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Women in research

Good research performance is a key prerequisite for the advancement of academic staff to senior positions. Numerous studies refer to women’s lower research productivity in comparison to men’s, despite the increasing participation and success of female students. The difference in research performance for women and men, seen in the very early stages of academic careers, is repeatedly identified as one of the key reasons why women continue to be under-represented at senior levels of academia.

When Research Works for Women Report

The When Research Works for Women Report describes a project undertaken in 2005 that investigated those factors that support or impede women's research productivity.

Twenty seven top female researchers from the university were interviewed about the specific pathways, strategies, circumstances and research environments which had contributed to their strong research profiles. Interviewees included women from each faculty, from every academic level and a balance of teaching and research and research-only staff. Key outcomes from the project included a series of recommendations for new policy and support structures that would enable the maximum number of academic women to contribute more effectively to the university's research aspirations.

The report also contains a number of strategies recommended by the interviewees for other academic women to adopt to assist them in increasing their research capabilities.

Useful research links

Monash Research - for further information about all aspects of research at Monash

Future Research Leaders' Program (FRLP)

Early Career Research (ECR) information portal

Monash Research Graduate School