The University is proud to be one of fifteen Australian institutions to have received an inaugural Athena SWAN Bronze Award at Parliament House in Canberra on 5 December 2018. To achieve this accreditation with SAGE, ECU underwent a rigorous two year process, which involved identifying the barriers to equality and devising practices, processes and actions to address them.
Marking the launch of Universities Australia Sponsorship Guidelines on 20 November 2018, ECU’s Professor Caroline Finch was officially announced as co-Chair for the Executive Women’s Group along with University of New South Wales Deputy Vice-Chancellor Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Professor Eileen Baldry for 2019/2020. ECU’s Athena SWAN Lead and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships), Professor Cobie Rudd nominated Professor Finch for the role in the spirit of women supporting women at all levels.
The ECU UniSuper Development Fund recipients for 2018 were announced in a ceremony on the Joondalup campus on 28 November, co-hosted by the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships). The initiative aims to support ECU staff on their return back to work after parental or carers leave in their career progression.
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.
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.
ECU recognised Equal Pay Day today (31 August 2018), an initiative of the Workplace Gender and Equality Agency (WGEA) highlighting the gender pay gap in Australia. While the national gender pay gap has dropped to its lowest level in 20 years at 14.6 per cent, full time average weekly earnings for women are still $244.80 less than men.
ECU proudly continues to co-sponsor CEDA’s Women in Leadership series in 2018. The theme for this session on 9 August 2018 delivered a diverse range of opinions and solutions on what is required of leadership to develop and support a truly diverse workforce.
The Scheme continues to support career aspirations and gender equality initiatives at ECU with two recipients from the School of Medical and Health Sciences and one recipient from the School of Nursing and Midwifery taking the honours in the 2018 round. A celebratory event was held on 8 August, attended by a large and supportive collective from the ECU community.
ECU chaired June's CEO’s for Gender Equity ‘CEO Roundtable’ event, discussing the importance of using various levers to improve gender outcomes within organisations.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman outlined measures taken by the ECU to encourage women in STEM following feedback from staff and students on barriers faced.
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
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