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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

New Dean heads UQ Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and IT

Internationally renowned engineering academic Professor Simon Biggs has been appointed as the new Executive Dean of The University of Queensland Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology.

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Professor Biggs joins UQ from The University of Leeds in the UK, where he was Pro-Dean for Student Education for eight years.

He said he was looking forward to building on the faculty’s groundbreaking curriculum developments and outstanding research.

“The faculty is fortunate to have genuinely world-leading activities in both research and student education,” he said. “This is rare, and gives us a great opportunity to deliver a challenging research-led and problem-based curriculum.”

Professor Biggs takes over from Acting Executive Dean Professor Caroline Crosthwaite, who will return to her position as the Associate Dean (Academic).

Thefaculty’s Associate Dean (Research) is Professor Stuart Crozier, who co-invented and developed patented technology used in about 70 per cent of the world’s MRI machines.

Professor Biggs said he felt honoured to be working with a team with an outstanding reputation.

“It is my privilege to be able to work with Caroline and Stuart—two outstanding academic leaders who bring a wealth of expertise and innovative thinking into the team,” he said

About Professor Biggs

Professor Simon Biggs is a chemical engineer and pioneer in the application of atomic force microscopy to the study of colloid particle science.  He was appointed to the Royal Academy of Engineering/BNFL Chair in Particle Science and Engineering at the University of Leeds in September 2002 after spending eight years at the University of Newcastle (New South Wales, Australia).  Professor Biggs has been Pro-Dean for Learning and Teaching at the University of Leeds since 2006.

Before his appointment at Leeds, Professor Biggs developed his research career through post-doctoral positions at the Institut Charles Sadron (Strasbourg, France) and the University of Melbourne. His undergraduate and doctoral education was undertaken in the UK at the University of Bristol from where he received a PhD in Colloid Chemistry.

Professor Biggs is an author of more than 150 refereed publications. He is the Director of Chamelic Ltd and Escubed Ltd – spin-out companies from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Leeds. He received the 2005 Beilby Medal from the RSC/IMMM/SCI for his contribution to research of practical significance.

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

UQ and University of Melbourne: Are there enough women in architecture?

UQ and the University of Melbourne have asked the question: are there enough women in architecture? A new website has been launched by the two universities to foster discussion around the international under-representation of women in architecture.

The site, Parlour: Women, Equity, Architecture was co-created by Dr Naomi Stead from UQ and is edited by Justine Clark from The University of Melbourne to bring together research, informed opinion and resources on women, equity and architecture.

It has created both national and international discussion on the role and importance of women in the architectural profession.

Dr. Stead, a research fellow for UQ‘s Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History, says Parlour provides a much-needed forum for discussion and opportunities available for women in the industry.

“The architecture profession likes to think of itself as a progressive, equitable meritocracy, but unfortunately that’s just not the case,” Dr. Stead said.

“While we don’t believe that explicit prejudice or discrimination is a significant problem in the profession in Australia, we do know that there is implicit bias, a lack of pay equity, and that women as a group are not remaining in the profession, and progressing to leadership positions, as they should.”

Although the website has an Australian focus, the issues it covers are international.

Addressing a current lack of resources and platforms available to women architects, Parlour aims to provide a forum for discussion on workplace issues in architecture, including flexible conditions and work/life balance, as well as celebrating the many female architects who contribute to the profession.

“What we’re aiming for here is real social change,” Dr. Stead said. “It’s one thing to undertake scholarly research. It’s another to actually reach out to the profession.

“We’ve already demonstrated that there is a problem, and Parlour will allow us to connect with the entire architectural profession and start a conversation about how we want to work, and how this can be better and more equitable for both women and men in architecture.”

It reminds us of the How I Met Your Mother episode when Ted Mosby becomes a professor and walks into an economics class, thinks he’s in the right class and starts lecturing on architecture. Maybe the world does need more women in architecture!

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