SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN in Australia
UOW is proud to be participating in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot, which is based on the highly successful UK Athena SWAN model. Athena SWAN is an accreditation and improvement program that recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in the traditionally male-dominated disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
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.
In September 2015, UOW was announced as one of the first universities in Australia to participate. As a participant in the SAGE Pilot, a two year Australian initiative, UOW is striving to achieve the internationally-recognised Athena SWAN citation. The application process involves collecting and analysing quantitative and qualitative data, identifying gaps in policy, process and strategy, and forming solutions articulated in an Action Plan with a four year horizon.
The key UOW group guiding the project is the Self-Assessment Team (SAT), consisting of senior academics, research and professional services staff. It is chaired by Professor Judy Raper, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation). Whilst there is a long-term focus, there are a number of initiatives already in place to start addressing the underrepresentation of women in the workforce. These include: UOW Women of Impact, the Senior Academic Women’s Leadership Program and a mentoring program for women partnering with organisations such as Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).
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.”
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