One of Australia’s leading research institutions has been awarded for its exemplary level of workplace gender equality.

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has awarded Monash University the prestigious WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation.

The citation is designed to reflect the change in promoting and improving gender equality for both women and men, while recognising the historically disadvantaged position of women in the workplace.

Monash University’s own statistical analysis indicates that research-intensive universities face a profound challenge in improving the representation of senior women.

The university says it has undertaken a range of concerted efforts to improve the gender balance, and has achieved exponential growth over the past decade.

But it is not resting on its laurels (or Laurens) just yet.

“Monash recognises that more has to be done and that a ‘business as usual’ approach will not achieve the desired results. This is why we are committed to addressing the ongoing challenges, including closing the gender pay gap and improving representation of women in STEMM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine] disciplines,” said Monash Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO.