What is the purpose of the UAEW group?
UAEW is a national group, sponsored by Universities Australia, that provides strategic advice and high-level guidance to Australian Universities and their governing bodies, relevant associated organisations and state/territory-based networks committed to improving the representation of women, both academic and professional, at executive levels of university leadership and governance.
The Universities Australia Executive Women Group has the following objectives:
- Provide strategic advice and recommendations to Universities Australia on sector-wide approaches to enhance the representation of women in executive leadership roles in Australian universities, including strategies for empowering future women in leadership.
- Collect, collate and share information and good practice relevant to universities and their governing bodies, associated organisations and state/territory-based networks to improve the representation of women at executive levels of university leadership. Good practice advice might include, for example, practical toolkits, guidelines and the like.
- Sponsor/commission targeted investigations around strategies to address systemic barriers to women’s advancement to executive level in the Australian university sector to develop practical resources for dissemination and use.
- Actively promote and support university-led initiatives to enhance the representation of women in executive leadership roles across the Australian higher education sector.
- Provide evidence-based briefings to relevant high-level groups such as the Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors, Deputy Vice-Chancellors and other senior university stakeholders with responsibility for enhancing the representation of women in executive leadership roles in the sector.
- On request, provide advice and guidance to universities and their governing bodies, associated organisations and state/territory-based networks on initiatives they have planned or are implementing to assist the development of female staff.
Click here for the UAEW Terms of Reference (PDF 218KB)
Professor Caroline Finch, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Edith Cowan University
Professor Eileen Baldry, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UNSW Sydney.
Professor Kerri-Lee Krause, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), La Trobe University
Professor Marcia Devlin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Vice-President, Victoria University
Universities Australia Overseer: Anne-Marie Lansdown
Professor Sharon Bell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategy and Planning), Western Sydney University
Professor Deborah Hodgson, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation, University of Newcastle
Professor Helen Huntly, Provost, Tertiary Education Division, Central Queensland University
Ms Natalie MacDonald, Vice-President (Administration), La Trobe University
Project Officer: Kim Findlay
Members and Membership
There are two tiers of membership.
1. Senior Membership
- For academic or professional women and men at or above the level of executive dean, associate dean, head of school, director, or their equivalent who have a shared commitment to enhancing the representation of women at the most senior levels of university leadership. You will receive invitations and updates on UAEW resources, along with opportunities to play a leadership role in helping the university sector to achieve our goal of gender parity in executive roles.
- for women and men employed in universities below the level of Head of School/Director or equivalent, with an interest in opportunities for women in leadership and a commitment to developing and supporting women in university leadership; and
- individuals and organisations outside the Australian university sector who are committed to the advancement of women to executive levels and who wish to support and follow the group, receive regular email updates and attend relevant events.
Best Practice Recruitment Guidelines
The Best Practice Recruitment Guidelines (PDF 853.5KB) have been developed by UAEW, in partnership with Fisher Leadership, to fast forward the advancement of women in Australian university executive appointments. The guidelines were launched on 1 March 2018 at the Universities Australia Higher Education Conference.
Best Practice Recruitment Guidelines - case studies
Where possible, the case studies (PDF 760.8KB) represented in the best practice recruitment guidelines are extended and supplementary information provided.
Mentors to Many video vignettes
The video vignettes involve interviews with senior university executives, who address a series of questions that a mentee or aspiring leader might typically ask a mentor or sponsor (listed in alphabetical order).
Professor Attila Brungs, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_aTus1JHtc, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cG2keq1HNk&t=6s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4agTYI0TjSA
Professor Brenda Cherednickenko, Executive Dean Arts and Education, Deakin University, https://youtu.be/yL2hJUi3r2w
Professor Jane den Hollander, Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University, https://youtu.be/MOTeCJJzkpM
Professor John Dewar, Vice-Chancellor, La Trobe University, https://youtu.be/6hoXA21DPkw, https://youtu.be/YcegUIesFVY, and https://youtu.be/AtCbxBxp7pU.
Professor Lorraine Ling, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Associate), Towards Success, Victoria University, https://youtu.be/mo98uBbWLKI
Associate Professor Linley Lord of the Maureen Bickley Centre for Women in Leadership, Curtin Graduate School of Business, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sXg8tUvKjY&t=16s
Professor Jill Milroy, Dean of the School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt5aniEJCQ0&t=104s
Professor Beverley Oliver, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Deakin University, https://youtu.be/92j8sJ7l1dM
Kerrie Parker, Chief Financial Officer, Deakin University, https://youtu.be/c20tx6F0o30
Mentoring and Sponsorship Video
Mentoring and Sponsorship, Dr Jennifer de Vries (www.jendevries.com), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s624S7BgggQ
UAEW, in partnership with Dr Jen de Vries and Dr Jennifer Binns, have developed Sponsorship: Creating Career Opportunities for Women in Higher Education Guidelines . The guide is an educative tool with practical guides to support Australian universities in enhancing their sponsorship practice. The guide provides insights into the benefits and challenges of sponsorship so that individuals and organisations can decide whether and how sponsorship might meet their needs and which tools they would like to implement.
We recommend that the sponsorship guide is not read in isolation, and that you are mindful of, and refer to the unconscious bias (PDF 459.1KB) resource when implementing any sponsorship practice.
Unconscious Bias Guidelines
UAEW has produced guidelines for Councils and universities to consider when designing programs or initiatives to tackle unconscious bias. These can be found here (PDF 458.6KB).
WomenCount: Australian Universities 2016
WomenCount: Australian Universities 2016 reports on the participation of women in the most senior leadership roles in Universities Australia’s members in a snapshot taken in September 2016. The roles considered in the report include Chancellors, Deputy Chancellors, university councils, Chairs of key governing body committees, Vice-Chancellors and their executive teams, Chairs of academic boards and heads of faculties.
The report, sponsored by Perrett Laver and launched by Universities Australia at the March 2017 Higher Education Conference, shows that universities, individually and collectively, are taking action to increase women’s leadership in senior roles. There is progress to celebrate in some areas but work is continuing across a number of priorities. Click here (PDF 1.1MB) for the full report.
HIGHER ED.ITION Q&A
On 30 October 2017, in the newsletter of Universities Australia, a Q&A interview on UAEW with Professor Marcia Devlin was published.
Chlopicki, K. (2018, March 6). Guide helps advance women in leadership. Campus Review. Retrieved from https://www.campusreview.com.au/2018/03/women-in-leadership/
Dodd, T. (2018, March 7). Gender mix tips to women in research. The Australian, p. 31
Matchett, S. (2018, November 21). Sponsoring spirals of success. Campus Morning Mail. Retrieved from https://campusmorningmail.com.au/news/sponsoring-spirals-of-success/
Myton, D. (2018, March 21). Fast-forward to gender equity
New best practice recruitment guidelines for Australian universities. Campus Morning Mail. Retrieved from http://campusmorningmail.com.au/news/fast-forward-to-gender-equity/
UAEW has a LinkedIn group that all interested colleagues who have a LinkedIn profile are welcome to join. Go here to join the group.
Rolling Action plan
UAEW has a rolling two-year Action Plan (PDF 890.6KB).
Thursday and Friday (Kim Findlay – Project Officer for UAEW)
The Universities Australia Executive Women group (UAEW) was established in 1994 (formally Australian Colloquium for Senior Women Executives in Higher Education). UAEW conducts gender equality research, provides insights to the issues/challenges facing executive women, hosts workshop/s each year for executive women and creates opportunities for networking. The group has had several evolutions over the years and now operates to an articulated term of reference/objectives as outlined above.