Athena SWAN Committee


Monash University Athena SWAN Committee was established in January 2016 under the leadership of Professor John Carroll, Dean Biomedical Sciences. The Committee reports to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor.

The purpose of the Athena SWAN Committee is to:

a) Oversee, prepare and submit Monash University’s Bronze Award application
b) Oversee the implementation of Monash University Athena SWAN Action Plan (2018-2021)


We are a diverse group of individuals representing all levels of the academic community, ranging from a postgraduate student to a Dean, as well as representatives from Human Resources and Strategic Communication. Committee members also represent an appropriate balance of STEMM disciplines, gender, career stages as well as cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Project Lead

    Prof John Carroll

    Dean, Biomedical Sciences
    Director, Biomedicine Discovery Institute

STEMM Professionals

Prof Elizabeth Croft

Dean, Engineering

Prof George Simon

Deputy Dean, Engineering

A/Prof Edwina McGlinn

EMBL Australia Group Leader,
Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute

Prof Maria Garcia de la Banda

Professor, Information Technology

Prof Michael Morgan

Head of School, School of Physics and Astronomy, Science

Prof Beverley Vollenhoven

Southern Clinical School; Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

A Prof Michael Brown

Associate Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, Science

Dr Susie Ho

Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, Science

Dr Sab Ventura

Senior Lecturer, Department of Pharmaceutical Biology
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr Aldeida Aleti

Senior Lecturer, Caulfield School of IT
Information Technology

Dr Mike McDonald

Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, Science

Dr Caroline Gurvich

Research Fellow; Clinical Neuropsychologist, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre

HR Professionals

Dr Lucie Joschko

Manager, Staff Equity and Diversity

Janine Murray-Zaia

Director Talent, Equity and Development


The Committee will:

(i) Formulate and drive the implementation of Athena SWAN initiatives while taking into consideration the wider context of Monash University gender equity strategy.
(ii) Coordinate the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data to identify challenges and opportunities that will feed into action planning and advancing gender equality across the University.
(iii) Oversee, monitor and report on progress made against the Athena SWAN Action Plan within the organisation.
(iv) Support STEMM faculties in developing and implementing activities aimed at advancing gender equality and inclusive culture.
(v) Facilitate information sharing within STEMM faculties and act as a channel for communication with senior management on gender issues.

Terms of Reference 2018, [69kb, PDF]

2019 Meeting Dates

Date and TimeVenue
8 May, 11.30am – 1.30pm G19, 15 Innovation Walk, Clayton
17 June, 10am – 12pm G19, 15 Innovation Walk, Clayton
17 July, 11am – 12.30pm G35, 23 Innovation Walk, Clayton
28 August, 1.30pm – 3.30pm G19, 15 Innovation Walk, Clayton
8 October, 2pm – 3.30pm George Lush Room, Clayton