Monash achieves Athena SWAN Bronze award

Monash has successfully achieved an inaugural Athena SWAN Bronze award through the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative.

The award, presented at a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra last night, marks the next stage in the University's journey and builds on more than three decades of work to progress gender equality at Monash.

This formal recognition culminates more than two years of data-crunching, extensive consultation and identification of key issues.

The Monash Athena SWAN Committee, in collaboration with STEMM academics, action teams and other staff embarked on a reflective analysis of our staff profile, policies, procedures, practices and cultures to develop a four-year action plan to drive the advancement of women and diversity in STEMM.

Read a summary of the Monash University Athena SWAN Action Plan 2018-2021, which details the work we still need to do to drive the advancement of women and diversity in STEMM.

Over the past nine months, Monash University has already made significant progress towards our objectives, including:

  • A program for staff to navigate the transition from parental leave back to work
  • Senior leaders have completed unconscious bias training.
  • Academic staff surveyed on their experience of diversity and inclusion at Monash
  • Benchmarked ourselves in the Australian Workplace Equality Index, which assesses our performance in LGBTIQ inclusion.
  • Publishing an ‘Expectant and New Parents’ Guide for Monash staff to increase the visibility of support available to parents and carers
  • A program to support new fathers in the workplace
  • Introducing a Gender Affirmation/Transition in the Workplace Procedure for staff wishing to formally affirm their gender at Monash University.

Read a collection of stories by and about the Monash academics and researchers working in STEMM who are having a positive impact on the world.