Athena SWAN Lead
Implementation of the Athena SWAN program is led by Scientia Professor Fiona Stapleton, School of Optometry and Vision Science, Faculty of Medicine. Fiona is supported by a Self-Assessment Team (SAT), comprising UNSW academic and professional staff; together they will oversee delivery of the Athena SWAN program.
“In my term as Academic Lead of the UNSW Athena SWAN initiative, with the SAT, I would like to explore the success measures of the Action plan during the COVID-19 period to understand the impact on academic and professional staff initiatives. I am very enthusiastic about working closely with the key EDI representatives across the University and externally to identify new opportunities and respond to the existing priorities. I anticipate that the next two years will require building on the already impressive work undertaken by the SAT to prepare for the next award.” Scientia Professor Fiona Stapleton
Scientia Professor Fiona Stapleton, School of Optometry and Vision Science
Fiona was awarded her PhD from City University and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at University College London. She moved to Australia and was the first female Head of School of Optometry and Vision Science in Australia and New Zealand (2007-2019). She is currently Scientia Professor at UNSW, Associate Dean (Enterprise) Faculty of Science (2018-2021).
A pre-eminent scientist and clinician, Fiona has been committed to the mentoring and development of women in STEM throughout her career and leadership roles. With an enthusiastic and effective commitment to gender equity and advocacy she has implemented strategies for the support of women at work and has personally mentored dozens of female HDR students, postdoctoral fellows and academic staff.
Past Athena SWAN Academic Leads
- 2018-2021 A/Prof Lucy Marshall
- 2015-2018 Prof Laura Poole-Warren