The University of Wollongong’s (UOW) ‘Women of Impact’ initiative honoured 41 outstanding women academics from across the University for their extraordinary achievements, from solving complex world challenges to advancing knowledge in fast-moving industries. Dr Payyazhi Jayashree, Associate Dean (Education) at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) was one of the academics acknowledged for her contributions towards various industries as well as the University.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Judy Raper officially launched the UOW Women of Impact on 5 July, an initiative celebrating the work of outstanding women at UOW.
The UOW Women of Impact initiative is part of the UOW Impact series, which began last year with the launch of 40 Years of Research Impact aiming to recognise the outstanding contribution that is being made by women throughout the organisation.
Dr Jayashree’s core areas of research include Women in Leadership and Entrepreneurship and Measuring and Managing Strategic Change. She has been working towards making a substantive contribution in scholarly and community engagement in this field.
She has been awarded a UAE National Research Foundation grant for University- Industry Research Collaboration in 2015 in partnership with the Dubai Business Women’s Council (DBWC).
It is currently examining the factors that impact the emergence and enactment of leadership among women in the UAE.
Professor Barry O’Mahony, Dean of the Faculty of Business at UOWD said: “Dr Jayashree’s work is a model of how universities can collaborate with external bodies such as the DBWC and her research findings have had a positive impact on business and government”. “Her work has achieved national recognition in the UAE and she has inspired many of our students to aspire to achieve leadership positions upon graduation”, he added.
“The women we have profiled undertake research and teaching that is having ‘real-world’ impact: they are contributing new knowledge, innovative techniques and ideas, and outstanding graduates to society,” Professor Raper said.
UOW Women of Impact is inspired by the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot program which aims to further the careers of academic women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) as well as a number of other initiatives the University is undertaking to review assess and improve gender equality. Areas of study range from the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes, gender politics in remote indigenous communities, the effects of cannabis on the brain and the conservation of marine ecosystems.
UOW Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings, CBE said: “Our challenge is to assess, review and change our organisational structures to ensure there is equality of opportunity for all genders across disciplines. Gender equality is something I am committed to achieving here at UOW and I believe we are making great progress”.
The UOW Women of Impact event was held at UOW in Australia and included talks by Dr Xiaoqi Feng and Dr Helen McGregor and the launch of a special ‘Women of Impact’ publication.
For more information about the “Women of Impact” initiative, visit our webpage http://www.uow.edu.au/research/woi/UOW214888.html