Our aim at UNSW is for women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines to thrive.

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 all of our Athena SWAN findings and Action Plan.

Implementation of the Athena SWAN program is led by Associate Professor Lucy Marshall, Associate Dean (Equity and Diversity) Facuty of Engineering and Associate Professor,School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Lucy is supported by a Self-Assessment Team (SAT), comprising UNSW academic and professional staff; together they will oversee delivery of the Athena SWAN program.

“As the Associate Dean (Equity and Diversity) in the Faculty of Engineering I know first hand how impactful local practices and policies can be in addressing gender equity and inclusivity. It is incredibly rewarding to be working to further equity practices across UNSW in my role now as the Academic Lead for Athena SWAN, and with the support of the Self-Assessment Team. The UNSW Athena SWAN Action Plan has a bold vision for gender equity on campus and I am looking forward to overseeing its implementation. It is especially key that we identify and implement the practices and initiatives that will be sustainable over the long-term as a high priority”.” Associate Professor, Lucy Marshall says.

Making sure our staff are representative of the diversity in our society is critical for the success of UNSW.

Discover more about UNSW’s commitment to gender equity in STEMM via the Athena SWAN program.