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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

Maths Empowering Girls

Monday, 15 July 2019

Maths Empowering Girls Day saw 240 Year 9 school girls participate in mathematical based activities.

STEMM Women's Advancement Program focus groups

Tuesday, 02 July 2019

Eight focus groups were held to discuss barriers and enablers for academic women to advance their careers at ECU.


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.

Edith Cowan Memorial Lecture celebrating International Women’s Day 2019

Wednesday, 06 February 2019

Join ECU’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman CBE and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships), Professor Cobie Rudd as they discuss 'getting the balance right' between equity initiatives and economic sustainability with special guest Dianah Worman OBE Chartered FCIPD (from the UK) and ECU's new Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Equity and Indigenous, Professor Braden Hill.

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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