Go WEST - supporting women in engineering, science and technology: an Australian higher education case study

McDonald, Jacquelin and Loch, Birgit and Cater-Steel, Aileen (2010) Go WEST - supporting women in engineering, science and technology: an Australian higher education case study. In: Women in engineering, science and technology: education and career challenges. Engineering Science Reference (IGI Global), Hershey, PA, United States, pp. 118-132. ISBN 978-161520657-5


Australia appears to be lagging behind countries in North America and Europe regarding the participation of women in engineering, science and technology courses and careers. This chapter 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 chapter 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.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 6. Permanent restricted access to chapter due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2010 00:45
Last Modified: 05 May 2017 04:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: SET; STEM; Go WEST; equity; higher education
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-657-5.ch006
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8553

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