A thousand flowers bloom': women, research and the(ongoing) struggle for systemic change.

Year: 2000


Type of paper: Abstract refereed

In June 2000, UNSW-like her sister universities around Australia-was required to lodge a Research and Research Training Management Plan with DETYA. This Plan was required in the context of the changed research funding arrangements set out in the 1999 White Paper on Research. This year also saw the first year of implementation at UNSW of a new program called WomenResearch 21. Funded through a CUTSD grant for a period of two years, the program is designed for women in the beginning or early stages of their academic research careers. Its aims are twofold: firstly to

improve the research confidence, effectiveness and productivity of these women researchers; and secondly, to seek changes to insitutional policies and practices around research. In this paper, we will document the background, design and early implementation of WomenResearch 21, in the context of the institutional research policy environment. We will report on the experiences so far of

the women participants, and offer an account of institutional responses to the program. We will further describe and assess the interventions we have made in the development of the University's research and research management plan. The paper will conclude with an analysis of the policy and implementation issues associated with an affirmative action program of this type, within the current framework for research in the University.