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Gender Equity Committee

The Australian National University Strategic Plan 2017-2021 has, at its core, The Need for Change. One of the five areas identified as a Need for Change is Achieving Equity – Within ANU and in Society. The Strategic Plan states ‘We continue to make progress on gender equity, but have much work still to do. Our student cohort is slightly more than half female in most subjects, but there are notable exceptions that are strongly gender biased. The progress rates of students are not strongly linked to gender or ethnicity, but the progression rates of academic staff, especially from fixed-term to continuing positions remain biased against women.’

The College of Business and Economics has established the Gender Equity Committee to support gender equity for academic and professional staff. The Committee develops and oversees the implementation of strategies and policies relating to gender equity within the College.

Achievements to date:

  • Gender Equity Research Grant Scheme
  • Strategic Gender Equity Academic Appointments Funding Scheme

Terms of reference

The Australian National University Strategic Plan 2017-2021 has, at its core, The Need for Change. One of the five areas identified as a Need for Change is Achieving Equity – Within ANU and in Society. The Strategic Plan states ‘We continue to make progress on gender equity, but have much work still to do. Our student cohort is slightly more than half female in most subjects, but there are notable exceptions that are strongly gender biased. The progress rates of students are not strongly linked to gender or ethnicity, but the progression rates of academic staff, especially from fixed-term to continuing positions remain biased against women.’

The College of Business and Economics has established this Gender Equity Committee to support gender equity for academic and professional staff.

Role

The Committee will develop and oversee the implementation of strategies and policies relating to gender equity within the College. It will consider issues relevant both to academic and professional staff.

The Committee will;

  • Collect and analyse data relevant to gender issues in the College;
  • Propose and develop College-wide policies relating to gender equity issues;
  • Propose and develop initiatives aimed at addressing gender equity issues in the College;
  • Discuss matters brought forward by members of the College in relation to gender equity;
  • Initiate and facilitate broader discussion about gender equity within the College;
  • Make recommendations to the College Executive Committee about improving gender equity for academic and professional staff.

Membership

  • College Dean (Ex Officio);
  • One academic from each Research School;
  • The College Human Resources Manager;
  • One CBE professional staff member from the CBE Central Administration.

The Chair will be appointed by the Dean from the above membership.

In the interests of gender equity, the membership will aim to be 50% female 50% male.

Schedule of meetings and reporting

The Committee will meet when required, reporting to the CBE Executive Committee as appropriate. Recommendations from the Gender Equity Committee will be submitted to the CBE Executive Committee for consideration.

Terms of reference last updated April 2018.

Please download a copy of the Terms of Reference.

Updated:   27 March 2018 / Responsible Officer:  Dean, Business & Economics / Page Contact:  College Web Team