Corporate Education course
The Women in Research Leadership course focuses on the career challenges and opportunities for women within the research sector. This course has been designed in collaboration with the LH Martin Institute and generates the opportunity for women researchers and managers, from the tertiary sector and from research institutions, to share their experiences.
The course draws on the recently developed international research on the factors that underpin success for women researchers, as well as the strategies necessary to 'thrive and excel' rather than merely 'survive'. It is designed to increase understanding of organisational cultures and to explore strategies for success and strategies to negotiate institutional barriers and obstructions.
Professor Sharon Bell is a Senior Academic at the L H Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne. She was most recently Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Canberra and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Equity and Community Partnerships) at Griffith University. Sharon's background is as a senior academic administrator, a documentary filmmaker and an anthropologist. She was Co-convenor of Universities Australia Executive Women (previously AVCC Senior Women's Colloquium) (2005-2008). Previous university positions include Dean of the Faculty of Creative Arts and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Wollongong. At Wollongong Sharon's contribution to the University's regional development initiatives was significant. Sharon was instrumental in establishing the University of Wollongong's cross faculty Digital Media Centre and the Film Illawarra project.
Anne-Marie Birkill is currently CEO of i.lab Incubator Pty Ltd, a $10 million Queensland Government initiative providing space, skills and business development support and mentoring to up to 30 early stage, technology based companies. Anne-Marie has an excellent understanding, and experience of the opportunities and challenges facing industry, government and universities and has demonstrated both ability to lead and work in teams in each sector. With extensive expertise and experience in technology commercialisation, Anne-Marie's skills include strategic planning, corporate governance, risk management, product development, capital raising, intellectual property management, sales, marketing and market research.