Addressing gender equity in engineering and IT improves the learning experience for all students, widens the pool of qualified graduates, and promotes the capabilities of all our students and graduates.
Why is UTS introducing adjustment points for women applicants?
UTS is taking this action now to address the long-standing sector-wide gender disparity in students applying for undergraduate courses in both engineering and IT.
Current enrolment in the Faculty of Engineering and IT (FEIT) programs reflects the Australian industry but not the population.
- 13% of all engineers are women, and
- women fill less than 20% of technical roles in IT.
Despite significant and long-standing initiatives and programs encouraging women into these discipline areas, this trend has not changed for 30+ years.
For which courses can women receive adjustment factors?
Adjustment factors under this initiative are applicable for all Undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Engineering and IT.
This means all single and combined degree programs that include ‘engineering’ or ‘IT’ (with the exception of the combined degrees with the Faculty of Law).
It also applies to the Bachelor of Construction Project Management in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building (DAB).
Do I have to apply for adjustment points?
No. Universities Admission Centre (UAC) automatically applies points for female-identifying applicants.
How do adjustment points work?
Adjustment points do not change an ATAR. For Year 12 students who have adjustment points, their selection rank for each preference = ATAR + adjustment points.
Refer to the UAC website for more detail.
UTS has a minimum requirement of a 69.00 ATAR for its degrees. Adjustment is made only for those applicants whose ATAR is 69 or higher and therefore any and all offers made are to students who satisfy this UTS minimum entry requirement.
Who is eligible?
Women domestic students who achieve a minimum ATAR of 69.00 (not including any other adjustment factors) applying through UAC and satisfying any additional application requirements outlined in the course descriptions.
The maximum number of adjustment points is capped at 13 for FEIT.
Who are Women in Engineering and IT (WiEIT)?
Women in Engineering and IT (WiEIT) runs several initiatives for our students to make the most of their time at UTS. We offer volunteering opportunities to inspire future generations of engineering and IT professionals.
Our activities include:
- a first year Buddy program connects incoming students with peers from second year onwards to help navigate university life
- The Lucy Mentoring Program connects women from second year onwards with an industry professional to help guide her study and career journey
- volunteer opportunities through our outreach activities to inspire primary and high school students to study engineering and IT.
Visit Women in Engineering and IT, for more information about opportunities.
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