This report presents findings from a survey of second, third and fourth year students enrolled in mining engineering and minerals processing programs at The University of Queensland, The University of New South Wales, Western Australian School of Mines (Curtin University of Technology) and Murdoch University. The survey was designed to address the following key research questions: What motivates female students to enrol in mining-related degrees? Having enrolled, how likely are they to take up a career in the minerals industry and how long are they likely to stay? What factors are likely to influence their decisions to stay or leave the industry? What are their personal and career goals and how, if at all, do they differ from those of male students? What are their impressions of the minerals industry as a place for women to work? What suggestions do they have on how to attract more women into mining-related courses? The survey was distributed and completed during class time. In total, 329 students completed the survey, of whom 51 (15.5%) were female and 277 (84.5%) were male.

Publisher: Minerals Council of Australia

Region: Australia

Type: Guide / Handbook

CITATION

Barclay, Mary Anne, Pattenden, Cath, Brereton, David,Beach, Ruth, Drinkwater, Diana, Kemp Deanna,Parmenter, Joni and Phillpot, Sokar (2007). Female mining engineering and minerals processing students: career drivers, expectations and perceptions. InUnearthing new resources: attracting and retaining women in the Australian minerals industry (pp. 65-109)Forrest, ACT: Minerals Council of Australia.

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Female mining engineering and minerals processing students: career drivers, expectations and perceptions.