About the SAGE Pilot program

The University of Queensland is excited to be a part of the national SAGE Pilot of the Athena SWAN program to address and improve gender equity in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines. Forty-five Australian organisations, including universities, medical research institutions and government research institutions, are involved in the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN.

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What is the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN?

The SAGE Pilot is modelled on the Athena SWAN program was initiated in the United Kingdom and has had proven success in addressing gender equality in STEMM in higher education and research institutions. The Athena SWAN program implements an accreditation framework where organisations apply for a Bronze, Silver or Gold award which recognises their progress in addressing gender equity. Organisations must receive a Bronze award before they can apply for Silver or Gold. In the UK, some research grant bodies require organisations to have a Bronze Athena SWAN award to be eligible for grant applications.  

The SAGE Pilot aims to adapt the Athena SWAN model for the Australian landscape to address and improve gender equity in STEMM by implementing its rigorous evaluation and accreditation framework. The SAGE Pilot runs for two years, and successful receipt of a Bronze award is valid for four years. UQ will submit their application for a Bronze award in early 2019.

The details of the program are outlined in the SAGE Pilot Institutional Handbook. To complete the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN program organisation complete a Bronze Institutional Award application which requires them to:

  • commit to the ten principles in the Athena SWAN Charter;
  • develop a Self-Assessment Team (SAT) that is representative of the diversity of the organisation to steer the program;
  • collect and analyse quantitative and qualitative data to gain a deep understanding of all aspects of the organisation;
  • complete a policy and program review to ensure that all organisational policies and programs are inclusive;
  • consult and engage with staff across the organisation to gain a deeper understanding of their workplace experience;
  • use the quantitative and qualitative data collected to identify key barriers, challenges and opportunities in the organisation; and
  • develop a four-year action plan that addresses any barriers and challenges identified in the analysis of the organisation.

The institution's application will be assessed by a peer review panel to determine if a Bronze award will be awarded.

Why is the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN important?

The SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN aims to address the under-representation of women in STEMM disciplines. The figure below shows the representation of women in STEMM in Australia.

Figure One- representation of women in STEMM at different stages of the career path

As the figure shows, there is a 'leaky pipeline' in the STEMM career pipeline for women. Women are slightly over-represented at Bachelor level but are grossly under-represented in Professorial levels. Only approximately 20 per cent of professors in Australia are women. This is true of UQ and across the higher education sector nationally.

The SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN aims to adapt the UK based Athena SWAN program for the Australian context to address the under-representation of women in STEMM. The Athena SWAN program has been running in the UK for over ten years and has had remarkable impacts. In the independent review of the program in 2014 found that the outcomes of the program includes:

  • improved women’s prominence in the organisation and the wider sector;
  • increased self-confidence for all staff;
  • enhanced leadership skills in all staff;
  • enabling organisations to think more broadly about gender issues; and
  • impacted positively on career development for all staff.

SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN at UQ

UQ will submit an application for a Bronze award, which will include a comprehensive action plan, in March 2019. The action plan will then be implemented between 2019 and 2023. 

To be successful in our application for a Bronze award, UQ needs to ensure that we demonstrate:

  • evidence of good practice: practice that is innovative and addresses the barriers experienced by different genders;
  • data collection and analysis: deep and honest analysis and reflection, compelling evidence base and rationale, when relevant to demonstrate trends, key issues and improvements;
  • consultation: to inform analysis and drive persuasive argument for action;
  • self reflection and evaluation: honest and insightful reflection and evaluation of policy, practice and initiatives; and
  • an action plan: addressing the gaps identified in the analysis to work towards improving the representation and experience of women in STEMM.

The work of the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN is coordinated by a Self-Assessment Team (SAT). At UQ, the SAT is Chaired by Professor Bronwyn Harch, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and is made up of 22 members who reflect the diversity of UQ. The SAT has a 45% gender balance.

The SAT is supported by several working parties who are responsible for different elements of the Bronze Institutional Award Application. The SAT Working Parties are:

  • SAT Career Development Working Party.
  • SAT Communications and Engagement Working Party.
  • SAT Data and Analysis Working Party.
  • SAT Flexible Work Working Party.
  • SAT Organisation and Culture Working Party.

More information about UQ's participation in the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN can be found in the UQ SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN Portal and the UQ SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN News and Events.

If you have any questions about the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN and the work of the Self-Assessment Team please contact SAT Secretariat, Ms Jordan Tredinnick, Workplace Diversity and Inclusion.

Overview of the UQ Self-Assessment Team (SAT)

The role of the Self-Assessment Team (SAT) is to coordinate the process of data gathering, analysis and action planning that forms the basis of the application for an Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award. The SAT comprises of representatives from across UQ's science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines who bring experience from different roles, career stages and work arrangements. The SAT aims to reflect the diversity of our staff and represents a gender balance of 43 per cent. 

The work of the SAT is supported by several working parties who are outlined on the About the program page. For more information about the work of the SAT, and its associated working parties, please contact us.



Role on SAT

Professor Bronwyn Harch

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Chair of the SAT

Professor Melissa Brown

Executive Dean, Faculty of Science

Member, Career Development Working Party

Professor Aidan Byrne


Co-Lead, Data Analysis and Presentation Working Party

Professor Victor Callan

Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Business, Economics and Law

Member, Organisation and Culture Working Party

Dr Taylor Dick

Lecturer, School of Biomedical Sciences

Member, Career Development Working Party

Associate Professor Mary Fletcher

Associate Professor, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture & Food Innovation

Lead, Organisation and Culture Working Party

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)

Chair, Indigenous Australians Working Party

Dr Dee Gibbon

Associate Director, Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

Deputy Chair, SAT, Lead, Flexible Work and Managing Career Breaks Working Party

Dr Al Jury

Chief Human Resources Officer

Member of SAT

Professor Paul Lant

School of Chemical Engineering

Member of SAT

Emma Livingstone

PhD student, Institute for Molecular Biosciences

Member, Communications and Engagement Working Party

Professor Linda Lua

Professor, UQ Protein Expression Facility

Co-Lead, Career Development Working Party

Professor Margaret Mayfield

Professor/ARC Future Fellow, Biological Sciences

Lead, Data Analysis and Presentation Working Party

Professor Alastair McEwan

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Training) and Dean Graduate School

Member Flexible Work and Managing Career Breaks Working Party

Professor Carlo Prato

Professor, School of Civil Engineering

Member, Data Analysis and Presentation Working Party

Dr Jacqui Romero

ARC DECRA Fellow, School of Maths and Physics

Co-Lead, Flexible Work and Managing Career Breaks

Associate Professor Ethan Scott

Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences and Queensland Brain Institute

Lead, Career Development Working Party

Professor Ala Tabor

Professor, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture & Food Innovation

Affiliate, School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences

Member, Career Development Working Party

Patrick Testa

Faculty Executive Manager, Faculty of Science

Member, Organisation and Culture Working Party

Professor Brandon Wainwright

Director, Institute of Molecular Biosciences

Member of SAT


The work of the SAT is supported by Content Advisors, who provide subject matter expertise and advise the SAT.



Role on SAT

Nicole Barton

Strategic Data Analyst, Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

SAT content advisor and, secretariat and member of the Data Analysis and Presentation Working Party

Jordan Tredinnick

Senior Manager, Workplace Diversity and Inclusion (acting)

SAT content advisor and SAT secretariat, member and secretariat of the Career Development Working Party, Organisation and Culture Working Party and member of the Communications and Engagement Working Party

Meet the UQ SAT

Professor Bronwyn Harch, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Vice President (Research) is the UQ institutional contact  for the SAGE Pilot Program and Chair of the UQ Self-Assessment Team

Professor Bronwyn Harch is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Vice-President (Research) at The University of Queensland.   Professor Harch (FTSE, GAICD, AStat) is an applied statistician with 21 years’ experience leading and undertaking research focused at the nexus of agricultural and environmental systems. She is very passionate about making an impact by generating knowledge, technology and practices that make our world more sustainable, secure and resilient. Professor Harch has over two decades of experience working as an applied statistician and research leader across the agriculture, environment, health, manufacturing and energy sectors. Professor Harch is a member of Innovation Science Australia (ISA), The Great Barrier Reef Independent Science Panel (ISP), Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) Advisory Board and the Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre (University of Saskatchewan) International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC)

Professor Melissa Brown, Executive Dean, Faculty of Science

Professor Melissa Brown headshotMelissa Brown is a Professor of Molecular Biology and the first female Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science at The University of Queensland. She completed her PhD at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and has held positions at Cancer Research UK, King’s College London, and The University of Melbourne. She has taught molecular biology to more than 10,000 students and published more than 90 papers on the normal and abnormal regulation of gene expression with a focus on breast cancer susceptibility genes. She has held several academic leadership positions including Deputy Director (Research) at the UQ Diamantina Institute, Deputy Head and Head of the UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, and Deputy Executive Dean and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Medicine, as well as her current role as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science. Melissa is passionate about gender equity and enabling the careers of women and has successfully mentored numerous female research higher degree and academic staff to be successful in attracting research grants and fellowships and in securing positions at high profile national and international research and academic institutions.

Professor Aidan Byrne, Provost

Professor Aidan Byrne headshot Professor Aidan Byrne was recently appointed Provost at the University of Queensland. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Research Council from 2012 to 2016. He has a wealth of knowledge within the university and research sectors.Professor Byrne completed a BSc and MSc degrees at the University of Auckland before commencing a PhD degree at the Australian National University in 1981. Following the completion of his PhD in Nuclear Physics he held a position with the University of Melbourne and spent over two years at the University of Bonn, Germany as a von Humboldt fellow before returning to the ANU in 1989. He was Head of the Department of Physics at the ANU from 2003 to 2007 and the Dean of Science and the Director of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences from 2008 to 2012. He has published over 200 papers predominantly in the areas of the structure of heavy nuclei and the atomic structure of materials. He has presented many talks across a broad range of topics including future energy solutions, education and research.

Professor Victor Callan

Professor Victor Callan is Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Business Economics and Law (BEL) at the University of Queensland. Professor Callan is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and obtained his PhD in Psychology from the Australian National University.  At the University of Queensland he was appointed Professor in 1990, and served as Head and Academic Dean of the Graduate School of Management from 1994 to 2001. From 2001 with the foundation of the UQ School of Business, he served as the Management Cluster Leader and Research Director until 2011, before moving in 2012 to his current position as Associate Dean (Research) in the BEL Faculty. Professor Callan was awarded the UQ Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision in 2002, was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Science in Australia in 2004 and in 2016 was a recipient of two UQ Awards for Excellence in Leadership (individual and group). His research spans the leadership and the management of organisational change, with over 200 peer-reviewed publications and 16 ARC grants. He studies many sectors, including health, mining, vocational education and training, both in Australia and internationally. 

Dr Taylor Dick

Taylor Dick headshotTaylor Dick is a Lecturer in The School of Biomedical Sciences at UQ. She completed her Bachelor of Sciences (Hons) (2011) and PhD (2016) at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver Canada. Her PhD research, in partnership with the Concord Field Station at Harvard University, focused on developing an experimental and modelling framework to predict in vivo motor function using advanced muscle models. She then spent one year as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Biomedical Engineering at The University of North Carolina before accepting her T&R position in SBMS at UQ in 2017. Taylor’s lab is interested in the neuromuscular and biomechanical mechanisms that underlie healthy and diseased movement. Ultimately, her research aims to unveil the mechanisms of how muscles work in the body; how muscle-tendon properties and function adapt to external challenges such as size, age, and disease; and how wearable assistive devices or robotic exoskeletons augment or restore locomotor performance. 

Associate Professor Mary Fletcher

Associate Professor Melissa Fletcher headshotAssociate Professor Mary Fletcher graduated from the University of Queensland with a BSc (Hons1) in 1981 and a PhD in Chemistry in 1986, and worked with Queensland Department of Primary Industries (Biosecurity Queensland) before joining the Queensland Alliance for Agricultural and Food Innovation (QAAFI), in 2010. A/Prof Fletcher leads the Natural Toxin group within QAAFI, and has a passion for the application of her chemical science in the agricultural space, achieving real and tangible industry impact. A/Prof Fletcher is based at the Health and Food Sciences Precinct (Coopers Plains), and her current work focuses on the identification and analysis of natural toxins in a range of plants, fungi and agricultural products, and their risks to production, food safety and market access. A/Prof Fletcher is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and in 2016 was elected President of the Queensland Branch of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (http://www.raci.org.au/branches/qld-branch).

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks head shot Professor Bronwyn Fredericks is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) with the University of Queensland. She has worked in several universities and in education, health and human services sector for governments, as well as non-government organisations, and Indigenous community organisations. In 2016, she was appointed as a Commissioner with the Queensland Productivity Commission (QPC), to lead the public inquiry into service delivery in Queensland’s remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Her report will be publicly released in 2018.  Professor Fredericks holds several distinguished roles in research, including as a member of the Research Advisory Committee for Beyond Blue, and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

Dr Dee Gibbon, Associate Director, Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

Dr Dee Gibbon headshot Dr Deanne (Dee) Gibbon CSC is the Associate Director of Workplace Diversity and Inclusion at UQ. She holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales. Her doctoral research focused on finding practical, evidence-based ways of increasing women’s representation in non-tradition occupations.  Before leaving her career in the full-time Air Force, Deanne deployed to Afghanistan as NATO’s Senior Gender Advisor to the Resolute Support Mission, where she assisted the Afghan Ministers of Interior and Defence to increase women’s representation in their National Army and Police Force. Deanne also served as the Head of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Office (SEMPRO) and the Project Director for the ADF’s Review into the Treatment of Women.  Deanne was a founding member of the Australian Chief of Defence Force’s Gender Equity Advisory Board (GEAB).  Her efforts to progress diversity outcomes in the ADF resulted in her winning the 2013 diversity category of the Westpac and Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence awards and receiving a Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Dr Al Jury

Dr Al Jury head shot Al Jury is a graduate from UQ, where he undertook his PhD in Organisational Psychology. After finishing his PhD he worked as Manager of Organisational Development at Powerlink before moving overseas. He spent the last decade working for one of the world’s largest energy companies in London, Norway and Houston, where he held a number of senior executive roles in the HR function. Equnior has more than $80bn in revenue and employs 25,000 people across 30 countries.  

Al is currently Chief HR Officer at the University of Queensland. Al has a strong passion in the digital space and has been the co-founder of 2 digital agencies. Al is a registered psychologist and has a strong interest in the areas of leadership assessment and development.

Professor Paul Lant

Professor Paul LantPaul Lant is a Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland. Paul has a long history of teaching and research at UQ, and he has held a variety of roles.  He has a MEng and PhD in Chemical Engineering from The University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK), and an MBA from UQ.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Paul’s research portfolio is quite diverse, and aimed at addressing some critical global challenges including: Energy and poverty; Urban water systems; Food waste; Risk in hazardous industries; and Next generation biopolymers.  Paul is the Chair of the Equity and Diversity Working Group in the EAIT Faculty.

Emma Livingstone, PhD Student

Emma Livingstone headshotEmma completed her BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) in 2012 where she was a recipient of the University of Canterbury Dux Scholarship. Following a summer research project with Colin Jackson at the Australian National University she returned to Canterbury to complete an MSc(Hons) in Chemistry under the supervision of Emily Parker where she was awarded the Cuth J Wilkins prize in Chemistry. She worked as a Chemistry teacher in the Bridging Programme at the University of Canterbury before starting her PhD in Structural Biology at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience under the supervision of Brett Collins and Jenny Martin. Emma is the recipient of a UQ research scholarship, an IMB research advancement award, and an Australian Institute for Nuclear Science and Engineering postgraduate research award.

Professor Linda Lua

Associate Professor Linda Lua headshotLinda Lua is the Director of UQ Protein Expression Facility and Professor of Biotechnology. She leads a team of research specialists, producing high-quality synthetic proteins to enable and accelerate research. Internationally recognised for her research-enabling technologies to produce products that range from simple biomolecules to complex biomolecular assemblies such as multi-protein virus-like particles, she has assisted with establishing other protein facilities. To improve vaccine accessibility in resource-poor nations, Linda researches vaccine technology to address vaccine manufacturing challenges, which translated into patented platform technology. Linda has initiated and led significant industry engagements, nationally and internationally. Her project management portfolio includes projects across 16 Australian Universities as well as public and private research institutes. Linda is passionate about career development and progression of research professionals and academics, and has supported many in developing career plans. She chairs the Gender Equity Commission at AIBN.

Professor Margaret Mayfield

Associate Professor Margaret Mayfield headshot Margaret Mayfield is a Professor in plant ecology and Director of the Ecology Centre at UQ. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Biology (Hons) at Reed College (USA) in 1998 followed by a year researching the ethnoecology of crop pollination in Bolivia, New Zealand, South Africa, Malaysia and India as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow.  She earned her PhD in biology from Stanford University in 2005 and spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara before accepted a T&R position in plant ecology at UQ in 2007.  Margie is a quantitative field ecologist whose research focuses on improving our understanding of biological diversity and how it is impacted by environmental change. Margie is best known for her research on crop pollination as an ecosystem service and the importance of plant functional traits for inferring ecological mechanisms of community assembly. She brings to the SAT team 20 years of experience collecting and statistically analysing large observational datasets.  Margie currently holds an ARC Future Fellowship and is an ISI highly cited researcher.

Professor Alastair McEwan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Training) and Dean of the Graduate School

Professor Alastair McEwan headshot Professor Alastair McEwan is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Training) and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Queensland. Professor McEwan is a graduate of the University of Leeds and obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham. He held a Science and Engineering Research Council NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford before moving to a lectureship at the University of East Anglia. In 1993 Professor McEwan joined the University of Queensland as a Senior Lecturer. He was promoted to Professor in 2003 and was Head of the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences from 2005-2010. His research spans bacterial physiology and pathogenesis, redox biology and the role of transition metal ions in host-pathogen interactions, and is currently funded by NHMRC Project grants. Professor McEwan is currently the Chair of the Go8 Deans of Graduate Research and a member of the NHMRC Research Fellowships Peer Review Panel.

Professor Carlo Prato

Professor Carlo Prato headshotPrior to joining UQ’s School of Civil Engineering as a Professor in Transport, Professor Prato worked at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and the Technical University of Denmark before joining UQ at the beginning of 2016. His PhD from Politecnico di Torino in Italy focused on route choice behaviour of car drivers. It is his natural curiosity and his passion for behavioural modelling that drives his research into understanding what makes people behave the way they do as pedestrians, cyclists, public transport users, and car drivers. His research also looks at how people value congestion and reliability of transport systems, react to legislation trying to make their journeys safer, and adapt to novel technologies. Professor Prato contributes to the advancement of science in this cross-disciplinary environment by presenting and publishing contributions in prestigious conferences and journals as well as serving as a reviewer and editorial board member of journals spanning from engineering to psychology and medicine.  

Dr Jacqui Romero 

Dr Jacqui Romero Jacqui is an experimental quantum physicist. She completed her bachelor's and master’s degrees in the University of the Philippines, doing research on shaping light for applications like microscopy and microfabrication.  She moved to Scotland in 2008 to pursue a PhD in the University of Glasgow. Her research established optical orbital angular momentum as an accessible property for studying entanglement. She moved to Australia in 2015 to work on an interdisciplinary project between physics and philosophy. She was recently awarded a Discovery Early Career Research fellowship by the ARC. She is interested in revealing strange phenomena afforded by high-dimensional entanglement in light and developing quantum communication and computation technology. Jacqui has three young children, the first of whom was born a year after she commenced PhD studies. She has written about her experience as a mother and a PhD student in the journal Science. She has been a STEM ambassador in Scotland, and a resource person for the Institute of Physics for encouraging young girls to pursue physics degrees. She continues her outreach work through the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems. 

Associate Professor Ethan Scott

Associate Professor Ethan Scott headshotAssociate Professor Ethan Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he studied molecular genetics. After this, he moved to Stanford University, where he completed his Ph.D. in neuroscience. This work was based around developing genetic approaches for studying nervous system structure and function, focusing on the visual system. As a postdoc at the University of California – San Francisco, he adapted these techniques to the small vertebrate model system of zebrafish. His lab at the University of Queensland extends this work, using advanced microscopy and optogenetics to study sensory circuits and the ways in which the brain integrates information across different senses. The resulting work has been published in journals including Science, Nature, Neuron, Nature Neuroscience, and Nature Methods. Beyond research, Ethan teaches into courses on genetics and neuroscience, and he developed his school’s capstone course, an open-ended guided research experience aimed at teaching 3rd year undergraduates fundamental research skills including experimental design, statistical rigor, and critical thinking.  Ethan’s service includes chairing the Equity and Diversity Committee within the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Professor Ala Tabor

Professor Ala Tabor Professor Ala Tabor joined QAAFI's Centre for Animal Science in October 2010, after 18 years of conducting research with the Queensland Government. She is a research focussed academic with a strong background in industry engagement associated with animal health. Some key outputs of her work include the application of reverse vaccinology for the development of a novel cattle tick vaccine with patents pending and the commercialization/adoption of diagnostic tools for bovine diseases. Prof Tabor has attained $5.7 million in competitive grants in the last 10 years including the ARC, pharma and industry. Her international recognition in her field is exemplified by the invitation to join the BMGF International Cattle Tick Vaccine Consortium (CATVAC, est. 2015), specialist tick editor for the International Journal for Parasitology, and the Chair of the organising committee for the 9th International Tick and Tick-borne Pathogen (TTP9) conference to be held for the first time in Australia in 2017. Her research vision is to translate her research outcomes into viable products and methods for the benefit of cattle producers and pet owners.

Patrick Testa, Faculty Executive Manager, Faculty of Science

Patrick Testa headshotMr Patrick Testa currently leads the administrative, professional and corporate services within the Faculty of Science at the University of Queensland (UQ). He is accountable to the Executive Dean, Faculty of Science and the Chief Operating Officer, University of Queensland for devolved operations, including: strategic and operational planning; facilities, financial, human and ICT management; academic and student administration; alumni, engagement, marketing, recruitment and international; research support and research stations. The post provides leadership for over 600 professional and technical staff who deliver services to close to 10,000 students and an academic community of over 700 who are focussed on teaching and/or research. Additionally, the post oversees a budget of AUD$340m in support of teaching, learning, research and service delivery. Mr Testa's previous experience in higher education includes: senior management, major project management, sales, marketing, business development and internationalisation roles at La Trobe Univeristy, Navitas, Deakin University and the University of Melbourne. Prior to entering higher education Mr Testa worked in a number of sectors including: drug and alcohol (YSAS); the law for various firms (including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia) and ran his own business.

Professor Brandon Wainwright, Director Institute of Molecular Biosciences

Brandon Wainwright head shot As director, Brandon is responsible for advancing the institute’s research initiatives, strengthening the institute’s global connections and leading IMB’s scientists in their work to improve quality of life for all. Brandon completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies 
at the University of Adelaide, after which
 he secured a postdoctoral fellowship at St Mary’s Hospital at Imperial College London (ICL). During his six years at ICL, he worked on the first human genome project, and made significant discoveries in the field of human molecular genetics as a Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow. He returned to Australia in 1990 to join UQ’s Centre for Molecular and Cellular Biology (now IMB). Brandon leads his own IMB laboratory, which focuses on understanding the genetic pathways behind skin cancer and medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumour that occurs predominantly in children. He serves on the board of Life Sciences Queensland, the Australian Genome Research Facility, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Australia, and a number of national and international scientific review committees. In 2015, Brandon chaired the Queensland Institutes of Health.


UQ SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN Portal

UQ staff and students can log-in to the UQ SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN portal to learn more about the work of the UQ SAT and UQ's progress in the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN program.

Contact the team if you experience any issues.

Diversity and inclusion at UQ

At UQ, we aim to build an international reputation for innovation, leadership and success in diversity and inclusion – one that equals our standing as a global research powerhouse and provider of exceptional educational and research opportunities.

An extensive body of academic and corporate literature (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) clearly demonstrates the link between increased diversity and improved organisational performance, which is only possible through a holistic approach. This means addressing under-represented groups in all fields to ensure that teams are balanced and representative of the wider community.

The SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN specifically focuses on improving and supporting career progression in STEMM disciplines, where women are under-represented, and requires organisations to address and improve barriers and challenges people may experience in these fields.

At UQ, we value and apply these principles of reflection and support across our entire organisation. We are identifying and addressing barriers that all researchers experience in their careers, to improve diversity in all disciplines, at all levels, and for all people.

To read more about UQ’s diversity and inclusion strategies and policies, visit the Workplace Diversity and Inclusion page.

Merit and diversity

Diversity – of thought, experience, and background – strengthens an organisation. Diversity and merit are often seen as being at odds, but in fact, they are not mutually exclusive, and are in fact linked.

At UQ, we focus on increasing our diverse pool of talent through a merit-based process. All decision-making processes at UQ are based on merit, but where certain groups are under-represented – such as women in STEMM disciplines – we proactively encourage them through marketing, messaging, imagery, visibility of role models, and formal and informal support programs to apply for these roles at UQ so they are eligible for consideration through the selection process.

Academic and corporate research (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) shows that senior role models that students and early career researchers can relate to are critically important, to show that career aspirations to these levels are achievable.

View more information about merit and diversity on the resources page.