ATAR adjustment to break down gender barriers in engineering
We need to be disruptive—what we have been doing is not working.
From now, women applying for all undergraduate degrees in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) will receive 10 adjustment points on their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Women applying for a construction project management degree in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building (DAB) will also receive 10 adjustment points.
“A generation of initiatives to support greater female participation in these key industries of the future has seen minor progress,” said Arti Agarwal, Director UTS Women in Engineering and IT (WiEIT).
“We need our education institutions to encourage girls and women at all levels, and create a stronger ‘pipeline’ to acquire the skills and knowledge to build successful careers in dynamic areas.”
The move is intended to encourage more women to consider degrees and careers in professions that have been male dominated for decades. UTS sought and secured approval by the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board to add the adjustment points.