In order for us to thrive as an institution, we need to embrace gender equity in its fullest sense; to see this not as a threat but an opportunity, whereby we ensure fairness of treatment for women, men and others according to their respective needs. So, not necessarily equal treatment, but treatment that is equivalent in terms of rights, responsibilities and opportunities taking account of individual circumstances. Only then will we be set for gender equality.
Professor Margaret Otlowski - Pro Vice Chancellor, (Culture, Wellbeing and Sustainability)
At Menzies we’re proud of our progress towards gender equity in our 300-strong workforce. We are focused on our goals in this area, recognising that they will always require energy and innovative leadership. We are embracing that leadership challenge.
Distinguished Professor Alison Venn - Director at Menzies Institute for Medical Research
It’s a patriarchal society, and I think that we need to address the unconscious bias that exists within all of us. Women need to actively consider how they perpetuate the very things that they would seek to address.
Professor Denise Fassett - Executive Dean College of Health and Medicine
This is a whole of society issue, and I’m very passionate about the role that males can play. Male champions are fundamentally important, because unless they are part of the solution, I don’t think we’re going to achieve what’s necessary.
Professor Anthony Koutoulis - Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
We should be a model organisation for championing the needs of diverse populations. We now have a very diverse population of students. To provide the best learning and teaching opportunities to our diverse body of students, our academic and professional staff, too, must reflect that diversity.
Distinguished Professor Dianne Nicol - School of Law
To simply make the statement that you are recruiting on merit, can bring into play some unconscious bias. It is important to understand the need to have at the table different perspectives and diverse views.
David Clerk - Chief Operating Officer
Some of our best role models, as scientists at IMAS, are women. They provide such important role models. Not only for other women, but for the broader community. The momentum this creates is what we need to keep science moving forward.
Professor Chris Carter - Deputy Executive Director and Academic Director, IMAS
It’s easy to be anecdotal about this, and be affected by your immediate environment, so I think a research approach is sensible. From an institutional perspective, having that diversity of views means a more creative workplace and that’s good for everybody.
Professor Elizabeth Leane - Professor in English
As the faculty of SET, we strongly support this initiative. Everyone brings to the table different approaches depending on their background. Male, female, young, old… they all bring a different way of looking at a problem. A diverse committee, a diverse research team, is an effective team. We all benefit.
Associate Profressor Erik Wapstra - Deputy Associate Dean, Research
Unintentional bias is something that effects all sections of society. I think it is incredibly important that we acknowledge that and consciously address that issue.
Professor Gretta Pecl - Professor in Marine Ecology
In my own sociological research, I’ve found that when women in STEMM are working in male-dominated research cultures and they have no support, they automatically blame themselves and question their place in the organization and more broadly, in science. In this way, the problem that we are facing as an institution is much more complex than just a ‘leaky pipeline’. My hope is that Athena Swan allows us to collectively arrive at innovative solutions involving multiple voices in our community.
Dr Meredith Nash - Senior Lecturer (Sociology)
If we want to put our society in the best position to tackle important problems (such as climate change, renewable energy), we need to transform our student and professional population into one with a gender and cultural balance that matches our society. The current situation means that many of the most talented people are denied an opportunity to contribute, and society as a whole pays the price of this through discoveries and technologies which are delayed, or never made.
Prof Simon Ellingsen - Professor in Physics/Acting Head of School for the School of Natural Sciences