Equity and Diversity at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (CAS) is committed to providing a supportive and equitable work place for all staff and students, regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability and sexual preference. The CAS Equity and Diversity committee meets regularly to discuss equity and diversity matters.
The goal of the CAS Equity and Diversity committee is to
• Promote a positive workplace culture which embraces diversity;
• Develop and implement best practice with regards to gender, ethnicity, disability and sexual preference for appointments, promotions and student admissions within CAS;
• Investigate new schemes to support staff and students with significant carer responsibilities;
• Lead the University in gender, diversity and equity matters;
• Record and report on the gender and diversity of applicants, shortlists and final appointments for all academic and student appointments, and for academic promotions.
ASA Pleiades Silver Award to CAS
The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing is proud to be a Silver Pleiades Award winner: ASA Pleiades Awards. The Pleiades Awards recognise organisations in Australian astronomy that take active steps to advance the careers of women through focused programs and strive for sustained improvement in providing opportunities for women to achieve positions of seniority, influence and recognition.
Information on the working environment at CAS
For potential staff/students, we have prepared an information sheet on the working and living environment at CAS, and in Melbourne in general. Please follow this link to download the information sheet.
Current committee priorities
The CAS equity and diversity committee has set a priority to improve the hiring process within the Centre, to ensure it is a fair and equitable process with the aim of increasing the diversity of staff, and ensuring we do not omit excellent staff from short lists due to unconscious bias. The committee has developed a new hiring policy that can be found at the address below:
Other areas of priority are:
- Improving the harassment and bullying procedures for staff within CAS and the wider university
- Increasing the gender diversity of academic staff in CAS
- Contributing to the equity and diversity policies of the faculty and University in general
Gender Equality at Swinburne University
Swinburne University has made gender equality the highest priority, and in 2014 released a Gender Equality Strategic Action Plan. For further information about University-wide initiatives, please follow this link.
Support within Swinburne University
- Employee Assistance Program (Confidential Counselling Service)
- Swinburne Equity and Diversity Policies
- The Women in Astronomy Chapter of the Astronomical Society of Australia
- AstroBetter: Equity and Diversity Resources
- AAS CSWA information on unconscious bias
- AAS CSWA resources
- Unconscious bias (by Cook Ross) (pdf download)
- Unconscious bias in performance reviews (by Cook ross) (pdf download)
Ned Taylor, Shivani Bhandari, Glenn Kacprzak, David Fisher, Karl Glazebrook, Virginia Kilborn (chair), Caitlin Adams, Jennifer Piscionere
Former members: Elisabete da Cunha, Emily Petroff, Chris Blake, Neil Crighton, Katharina Lutz, Sarah Maddison, Alex Codoreanu