The UTS Athena SWAN Pilot

The SAGE Athena SWAN program is an exciting new pilot, shown to have had a strong impact in the UK, which gives UTS the opportunity to focus on areas of stubborn gender disparity in STEMM: the sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (health).

In late 2015, UTS signed up to the Athena SWAN charter as part of the Science and Gender Equity (SAGE) Australia national pilot, under the auspices of the Academy of Science. Nationally, 40 research and higher education organisations are part of this pilot program.

Member organisations gather data, policies and other materials on gender equity in the STEMM areas, consult with staff and produce an organisational plan for cultural change.

In early 2016, the UTS Self-Assessment Team (SAT) was appointed to drive the project forward. Led by Professor Elizabeth Sullivan, Assistant Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) this team consists of academic and professional staff from all faculties, and includes senior leadership from STEMM faculties.

Stage one of the project, which requires extensive data gathering and analysis to identify the key local issues involved, identified specific issues at local level.

In 2017, UTS will engage in a program of communications and staff consultations across its STEMM faculties to engage staff around solutions.

This will assist the SAT to create a four-year action plan to address stubborn issues, a requirement of the Bronze Award application.

Learn more about the Athena SWAN Program at UTS.