SAGE Athena SWAN at UTS demonstrates commitment to gender equity

University of Technology Sydney

In Australia and internationally, women are under-represented in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine-Health (STEMM) - both in industry and academia. Research shows that this is particularly pronounced at senior leadership levels.

Creating more gender-inclusive cultures and working to address gendered inequities in employment are central to the UTS vision and strategic direction. UTS is acknowledged as a leading higher education organisation in promoting gender equity and providing an inclusive work and study environment.

We are one of only three Australian universities to have been consistently recognised as a Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice since the inception of the award. Of the 46 institutions responding to a National Health and Medical Research Council survey of gender policies in 2014 year, UTS was one of only two organisations rated as outstanding in providing support for gender equity.

Across UTS, women now account for 36 per cent of all associate professors and 31 per cent of professors, well above the Australian university average of 20 per cent – but we still have a long way to go to achieve our goals.

UTS is working to build on past efforts to address barriers affecting gender equity and build towards cultural and representative parity. Adopting the Athena SWAN charter and participating in the SAGE pilot is a key part of creating a plan to move this work forward.

Read more about Athena SWAN at UTS on the UTS website.