We are a proud member of the Athena SWAN Charter and one of the 45 institutions participating in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Athena SWAN program.
In 2018 UNSW received the SAGE Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award for our work and ongoing commitment to advancing gender equity and diversity in STEMM disciplines in higher education and research.
The award submission included the UNSW Athena SWAN Action Plan: 2018-2022 (Action Plan), which outlines our commitment to addressing gender bias, particularly in academia, and developing a more inclusive culture where all staff can succeed, regardless of their gender.
Two examples of UNSW’s initiatives to improve gender equity include the recruitment and retention of top female candidates via the SHARP program and 2025 targets for 40% female academic staff at levels D & E and 50% female professional staff at level 10 and above. Read more about our Athena SWAN findings and Action Plan (on pages 77-89).
- 3 November 2020 - Expressions of Interest are now open to spearhead the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team as the new Athena SWAN Lead
- 14 July 2020 - Shaping the future with Athena SWAN
- 30 June 2020 - Expressions of interest are open for five new members to join the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team at UNSW
- 6th July 2021 - UNSW Sydney champions women in STEM
Universities Australia Executive Women (UAEW) is a national group sponsored by Universities Australia. It provides strategic advice and high-level guidance for Australian universities, their governing bodies, associated organisations and state and territory-based networks to improve the representation of women at executive levels of university leadership and governance.
The work of UAEW builds on the longstanding work of individual institutions, as well as sector-level strategic initiatives, including the Science in Australia Gender Equality (SAGE) initiative and Universities Australia’s respect and equality program. The issue of women’s underrepresentation in senior WOMEN AND AWARDS leadership roles is complex and requires actions on many fronts. Awards can be a powerful tool to acknowledge the contributions of Australian women, place their achievements on record, and advance the individual careers of talented women.
However, while women’s receipt of awards and prizes has increased over the years, men continue to win a higher proportion of awards and prize money than expected based on their representation in the workforce and among nominees.
This resource provides helpful tips to improve gender equality in the awards system, including the nomination process within universities. It is particularly relevant to Vice-Chancellors, managers and supervisors, and chairs and members of nomination and awarding panels.