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Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN

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. ECU is the only university named after a woman in Australia, a woman whose lifetime achievements included a strong focus on gender equality.

ECU is proud to be participants in the national Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia hosted by the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Initiative.

The accreditation framework is based on ten key principles which commit to creating gender inclusive workplaces. Originating in the UK, there are currently 45 participants in Australia including universities, medical research institutes and publicly-funded research organisations. The Bronze Institution Award will recognise institutions who understand the current state of gender equity in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) disciplines and have developed a four-year action plan which targets structural and cultural barriers, driving diversity in higher education and research.

Media Releases

ECU speaks on male champions of change at the World Equality STEMM Congress 2018

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

ECU  where co-sponsors of the World Equality STEMM Congress for 2018 in Amsterdam, Holland on 11-12 October. Executive Dean, School of Science, Professor Andrew Woodward, as a member of the ECU Athena SWAN Charter Committee, spoke on how to nuture and encourage male champions for change.

ECU female role models recognised by WiTWA

Tuesday, 06 November 2018

To celebrate their 20 year anniversary, Women in Technology WA held a gala event at Crown on 3 November 2018 to recognise outstanding WA women in STEM and Innovation. ECU nominees Professor Mel Ziman, Dr Michelle Ellis and Associate Professor Melissa Langdon were recognised as leading female role models at the event which was proudly co-sponsored by ECU.


Women in Elite Sport Panel - Reflecting on the past and perspectives on the future: 3 December 2018

Tuesday, 06 November 2018

It isn’t every day you get to ask questions and hear from some of the top women in sport. Join us as we bring together several successful women that work in elite sport or have walked the path of being an elite athlete themselves.

5 years of gender reporting in Australia: what has changed?

Sunday, 07 October 2018

In November 2018, The Australian British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) will join with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) on a national event roadshow for the release of WGEA’s fifth year of gender equality reporting data. ECU are proud to be co-partners of the event for Western Australia on 22 November 2018. Email if you would like to attend.

Development Hub

The Athena SWAN initiative recognises good workplace practices which provide conducive environments for gender diversity in STEMM within the higher education and research sectors.

Here are some professional development opportunities that may allow you to grow and develop your career, acknowledging the importance of diversity at work for everyone.


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