Women in STEMM
The University of Newcastle is proud to support the careers of women in STEMM
During the two year pilot, led by Professor Deb Hodgson and Equity & Diversity Manager Rachel Fowell, a Self-Assessment Team consulted broadly with academics, staff and students to identify gaps between policy and practice and detect gender and diversity issues within the organisation.
The SAGE journey has been one of deep self-reflection and analysis. The Bronze Award recognises significant effort and commitment, but reversing inequity is the ultimate goal.
The detailed report and four-year action plan to address the issues identified was submitted in March 2018.
We have more than 80 actions in our four-year plan, such as the establishment of key leadership roles, including the inaugural Women in STEMM Chair and five new Assistant Deans Equity and Diversity roles.
Other initiatives include the setting of KPIs for STEMM faculties where greatest under-representation of women exists; ongoing funding for Women in Research Fellowships; and the engagement of leaders and staff through promotion of the Gender Equality Leadership Pledge.
The significance of this award is profound as it recognises a commitment to being inclusive and equitable – characteristics that are at the core of this institution.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky AO
The Bronze Awards were presented at the Gala Dinner of the SAGE Symposium at the Great Hall, Parliament House on Wednesday 5 December 2018.
Our Award was accepted by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky and Chair of the Self-Assessment Team, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), Professor Deb Hodgson. Former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, who had been a key driver in our involvement in the first round of the SAGE pilot, was also at the event in her capacity as South Australian Chief Scientist.
As an Athena SWAN member, we are committing to a progressive charter and ten key principles which we will adopt within our policies, practices, action plans and culture.
As per the Athena SWAN accreditation program, in 2016 a Self Assessment Team (SAT) consisting of academic and professional staff and students was established at the University of Newcastle and spent two years collecting and analysing data to identify gender and diversity issues within the organisation. In March 2018, the team submitted an application for Bronze Accreditation.