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Diversity, inclusion & gender equity

We value diversity and inclusion and are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for our staff and students. Read about some of our diversity, inclusion and gender equity policies.

Australia has a diverse population and as a national university we are committed to providing opportunities and an inclusive and welcoming environment to those of all backgrounds and identities.

Diversity and inclusion in education

Our low-SES students achieve great outcomes, but for many there can be barriers to attending university. Discover how changes to our admission and scholarships process, and student experience support, can assist students from diverse backgrounds.

Indigenous opportunities

As Australia’s national university we strive to lead the way when it comes to acknowledging, celebrating and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and engineering (STEMM)

Through the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot Project, we are committed to addressing the serious under-representation of women in science and mathematics disciplines. There are a number of internal programs and resources available to help ANU staff and students to help them achieve their full potential.

ANU Ally Network and LGBTIQ+ inclusion

The ANU Ally Network is a visible network of staff and students across the University who support the University’s commitment to providing an inclusive and respectful university environment for people who identify as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+).

Discover how we can also improve LGBTIQ+ inclusion in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine via, Pride in STEM.

Staff disability support

ANU is committed to providing a work environment that does not discriminate against people on the basis of disability and increasing the diversity of the workforce through the use of inclusive recruitment practices and the development of accessible workplaces.

Valuing diversity

Discover how you can help celebrate the diversity of our University community and raise awareness and understanding of different diversity issues.


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Celebrating women in science at ANU

To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we’re taking a look at some of the amazing work underway at the ANU College of Science.

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Student profile

Ebe gets her moment on the stage after long wait

Ebe Ganon - a queer, disabled student who completed her arts and science degrees in 2020 whilst managing illness challenges and full-time work - finally had her walk-across-stage experience following a long wait due to the pandemic.


ANU Science celebrates International Girls in ICT Day 2021

The Australian National University (ANU) is proud to celebrate International Girls in ICT Day 2021 (#GirlsinICT).


STEM, we have a problem

Survey results find that a scientist's ethnicity and socio-economic background, in particular, can limit their career progression.

Research story

Why aren’t women in science applying for grants?

If you look at the list of ANU College of Science research projects receiving funding in the 2020 round of ARC Discovery Grants, something stands out.

Research story

Wait—we’re sexist towards birds now?

Five years ago, an ANU biologist proved that most female songbirds sing, but it’s a finding that many people are struggling to accept.


Science communication: LGBTIQ+ education for neurodiverse young people

Neurodiverse young people, especially those with intellectual disabilities, need better support with gender and sexuality diversity.

Analysis and opinion

We asked dads in STEM: how do you manage parenthood AND a career?

How often are fathers asked to justify having both a family AND a career?