Deakin Women

Women are 52 per cent of our academic and 67 per cent of our professional staff and contribute with enthusiasm, intelligence and dedication to every aspect of Deakin life.

Deakin Women: Working together to make a difference

We are proud of the leadership, collegiality and collaboration of women at Deakin, a number of whom are breaking new ground in research scholarship and professional practice.

While many gains have been made for Australian women over recent decades, they are still under-represented at senior levels in many sectors. Deakin is seeking to lead the way in the University sector in our efforts to redress this imbalance in both academic and non-academic positions, with a number of initiatives being introduced University-wide from 2017-2020.

There’s been considerable progress in gender equity, but there is still great inequity in wages and in the proportion of women in positions of influence, and women are still earning less than men for the same work.



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Deakin Women: Working together to make a difference

Women ecologists provide strength in numbers

Encouraging girls into science doesn't have to be a tough ask. The Centre for Integrative Ecology (CIE) is bucking the trend with excellent female representation in traditional STEM subjects.

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Collaborating for deeper societal understanding

A group of committed women researchers at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) are digging deep into the difficult questions facing the modern world, from political instability and climate change to work and digital disruptions.

Find out more about ADI's female researchers

Ladies leading Deakin’s premium student learning experience

Life for students at Deakin University has transformed over the past decade, especially since the University embarked on its Live the Future strategic agenda in 2012.

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Research Services team go Xtra mile in Business and Law

The Research Services team in the Faculty of Business and Law support a flourishing research culture and conduct a diverse range of research support services.

Find out about the Research Services team

A tale of two countries – how global collaboration can make a difference

From its offices in the Saket District Centre of New Delhi, the Deakin South Asia team works closely with colleagues in Australia to administer a program of in-country and joint PhD initiatives that make a difference to the education and career opportunities of women across the region.

Learn about the women leading the Deakin South Asia team

IPAN team activating Australia’s health

Inactivity, poor diet and obesity are some of today's greatest global health challenges. Determined to help turn this tide, a team at Deakin has carved a niche as a research leader, influencing policy, practice, and nutrition and physical activity research around the world.

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New team slots into place for finance revamp

An expert team is leading a University-wide overhaul of Deakin’s finance services and systems.

Find out about Deakin's finance services team

Nursing pioneers benefit thousands of Victorians

The team from Deakin’s Centre for Quality and Patient Safety (QPS) trail-blazed a model of seamless cooperation between nursing research and clinical practice almost two decades ago, and now offer a best-practice model to health service providers and academics around the world.

Learn about the Nursing Chairs leading QPS

Material Girls

Deakin’s Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) is led by some of Australia’s
brightest minds in electromaterials, molecular modelling and short ultrafine fibres. Professor Maria Forsyth, Professor Tiffany Walsh and Dr Alessandra Sutti are leading their multidisciplinary, multicultural and mixed gender teams in scientific fields traditionally dominated by men.

Find out more about IFM's leading female scientists

Changing the world one step at a time

Deakin's Equity and Diversity team works to ensure all of Deakin’s students and staff feel welcomed, safe and supported.

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Women with IMPACT

The Centre for Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Treatment’s (IMPACT) researchers – many of whom are women – are having a measurable effect on the health of local, national and international communities.

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SEEDs for the future

At the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED), more than 50 researchers, the majority of whom are women, are working on research that delivers practical solutions to the problems facing young people around the world.

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Generation REDI for a different future

Researchers at Deakin’s Research for Educational Impact (REDI) Strategic Research Centre are influencing education research, policy and practice, from early childhood to tertiary levels, across Australia and beyond.

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Deakin women are exceptional in their own professional and academic spheres, but what I admire most is that they strive to build new pathways and opportunities for others, especially for other women.

Vice Chancellor

Professor Jane den Hollander AO

Deakin women in sport

Sport has a big place at Deakin, and we encourage and support women to achieve all of their sporting goals.

Through an all-of-sport partnership with Netball Australia, Deakin University supports netball through Suncorp Super Netball, the Samsung Diamonds, the Australian Netball League and the Fast5 Netball World Series. The University also sponsors the Deakin Melbourne Boomers, one of the best female basketball teams in the country, as well as the Geelong Cats and their women's program.

Meanwhile, the Deakin Women In Sport and Exercise (WISE) hub conducts innovative research to improve women’s participation in sport and exercise.

Whether it be the University’s relationship with the Deakin Melbourne Boomers, the Geelong Cats women’s program, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, or in-house initiatives such as the Deakin Women in Sport and Exercise (WISE) Hub, they collectively create a wealth of opportunities.

Natalie Saunders

Faculty of Health lecturer

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Equity and diversity

We aim to ensure all students and staff feel welcomed, safe and supported no matter their gender. This commitment shows in campaigns such as End Violence Against Women and gender equitable practices.

Find out more about equity and diversity