Opinion

We seek to disseminate a collection of interesting opinion pieces which are told from the individual’s perspective, from our global UOW alumni community, academics and students.

Articles

As long as women are not free, the people are not free

The coronavirus pandemic has been a shared experience of fear, displacement and frustration, but its material effects have not been felt equally. UOW alumna Van Badham writes that although everyone has faced unprecedented challenges from the (seemingly, unending) virus, women have worn the worst of the economic and social impact of COVID-19.

Helping women succeed

Helping future female leaders by providing support, guidance and access to advance their career is key, according to Professor Grace McCarthy, Dean of Business at UOW’s School of Business.

Balancing the gender scale of justice

Since early British settlement in Australia, those in powerful positions – creating & adjudicating on the law, running national political agenda & making key corporate decisions –have traditionally been predominantly male. While striking the gender balance in many top jobs across industries continues to be a work in progress, the NSW Local Court is close to achieving gender parity in magistrates.

Equality in the boardroom

Elizabeth Proust AO has rightly earned a reputation as one of Australia’s leading business figures and change-makers. She has excelled in high-profile and influential leadership roles, traversing both the public and private sectors, and has been a trailblazer, role model and mentor for many women.

Coming up for air?

Feeling asphyxiated after two months in lockdown, I recently reopened George Orwell’s 1939 classic Coming up for Air.

An interview with Professor Eileen McLaughlin

Professor Eileen McLaughlin has just joined UOW as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health. She recently spoke with Carly Evans and shares what attracted her to the role, her pathway into science and her latest research.

Analysing infectious diseases

Richard White is an infectious diseases statistician, working in the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The UOW alumnus talks about his career path, and the choices that led him to put his skills and expertise to work on health statistics in the battleground against some of the world’s most frightening disease outbreaks.

Champion of change

UOW alumna Carol Kiernan has been instrumental in achieving equality for women in the Australian Honours by co-founding 'Honour a Woman'.

An extraordinary contribution

As the University of Wollongong’s third Chancellor (2009 -2020), Jillian Broadbent AC provided outstanding leadership to the institution over the past 11 years.