need to have the greatest minds to embrace human potential,” she says, and that means embracing human differences.