Supporting research excellence

At UTS, we aim to increase the intensity, excellence, impact and reputation of our research to position UTS clearly within the top 10 Australian universities and the top 10 in chosen fields globally by 2020. And we recognise diversity as an essential ingredient to achieving excellence.

To this end, we’ve established the Research Equity Initiative (REI) — a multi-layered suite of programs promoting greater gender equity and inclusion in research and academia. The REI takes a whole of university approach, investigating and implementing tailored actions to address gender disparity in research across the organisation.

It has been recognised in the sector and by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as a leading equity practice.

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
  • Women Researchers @ UTS Network — A network for all academic women that holds regular meetings, forums and workshops concentrating on research and career-related issues

The REI is primarily targeted at academics and research students with carer responsibilities, and those in traditionally male-dominated disciplines.

Learn more about UTS’s Research Equity Initiative.

A Workplace Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice

WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality logoUTS is one of just three Australian universities consistently recognised as a Workplace Gender Equality (WGEA) employer of choice every year since the award’s inception in 2002.

Among UTS’s leading practices recognised by WGEA is our strategic and systemic approach to gender diversity and active support for women and men to balance their caring responsibilities while also pursuing their careers.

In addition, 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.