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

Art, Design & Architecture


UNSW Canberra at ADFA


Law & Justice

Medicine & Health

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Gurpreet Kaur Hansra

PhD Candidate, Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, Department of Clinical Psychiatry

Vice-President (Equity), Postgraduate Student Council

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Undergraduate students

Vacant: Please contact the Athena SWAN Program Manager to express your interest.


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Jessica Luquin

Team Lead Peer Support

Student Experience Team, Student Life and Community; Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic

Kylie Owens

Kylie Owens

Program Manager Athena SWAN

Division of Equity Diversity and Inclusion

Wendy Greenhalgh

Wendy Greenhalgh

Business Partner

Division of Human Resources

SAT Terms of Reference

Read more about the SAT Terms of Reference.