ACU (Australian Catholic University)


Issue 5, Winter 2012


ACU recognised for gender equality 

ACU has been awarded a prestigious Employer of Choice for Women citation for the second year in a row.

ACU met stringent criteria to qualify for the citation, an acknowledgement by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) of organisations that are recognising and advancing women in the workplace.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven said the citation recognises the University’s leading human resource policies and practices, and commitment to staff.

“We are proud of our continued efforts in providing opportunities for women to reach their potential at ACU,” he said. “Women constitute more than 69 per cent of the University’s workforce, and are represented at all levels including senior management.”

EOWA Director Helen Conway said business leaders understood the citation was a major drawcard, assisting to attract and retain the best people.

“This year’s successful applicants are the trailblazers in the war for talent and I congratulate them for their innovation and commitment to improving gender equality in the workplace.”

Professor's commitment to research acknowledged 

Professor Janet Hiller, Associate Dean of Health Sciences (Research), has been awarded a Patron’s Award from the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).

In recognition of her long-term commitment as an epidemiologist, public health and health services researcher, Professor Hiller received the foundation’s Commitment to NBCF Research Investment Award 2011.

Currently the Deputy Chair of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC), Professor Hiller’s involvement with NBCF began in 1995 when she was one of the founding members of the RAC. During 2010-2011, she chaired the Epidemiological Questionnaire Design Advisory Group for Register4 – an NBCF initiative.

NBCF funds research to reduce the impact of breast cancer, and achieve prevention and cure. The Patron’s Awards ceremony is the organisation’s premier event, held to acknowledge the efforts and achievements of all members of the NBCF community.

Professor Hiller was presented the award by Governor-General Quentin Bryce, in a ceremony at Admiralty House earlier this year.

ACU appoints first Dean of Research 

Professor Patrick Heaven, prominent psychology academic and expert, has been appointed Dean of Research at ACU.

Professor Heaven comes to ACU from the University of Wollongong, where he was Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences.

With several qualifications, including a Doctorate of Literature and Philosophy from the University of South Africa, he has published more than 150 research articles, six books, and attracted major research funding of approximately $1 million.

Professor Heaven was instrumental in establishing the Australian Research Council, and funded Wollongong Youth Study and the Australian Character Study. He is a former Editor of the Australian Journal of Psychology and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Adolescence.

“I am very excited about working at ACU,” he said. “The University’s national presence and predominantly metropolitan location gives it the opportunity to develop a significant research reputation across diverse range of disciplines.”

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