GRIDD is one of Griffith University’s champions of gender equity

We are champions of gender equity in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM), ensuring women are best positioned to reach their full potential.

The Institute has a female director and four of the leadership team are women.

Director Professor Jenny Martin sat on the National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) Women in Health Sciences Committee between 2012–2016 and on the Academy of Science “Science in Australia Gender Equity” Steering Committee from 2012–2014 to progress gender equity in Australian science.

Griffith University is participating in the accreditation process to qualify for an Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award. This two-year program commenced in August 2015, and involves a comprehensive review of the University’s workforce and how we are working towards supporting women across all STEMM areas.

The Athena SWAN Charter began in the UK in 2005, with 10 organisations including the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. A major goal is to promote women in STEMM, particularly with a view to increasing the proportion of women in leadership roles.

Athena SWAN provides an avenue for the University to build on previous efforts in gender equity, reflect on gaps and pinch points for women, and develop an action plan for the coming years to address the under-representation of women in the academic workforce.

Griffith proudly supports women in science. Gender equity is demonstrated through policies and provisions to support women and men throughout their careers, including generous parental leave, flexible work arrangements and genuine consideration of equity matters in key processes such as performance and promotion.

Diversity is also evident more broadly. GRIDD staff and candidates come from diverse ethnic backgrounds, from more than a dozen countries across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.

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