Women in Research Network (WiRN)

WiRN: Women in Research Network


WiRN is UNSW's leading forum for research-active women to connect and collaborate to build an equitable and inclusive research culture at UNSW. 

WiRN works to progress gender equity across the University. This is undertaken through the trifecta of support, information, and advocacy.

WiRN: Meet the Committee
Hover on each Committee member's image to discover more about them, click to get in contact.
Upcoming 2019 Events

WiRN Share & Connect Series: International Engagement for Women in Academia

Guest Speakers: Prof Rose Amal and Dr Laurie Menviel

Date and Time: Monday 23rd September 2019, 12pm-1pm

Venue: UNSW Kensington Campus: Room 221, Level 2, Goodsell Building (Map Reference F20)

Livestreaming of the event will be available at: https://hospitality.unsw.edu.au/livestream/WiRN

Registration Closing Date: Friday 20th Sept at 12pm

Tea, coffee and fruit provided. Please feel free to bring your lunch along

Further details can be found here:


UNSW WOMEN CONNECT: Her Career Compass (Registrations Closed)

Hosted by Deputy Chancellor, Jillian Segal AO and moderated by UNSW Gender Champions, hear from a panel of professional women about the challenges, rewards and pathway opportunities their careers have presented them, with tips on how to progress and thrive in the workplace.

Date And Time: Wed., 25 September 2019 11:45 am – 1:15 pm AEST

Venue: Business Lounge Level 6, West Wing, UNSW Business School (Map reference: E12) UNSW Sydney, NSW 2052

Panellists: Rebecca Harcourt, Program Manager | Indigenous Business Education, UNSW Business School
Alison Avery, UNSW Head of Precinct Communication and Engagement
Jillian Segal AO, UNSW Deputy Chancellor

Moderators: Vinita Chanan, Director Plus Alliance, Co-UNSW Gender Champion
A/Prof Adrienne Torda, Associate Dean, Education and Innovation, Faculty of Medicine, Co-UNSW Gender Champion



Previous 2019 Events

Evaluating the research or the researcher: What is the role of gender in grant applications?

Date: Thursday 8 August 2019 

Time: 12pm-13.30pm (Panel discussion followed by Q&A and networking lunch) 

Venue: Staff Common Room, Level 2, Law building (F8) UNSW Sydney (NOTE this has been updated)

Register Here

Registration Closing Date: 6 August, 2019 

Taking the mystery out of social media! Tips and tricks for beginners through to intermediate level

Run by Michelle Gallaher

Thursday 30th May

Two Workshops (attend one only)

Workshop 1: 9.30-12.30 Social Media Basics: Getting on board

Workshop 2: 13.00-16.00 Social Media Optimisation: Expanding your influence

More details can be found here

UNSW Canberra

Seminar and Panel Discussion

Power in Editorial Positions: A Feminist Critique

Speaker:Prof Helen Dickinson, Chair: Prof Jenny Stewart, Panel members: Helen Dickinson, Holly Seale, Hemanshu Pota

Thursday 23rd May, 2019 Thursday, 23th May 2019 12:00-13:30 UNSW Canberra Academy Library (Top Floor)

RSVP z.hao@adfa.edu.au by 17th May for catering purposes

Women in Asia Conference, 21-23 June 2019

"Women in an era of anti-elitism" - Registrations are now open!
More information available here

Share & Connect Series Lunch: 

Preparing for Mid-Career (With Prof Iva Strnadová & Dr Nancy Marshall as Guest Speakers)

Tuesday, 30th April 2019, 12pm-1pm

Room 221, Goodsell Building, UNSW Kensington Campus. 

More information

Friday, 8 March 2019

International Women's Day 2019 (IWD)


2018 Events

25 October
Women on Boards: Panel Session and Q&A

- Claire Braund (panel member) PPT

- NSW Government Boards and Committees Register

Women on Boards Website

27 August 
WiRN Share & Connect Series: Strategic Networking

18 May 
WiRN Share & Connect Series: Strategic Planning for Career Interruptions

9 May
AWiL & WiRN Reunion with Meet & Greet 


6 February 
Turbocharge your Publishing with Dr Maria Gardner (Thinkwell)

- Thinkwell For Researchers

2017 Events

7 February
Courageous Conversations: Fundamentals for Improving the Way you Negotiate” with Rachael Brady

30 March 
What is knowledge Exchange and implications for Women in Research

23 August
How to successfully navigate an academic career

31 October 
Bouncing back from disappointments with Dr Shari Walsh

2016 Events

8 November WiRN Discussion: Putting the best YOU forward and how to describe your "track record relative to opportunity"

Strategic Engagement
Current Policies up for Consultation

Workplace Bullying prevention Procedure - View WiRN's Submission

Quantitative Academic Performance Benchmarks - View WiRN's Submission

Flexible Work Policy - View WiRN's Submission

To view all draft policies currently up for consultation, please refer to the UNSW Drafts for Consultation page. 


Please click here if you would like to join WiRN


Former Committee members

  • WiRN - Dr. Kim Snepvangers, Faculty of Art and Design, 2016-2018Dr. Kim Snepvangers, Faculty of Art and Design, 2016-2018

    What is one issue facing women working in higher education today that is important to you?
    I believe that developing pathways for women in local, national and international leadership roles is an issue of significance in higher education.  As an active researcher and convenor of a Special Interest Group in a large professional association I advocate a distributed leadership model, amongst other strategies for transformation.


  • WiRN - Dr Julie Thoms, Faculty of Medicine, 2016-2018Dr Julie Thoms, Faculty of Medicine, 2016-2018

    What is one issue facing women working in higher education today that is important to you?
    A significant issue for me is poor job security for researchers who rely on external grant funding for their continuing employment, since short term contracts can affect both superannuation contributions and decisions made around parental leave. A second big issue is access to childcare, and I believe that change in both these areas would be a major incentive for early career researchers in particular to continue in academia.

    Dr Julie Thoms, Faculty of Medicine

  • WiRN - Stefanie Vaccher, The Kirby Institute, 2016-2018Stefanie Vaccher, The Kirby Institute, 2016-2018

    Stefanie Vaccher is a statistician and epidemiologist, working primarily on the EPIC-NSW implementation study of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among high-HIV risk individuals in NSW. She is also completing her PhD, a mixed-methods thesis on adherence to PrEP. 

  • WiRN - Dr Suhelen Egan, Faculty of Science, 2016-2018Dr Suhelen Egan, Faculty of Science, 2016-2018

    What is one issue facing women working in higher education today that is important to you?
    One issue facing women in higher education today is balancing career with family commitments. I would like to see dedicated mentoring programs that empowers early and mid-career women on their return to work.

    Dr Suhelen Egan's Profile

  • WiRN - Dr Kate Bishop, Faculty of the Built Environment, 2016-2018Dr Kate Bishop, Faculty of the Built Environment, 2016-2018

    What is one issue facing women working in higher education today that is important to you?
    Rectifying the gender inequity throughout the higher education system. 

    Dr Kate Bishop's Profile

  • WiRN - Dr Leila Morsy, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, 2016-2018Dr Leila Morsy, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, 2016-2018

    Leila Morsy is a Senior lecturer in the School of Education. She was raised in France and completed her university and post-graduate education in the United States. She studies the factors contributing to school achievement differences between black and white and low and high-income students. In particular, she is interested in the effect of (1) family, (2) health, (3) housing, and (4) neighbourhoods on children’s outcomes. She is also interested in non-school-based solutions to improving the cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes of low-SES children.