Academic women in the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

In line with UQ’s commitment to the national Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot of the Athena SWAN program, the aim of the group is to create a supportive environment for women within the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology.

We want to build a sustainable network, where members can share knowledge and experiences, to enable and encourage the development, leadership, mentoring and advancement of women.

When you join this community, you are committing to help grow a strong supportive culture across our Faculty that values, acknowledges and promotes the contributions of academic women.

The group is open to all academic women. We hold this to include transwomen, non-binary people, and cisgendered women.

To join, please send an email to:

Organising committee

  • Dr Lisa Ottenhaus 
  • Dr Mashhuda Glencross 
  • Dr Denys Villa Gomez 

Contact us

EAIT Academic Womens Group

UQ resources

UQ has pledged a commitment to improving gender equity. As part of this, there are a number of resources that can be found on the webpage, including:

  • The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)
  • SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN
  • The University of Queensland Strategic Plan
  • Diversity and inclusion policies and procedures
  • Career programs for women.

Whilst the page focuses on academic staff, it is a good place to start as it has a number of useful links and resources. For example, there are management tools for supporting gender equity and articles on mentoring and gender research in academia.

Another UQ initiative is Ventures LeadHers. Leadhers is a program for all female-identifying students, staff and alumni across all disciplines at UQ. Its aim is to grow leadership capabilities, develop connections and build confidence in participants. It also includes mentoring sessions.

The Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) also has collected together a range of information for women. Make sure you checkout their resources pages.

Resources for mentoring activities

Mentoring is a useful tool to boost your confidence, to help you identify and achieve career goals, and to feel encouraged and empowered in personal development. There are plenty of resources dedicated to mentoring, here are just a few:

  • The UQ Graduate School also offers a mentoring program for HDR students
  • Women in Technology (Australia): WiT provides a safe networking and learning environment for ladies at all stages of their careers - where there is no hard sell and it's easy and encouraged to meet new people 
  • STEM women (Australia): Discover the diversity of women with science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills across Australia. With your help we connect women with career advancing opportunities. 
  • Mentoring Resources (Stanford): Mentoring resources curated by Stanford University

If you or a colleague find yourself in a difficult situation there are several avenues where you can seek help: