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Athena SWAN

Curtin is committed to the Athena SWAN Charter.

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.

Women in STEMM

Curtin University’s academics and researchers tell their personal stories about what attracted them to a career in the STEMM fields.

Rule Breakers: Women in STEMM Rebelling Against the Status Quo

We’re celebrating six women in STEMM at Curtin pursuing excellence in their field and rebelling against the status quo.

The Panel Pledge

The Panel Pledge initiative is designed to increase gender equity and diversity on panels at conferences, corporate events and other forums to increase the visibility of women and broaden and deepen the conversations generated.

Academic Carer Support Scheme – Pilot Year 2021

The purpose of the Academic Carer Support Scheme is to provide financial assistance to enable academics, particularly early- and mid-career, who have carer responsibilities* or who require a carer themselves, to participate in activities that significantly contribute to their career development.
*Carer responsibilities include care for dependent child/children or for a dependent relative with special needs