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Women@ECU discuss the value of engaging with research

Wednesday, 25 November 2009


More than 50 women and men from across the University, including Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox, gathered for the latest Women@ECU Coffee Conversation, which explored the ‘value of engaging with research as a medium for reaching your potential’ for both academic and professional staff members.

The event was held on Friday, 20 November, 2009 at the Joondalup Campus.

Professor Brenda Cherednichenko chaired the event which brought together a range of academic and professional female staff members to speak about engagement with research on a personal and professional level to benefit ECU, the community and the individual.

The keynote address was provided by Professor S. Caroline Taylor, Foundation Chair in Social Justice and Head of the Social Justice Research Centre at ECU.

Professor Taylor spoke about the key elements in creating research success and also shared personal experiences as well as the successes, rewards and challenges she has encountered through her work in the Social Justice area.

Following Professor Taylor’s thought provoking address, ECU’s Dr Marcia Taylor provided an overview of the role of the Office of Research and Innovation in supporting research at ECU.

Martine Hawkins from the Graduate Research School spoke about undertaking research studies related to her work, while Riki Stevens (Quality & Equity Unit) shared a professional staff member’s perspective of how research is used to inform her work.

The panel address was followed discussions on how research impacts on staff and their work, opportunities are available for staff to engage in research and what would assist staff to be better engaged in research.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor John-Finlay Jones concluded the event, encouraging everyone to find some way to engage with research as ‘research is everyone’s business’.

Women@ECU events are sponsored by Dr Susan King, Professor Brenda Cherednichenko and Professor Colleen Hayward and organised by ECU’s Quality and Equity Unit.

The events are designed to ensure all staff, get the opportunity to reach their potential and speak for themselves. The first event for 2010 will be the Edith Cowan Memorial Lecture planned to coincide with celebrations for International Women’s Day which is celebrated on 8 March 2010.

If you’d like to know more about the Women@ECU Initiative, please visit the website.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for future events, please contact Harbhani Bansal at


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