Gender equity in Australian universities

Professor Glenda Strachan

Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing (WOW) Regulation and Institutions Programme Director, Professor Glenda Strachan will use new funding from theUniversities Australia Executive WomenGroup (UAEW) to produce a report in the first part of 2014 on the state of gender equity in Australian universities.

The major source of research for the report comes from the Work and Careers in Australian Universities Survey, conducted as part of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant (LP0991191), entitled ‘Gender and employment equity: strategies for advancement in Australian universities’, which was completed in 2013. The report will dig deeper into the aforementioned data, alongside that from the Department of Industry as it relates to the higher education sector, so as to provide a contemporary picture of the pattern of university employment.

Glenda and her team will specifically focus on the characteristics of academic and professional (or non-academic) staffs’ career aspirations, access to support, their working environments, and the link between family and work and career progression. Issues faced by women in senior management positions will additionally be explored, as will the implications of gender on job security and longevity in the sector.

Professor Strachan was additionally elected as a one of three new Chairpersons to oversee the UAEWGroup in 2014.

ARC Linkage Research Partners included UAEW, the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and UniSuper.