Southern Cross University Development Program for Women
The program includes initiatives aimed at assisting with the professional development of academic and professional staff across the University.
Promoting SCU's Women
This initiative recognises the important role that diversity in general and women in particular play in progressing the strategic initiatives of the University.
The objectives of the Network are:
- To support and develop women staff (academic, research and professional staff);
- To encourage women to consider careers in management and leadership;
- To increase the representation of women in senior positions at SCU;
- To facilitate key introductions and networking amongst women.
Target Group: The network is open to women at all levels across the University and is of special interest to those women aspiring to senior and leadership roles.
Format: Regular sessions including lunch with a mix of internal/external speakers. Each session has a theme of relevance to supporting and advancing women.The forums provide an opportunity for women staff to hear from interesting and inspirational speakers, connect and network with colleagues, exchange ideas on topics that are of interest to women in the workplace and discuss development and support opportunities for women staff. The structure for each forum includes presentations from internal and external key speakers followed by a facilitated discussion, providing women staff with the opportunity to provide input and feedback on issues relating to the promotion and support of women at SCU.
Networking Forum Lunchs will be held at:
- Gold Coast (Beachside location) on Wednesday 22 May from 12-1.30pm in Room A1.29
- Lismore on Thursday 1 August from 12-1.30pm in Zest Function Room, Campus Central
- Coffs Harbour on Wednesday 18 October from 12-1.30pm in Room A1.27
Please contact Cathy Burton, Equity & Diversity Officer, email email@example.com if you would like to attend
Promotion Workshops for Women Academic Staff
Workshops are held annually in June to provide information on the academic promotions process and provide a forum for women staff to gain information from a number of staff including those who have recently experienced the process. The workshop also provides opportunities for mentoring.
The workshop will be via video conference on Thursday 6 June from 9.30am - 11.00am at:
- Lismore (Room 1.06A)
- Riverside (Level 3 Meeting Room)
- Beachside (Room A3.16)
- Coffs Harbour (Room A1.20)
SCU Mentoring Program for Women
The mentoring program is one of a range of initiatives targeted at academic and professional women staff with the aim of attracting, supporting and developing women staff across the organisation.
The program's objectives are to:
- provide developmental support;
- assist in identifying career gaps;
- assist in identifying opportunities;
- foster collaboration;
- provide ongoing support networks for staff;
- prepare staff for taking on challenges ;
- enhance individual capabilities.
Staff Mentoring for Women Program "Being a Mentee' Workshop to be held on each campus at:
- Gold Coast, Riverside location on Wednesday 3 April, from 1.00pm-2.00pm in Room L1.SEM
- Lismore on Thursday 4 April, from 1.00pm-2.00pm in Room Z1.81A
- and Coffs Harbour on Wednesday 10 April, from 1.00pm-2.00pm in Room A1.37
and via video conference on Tuesday 6 August from 1.00-2.00pm in:
- Lismore in Room 1.06A
- Coffs Harbour in Room A1.20
- Beachside in Room A3.16
- and Riverside in Level 3, Meeting Room
"I can honestly say that everything I have learnt about being an academic- whether it is teaching, researching or supervising- I have learnt from mentors, all of them generous people, women and men who have gladly given their time and wisdom for my personal and professional benefit. Such collegial relationships continue to be the most satisfying and rewarding aspects of my university life." Dr Kath Fisher, Southern Cross University.
"Participating in the SCU Mentoring Program for Women provided me with an opportunity to meet with a colleague on an informal basis in a supportive, constructive and collegial environment. My Mentor was not only generous with her time but also her advice. I found talking to a colleague from another Faculty provided me with a new perspective on old issues such as the development of a career pathway and increased my confidence to pursue new possibilities." Tess Boyle, Lecturer,School of Education, Gold Coast Tweed Heads.
For further information about the mentoring program please contact Cathy Burton,Equity & Diversity Officer, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Workshop for Women Academic Staff
This full day workshop is facilitated by the Associate Dean of Research Studies to provide information, strategies and tips from experienced researchers on how to establish a research career. The workshop is targeted at all women academic staff, but particularly those who are in the early stages of developing a research career. The workshop provides an opportunity to form peer networks and begin the process of framing a research plan.
"The workshop is singularly the most rewarding relevant, re-assuring and inspired seminar I have attended at SCU. You should be very prould of your program and I sincerely thankyou for the opportunity to attend" Kate Neale, Associate Lecturer, School of Commerce and Management 20/05/2009
The next Research Workshop for Women Academic Staff will be held on Tuesday 30 July, 2013 from 10.00am-4.00pm at Invercauld House, Lismore. For further information or to register contact Rachel Callahan, Head, Equity & Diversity, email: email@example.com
Research Workshop Presentation - Associate Professor Carol Morris [ppt]
How I developed my Research Career - Dr Renata Phelps [ppt]
Developing Research - Dr Rebecca Coyle
For further information on any of the above initiatives contact Rachel Callahan, Head, Equity and Diversity Services [contact details].
Updated: 08 May 2013