Deakin Women

Women are 52% of our academic and 67% 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.

The launch of Deakin’s Gender Equity Plan (2017–2020) affirms Deakin’s aspiration to be Australia’s premier university in achieving equal representation, recognition, reward and value of staff irrespective of gender.

Diversity and inclusion

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 diversity and inclusion


Deakin women in sport

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

Through an all-of-sport partnership with Netball Australia, Deakin 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 its 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.

Explore Deakin women in sport

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