Cultural audit

The ANU Strategic Plan places collegiality and engagement front of mind for all of us. As Australia’s National University, we should be a role model for justice, fairness and professionalism in education, research and employment. This is particularly so for us, as representatives of a profession. From the first day that any of us walk through the front door, we are expected to behave as professionals.

I intend that this College will be world-leading, intellectually and culturally. Culture impacts on our performance as a group and as individuals. It also impacts on our personal lives. It’s easy to forget just how much of our lives we spend inside this community. Our undergraduate students are fully immersed in our culture: studying, socialising and often living it.

A year ago the College Executive Committee partnered with Fifty50 and the ANU Gender Institute to commission an undergraduate cultural audit, to be run by the May Group. The goal of that first audit was to understand what, if any, gender-based cultural issues might exist in our undergraduate student experience. To our knowledge, this is the first such audit in a STEM College or Faculty in Australia.

The summary of findings from that audit make for uncomfortable reading, for all of us. Over the last few weeks we have shared that summary with the student leadership of CECS and invited them to help us map out the next few stages in our journey. I would like to thank again, everyone who has been involved so far - the teamwork and commitment shown by all involved is exemplary. I have also reached out to Engineers Australia and the Australian Computer Society to seek their help in setting expectations of professional behaviour. Both organisations have agreed to open a conversation, as both see students as the future of our professions.

This is an opportunity to make the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science a better place for all of us.

Prof Elanor Huntington
Dean, ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science


Summary of Findings

This document provides a Summary of Findings by the May Group from 2016 CECS Cultural Audit. 

CECS Action Plan 

This document details the initial response of the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science to the undergraduate cultural audit undertaken in 2016, including the actions we have already taken, the initiatives that are starting right now and the beginnings of a longer term plan.



Contact us

For more information about the CECS cultural audit or to provide feedback please contact the following:

College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) Cultural Audit Contact List
Associate Dean (Access and Inclusion) Prof Genevieve Bell

Sub-Dean Engaged Learning

Dr Matthew Doolan

02 6125 2739

CECS Student Experience Team

Ms Natalie Young

Deputy Manager

ECS Student Services

02 6125 8809

Associate Director Education RSCS

Dr Uwe Zimmer

02 6125 8619

Associate Director Education RSEng

A/Prof Klaus Weber

02 6125 9734

Data gathering research project

A/Prof Dirk Pattinson 


A/Prof Jochen Trumpf

02 6125 8677



Ash Wang and Emma Boyd


Updated:  10 August 2021/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing