Science in Australia Gender Equity at Swinburne

Swinburne is enhancing gender equity and diversity by participating in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot Program.

Currently, women comprise more than half of science PhD graduates and early career researchers in Australia, but only 17 per cent of senior academics in Australian universities and research institutes.

Science and engineering will shape the future of our world and we’re committed to advancing the careers of women in these fields.

What is SAGE?

SAGE is a national program that promotes gender equity and diversity in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).

We’re one of 45+ Australian institutions taking part in the two-year pilot program of the successful UK Athena SWAN accreditation program. There are 10 principles of the Athena SWAN charter to which we’ve committed. 

Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) logo  Athena Swan logo

Benefits of gender equity and diversity

Diversity enhances innovation by offering different perspectives, which leads to more innovative solutions, helping us push the frontiers of discovery.

By addressing workplace barriers to advancing gender equity, both men and women across all disciplines benefit. This will help us retain our best scientists and innovators and ensure Australia’s research and development excellence is maintained.

Organisations using the Athena SWAN framework in the UK have improved gender diversity and bolstered representation of women in leadership in STEMM. 

Scientists in these organisations have experienced greater career satisfaction and fairness in workload allocation, and increased opportunities for training and development. This has led to transformations in workplace culture.

Infographic showing the percentage of women in STEMM at Swinburne University
Representation of academic positions held by women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines at Swinburne.

What we're doing

As a SAGE member, we are working to reduce gender bias to create a more inclusive culture that values all staff. We’ve started a number of initiatives that will form part of our application for a Bronze Institutional award, which we submitted in March 2018. It is currently being reviewed and we will know whether we are successful for a Bronze award by December 2018. 

So far, throughout the self-reflective program process we have:

  • collected and analysed staff and student data, and reflected on our current policies and practices
  • engaged with staff and students to identify gaps and opportunities to improve gender equity in STEMM
  • developed and started work towards implementing an action plan to improve our practices, and promote, develop and retain women in STEMM disciplines.

How you can get involved

We invite you to attend an all of Swinburne forum on the SAGE project findings and actions and next steps. We invite all members of the Swinburne community to get involved and help us create a gender-diverse organisation. Please come along and support this and other events, participate and contribute your ideas.

Contact us

Contact us to find out how you can get involved in SAGE at Swinburne.