SAGE Athena SWAN Pilot

Driving equity and diversity across the University

UniSA is deeply committed to developing a workforce that is diverse and in which talented people thrive. We continually seek ideas and learning from other creative organisations that we can build on to attract and develop highly motivated and creative people who together foster a culture of enterprise.

We've committed to improving the diversity of our people right across our University, encompassing all disciplines and teams. We've chosen to actively participate in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot of Athena SWAN to create the momentum and drive the change. The pilot aims to apply the Athena SWAN Charter, a successful evaluation and accreditation framework from the United Kingdom, to promote gender equity and diversity in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) in Australia.

Whilst SAGE has primarily focussed on the STEMM disciplines, at UniSA we are taking a whole of University approach, reflecting our enterprise mindset and our commitment to developing the diversity of all our people. 

UniSA has just started our journey as part of the SAGE Athena SWAN pilot.  We signed the Participant’s Agreement with the Australian Academy of Science in August 2016 and aim to achieve Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation by June 2019.

Athena SWAN Charter

The Athena SWAN Charter is an accreditation program developed in the United Kingdom to address gender inequity within science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).  It evolved in 1999 from the Athena Project, a small network of distinguished women in science who worked to advance the representation of women in STEMM, and who supported the Scientific Women’s Academy Network (SWAN) to create a charter to promote women into leadership roles within STEMM.

The Charter recognises excellence in policies and practices that support gender equity in STEMM through its tiered award model: Bronze, Silver and Gold.  Institutions join the Charter by agreeing to 10 Principles and endeavouring on a program of activities to analyse the organisation and design strategies for enhancing equity and diversity.

SAGE Athena SWAN Pilot

The Australian Academy of Science, in partnership with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), have established the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative and are piloting the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia.

The pilot currently involves 40 institutions, who will apply for Athena SWAN Bronze awards in 2018 and 2019.

10 Principles of the Athena SWAN Charter

 

  1. We acknowledge that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all.
  2. We commit to advancing gender equality in academia, in particular addressing the loss of women across the career pipeline and the absence of women from senior academic, professional and support roles.
  3. We commit to addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and professional and support functions. In this we recognise disciplinary differences including the particularly high loss rate of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).
  4. We commit to tackling the gender pay gap.
  5. We commit to removing the obstacles faced by women, in particular, at major points of career development and progression including the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career.
  6. We commit to addressing the negative consequences of using short-term contracts for the retention and progression of staff in academia, particularly women.
  7. We commit to tackling the discriminatory treatment often experienced by transgender people.
  8. We acknowledge that advancing gender equality demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation and in particular active leadership from those in senior roles.
  9. We commit to making and mainstreaming sustainable structural and cultural changes to advance gender equality, recognising that initiatives and actions that support individuals alone will not sufficiently advance equality.
  10. All individuals have identities shaped by several different factors. We commit to considering the intersection of gender and other factors wherever possible.

Project Team

Project Sponsors

Whilst SAGE has primarily focussed on the STEMM disciplines, at UniSA we are taking a whole of University approach, reflecting our enterprise mindset and our commitment to developing the diversity of all our people. 

As such, this project is co-sponsored by:

  • Professor Tanya Monro, Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research & Innovation
  • Jane Booth, Executive Director: People, Talent & Culture

Professor Tanya Monro

Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research & Innovation

Jane Booth

Executive Director: People, Talent & Culture

Self-Assessment Team

The establishment of a “Self-Assessment Team” is a requirement of the SAGE Pilot.  It acts as a working group or steering committee responsible for:

  • Representing the diverse interests of individuals across the University engaged in STEMM
  • Leading the activities of the SAGE project
  • Undertaking data collection (both quantitative and qualitative), synthesis, analysis, interpretation and review in relation to equity within STEMM
  • Devising strategies to enhance equity in STEMM across the University and develop a detailed Action Plan for implementation
  • Overseeing the development, presentation, final application and award to Athena SWAN Charter Bronze accreditation
  • Ensuring effective communication and promotion of the project and its key initiatives

Jane Booth

Co-Chair

Executive Director: People, Talent & Culture

Professor Duncan Campbell

Co-Chair

Head: School of Engineering

Professor Pat Buckley

Dean of Graduate Studies

Daniel Byrnes

Manager: HR Information and Systems, Human Resources

Jo Close

Manager: Major Projects, Office of Strategic Programs

Professor David Giles

Strand Leader: Minerals & Resources Engineering, Future Industries Institute

Mandy Giles

Manager: Communications & Marketing, Division of IT, Engineering & The Environment

Deanne Hanchant-Nichols

Consultant: Aboriginal Employment and Development, Human Resources

Dr Manuela Klingler-Hoffmann

Senior Project Officer: Research Themes, Research and Innovation Services

Justene Knight

Senior Consultant: Organisational Development, Human Resources

Professor Enzo Lombi

Strand Leader and Barbara Hardy Chair in Environmental Science and Engineering Future Industries Institute

Dr Ross McLennan

Director: Research and Innovation Services

Sue Mikilewicz

Director: Business Intelligence and Planning

Professor Tanya Monro

Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research & Innovation

Ann Morgan

Manager, Academic Library Services, University Library

Kola Ostrikov

PhD Student, Future Industries Institute

Associate Professor Debra Panizzon

Associate Professor: STEM Education, School of Education

Dr Sanjee Perera

Lecturer, School of Management

Professor Nicholas Procter

Chair: Mental Health Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Dr Ashleigh Smith

Research Fellow, School of Health Sciences

Associate Professor Lesley Ward

Associate Professor, School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences

Professor Jason White

Head of School: Pharmacy and Medical Sciences

Resources

Contact Details

This project is managed within the Office of Strategic Programs by

Jo Close

Manager: Major Projects

E Jo.Close@unisa.edu.au

P +61 8 8302 0983