The role of Professor at UQ indicates an international reputation for academic excellence and leadership.

UQ requires its professors to demonstrate:

  • outstanding achievement in their field
  • international recognition for their work
  • a commitment to increase their leadership contribution across the university.

Women are under-represented in professorial positions at UQ and currently hold less than 29% of professorial positions.

This program is designed to assist high calibre academic women to take the next step in their career.

The program is proudly sponsored by Professor Aidan Byrne, Provost and Senior Vice-President.


The program is designed for academic women at Level D who are:

Apply for the 2021 program

Applications for the 2021 program are currently open and close on 30 March 2021.

To apply:

  1. Complete your expression of interest form (PDF, 58.6 KB).
  2. Email your completed form to


The program is run in a small group setting of 12 to 16 participants and aims to:

  • broaden your understanding of leadership in a global academic context
  • leverage off existing leadership strengths to build great capacity to lead strategically
  • increase knowledge of the university professorial promotion process
  • facilitate engagement with both internal and external leaders
  • provide individualised career planning
  • provide a gender frame of reference to academic leadership.

The program will assist you to develop your:

  • leadership skills
  • individual career plans
  • strategic thinking
  • influencing power
  • ability to deal with complexity
  • international reputation
  • personal impact
  • resilience.


The program is broken into 3 intensive modules, delivered over 6 months. It is experiential in design and will be personally and professionally challenging.

The program covers:

  • career and leadership objective setting
  • personal career development planning incorporating portfolio review
  • UQ Leadership Survey 360-degree feedback
  • face to face workshops (including a residential component)
  • peer coaching.

All elements of the program are compulsory, and you must be able to commit to attending all scheduled elements and activities.

Facilitators, presenters and support

The program is facilitated by:

  • Professor Polly Parker (UQ Business School)
  • Jennifer Witheriff (Organisational Development, HR Services).

UQ senior professorial staff and external consultants will present specific content and provide subject matter expertise. The program features presentations by key university sector leaders.

Deans and members of the UQ Executive will be invited to work with specific participants based on their development needs.