Charles Sturt's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students) breaking down gender barriers

19 JULY 2019

Charles Sturt's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students) breaking down gender barriers

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students) Jenny Roberts selected for judging panel of Women's Agenda Leadership Awards.

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students) Ms Jenny Roberts is on the judging panel for the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards
  • Charles Sturt University is a diamond partner of the event
  • Nominations close Wednesday 24 July and the award ceremony will be held on Friday 13 September in Sydney

The support of gender equality and women in leadership promoted at the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards aligns strongly with Charles Sturt University’s (Charles Sturt) gender equity initiatives, according to Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students) Ms Jenny Roberts.

It is one of the reasons Ms Roberts has agreed to return to the judging panel for the second year in a row.

Charles Sturt is a diamond partner of the event, which recognises emerging female leaders across a range of fields.

“It aligns very closely to all the gender equality strategies we have,” Ms Roberts said.

“It would be less meaningful if this wasn’t as important to us as a university.”

Ms Roberts worked at a regional university in Queensland for about 23 years before commencing her current role at Charles Sturt 18 months ago.

Although experienced in a leadership role, Ms Roberts said being on the judging panel gave her the opportunity to be inspired by other women.

“I always feel that I’m learning,” she said.

“It’s always important, especially when you reach a senior leadership role.”

Charles Sturt was awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award in December 2018 and was named Workplace Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice in 2019 from the Commonwealth Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann became a pay equity ambassador in 2018 and Charles Sturt offers female employees the chance to participate in the Leadership Development for Women program.

Ms Roberts said the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards also encouraged women to highlight their achievements.

“Sometimes we don’t feel we are able to promote ourselves in a way that perhaps men are good at doing,” she said.

“But for a community to be successful, we need a diversity of views at leadership tables.

“Not just gender but diversity broadly is important for the future of the University.”

Nominations are open until Wednesday 24 July and the award ceremony will be held in Sydney on Friday 13 September.

Media Note:

To arrange interviews with DVC (Students) Ms Jenny Roberts, contact Nicole Barlow at Charles Sturt Media on 6933 2027 or news@csu.edu.au.

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