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Our University's namesake, Edith Dirksey Cowan, dedicated her life to equal rights, reducing barriers to education, and providing inspirational leadership to women. In the spirit of Edith Cowan, the University is committed to enabling our female staff to reach their full potential in their respective fields. To support this commitment the University has implemented the Women@ECU initiative.

The initiative provides a framework which, while building on existing initiatives and strategies, also explores opportunities to further support female staff to achieve personal excellence wherever they are in their career path. This is achieved through specific and targeted programs such as seminars, networking opportunities, speakers and special events.

In recognition of the barriers often experienced by women accessing career opportunities, the initiative focuses on addressing barriers such as flexibility in juggling work and family responsibilities, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, and the need for negotiation and assertion skills, access to mentoring and manager support, career guidance and work experiences such as memberships of committees and decision making bodies.

Past 'Coffee Conversation' events


ECU's New Faces - 25th May

Nearly 100 women and men from across the University, including Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Finlay-Jones, gathered for Women@ECU coffee conversation themed, ECU's New Faces.

Held at the Joondalup Campus, the coffee conversation profiled female staff members who have recently joined ECU.


Engagement with Research – 20th November

More than 50 women and men from across the University, including Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox, gathered for the Women@ECU Coffee Conversation, which explored the 'value of engaging with research as a medium for reaching your potential' for both academic and professional staff members.

Keynote address presented by Professor S. Caroline Taylor.

The participation of women on boards and committees – 29th July

More than 60 men and women from across the University gathered for the Women@ECU Coffee Conversations event, which was held at the Kurongkurl Katitjin Art Gallery.

The 'conversation' explored the value for women in participating on internal and external working groups, committees and boards as a mean of building confidence, skills, experience and networks on a personal and professional level to benefit ECU, the community and the individual.

Keynote address presented by Professor Colleen Hayward

If you would like more information on Women@ECU events or to be added to the mailing list for future events, contact Senior Policy and Projects Officer, Harbhani Bansal.


Senior Policy and Projects Officer
Ms Harbhani Bansal
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2320
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