UTS recognised as Employer of Choice for Gender Equality
UTS has been awarded the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) for the seventeenth consecutive year.
The citation is leading practice recognition for an organisation's focus on gender equality, and aims to encourage and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.
“We are very proud of our consistent track record, being recognised as a leader in higher education for gender equity since 2001,” said UTS Vice-Chancellor Attila Brungs.
“The WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation is both a recognition of our commitment, but more importantly a driver of further change as we acknowledge that there are still many challenges remaining in removing barriers to gender equity.”
UTS runs a suite of programs to support gender good practice, including participating in the first Australian cohort of institutions to adopt the Athena SWAN Charter, under the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Australian pilot of the program.
UTS was among universities and research institutions awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation in December 2018.
“Creating a more gender-inclusive culture is central to our strategic vision”, said Professor Brungs. “Participating in programs such as the Athena SWAN, Research Equity Initiative and Women@UTS network has enabled us to drive diversity and gender inclusion into our normal operating processes. Highlighting the issues whilst simultaneously focusing on making solutions 'business as normal' is key."
A commitment to gender equity is embedded across all UTS divisions and faculties as well as in the UTS Social Impact Framework, the whole-of-university approach for UTS to fulfill its role as a public purpose institution, and continue to build a more inclusive workplace at every level.
UTS has a consistent track record of recognition for gender equality. We are one of only three Australian universities to have been consistently recognised as an Employer of Choice in this area since the inception of the citation in 2002, when it was the EOWA Employer of Choice for Women – later replaced by the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality Award in 2014.