Improving the representation of women in senior and leadership positions
We analysed our workforce data at University as well as Faculty, Department and Office levels to identify and understand the ‘hot spots’ where we are losing women and are focusing our actions in these places. Our new Academic Promotions process was implemented, with more diverse criteria by which people can be promoted. A review of the 2017 promotions round and the new promotions criteria is being conducted with a particular focus on gender-related issues.
The University is participating in the SAGE Athena SWAN program (see below) which is designed to support the promotion, hiring, participation and retention of women in STEMM. We are targeting an award at the Institutional Bronze level, with a submission due in early 2019. In 2017, Macquarie conducted a pilot participating in the Franklin Mentoring program, which brought together women looking to progress their career in health and medical research with senior leaders who can help build a culture of greater diversity within the field. Following the successful pilot, we will continue to participate and expand our numbers in 2018.