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Western Sydney University Parramatta City Campus

169 Macquarie Street

Conference Rooms 3&4, Peter Shergold Building (1PSQ)

Parramatta, NSW

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At last year’s SAGE Research Week event, our keynote speaker Professor Sharon Bell (DVC Strategy & Planning) reminded us that people are academia’s greatest asset. This year we consider how we might institute strategies and ways of thinking at Western Sydney University that value the whole person as we strive for gender equity: "People Value: Engaging Our Greatest Asset through Gender Equity".

An opening address by Associate Professor Kate Huppatz (Sociology, Western Sydney University), “Gender and Labour in Higher Education: What is at Stake?” will offer important insights into the key gender issues arising across our sector. The opening address will be followed by an engaging presentation, "Gender Equity Matters: Our Status and Our Vision", by SAGE Academic Lead Professor Janice Aldrich-Wright and SAGE Project Coordinator Dr Kieryn McKay. This presentation will give detail of the University's submission for Athena SWAN Bronze Award and will map the commitments and objectives laid out by the University's four-year SAGE Action Plan (2019-2023). A Gender Equity Showcase of initiatives underway at Western Sydney University will be held throughout morning tea, which will be provided.

The event will culminate with a thought-provoking keynote address by superstar academic Professor Cordelia Fine, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne. Professor Fine's feature presentation is titled "Women's Value: Beyond the Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion". Cordelia is an academic psychologist and one of Australia’s foremost gender scholars. She has been hailed “a brilliant feminist critic of the neurosciences” (Times HES) and won the Edinburgh Medal 2018 for her work in challenging gender bias in science and for her contributions to public debates around gender equality. Her most recent book, Testosterone Rex (2017), won the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2017 and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2018.

All sessions will provide time for audience Q&As, expertly Chaired by DVC (Research & Innovation) Professor Deborah Sweeney. Full session details are outlined below.

GENDER UNLIMITED* #4 | PEOPLE VALUE: ENGAGING OUR GREATEST ASSET THROUGH GENDER EQUITY

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9.15AM - ARRIVAL/REGISTRATION

9.45AM - WELCOME
Professor Deborah Sweeney | DVC Research & Innovation | Western Sydney University

10.00AM - OPENING ADDRESS
GENDER AND LABOUR IN HIGHER EDUCATION: WHAT IS AT STAKE?
Associate Professor Kate Huppatz | Sociology | Western Sydney University

10.25AM - SAGE ADDRESS
GENDER EQUITY MATTERS: OUR STATUS AND OUR VISION
Professor Janice Aldrich-Wright | SAGE Academic Lead | Western Sydney University
Dr Kieryn McKay | SAGE Project Coordinator | Western Sydney University

11.00AM - TEA BREAK & GENDER EQUITY SHOWCASE
Diverse & Inclusive Workplace Professional Development Series
Engaged Parents Network
Equity & Diversity Working Parties
Gender UNLIMITED* Network
Network for Emerging Women
Researcher Development Program
Respect. Now. Always.
Senior Women’s Group
Western Women Transforming the Built Environment
Engineering’s Women of Wisdom

11.30AM - KEYNOTE ADDRESS
WOMEN'S VALUE: BEYOND THE BUSINESS CASE FOR DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Professor Cordelia Fine | History and Philosophy of Science | University of Melbourne

12.30PM - EVENT CLOSE

An event program can be downloaded at westernsydney.edu.au/sage

Series Contact: Dr Kieryn McKay, SAGE Project Coordinator, k.mckay@westernsydney.edu.au

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Western Sydney University Parramatta City Campus

169 Macquarie Street

Conference Rooms 3&4, Peter Shergold Building (1PSQ)

Parramatta, NSW

Australia

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