Swinburne has taken a number of practical actions to support gender equity in science. We submitted our application for a Bronze SAGE award 29 March 2018. Here is what we have achieved so far.
Reviewing data, practices and policies
We collected data on our current student and staff practices and policies aimed at ensuring we identified and mitigate any barriers to women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines. The results were shared with our Swinburne community in September. Click here to register.
Focus groups were also conducted across all academic STEMM areas to seek input on how to better support women in STEMM.
School holiday program
In light of the SAGE Pilot Program and feedback from staff, we have conducted a suite of successful school holiday programs for primary school-aged children at the Hawthorn campus. These programs have been run in every school holiday since July 2017.
We are running another program in September/October 2018 that is available for the dependants of Swinburne employees, contractors, students and friends of Swinburne dependants. The plan is to offer these programs during all Victorian public school holiday periods save the December period.
Swinburne is always seeking ways to improve services and facilities for students and staff who need to bring their children on campus. Through the SAGE Pilot Program, we endeavour to remove any barriers that may prevent women particularly from being present at Swinburne. As such, we created an additional parents' room at our Hawthorn campus in room EN611e.
We have an additional parents' room in the SPW building at Hawthorn, Ground Floor Luton Lane and a new one at Wantirna.
Workplace of Choice for Gender Equality
In February 2018, Swinburne was named Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for the ninth consecutive year by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).
In October 2016, Swinburne offered a suite of five prestigious fellowships for female applicants in STEMM. These provide women with the opportunity to fully focus on research early in their careers. Having the security of ongoing research and a teaching position is crucial in ensuring we retain our excellent women in STEMM. A further women only fellowship was offered in July 2018 in Engineering.
Parental leave entitlements
In October 2016, we extended current parental leave entitlements (staff login) to all primary carers so that all primary carers have equal access to parental leave entitlements as outlined in their respective employment agreements.
We offer a Women in STEMM scholarship program for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Science Engineering and Technology (FSET).
We've established a Women in STEMM networking group for undergraduate FSET students, including our Women in Engineering and Women in ICT groups.
We will continue to be guided by best-practice and identify gaps and opportunities for improvement. Future SAGE initiatives we are looking into include:
- more breastfeeding and gender neutral bathroom facilities
- options for additional childcare on campus, including occasional care, extra parents’ rooms and holiday programs
- options to support academics with carer responsibilities when engaged in research-related travel
- programs to support our female academic leaders and early-career researchers
- strategies to attract more women into our STEMM degree programs
- an Athena SWAN Advocate program
- a Swinburne-wide culture survey.
- Intersectionality 101: What is it and what can Swinburne do about it? - 19 July 2017
- STEMM Gender Equity and Diversity focus groups - 19 June-4 July 2017
- Professor Tom Welton presents SAGE: going for bronze, then silver and gold - 13 January 2017
- Enhancing gender diversity and gender equity at Swinburne - November 2016
- Sage information sessions - November 2015
Contact us to find out how you can get involved in SAGE at Swinburne.
SAGE self-assessment team
Swinburne's self-assessment team (SAT) are responsible for coordinating our SAGE initiatives. If you have any ideas or feedback get in touch with your local committee member.
|Rita Cincotta||Chair, SAGE Steering Committee|
|Sarah Maddison||Project Lead|
|Andrew J Smith||Member|
|Bernadine Van Gramberg||Member|
|Yana Zhang||Reporting and Data Analyst|
|Angela McMillan||SAGE Project Manager|