equality in higher education conference
ARE OUR RECRUITMENT AND PROMOTION PROCESSES PART OF THE ISSUE?
The gender balance and representation by minority groups within universities can be misleading if just looked
at by the numbers employed. Just focusing on gender, female:male ratios look good until they are broken down
by their distributions. Why is this? This presentation will explore factors within the behaviours and processes of
recruitment and promotions that might be consciously and unconsciously impeding the equity goals.
Professor Jennelle Kyd | Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost | Swinburne University
Professor Jennelle Kyd (B.Sc (Hons) UNSW, DipEd Syd, PhD UNcle, MASM, GAICD) is the Senior Deputy
Vice-Chancellor and Provost at Swinburne University of Technology providing the academic leadership for
Higher and Vocational Education programs, learning and teaching strategy, education quality and student
advancement. Professor Kyd is currently chairperson of Online Education Services Pty Ltd and the National
Institute of Circus Arts and is on the Boards of Swinburne University Sarawak and the Australian Institute
for Policy and Science. Professor Kyd has held editorial roles on a number of international scientific journals,
membership of the National Health and Medical Research Council Panels, and is an internationally recognised
research scientist in the area of respiratory infectious diseases.
Professor Geraldine Mackenzie | Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) | Southern Cross University
Geraldine has strategic responsibility for all SCU research functions, including government and industry
partnerships and research training. She is Deputy Chair, Universities Australia DVC/PVC Research group
(member since 2011), and Co-Chair of Universities Australia Executive Women. Previously, she was Chair of:
Regional Universities Network Research Group; the Humanities and Creative Arts panel of the ARC College
of Experts; and the Queensland Selection Panel American/Australian Fulbright Commission. She was also an
executive member of the Council of Australian Law deans. She is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, the
Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Australian Institute of Management, as well as a member of
the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
FOR SUCCESS DON’T IGNORE THE STUDENT VOICES
Student experiences, feedback and their voices are usually under-represented in the decision making
and governance in Australian tertiary education institutions. A proactive and bias free workplace in which
students, both domestic and international, and decision makers support gender equality through their
statements and actions will instil a sense of inclusiveness and social cohesion in the student cohort. Achieving
equity is important not only because Australia is globally portrayed as a “Land of the Fair Go” but genuinely
it’s the need of the hour and vital for the growth of our nation.
Saba Nabi | Immediate Past National Equity Officer | Council of International Students Australia
Saba is a PhD Scholar in the School of Biomedical Science at Charles Sturt University based at Wagga
Wagga (New South Wales). She is currently RAC member at Multicultural NSW and Policy Advisor (LHAC)
at Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD). She was the President of CSU International Student Club,
Coordinator of CSU Mentoring Program, and part of CSU Green and Environmental committees. She was also
the first international student elected representative in the University Council and Science Board. She was the
recipient of the 2014 NSW International Student of the Year Award in the Higher Education Category.