Equal Futures at UTS

UTS is acknowledged as a leading higher education organisation in promoting gender equity and providing an inclusive work and study environment.

Creating more gender-inclusive cultures and working to address gendered inequities in employment, particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) are central to the UTS vision and strategic direction.

We are one of only three Australian universities to have been consistently recognised as a Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice since the inception of the award. Of the 46 institutions responding to a National Health and Medical Research Council survey of gender policies in 2014, UTS was one of only two organisations rated as outstanding in providing support for gender equity.

Across UTS, women now account for 36 per cent of all associate professors and 31 per cent of professors, well above the Australian university average of 20 per cent — but we still have a long way to go to achieve our goals.

UTS is working to build on past efforts to address barriers affecting gender equity and build towards cultural and representative parity. Adopting the Athena SWAN charter and participating in the SAGE pilot is a key part of creating a plan to move this work forward.

Equal Futures is progressing the Athena SWAN pilot at UTS. Athena SWAN was officially launched at UTS in November 2015.