Supporting women in engineering, science and technology: the Go West Project

Cater-Steel, Aileen and McDonald, Jacquie (2010) Supporting women in engineering, science and technology: the Go West Project. In: 1st Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education Conference (STEM 2010), 26-27 Nov 2010, Brisbane, Australia.

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Australia appears to be lagging countries in North America and Europe regarding the participation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses and careers. This paper reports on a current project undertaken by a regional university to build a mentoring and support network among female Science, Engineering and Technology students, staff and industry professionals. As well as the context and history of the project, the paper describes the activities undertaken and the challenges faced in making the project sustainable. Factors critical to the success of the project are identified and include securing funds and commitment from senior management, having a multi-disciplinary team with strong leadership and effective support, and using information technology to enhance personal networks and to promote activities. The critical success factors identified in this case study may seem obvious in hindsight, but to other universities considering a similar project they may provide useful insights. For new projects, the strategies and activities described here could be adapted to fit with the organizational and legislative contexts of other institutions.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright of the paper remains with the author(s). Note from Conference committee 10/5/2011: 'We have decided to publish these papers as Conference Proceedings through the STEM2010 website'.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2011 02:45
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 03:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: stem; Go West; equity; gender; higher education
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170105 Gender Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939904 Gender Aspects of Education

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