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Go WEST - Supporting Women in Engineering, Science and Technology: An Australian Higher Education Case Study

Go WEST - Supporting Women in Engineering, Science and Technology: An Australian Higher Education Case Study
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Author(s): Jacquie McDonald (University of Southern Queensland, Australia), Birgit Loch (University of Southern Queensland, Australia) and Aileen Cater-Steel (University of Southern Queensland, Australia)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 19
Source title: Women in Engineering, Science and Technology: Education and Career Challenges
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Aileen Cater-Steel (University of Southern Queensland, Australia) and Emily Cater (Bupa Health Assurance, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-657-5.ch006

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Abstract

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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