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Athena SWAN Charter

Strengthening our commitment to gender equity

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Southern Cross University is among 40 organisations in Australia participating in a pilot of the Athena SWAN gender equity accreditation program. The University has committed to the 10 principles of the Athena SWAN Charter and will apply for a Bronze Institutional Award as part of the program's Australian trial. This initiative aims to address the loss of so many women scientists, which the Australian Academy of Science describesas a significant waste of expertise, talent and investment, directly impacting our nation's scientific performance and productivity.

To receive our Bronze Institutional Award, we will comprehensively analyse the gender composition of our entire workforce, particularly in STEMM areas. We will develop a series of robust long-term strategies and initiatives based on a strong knowledge of equity challenges in our workforce. In this way, we will strive to improve gender equity at Southern Cross University.

The project team

The SCU Athena SWAN project is sponsored by Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and led by Professor Anja Scheffers, Director, Southern Cross GeoScience. Specialist academic and professional staff form the project's self-assessment team.

For more information contact Hanabeth Luke, Athena Swan Project Manager.

Professor Anja Scheffers


Geomorphologist and ARC Fellowship recipient, Professor Anja Scheffers' research focuses on how coastal landscapes are formed and evolve over time by factors such as changing sea levels, storms, cyclones and tsunamis.