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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professor Rudd was invited to speak to the NFWA on “Women in Science – Strategies to promote diversity in science research” on 7 June, 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Associate Professor Trish Williams and Project Venus are raising the profile to attract more female students into STEM.
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