Athena SWAN

Curtin is committed to the Athena SWAN Charter.

Dr Laura Machuca Suarez – Research Fellow, WA School of Mines, Faculty of Science & Engineering.

The Athena SWAN Charter was established by the Equality Challenge Unit in the United Kingdom in 2005, with a mission to encourage, recognise and advance the participation of women involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. It built on work undertaken earlier in the UK under the ‘Athena Project’ and the Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN).

The Australian Academy of Science and Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering joined forces in 2015 to bring the Athena SWAN Charter and associated accreditation program to Australia under the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative. Curtin joined the inaugural SAGE pilot of the Australian Athena SWAN accreditation program and received the Athena SWAN Bronze Institution accreditation award at a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 5 December 2018.

Improving the gender diversity of academic staff and students in STEMM is a priority to ensure Australia is competitive with countries which have a greater focus on this area.

Curtin’s participation in the Australian Athena SWAN program and commitment to the Athena SWAN Charter demonstrates our willingness to work towards the achievement of the Charter’s aims:

  • advancing gender equity in academia and leadership
  • addressing unequal gender representation across disciplines
  • removing the obstacles faced by female academics in particular, at major points of career development and progression.