Dear AARE Members
My best wishes for a good 2022. It is with some hesitation that I send cheerful greetings because there are already so many tragic events occurring locally and internationally. My thoughts go out to all those battling against invasion, injustice and impossible conditions including recent floods.
Today 8 March is International Women’s Day. This year the IWD’s theme is #BreakTheBias, and asks us Imagine a gender equal world – a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. This is certainly something that AARE stands for, and it is heartening to know that when we looked at senior positions (Prof and A/Prof) in our discipline in 2018 we found gender equality in numeric terms. Yet we still need to strive for equality without caveat or dilution.
As for our discipline we face a number of challenges in the sector, including those emanating from the federal level, whether in relation to grant success, ERA, or initial teacher education (Next Steps: Report of the Quality Initial Teacher Education Review). These issues among others will feature in AARE initiatives and activities this year.
The AARE Executive met by Zoom on 24-25 February. At that meeting we approved a submission to a Senate inquiry in response to the exercise of ministerial veto of ARC grants on Christmas eve last year (see the Australian Research Council Amendment (Ensuring Research Independence) Bill 2018). We have received acknowledgement of the submission.
I do hope the amazing work of our SIGs and last year’s successful conference still casts a warm glow and that this is heightened by the anticipation of an epic get-together at the Adelaide conference in November this year. There are quite a number of events scheduled for 2022 so fingers crossed. I certainly hope to be able to meet many of you during the course of this year and to ensure we are active on many fronts in support of excellence and opportunity for Education research and researchers.
Prof Allyson Holbrook (President)