Female support and representation

STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) is a traditionally male-dominated field at professoriate and leadership level—an area that, in this day and age, should be significantly more balanced. Melbourne School of Engineering aims to increase the ratio of females to males in our student and staff cohorts by increasing the representation of women in the academic workforce across engineering and information technology disciplines. 

Under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), the School strives to lift the representation of women from 25% in 2017 to at least 30% over the next five years. We strongly encourage applications from suitably qualified female candidates in all our advertised positions to help us achieve this goal.

Prof Christina Lim working with another researcher


The University of Melbourne has been accepted as one of 40 pilot institutions in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia. The SAGE Pilot Program was established in response to the under-representation of women in science leadership and is designed to promote gender equity and diversity in STEMM fields. We are committed to this initiative and are excited to improve gender equity.

Read more about the SAGE Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia.

MSE International Research Fellowship for Female Academics

The MSE International Research Fellowship for Female Academics provides a dedicated opportunity for young female academics to work in universities and research centres abroad. Sucessful applicants will be announced shortly.

The fellowship aims to provide opportunities for our female researchers to strengthen and develop their academic networks, knowledge, skills, and contacts. Fellowships are tenable for between one and six months. The next round of fellowships will take place between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018.

Visit the MSE Intranet to learn how to apply for the Fellowship (staff only access).

MSE Mentoring Program

The School has worked to develop a specialised mentoring program to help achieve our diversity goals. Its proposal has been validated by the 2017 MSE Female Academic Staff Survey, which was conducted earlier this year by the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. This mentoring program is strongly supported by the School Executive and a pilot program for 2017–2018 has been designed.

The MSE Mentoring Program is an initiative designed to support and encourage the growth of women in their professions. Each mentee is matched with:

  • A senior mentor
  • Topic-based peer mentoring groups where topics and group compositions are determined by mentees
  • A series of workshops for which support the peer mentoring processes

The aim of the program is to create an environment where female staff feel valued, nurtured, and empowered to reach their full potential. The pilot program is focused towards female academics at levels A, B and C.  Subject to its success, the program will be open to all academics and will run on an ongoing basis from 2018.

MSE Visiting Fellowships for Female Academics

The MSE Visiting Fellowship aims to recruit female academic staff by tapping into the right academic networks.

This fellowship is also designed to enhance engagement and collaboration between MSE female academics and researchers outside the School. Visiting Fellows will deliver a lecture, advertised and open to a school-wide audience.

Congratulations to all our 2017 MSE Visiting Fellows

Name Institution
Prof Tulay Adali University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), US
Assoc Prof Katrin Beyer École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Dr Grainne Cunniffe Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Prof Gabriella Cincotti University Roma Tre
Dr Benedicte Cuenot European Center for Research and Advanced Training in Scientific Computing (CERFACS)
Prof Ellen Longmire University of Minnesota (UM), US
Dr Fleur Loveridge University of Leeds, UK
Prof Elise Miller-Hooks George Mason University, Virginia, US
Dr Rikky Muller UC Berkeley, Electrical & Computer Sciences
Dr Alessandra Parisio The University of Manchester, UK
Dr Julia Schmale Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland
Prof Edie Schmidt Purdue University, Indiana, US
Dr Mozhdeh Shabazi University of Calgary

The next round of fellowships will be offered early in 2018.