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Marcus Oldham College Begins Study on Rural Women in Leadership Roles

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The Centre for the Study of Rural Australia at Marcus Oldham College in Geelong has begun a research project on women leading the way in rural Australia.  

Marcus Oldham College is one of Australia‚Äôs leading rural and equine business management colleges.  

More women are involved in leadership positions in rural Australia than ever before. They play major roles in businesses, communities and running farms or in various on-farm leadership positions.  

As they become more involved, it is likely that they will have an impact on the way things are done in agriculture, introducing different ideas and new ways of doing things.  

This is the topic that The Centre for the Study of Rural Australia at Marcus Oldham College has chosen to study as part of their research project.  

Ms Deanne Whelan, a lecturer at the College and researcher with the Centre said that the study was a pilot project to test their thinking and research methods. Based on the data gathered, they will chart out the progress of the study.  

She adds that while they have a few ideas on how women may be changing things, the team is very careful about carrying out an objective research.  

A number of women in leadership positions will be interviewed by Ms Whelan over the next few weeks, and the data analysis will take place at the Centre towards the end of 2010.

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