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08 September 2014

QUT has been crowned Queensland's employer of choice for women in technological careers.

The accolade was one of two awards presented to QUT and staff at the 17th annual Women in Technology (WiT) awards ceremony.

Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation research fellow Nathalie Bock won the WiT PhD Career Start award.

The university's Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Technology, Information and Learning Support, Judy Stokker, accepted the award on behalf of QUT as a 'great honour'.

"QUT is a truly wonderful place where women of all backgrounds are encouraged to strive for excellence," Ms Stokker said.

"This focus on equality is driven by our Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake and permeates throughout the entire organisation."

Of QUT's 7,000 employees, 58 per cent are female.

Women make up 38 per cent of the organisation's senior ranks - well above the national university average and fast approaching QUT's own target of 40 per cent by 2016.

Recent ICT-related senior appointments have seen women in roles including three of the university's six Executive Deans, the director of QUT's largest research institute and the Deputy Vice Chancellor who heads QUT's large IT division.

QUT was recognised for its work to cement gender equity as a core organisational value, develop a range of flexible work arrangements for all parents, and successfully implement a raft of strategies that both support women in the workplace and eliminate barriers and bias.

The university also supports activities to support female students studying the traditionally male-dominated fields of science, technology, mathematics and engineering.

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Media contact:
Kate Haggman, QUT Media, 07 3138 0358.
After hours Rose Trapnell, 0407 585 901.

Judy Stokker is QUT's Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Technology, Information and Learning Support.