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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.

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 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 recognises 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

Two-day workshop delivered for Shenton College’s gifted and talented students tackling bias busting and gender inequities

Thursday, 07 November 2019

ECU hosted high-performing Year 10 students with a focus on gender equality and leadership development.

ECU hosts visiting UK professor for Athena SWAN collaboration

Thursday, 07 November 2019

ECU hosted Professor Jenny McKinley from Queens University Belfast to hear her experiences and gain insight into achieving successful Athena SWAN Accreditation.


Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly - Invitation to presentation by Professor Sally Kendall

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly is part of a global project led by Yale University. The aim of Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly is to enable countries to identify the gaps in the environment that support, promote and protect breastfeeding. Anyone with an interest in Breastfeeding, primary and community health care is encouraged to attend.

ECU podcast for International Women's Day 2019: Dr Linda Holbeche – 'Making good on work life balance'

Tuesday, 05 March 2019

In marking International Women’s Day and the 2019 campaign theme #BalanceforBetter, ECU is pleased to provide this podcast from Dr Linda Holbeche direct from the United Kingdom. Join Linda as she discusses the changes needed in working environments that will ensure employees can prioritise both family and work equally.

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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