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I am a woman and I work in academia: An international collection of female academics’ perspectives and experiences of their work.

Researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast are interested in knowing more about the experiences of women in academia. As yet, few studies have explored women’s perspectives and experiences as academics in Australian and International universities. We know that women are still disproportionately underrepresented in senior positions but we are also aware that women often seek to ‘work differently’ and ‘be differently’ in academia.

We would like to understand your perspectives and to provide a space for you to share your experiences. We would also like to know how satisfied you are as a female academic, and for you to identify the challenges and benefits you have experienced and are currently experiencing in terms of your academic work.

Participation in this study is voluntary. Participation involves the completion of an anonymous online survey. You are invited to volunteer 10 minutes of your time to complete the survey. Please be aware that 12 of the questions are open-ended, and so you are very welcome to take much more time to respond and elaborate or expand on the topics if you wish to. There are 23 questions in the survey including demographic questions, satisfaction-related questions and open-ended questions. By completing the survey you are providing your consent to be involved in the survey and for the data you provide to be used in related/future research projects. Your identity will not be known at any stage. If you find that the questions stimulate recollections, emotions and thinking about negative experiences please know that you can discontinue the survey at any time without any need to explain. A Project information sheet is also available.

The survey can be found here. Please pass on this survey link to your female colleagues and local networks.

Once the survey responses have been gathered and analysed, the findings will be used to support understanding of female academics’ perspectives and experiences of their work. A summary of results will be prepared and presented online at the following website.

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Please come along to a lunch time event to meet staff from the Office for Women, including the Manager of Policy, Annie Francis, Veronika Petroff and Ellie McEvoy.

The Office for Women are very interested to hear about the Fay Gale Centre, and they will also tell us what activities they are engaged in. This is a great opportunity to engage with key stakeholders, and develop research links.

Date: 28th March
Time: 12.30-1.30 pm (bring your own lunch)
Venue: Napier Building, Room 142

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The next Alliance of Gender Scholars meeting is Friday March 24th in the Staff Club (Level 4 Union House) 3pm.

This is a group of PhD and ECR’s across the university who are interested in/and are conducting research in gender-related issues. We do a range of activities, for example, development of feminist theories, peer review of writing, publication and presentation strategies, conversations with visiting scholars and members, and of course supporting each other through our strong research community.  We welcome new members, and if you supervise of know a HDR student who would like to join please email Megan (

As always, FGC members and Friends are very welcome to come and join us at 4 pm (after our meeting) for a social drink.

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‘The Challenge of Social Democracy': Don Dunstan and women’s rights in 1970s South Australia The FGC is delighted to host Professor Angela Woollacott (Manning Clark Professor of History, Australian National University) who will present a paper entitled : The Challenge of Social Democracy': Don Dunstan and women’s rights in 1970s South Australia’, Friday 7th April […]

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The aim of the Australian Federation of University Women South Australia Inc. Trust Postdoctoral Grants is to help female postdoctoral fellows to establish their careers. The Grants will provide financial assistance to early career female postdoctoral fellows at the University of Adelaide who will be presenting either a research poster or an oral research presentation […]

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2017 ABR Gender Fellowship Australian Book Review is pleased to reopen the ABR Gender Fellowship following the non-awarding of the Fellowship in the first round. We seek proposals for a substantial article on any aspect of gender in Australian literature (any genre). We have broadened the criteria and we welcome proposals from writers, commentators, and […]

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Art(i)culations of Violence: Gender, sex, sexuality and the politics of injury and revivification will be held on July 13-14 at the Bradley Forum, University of South Australia, City West Campus. It will feature exciting keynote speakers and panelists including Quinn Eades and more TBA. This is an interdisciplinary conference that aims to bring together a […]

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On 9th December, from 4.15 – 5.30pm Raisa Jurva and Dr Marjo Kolehmainen, from University of Tampere, Finland will present two lectures: “Independent, Vulnerable or Bitter? Creating Futurities Through Affective Resonances in Women’s Narration on Heterosexual Relationships” and “Labour of Love? Affect and Atmosphere in Therapy Culture.” The event is co-hosted by the Fay Gale […]

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PhD candidate Kristi Urry (and member of the Alliance of Gender Scholars) recently presented her research at the European Health Psychology Society and British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Conference 2016 in Aberdeen, Scotland, August 2016. Her work explores the perceptions and experiences of sexuality and sexual health for mental health professionals. Kristi was awarded the Vernon […]

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Our next Alliance of Gender Scholars meeting is a workshop on masculinities with visiting academic Dr Jesper Fundberg from the University of Malmo on November 30th, 10-12 am. The workshop is entitled: ‘Doing masculinities: Exploring methods and theories on power and emotions in every-day life’. Please email Megan ( or Mandy Treagus ( if you would […]

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