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2020 Edith Cowan Athena SWAN Advancement Scheme

Tuesday, 13 October 2020


Four high achieving ECU staff members have been recognised with an Edith Cowan Athena SWAN Advancement Scheme honour in the fifth round of the highly sought-after Awards.

The Edith Cowan Athena SWAN Advancement Scheme aims to celebrate gender diversity in the spirit of the Athena SWAN principles. The Scheme supports staff who have parental and/ or caring responsibilities as they progress in their careers and/or recognising gender equality champions who make a difference to the status quo at work every day.

ECU staff members celebrated the award winners at a ceremony which took place on 1 October 2020, co-hosted by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships), Professor Cobie Rudd.

As part of the Ceremony, the audience heard from Dr Pauline Zaenker, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Melanoma Research Team within School of Medical and Health Sciences, and the 2019 Athena SWAN Kick-Start Science Prize Winner. Dr Zaenker gave an update on her research project focused on the identification and validation of blood-based biomarkers, and described the immediate impact and benefit the Kick-Start Science Prize afforded her, including the ability to supervise and mentor another female in STEMM currently completing her master’s degree.

ECU’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman CBE, presented certificates to the recipients of the awards and acknowledged how important the Athena SWAN Advancement Scheme is to the University. “The area of gender equality is incredibly important to us and this Scheme shows exactly what the culture of ECU is all about”.

In a very competitive round, the four winners of the 2020 Edith Cowan Athena SWAN Advancement Scheme, spanning academic and professional staff, are:

Professional Development/Travel Subsidy

  • Ms Riki Stevens, Strategic and Governance Services Centre;
  • Ms Anna Reid, School of Medical and Health Sciences; and
  • Dr Gemma Doleman, School of Nursing and Midwifery.

In recognition of achievements and sustained resilience, ECU supports Ms Stevens, Ms Reid and Dr Doleman’s career advancement in the spirit of the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recognised by the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Ltd initiative.

Achievement Recognition

  • Dr Michelle Ellis, School of Science

As a champion for gender equality, ECU recognises Dr Ellis’ leadership in redressing gender inequities in the spirit of the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter.

Professor Rudd said that “even in this year with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Edith Cowan Athena SWAN Advancement Scheme Review Panel could see the high quality of the award nominations and the level of talent and commitment that ECU staff members have to improving diversity and gender parity at ECU.”

For more information about ECU’s commitment to gender equality, visit the Gender Equality website or email


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