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ANU Academic Board draws attention to student generated report on isolation in STEM

The ANU Academic Board has recently drawn the attention of staff to a report tabled to its September meeting.

The report highlighted amongst other issues the percentage of male and female students who stated that they have felt uncomfortable or isolated in their respective study environments. In areas that have typically more males, almost 50% of females stated that they have felt uncomfortable or isolated.  Comments provided in the report Appendix by survey respondents presented serious issues that the University needs to consider and discuss.  The Board recognise it is a cultural problem reflective of ongoing cultural issues of this institution and as a Board we are supportive of activities to change this culture.  This has been a pivotal report in focusing attention on these issues and we encourage all areas to review and discuss the report and consider ways that we can work together to address this.  The Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) survey will include gender in the future to assist in tracking issues.

The Gender Institute welcomes the Board's continued attention to the issues raised in the report, and the future inclusion of gender in SELT course surveys.

Information about the Academic Board including how to raise an issue for the Board to discuss or to find out who is the representative in your area please visit the Academic Board website or email:




ANU, Gender Institute

Date posted

Monday, 7 December 2015

Updated:  7 November 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute