UTS signed up to the SAGE Athena SWAN charter in 2015, and has been on a journey to address gender good practice in our STEMM areas: the sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (health).
Nationally, 40 research and higher education organisations are part of this pilot program to bring the sector forward.
UTS has embraced Athena SWAN as a targeted, systematic, timely process to audit our gender good practice, providing evidence to support concrete actions to address women’s under-representation in STEMM. This process was led by the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team, in coordination with the Equity and Diversity Unit (Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion) and Human Resources Unit.
UTS submitted its application for a Bronze Athena SWAN Award with the first cohort of participants in March 2018. On December 5, 2018, the Bronze Award winners were announced at Parliament House in Canberra, with UTS and fourteen other institutions becoming the first accredited organisations in Australia.
The Athena SWAN program is an enabling mechanism that has allowed UTS to engage in a whole-of-university approach to create a step change in gender good practice. As part of Athena SWAN, UTS has set an overarching target of 40 per cent academic women in STEMM by 2022. It has also established equity and diversity committees in all STEMM faculties and a university-wide UTS Social Justice and Inclusion Committee, the first priority of which will be tackling the gender pay gap.
While we’re still at the beginning of our journey, many of the complex issues we face are common across institutions. UTS is embracing this opportunity to work together with other successful institutions, to bring the sector forward step by step toward gender parity.
Click here to read our successful UTS application and action plan for a 2018 Bronze Athena SWAN Award [PDF, 8,466 KB].
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