SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN in Australia
Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings CBE said UOW had a proud history of gender equality and was committed to continually improving the experience of its valued employees.
“Not only is gender equality critical to an organisation’s success, it is also crucial for society as a whole.”
“Research shows that companies and communities thrive with diverse perspectives and flexibility in thinking, which leads to higher levels of creativity and innovation.”
“At UOW, we already have a range of strategies in place to achieve gender equality and we are committed to continual improvement.”
In September 2015, UOW was announced as one of the first universities in Australia to participate in a new program to help further the careers of academic women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
The Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot is based on the successful UK Athena SWAN model, an accreditation and improvement program that recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in traditionally male-dominated disciplines.
As part of the program, UOW commits to upholding the ten principles of the Athena SWAN Charter aimed at further enhancing opportunities for women in academia.
SAGE pilot participants work towards an Athena SWAN Bronze award which involves a detailed application process, collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, identification of gaps in policy, process and strategy and the formulation of solutions, articulated in an Action Plan with a 4 year horizon.
Athena SWAN awards now also focus on non-STEMM disciplines including Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Business and Law (AHSSBL), to broaden the promotion and reach of gender equity initiatives in the higher education sector.
The key UOW group guiding the project is the Self-Assessment Team (SAT) chaired by Professor Judy Raper, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation). Although the project is in its infancy, there are a number of initiatives already progressing to start redressing under representation of women in the workforce including: UOW Women of Impact, the Senior Academic Women’s Leadership Program and a mentoring program for women partnering with organisations including ANSTO, are examples of other initiatives being developed.
For more information on the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN in Australia cab be found at the following link: http://www.sciencegenderequity.org.au/