The University is proud to hold an Athena Swan Bronze Institutional Award under the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program. This nation-wide initiative to promote gender equity and gender diversity in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) is founded on the Athena Swan Charter, a UK-based evaluation and accreditation framework for which the Bronze Award is the inaugural certification, recognising participating institutions’ commitment to advancing gender equity in their local contexts.
The awards are extremely rigorous and are cumulative, with each award current for four years.
Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award
'The Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award is further acknowledgment of the University’s leadership role in promoting gender equity, an area in which we will continue to work hard and innovate to create meaningful change that continues to meet the needs of our diverse community.'
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Academic), Professor Denise Kirkpatrick.
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Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award Conferred
Western Sydney University has formally accepted the Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award for its sector-leading commitment to advancing gender equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM).
The award was presented at the 2020 Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Gala Awards Dinner in Adelaide on Thursday 20th February 2020. It follows the development of a four-year Athena SWAN Action Plan (2019-2023) by the University to further support women and trans and gender diverse people in STEMM.
The plan complements the University’s existing policies, programs and initiatives that promote gender equity for staff and students. These efforts have seen the University rank first in the world for addressing gender equality in the 2019 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings and noted as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency for 14 consecutive years.
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