ECU is proud to be accepted as part of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Initiative Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia.
The Pilot involves 44 participants including Australian universities, medical research institutes and publicly-funded research agencies and is continuing to grow. The Athena SWAN Charter awards bronze, silver and gold level awards to institutions who can demonstrate increasing levels of good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women and gender diversity in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).
Watch here a short film by SAGE with staff from participating Pilot institutions (including ECU), outlining the value of the Athena SWAN process.
The Athena SWAN Charter was established in the UK in 2005 with 10 member institutions, expanding to a total of 129 by 2015. It has proved to be successful in transforming gender equality action.
The Charter is based on ten key principles. ECU’s involvement in the pilot includes a commitment to adopting the principles within our policies, practices, action plans and culture University wide.
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The Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Initiative, started by the Australian Academy of Science and in partnership with the Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), aims to support the hiring, promotion, participation and retention of women in science, engineering, technology, mathematics and medicine (STEMM), with the aim of reaching gender parity in science leadership. Women comprise more than half of science PhD graduates and early career researchers, but just 17% of senior academics in Australian universities and research institutes. The loss of women scientists is a significant waste of expertise, talent and investment, and negatively impacts our nation’s scientific productivity.
Core to Edith Cowan University’s namesake (Edith Dircksey Cowan) and the University’s values, is the pursuit of redressing inequalities and improving education and opportunities for women. Edith Cowan University (ECU) is the only university named after a woman in Australia, a woman whose lifetime achievements included a strong focus on gender equality, thus there is a clear ideological alignment with the Athena SWAN Charter principles and approach.
ECU has established and endorsed Terms of Reference for a gender-balanced Steering Committee: The ECU Athena SWAN Charter Committee (ECUASCC), which has successfully harnessed engagement from male champions of gender change and includes senior members of various disciplines and areas.
|Professor Cobie Rudd||Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) - Chair|
|Ms Jenny Robertson||Director, Human Resources Service Centre|
|Professor Colleen Hayward||Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Indigenous)|
|Professor Margaret Jones||Director, Office of Research and Innovation|
|Ms Lyn Farrell||Dean, South-West Campus|
|Professor Daryoush Habibi||Executive Dean, School of Engineering|
|Professor Andrew Woodward||Executive Dean, School of Science|
|Dr Matthew Byrne||Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) School of Education|
|Ms Christine Gunson||Manager Strategic HR, Human Resources Service Centre|
|Professor Rob Newton||Associate Dean and Co-Director of the Exercise and Medicine Research Institute|
|Professor Daniel Galvao||Professor of Exercise Science and Co-Director of the Exercise Medicine Research Institute|
|Professor Neil Drew||Director, Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet|
|Professor Joe Luca||Dean, Graduate Research School|
|Associate Professor Mark Lund||School of Science, Self-Assessment Team Chair|
The ECUASCC is supported by the ECU Self-Assessment Team (SAT), a diverse range of ECU staff currently working on the Bronze Level Institutional application.
Academic staff working in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) areas at ECU comprises 33% female academic staff at Level D and E, compared to 64% female representation at Level B. ECU’s work to embed the Athena SWAN charter should see increases of female participation and gender equality across all levels within STEMM disciplines.
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