The  University of Queensland Strategic Plan 2014-2017 outlines that it will strive to support the career progression of women, with a particular focus on the career progressions of academic women.

Gender equity is achieved when people of all genders are able to access and enjoy the same rewards, resources and opportunities. Research has shown that for a number of reasons women often experience barriers or challenges in accessing these same rewards, resources and opportunities in employment. The University is committed to providing specific support programs to address and remove these barriers.

The University of Queensland is committed to achieving gender equity in the workplace, and has designed the following programs to help provide equal access to rewards, resources and opportunities for career progression and growth for staff of all genders at UQ. A number of programs exist, targeting the multifacted aspects of gender equity.

More information on some UQ programs designed to promote gender equity in the workplace are listed below, or can be seen in the sidebar pannel. For information about these or other gender equity programs of the University, such as the Breastfeeding Network, please contact Workplace Diversity and Inclusion.

Programs for Gender Equity section

2017 UQ Development Fellowships Advancing Female Academics

UQ Development Fellowships Advancing Female Academics

The University of Queensland Development Fellowships aim to foster the development of the most promising early career researchers and retain mid-career and senior academic staff of exceptional calibre at the University. By investing in the best and brightest talent across all career levels, the UQ Development Fellowships facilitate a trajectory of continued excellence and impact in research, teaching and service at UQ. In doing so, the fellowships advance UQ’s strategic objectives in the pillars of DiscoveryLearning and Engagement and develop elite professionals who create change in society in multi-dimensional ways.

The UQ Development Fellowships will support UQ’s strategic objective to promote the career advancement of women in academia. All female applicants qualify under the strategic objective of Advancing Female Academics. The UQ Development Fellowships will use a centrally defined target in the order of 40% of awards for female academics, provided an adequate number of quality applications are received. In keeping with this objective, Faculties and Institutes should endeavour to provide pipelines of applications for central consideration that are appropriately gender balanced. 

For more information please refer to the Research and Innovation website.

Career Advancement for Senior Academic Women

Career Advancement for Senior Academic Women

The role of Professor at The University of Queensland (UQ) signifies an international reputation for academic excellence and leadership and a promise for significant future leadership. The University requires its Professors to demonstrate outstanding achievement in their field, to be internationally recognised for their contribution and to increase their leadership role within and outside the University through constructive influence. Unfortunately, women hold less than 29% of UQ professorial positions. This program is designed to assist high calibre academic women bridge the gap.

The program is proudly sponsored by Professor Max Lu, Provost and Senior Vice President.

The program aims to:

  • Broaden participants' understanding of leadership in a global academic context
  • Leverage off existing leadership strengths to build great capacity to lead strategically
  • increase knowledge of the university professorial promotion process;
  • Facilitate engagement with both internal and external leaders
  • Provide a gender frame of reference to academic leadership

Benefits for participants:

  • Individualised career planning
  • Presentations by key University leaders and other global leaders from the academic, business and community sectors
  • International reputation building
  • Leadership development building skills in strategic thinking, influencing, dealing with complexity, increasing personal impact and resilience

For more information please see here: or contact Jen Witheriff or the Organisational Development team, HR Division.

Career and Personal Development For Professional Women

Career and Personal Development For Professional Women


The Career and Personal Development for Professional Women program aims to provide women employed by UQ at Hew levels 1-8 (including research-only) with an opportunity to develop their personal skills to assist their career growth. The program objectives are:

  1. Provide participants with the personal skills to develop an authentic personal and professional brand to assist in their career growth and progression.
  2. Develop and build on participants CV, provide skills and techniques for addressing selection criteria and performing well in interviews.
  3. Develop goal setting and career planning techniques for participants to develop a career strategy.
  4. Provide techniques for effective communication and establishing assertiveness to improve participant’s presentation and negotiation skills.
  5. Develop peer-mentoring and supervisor-mentoring to provide a support network for participants for their growing career.

The program is delivered over six non-consecutive half day sessions over a period of 4-6 months. It is a requirement of the program that participants attend all six sessions.

The program is facilitated by Ms Denise Carew, who has decades of experience and expertise in career and personal development. Denise will guide participants through the six sessions, taking you on a journey of self-development and expanding the potential for your career growth.

Each session will cover a different theme. These are:

  1. Self-awareness: getting to know yourself (and how great it is that we're all different)
  2. The brand YOU: defining and displaying your personal and professional brand
  3. Career strategy and goal setting: decide where you want to go and how you'll get there
  4. Communicating with influence, credibility and confidence: explore and enhance your communication style
  5. The resilient and confident you: taking care of yourself, managing your energy, and coping with challenges
  6. Presenting yourself: influencing how you're perceived in person, in a CV and at interview.

There will be activities and work to be completed in between each session, as each session builds on the next. You will need to be prepared to complete this work in between sessions in order to be successful in the program.

The 2017 dates of the program are:

  • Day 1/6 - Friday - 3 March 17 - 9am to 1pm
  • Day 2/6 - Friday - 31 March 17 - 9am to 1pm
  • Day 3/6 - Friday - 28 April 17 - 9am to 1pm
  • Day 4/6 - Friday - 19 May 17 - 9am to 1pm
  • Day 5/6 - Friday - 16 June 17 - 9am to 1pm
  • Day 6/6 - Friday - 14 July 17 - 9am to 1pm

‚ÄčThis program is designed to provide support, skills and knowledge to participants to assist in their personal and career development. To apply for this program please complete the application form here: 2017 Application Form. Once completed by yourself and your supervisor, please send via emial to Ms Jordan Tredinnick, Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Consultant by 17th Feburary 2017


Your application to this program does not guarantee your position in the program as places are limited. The panel will consider your responses to these questions, your availability AND your supervisor’s support to select suitable participants.

Women from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and women with a disability are encouraged to apply and will be given priority.


Promoting Women Fellowships

Promoting Women Fellowships


We would like to invite all women academic staff to apply for the 2018 uptake of the Promoting Women Fellowships (PWF). The PWF is designed to enhance the promotion prospects of academic women, as part of the University’s larger strategy to address women’s historical under-representation in senior academic roles. 

The Fellowship program is a partnership arrangement between the University Staff Development Committee (USDC) and the Fellow’s organisational unit. 

The 2018 Fellowship affords six recipients $12,500 each. Fellowship funding can be used in a variety of ways, as agreed between the Fellow and the head of their organisational unit.  Some suggested uses include (but are not limited to):

  • completing or focusing on current research, or developing a proposal for new research; 
  • developing teaching excellence or increasing/demonstrating its impact;
  • sourcing additional research support or resources; delivering publications, writing or contributing to a book;
  • enhancing leadership skills (in teaching, research or engagement); and/or
  • enhancing industry engagement.

The PWF is available to full and part-time academic women at Levels B-D in Clinical Academic, Teaching and Research, Teaching Focused or Research Focused positions.  The Fellowships are targeted towards women who expect to apply for promotion within three years.

In keeping with the University’s strategic diversity and inclusion goals, the following candidates will be prioritised in the 2018 selection process:

  • women in STEMM disciplines;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women; and/or
  • women at level D, Associate Professor.

Where candidates are ranked equally through the selection process, priority will be afforded to candidates who have experienced additional professional or personal challenges, career interruptions and/or other forms of adversity as outlined in their application submission. 

To check eligibility, timeframes and selection process, please refer to the Promoting Women Fellowship Guidelines within the application form. 

Applications opened on the 03 November 2017, 9:00am Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) and WILL close on 24 November 2017, 5:00pm AEST

Application forms are now available. Please email your completed applications to

If you have any questions, or would like more information, in the meantime, please contact Workplace Diversity and Inclusion


Women in Engineering Program

Women in Engineering Program

The Women in Engineering Program is a university led, industry funded program aimed at inspiring the next generation of female engineers. This UQ program is the first of its kind in Australia.

The program is committed to enriching the engineering industry by providing a more equitable balance of outstanding engineers. The program goals are to increase the UQ undergraduate engineering female enrolment from its current 20 per cent to 30 per cent by 2023, and to cement UQ’s position as the university of choice for women studying engineering in Australia.

For more information about this program please see the Women in Engineering website.