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


Prof Maria Garcia de la Banda

Professor, Information Technology

A Prof Michael Brown

Associate Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, Science

A/Prof Edwina McGlinn

EMBL Australia Group Leader,
Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute

Prof JaneMaree Maher

Associate Dean Academic Development; Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research, Sociology, Arts

Prof Michael Morgan

Head of School, School of Physics and Astronomy, Science

A Prof Yolande Strengers

Associate Dean Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Information Technology

Nick McGuigan

A Prof Nick McGuigan

Director of Equality, Diversity and Social Inclusion, Monash Business School

Dr Susie Siew Yuen Ho

Associate Dean (International and Graduate  Education),  Science

Dr Daniel Edgington-Mitchell

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


A Prof Caroline Gurvich

Head, Cognition and Hormones Group, Deputy Director, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre

Dr Michael J. McDonald

Senior Lecturer and Group Leader, ARC Future Fellow School of Biological Sciences Science

Dr Grace Lee Hooi Yean Dr Susilawati  

A Prof Grace Lee Hooi Yean

School of Business 
Monash Malaysia

Dr Susilawati

Civil Engineering (Transport)
School of Engineering
Monash Malaysia


Dr Lucie Joschko

Manager, Staff Equity and Diversity

Janine Murray-Zaia

Director Talent, Equity and Development,
Interim Director, HR Services and Analytics


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 2020, [69kb, PDF]

2021 Meeting Dates

Date and TimeMeetingVenue
15 March, 2pm-3.30pm Committee 1-2021 Zoom meeting
26 April, 1pm-3pm Committee 2-2021 Zoom meeting; Venue TBC
28 June, 2pm-3.30pm Committee 3-2021 Zoom meeting; Venue TBC
16 August, 1.30pm-3pm Committee 4-2021 Zoom meeting; Venue TBC
4 October, 1.30pm-3pm Committee 5-2021 Zoom meeting; Venue TBC
6 December, 1.30pm-3pm Committee 6-2021 Zoom meeting; Venue TBC

2020 Meeting Dates

Date and TimeMeetingVenue
16 March, 2pm - 4pm Committee 1-2020 Green Chemical Futures building, 13 Rainforest Walk, Level 3, Room 325, Clayton
18 May, 12pm-1pm COVID-19 and Gender Equity Zoom meeting; sub-committee only, meeting dedicated to addressing gendered impact of COVID-19 on Monash staff
27 May, 1pm - 2.30pm Committee 2-2020 Zoom meeting
3 June; 10am-12.30pm COVID-19 and Gender Equity Zoom meeting; meeting dedicated to addressing gendered impact of COVID-19 on Monash staff
15 June, 2pm-3pm COVID-19 and Gender Equity Zoom meeting; meeting dedicated to addressing gendered impact of COVID-19 on Monash staff
24 August, 10.30am - 12pm Committee 3-2020 Zoom meeting
26 August, 2.30pm - 4pm Committee 4-2020 Zoom meeting
30 November, 10.30am-12pm Committee 5-2020 Zoom meeting