Melbourne joins Athena SWAN pilot to push gender equity in STEMM

October 15 / 169

The University of Melbourne has been accepted as a pilot institution in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot of Athena SWAN in Australia. 

Athena SWAN is a charter initiative that began in the United Kingdom with a mission to progress the participation of women involved in science, technology, engineering, maths, and medicine in universities.

University of Melbourne SAGE Pilot lead Marilys Guillemin says the charter is based on ten core principles, the first acknowledging that without welcoming the talents of all people, academic knowledge will not progress to its full potential.

“Athena SWAN has an international reputation for creating a gender inclusive workplace, with accredited institutions demonstrating a competitive edge in attracting the best scientists,” she said.

The pilot will involve the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines.

An information session for staff interested in being involved will be held on Wednesday 28 October at 9.30-11.30 am in the Wright Lecture Theatre of the Medical building.

During the session SAGE Project Manager Zuleyka Zevallos will discuss the objectives of the program, its purpose and benefits; and how our academic community can get involved. 

Thirty-two universities, medical research institutes and publicly funded research agencies will participate in the SAGE pilot. The pilot requires participants to collect, analyse and present data on gender equity policies and practices in STEMM departments, as well as identify gaps and opportunities for improvement.

Athena SWAN accreditation will be subject to rigorous peer-review from mid-2017, and qualifying organisations will receive Athena SWAN awards in early 2018. Accreditations will be valid for four years.


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