New mine surveying scholarship for women

Women of Mine surveying at the International Mine Surveying Congress, Julia Reynolds (centre). Image: www.spatialsource.com.au

The Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors (AIMS), in collaboration with Glencore’s Mt Isa Mines, have announced a new scholarship to support women in mine surveying.

The Glencore Tim Underhill Diversity Scholarship in Mine Surveying is a three-year program for female students starting, or continuing, to study mine surveying.

Funded by Glencore, the scholarship is named after AIMS member and Mt Isa Mines employee Tim Underhill who held a senior surveying position at the site before passing away unexpectedly in 2014.

AIMS board member Julia Reynolds said the scholarship is tailored specifically for women to promote gender diversity in the mining industry.

“Historically, gender diversity in the mining industry has been a tale of female under-representation, particularly in on-site occupations such as mine surveying,” she said, adding that it aimed to “attract, recruit and develop women within the mining sector”.

Denis Hamel, executive general manager for Glencore’s North Queensland Zinc Assets, said the company was proud to support scholarship and that naming it after Underhill would continue to recognise his contribution to the mining industry.

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