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Find out what is going on at ECU for women and gender diverse people in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) and higher education. In this space we will be showcasing the achievements, insights and impact of women, male champions and gender diverse groups from across ECU. Read the latest about our practices, our people and our research at a time where Australia is striving to raise its profile in innovation.

International Women's Day 2018 - #PressforProgress

8 March 2018

The 2018 International Women’s Day campaign is #PressForProgress and ECU’s annual Edith Cowan Memorial Lecture on the 8th of March featured 6 inspirational individuals each sharing their own stories of progress and overcoming challenges to reach their goals.

United Nations and ECU join forces to encourage young women to consider careers in STEMM

26 February 2018

The United Nations Association of Australia WA hosted a panel event at ECU featuring several of ECU’s academic staff.  Entitled ‘Advancing Women in STEMM - Celebrating our achievements and working towards gender equality’, panel members shared their journeys, challenges and achievements, discussing how their education has empowered them.

Out and about in the South West

25 November 2017

Bunbury raised transgender actress Dannielle Alexis from the TV show Wentworth led a candid discussion about acceptance and understanding at a Pride Breakfast hosted by OUT South West on Saturday 25 November 2017.The event was jointly sponsored by Edith Cowan University and The Burlington Hotel.

Congratulations to recipients of the 2017 ECU UniSuper PD Fund initiative

22 November 2017

ECU has joined forces with UniSuper in its continued support of career progression opportunities to address some of the barriers faced in the workplace relating to career breaks. Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman presented certificates to the recipients of the inaugural ECU UniSuper PD Fund initiative on the Joondalup campus in a formal ceremony at the Council Chambers Foyer on 22 November 2017.

Watch the ECU hosted Workplace Gender Equality Agency Pay Equity Leadership Forum

8 November 2017

For those who missed this event held in February 2017 on ECU’s Joondalup Campus, a recording is now available for viewing on the ECU YouTube channel. Hosted by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships), Professor Cobie Rudd, panel members included Libby Lyons, WGEA Director; Andrew Smith, Shell Australia Country Chair; and Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman who is a WGEA Pay Equity Ambassador. The panel discusses their unique insights on how to close the gender pay gap which was followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

How is ECU working to counteract gender imbalance in the workplace?

27 September 2017

Professor Cobie Rudd features in a series of presentation summaries from the STEM Gender Equality Congress 2017, speaking on gender imbalance in the workplace, academia and STEM disciplines. The international event took place in Berlin, Germany in June 2017, featuring gender equality leaders in STEM from around the world.

WAAPA student wins at 2017 Atlanta Docufest

22 September 2017

Congratulations to PhD student Jonathan Messer on winning the best LGBT documentary at the 2017 Atlanta Docufest Festival for his film 'It's Not Just Me.' In working towards his PhD, Jonathan’s film documents the lives of four transgender men living in Perth who are at various stages of transitioning.

ECU attends Science in Australia Gender Equity Symposium 2017

5 and 6 September 2017

As gold sponsors for this key event on the SAGE annual calendar, members of ECU Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team attended the two day symposium, focusing on practical solutions for implementing change in the STEMM sector from across the nation as well as discussing organisational wide cultural transformation in gender equality best practice.

Launch of the ECU Athena SWAN Champions Network

7 August 2017

Staff representatives from across the University met for a special event including an address by the Vice-Chancellor to officially launch the Athena SWAN Champion Network. Members as advocates for gender equality will act as contact points for related communications, events and initiatives within their local areas. Staff who are interested in getting involved are to please email

Calling out financial bias - ECU talks imbalance in the workplace

15 June 2017

The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) Women in Leadership series ran its second event for 2017, entitled 'Calling out financial bias and imbalance' to an audience that spanned all industries. Speakers  from NAB, HESTA and ECU spoke on their commitments to gender pay equity and the importance of increasing gender diversity in the workplace. ECU are proud sponsors of CEDA's Women in Leadership Event series for 2017.

ECU provides insights on what it will take at the STEM Gender Equality Congress, Berlin

8 June 2017

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships), Professor Cobie Rudd joined gender equality experts from around the world to talk sustainable change at the annual global STEM Gender Equality Congress in Berlin on 8 and 9 of June 2017. The Congress addressed the under-representation of women in STEM industries and disciplines and the need for progressive and disruptive solutions.

Launch of parental parking bays at ECU for Athena SWAN

24 May  2017

In working towards achieving gender parity, ECU is pleased to announce that as of 1 June 2017, there will be allocated parental parking bays for staff who have ‘drop off’ duties in the mornings. This is a direct response to feedback received from staff at the preliminary ECU Athena SWAN workshops in April 2016. Bays may only be accessed after 9am and will work on an integrity system in alignment with ECU Values.

ECU crèche service now on the South West campus

31 March 2017

See Dean, Lyn Farrell  in a recent article for The West Australian with babies, toddlers and young children playing at the new Edith Cowan University South West campus crèche.The creche opened on February 27, at the start of semester 1, to provide an on-site child-minding service for students who are parents.

ECU joins forces with the Committee for Economic Development of Australia to redress gender inequities

9 March 2017

The first event for the ECU-sponsored CEDA Women in Leadership series 2017, entitled ‘Gender diversity and inclusion targets: CEOs leading the way’, aimed to explore the practices of target setting as a way to drive ensure real change in achieving gender equality.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Sophia Nimphius - 2017 female leaderfor ESSA

8 March 2017

Exercise and SportsScience Australia (ESSA) called for nominations in February 2017 for influential women who active work for change in the exercise and sports science industry.Three women including Associate Professor Sophia Nimphius from ECU's School of Medical and Health Sciences, were selected for portraying true leadership and influential change.

WA's top female politicians talk female firsts

8 March 2017

Just three days out from the State Election, three of WA’s most successful politicians discussed WA female firsts as part of ECU’s International Women's Day celebrations.The Hon. Professor Carmen Lawrence, The Hon. Dr Elizabeth Constable and Dr Ann Aly joined ECU's Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman to discuss their experiences as successful leaders and how times have changed since the University’s namesake made history as Australia’s first female MP.

Watch the Edith Cowan Memorial Lecture here

Shell, ECU & WGEA put WA’s gender pay gap under spotlight

10 February 2017

Workplace Gender Equality (WGEA) Director Libby Lyons, Shell Australia Country Chair Andrew Smith and ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman joined in panel discussions on how to close the gender pay gap at the inaugural WGEA Pay Equity Leadership Forum, hosted by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) and Athena SWAN lead, Professor Cobie Rudd.

Staff recipients of ECU’s inaugural Edith Cowan Athena SWAN Advancement Scheme awarded in celebratory event

15 December 2016

2016 marks the launch of the inaugural event and in the spirit of Australia’s first Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter, hosted by Sciencein Australia Gender Equity (SAGE), the Scheme supports career progression of women and gender diverse groups, expanding the definition of gender into itsmany forms beyond the male-female binary.

ECU receives outstanding recognition as a WGEA Employer of Choice for GenderEquality

8 December 2016

ECU is showing national leadership in moving closer towards achieving gender equality in the workplace, according to the national Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2016 citations, released today. The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) presented ECU with the citation;outstanding recognition as a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, which recognises efforts to support equal opportunity and recognition in the workforce for women, men and those from gender diverse backgrounds.

ECU Vice-Chancellor and Workplace Gender Equality Agency Director speak on the Australian Gender Equality Scorecard and WA’s gender pay disparity.

30 November 2016

The importance of organisational sustainability was never more relevant than at the latest Women in Leadership event, run by CEDA in Perth on 30 November 2016. ECU’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman joined WGEA Director, Ms Lyons in providing key notes. ECU is sponsoring the CEDA Women’s Leadership Series in 2017. Read more.

The only female student in ECU’s inaugural Bunbury engineering class wins South 32scholarship

25 November 2016

Southwest campus ECU student,Ally Hawkins, has earned a South 32 scholarship of $5000 to support the nextstage of her studies.  As the only female in the first year of Engineeringat the Bunbury campus, it is anticipated that others will take the sameopportunity in this new offering moving forward.

ECU backs staff juggling careers with childcare

28 November 2016

A top-floor corner office previously occupied by one of the Deputy Vice-Chancellors has been transformed into a space for all ECU staff and students caring for young children.

Industry partner with WiTWA

25 August 2016

ECU is proud to become industry partners with Women in Technology, WA (WiTWA) in promoting technology to young women. The Perth-based organisation provided opportunities for women in technology to extend networks and choose careers in science, technology, engineering and innovation.

Dr Carolyn McIntyre speaks at WA  Innovation Summit for women in science

19 August 2016

A special ‘WA Innovation Summit’ on women in science and innovation was held over WA’s National Science Week (13-21 August 2016). Speakers were invited to showcase how the theme ‘Women in STEM’ is promoted in their respective fields.

Challenging the status quo for women – now and beyond

12 August 2016

The Department of Local Government and Communities coordinated a series of talks entitled “Women in STEM and Trades – Opportunities Now and Beyond” as part of the 2016 Skills West Expo. Professor Cobie Rudd presented on the shift of women into non-traditional industries and opportunities  in trades training.

Pay Equity Ambassador

5 August

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman has committed to WGEA’s pay equity pledge and will work with the agency to promote and improve gender equality.

ECU Athena SWAN Lead presents to BP  Network on “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

3 August

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships), Professor Cobie Rudd was invited to provide the Address to BP’s Women’s International Network on unconscious bias in the workplace on 3 August 2016.

First edition of GIST is out

8 July 2016

The first issue of ECU’s Girls in Science & Technology Magazine (GIST) aims to look at promote and celebrate women and girls in STEMM subjects. The magazine seeks contributions from primary and high school students with a passion for science and technology.

ECU hosts 2016 ATSE Eminent Speaker

28 June 2016

The WA Division the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) eminent speaker, Sue Murphy, CEO of the Water Corporation of Western Australia spoke to students about innovative technology and investment in new water sources.

ECU attends SAGE Symposium 2016

24 June 2016

The annual SAGE Symposium was a calendar highlight for the Australian SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN.  ECU representatives attended this key event in Sydney on the 24 June 2016 along with fellow members from the 32 of those universities and research institutions accepted into Australia’s first  Pilot. A further 8 organisations were announced as joining the SAGE initiative.

National Foundation for Australian Women (NFWA)

7 June

Professor Rudd was invited to speak to the NFWA on “Women in Science – Strategies to promote diversity in science research” on 7 June, 2016.

It actually is rocket science

19 May 2016

An ECU School of Science PhD candidate is the first Australian woman to be certified as a Level 3 Rocketeer and now she’s hoping to launch a five metre tall home-made rocket.

Gender equity means big changes

16 May 2016

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman fronts the Campus Review March 2016 edition for gender equity, noting the reforms that are needed in restructure and mindset to retain and promote women in STEM.

WA professor Cobie Rudd exposes gender inequality in Perth universities

16 April 2016

ECU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cobie Rudd discusses gender inequality in WA, ECU’s participation in the SAGE Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia and the ‘leaky pipeline’ with WAtoday. Read more:

ECU hosts the inaugural Women Leaders in Public Sector Forum for West Australia in 2016

7 April 2016

ECU was chosen by the Public Sector Network to the host the annual Women Leaders in Public Sector Forum in Perth for 2016. Panel discussions were led by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) and Lead for Athena SWAN at ECU, Professor Cobie Rudd.

ECU hosts first Regional Network for West Australian members of the SAGE Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia.

30 March 2016

As members of the SAGE Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia, representatives from Curtin University, Telethon Kids Institute and The University of Western Australia met with ECU to discuss first steps towards applications for Athena SWAN’s Bronze Institutional Award.

Edith Cowan University to host the Women Leaders in Public Sector Forum

8 March 2016

The Public Sector Network is proud to announce that ECU will host the inaugural Women Leaders in Public Sector Forum on Thursday 7 April 2016.  Read Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) Professor Cobie Rudd's recent interview with the Network leading up to the event.

Professor Cobie Rudd – Australian Research Profile

12 February 2016

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) and Vice-President at Edith Cowan University Professor Cobie Rudd truly leads by example. Heading up the institution’s participation in the Athena SWAN Charter Pilot in Australia, she is working hard to achieve gender equality in STEMM.

Raising profile of females in computer and security science

18 December 2015

Associate Professor Trish Williams and Project Venus are raising the profile to attract more female students into STEM.

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