Investigating the barriers to achieving gender equality and champion diversity in the Engineering profession (2016-17)

Project outcomes

Sponsored by Engineers Australia


Project title: 
Investigating the barriers to achieving gender equality and champion diversity in the Engineering profession
Description of the project: 

The primary purpose of the project is to investigate, assess and identify the barriers confronting women in Engineering with the intended outcome being to suggest ways to re-dress the imbalance and under representation of women as it specifically relates to the profession. The project is timely and in line with the Victorian governments new gender equality strategy -“Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy”, which was launched recently by the Minister for Women and Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson. This strategy agenda is designed to drive programs to boost opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM), both in education and out in the field.

Project brief

Project brief

Sponsored by Engineers Australia

Location: 
Melbourne, VIC
Description of the project: 

The primary purpose of the project is to investigate, assess and identify the barriers confronting women in Engineering with the intended outcome being to suggest ways to re-dress the imbalance and under representation of women as it specifically relates to the profession. The project is timely and in line with the Victorian governments new gender equality strategy -“Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy”, which was launched recently by the Minister for Women and Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson. This strategy agenda is designed to drive programs to boost opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM), both in education and out in the field.

Project outcomes

This project has been closed
Project Aims: 
  • Develop a framework of recommendations to encourage and foster gender diversity in the engineering workforce.
  • Prepared this framework of recommendations for Engineers Australia with the intention to be shared with organisations across the engineering sector.
Available to: 
All Students
Faculty or Department: 
Arts
Engineering-Chemical
Engineering-Mechanical
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Science
Sector: 
Engineering Consulting
Employment Type: 
Scholarship
Eligibility: 
All students

Applications for this project are welcome from penultimate and subsequent year undergraduates, Masters and PhD students (coursework and research) who are enrolled full-time at Monash.

Selection Criteria: 

Your application will be reviewed by senior faculty members and assessed against the following criteria:

  • Quality of covering letter, resume and on-line application form including spelling & grammar
  • Relevance of your degree to the project(s) you select
  • Skills, ability, knowledge and experience relevant to the project (s) you apply for
  • Extra - curricular activities (i.e. sports/clubs & societies/memberships)
  • Career goals & ambitions
  • Academic performance
  • Successful completion of group activity
  • Successful interview with industry partner

 Please note:

  • Scope for MITI projects are determined by the industry partners, this includes student disciplines and whether they require students at undergraduate, Masters or PhD level.
  • The final selection of the MITI project team will be made by the industry partner 
  • Each industry project will run for 12 weeks over the summer vacation period that is December 2016 through to February 2017.
  • If selected you must be available and agree to commit for the entire 12 week period. 
Duration: 
12 weeks
Max number of recipients: 
4
Application process: 

Applications are submitted online via the MITI website and must include a cover letter (no more than one page) and current CV.

 Your cover letter should include the following information:

  • why the project is of particular interest to you
  • an outline of relevant experience either through vacation work, study or other extra curricula activities
  • what you can contribute as a member of the team

Engineers Australia

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We are the trusted authority of a profession that shapes the lives of every Australian. With countless organisations, institutions and government agencies relying on our expertise to create, accredit and assess engineering programs and practitioners, our proven dedication to engineers and the Australian industry is unparalleled.

With a rich history and awards programs to highlight the dedication and accomplishments of engineers, we have created a legacy for all to take part in. And with diverse groups and thousands of events each year, we have created a unified forum for engineers like no other.

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