UTS recognised for gender equality in the workplace

Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for the sixteenth consecutive year
Photo of three female research scientists

Three female research scientists. Photo by Toby Burrows

WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality logoFor the sixteenth consecutive year UTS has been awarded the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

The citation is a leading practice recognition program that aims to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

While acknowledging that there is “still a long way to go,” UTS Vice-Chancellor Attila Brungs is excited by the university’s significant progress in this area.

“We are proud to have consistently been recognised as a leader in higher education for our commitment to best practice initiatives and promotion of gender equity since 2001,” he said.

“All staff play an important and equal role in shaping our university culture. Although we do not underestimate the many challenges remaining in removing gender barriers, receiving the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation again in 2018 demonstrates our consistent and active commitment to providing a more inclusive workplace for all staff.”

UTS runs a suite of programs to support gender equity. Including joining the first cohort of Australian institutions to adopt the Athena SWAN Charter in 2015 to recognise and celebrate good practice to boost gender equity in STEMM disciplines.

“It has been pleasing to see the enthusiasm and engagement of staff and students across the campus as we prepare to take this program from pilot to the next stage – the Bronze Award, after much analysis of data, identification of key gender equity issues and opportunities for improvement and development of a four-year action plan,” Brungs explains.

The UTS Research Equity Initiative (REI) is also paving the way for gender equity at the university. The REI is a multi-layered suite of programs promoting greater inclusion in research and academia. Initiatives under the REI include: Childcare and Carer Support Fund (Conference Attendance), Funding for Research during Parental Leave, Research Re-establishment Grants, UTS Research Equity Fellowship and the Women Researchers @ UTS Network.

“Our commitment to gender equity is embedded in the UTS Social Impact Framework, which applies to every area of the university. This whole university approach has enabled us to focus our initiatives so that we can continue to build a more inclusive workplace at every level of the university,” Brungs says.

“Leading the way in gender equality is essential for UTS to fulfil its role as a public purpose institution and for us to advocate for change elsewhere. I am proud of progress we continue to make in this area, but I am also cognisant that this is a process that requires ongoing and active consideration and drive.”

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.