Diversity and inclusion are integral to a strong research environment. The QBI Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee is committed to enacting this principle at all levels within our institute. We aim to ensure that QBI is welcoming, supportive and inclusive to all staff, students and the wider research community.

Women and minorities have historically faced and are still affected by disproportionate obstacles within the STEM fields. To address this, our committee is undertaking initiatives to improve the research culture within QBI to eliminate unconscious bias, create a family-friendly, flexible and supportive work environment, provide access to leadership mentoring and to drive change to allow everyone within our institute to thrive.

Our goal is to promote equity at QBI. Some of the ways in which we will do this are as follows:

  • Reducing unconscious bias
    • Diverse representation on recruitment panels
    • Job candidates assessed relative to opportunity
    • Ensuring a diverse speaking roster at QBI seminars
  • Family friendly environment
    • Flexible working hours
    • Parent’s room
    • Flexible carers leave
    • Family friendly meeting times
  • Leadership pathways
    • We have several plans for events this and next year to foster leadership and mentoring at QBI! Watch this space!

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee is integrated within the QBI community, and aims to foster an inclusive environment for staff and students.

  • Members are a part of the UQ Ally Network
  • The committee includes representatives from the student and early career research committee
  • Warm welcome imitative at UQ