UTS: Equal Futures

At UTS, diversity and excellence go hand in hand

“UTS approaches gender equity as part of our broader inclusiveness and diversity programs. In fact, it’s built into all our core strategies.”

Professor Attila Brungs, UTS Vice-Chancellor

We are one of just three Australian universities consistently recognised as a Workplace Gender Equality Agency employer of choice.

We take a strategic and systemic approach to gender equity, and we’re proud of our inclusive culture. Our participation in the Athena SWAN pilot will build on that foundation.

UTS gender equity snapshot

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Our students

Women made up half of all UTS students in 2016.

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Our professors

Nearly one-third of our professors are women.

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Our senior managers

Just under half of UTS senior managers are women.

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Our faculty leadership

Five of our eight faculty deans are women.

Championing equal futures

Standing up for gender equity

Our Self-Assessment Team includes men and women of diverse disciplines, career stages and backgrounds who will act as champions for change across the organisation, and oversee our two-year Athena SWAN pilot. Meet some of the UTS champions:

Dr Willa Huston

Dr Willa Huston

Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences

As a member of UTS’s Women in Science Committee, Dr Willa Huston is making a difference in her faculty. Willa and her colleagues have been instrumental in driving changes that have made the faculty a more diverse, inclusive and supportive place.

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Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Sullivan

Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Sullivan

Assistant Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor of Public Health

Professor Liz Sullivan is Assistant Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Chair of UTS’s Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team. She has “always been interested in women’s empowerment and education”.

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Professor Shari Forbes

Professor Shari Forbes

Professor, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Professor Forbes is Chair of the Faculty of Science’s Academic Women in Science Committee, initiated to address gender equity gaps identified by UTS’s Women in Research report. Shari believes excitement is key to success, and emphasises the importance of female role models.

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Professor Michael Blumenstein

Professor Michael Blumenstein

Head of School, School of Software

As a working father, Michael is an advocate for creating flexible working environments where staff have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the world outside of work.

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