The University of Newcastle, Australia

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Athena SWAN Bronze Award logoWe are proud to be among the first 15 Australian research institutions to receive the Bronze Award under the Athena SWAN Charter.

During the two year pilot, led by Professor 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 detailed report and four-year action plan to address the issues identified was submitted in March 2018 and the outcome announced at the SAGE Symposium in Canberra on 5 December 2018.

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

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.

Award Presentation - 5 December 2018

The Bronze Awards were presented at the Gala Dinner of the SAGE Symposium at the Great Hall, Parliament House on Wednesday 5 December 2018.

A short video featuring leaders from the successful institutions was played on the night

Video: SAGE Awards

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.