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Women@ECU coffee conversation

Friday, 28 May 2010


Nearly 100 women and men from across the University, including Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Finlay-Jones, gathered for the latest Women@ECU coffee conversation themed, ECU’s New Faces.

Held on Tuesday, 25 May at the Joondalup Campus, the coffee conversation profiled female staff members who have recently joined ECU.

Broadcasting Course Coordinator from the School of Communications and Arts, Jo McManus chaired the event which brought together a range of academic and professional female staff members who shared their personal experiences as well as the successes, rewards and challenges faced as female professionals in their respective fields.

The panel included; Head of the School of Education, Professor Christine Ure; Head of the School of Management, Professor Rowena Barrett; Head of School, Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine, Professor Di Twigg; Senior IT Service Desk Officer, Alicia Lopez and University Lawyer, Jo Quinn.

An interactive question and answer session between the panel and the audience included a discussion around the challenges that women face in balancing work and family life particularly when raising a young family.

Director of Planning and Policy, Mr Tony Lazzara said the session provided a great opportunity to gain an insight into the choices female staff members face as they strive to attain a work life balance.

“As a manager of both female and male staff members, I felt the discussion was thought provoking and inspiring.’’

 “ECU is very supportive of this initiative to help build opportunities for female academic and professional staff to achieve personal excellence wherever they are in their career path,” said Professor Finlay-Jones.

Women@ECU events are sponsored by Executive Director (Governance and Planning), Dr Susan King; Pro-Vice-Chancellor, (Engagement, Equity and Indigenous), Professor Brenda Cherednichenko and Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin, 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.

If you would 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 Policy and Project Officer, Governance and Planning Services, Harbhani Bansal.

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