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Vice Chancellor's Gender Equality Fund
Western Sydney University has a long-standing reputation and commitment to Gender Equality in the workplace. The University proactively supports work practices which enable it to attract and retain high quality staff.
The Gender Equality Fund is an annual grant available to all staff for funding of up to $5,000 for initiatives that facilitate gender equality at Western Sydney University and promote workplace inclusion. This funding is for projects that would not be normally funded by Divisions, Schools and Institutes.
Applications are invited in the following areas:
- Gender Equity Research at WSU
- Gender Equality Education and Promotion
- Targeted gender equality initiatives as identified by the Vice-Chancellors Gender Equality Committee.
2018 Applications have now been finalised with 2019 applications to open later in the year.
2018 Successful Applications
Applications for the 2018 Gender Equality Fund closed 13 December 2017. Applications received this year reflected an interesting range of initiatives focusing on areas such as succession planning, women in STEM, indigenous inclusion, and women in leadership. Projects as listed below have now been formally approved and are currently in progress, with final reports due to be provided by 15 December 2018.
- Listening to and Incorporating the Voices of Women at WSU: Building a welcoming, supportive, and sustainable workplace for traditionally marginalised groups, focusing on gender, age, disability, race, ethnicity and sexuality - Assoc. Professor Jane Mears, School of Social Sciences and Psychology
- Why Western Women are Choosing STEM...or not - Ms Wendy Truelove, CareerConnect
- Exploring ways to elevate women's leadership voices in Higher Education to achieve career longevity and gender parity - Assoc. Professor Tonia Gray, Senior Researcher, Centre for Educational Research
- Academic Career Progression: What Matters? – Assoc. Professor Maria Estela Varua, Director, Academic Programs Economics, Finance and Property), School of Business
- Gender Unlimited Seminar Series - Professor Janice Aldrich-Wright and Dr Kieryn McKay, Office of the DVC (Academic)
- Strategies and Barriers to Best Practice: A review of executive leadership succession planning in the Higher Education Sector and implications for Gender Equality at WSU - Dr Sheree Gregory, Lecturer, School of Business
2017 Project Final Reports
2017 was the inaugural year for applications under the Gender Equality Fund. Below you can view the final reports from successful applicants. Findings within these reports are reviewed by the Vice-Chancellor's Gender Equality Committee, and recommendations are reviewed and acted upon as appropriate.
- Breastfeeding Friendly Communities at WSU - Dr Elaine Burns and Zoi Triandafilidis
- Exploring Barriers and Facilitators to seeking Promotion: Level C and above Academics and Level B to Level C Academics - Dr Lyn Francis
- Review and Improvement of Academic Induction & Orientation Packs (STEMM focus) - Professor Janice Aldrich-Wright and Dr Kieryn McKay
- Improving Access to Information on Parental Leave Entitlements - Professor Janice Aldrich-Wright, Dr Kieryn McKay, Dr Kate McBride and Dr Freya Macmillan
- Illuminating and understanding women’s and men’s experiences navigating family care responsibilities and their academic careers - Assoc. Prof Meg Smith, Dr Michelle O'Shea and Dr Aila Khan (To be finalised).
For more information about Gender Equality Initiatives at Western Sydney University visit our Gender Equality webpage.
For more information about the Vice-Chancellor's Gender Equality Fund contact Dr Sev Ozdowski, Director, Office of Equity & Diversity.