Athena SWAN

As an Athena SWAN member, Griffith is addressing the equity issues that Women in STEMM face with an evidence based approach.

In December 2018, we were recognised for our commitment to addressing gender inequality in STEMM, by being among the first Australian institutions to receive an Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award.

Athena SWAN

What is Athena SWAN?

The Athena SWAN Charter is an evaluation and accreditation program that works towards enhancing gender equity in STEMM. The Charter recognises excellence in employment practices that advance and promote the careers of women and gender minorities in STEMM subjects through Bronze, Silver and Gold Award. In Australia only the Bronze Award is currently available.

Athena SWAN at Griffith

As an Athena SWAN Bronze Award winner, we have rigorously examined our gender equity data in STEMM fields and identified key areas for improvement and action. This analysis has led to a commitment from staff and senior leadership to an ambitious action plan that seeks to eliminate gender bias and to further develop an inclusive staff culture.

Athena SWAN Implementation Subcommittee

The Athena SWAN Implementation Subcommittee is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the four-year Athena SWAN Action Plan and communication of related initiatives.


  • Chair: Prof Debra Henly (DVC – Academic)
  • Secretary: Ashley Vidulich (Women in STEMM Coordinator, People and Wellbeing)
  • Prof Analise O’Donovan (Dean - Academic, Health Group)
  • Prof David Neumann (Acting Head - School of Applied Psychology, Health Group)
  • Dr Leigh Ellen Potter (Senior Lecturer - School of Information and Communication Technology, Sciences Group)
  • Marnie King (Senior Consultant - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, People and Wellbeing)
  • Prof Rebecca Ford (Dean – Research, Sciences Group)
  • Prof Robert Sang (Dean – Academic, Sciences Group)
  • Prof Roianne West (Director - First Peoples Health Unit, Health Group)

Progress to Date

Mar - Aug 2018

  • Griffith submitted Bronze application
  • Women in STEMM Coordinator commenced
  • The Griffith Pay, Conditions and Benefits website was reviewed and amended
  • A pilot version of SBS cultural competency modules commenced and available on Learning@Grffith

Sept – Dec 2018

2019 and onward

  • Exit survey and data collection mechanisms will be integrated into current processes.
  • Introducing a Griffith STEMM Academic Carer Support Fund (including Parental Leave support and Carer Funding)
  • Reviewing disability inclusion in the employee life cycle
  • Fellowships. scholarships and development opportunities will be established.
  • Continuous monitoring and re-alignment of the Athena SWAN action plan.
  • …and more initiatives to come!

Athena SWAN Charter Launch

Contact Us

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:

Athena SWAN:

Health Group HEDI Equity Pages:

@WomeninSTEMM_GU on Twitter