Gender Equity Survey Results: FAQs

  • How will you ensure the results are put into action?
The results of the survey, along with other key data, will feed directly into action planning for the University's submission to the Athena SWAN Award in Australia. This will be driven by UNSW's Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team comprised of academic and professional staff as well as students, who are responsible for analysing a range of evidence about gender equity at UNSW. In addition, some focus groups for STEMM staff specifically (as the main focus of UNSW's Athena SWAN submission) will be held through July. Finally, broader ongoing consultations through all Faculties, with both academic and professional staff will be conducted. This comprehensive approach will ensure action planning reflects staff's issues and priorities.
  • What are you doing to support professional staff as a result of the survey?
A number of actions and initiatives are already occuring across UNSW in relation to professional staff in the context of gender equity. These and others are summarised in the following document.
  • If 1438 staff filled out a survey, why are you only analysing 929 records? What happened to the rest?
As with any survey analysis, the dataset needs to be cleaned to ensure only valid cases are reported. In the context of the Athena SWAN Gender Equity survey, any participants who did not declare gender, appointment or contract type were excluded. In addition, any cases where the reported cell totalled less than 10 were excluded from the analysis. This is a necessary and commonly used safeguard where low numbers are present to ensure individuals are not inadvertently identified in reports. It is also a requirement of the project's Ethics Approval (HC17039).
  • How representative is the reported response rate of 24%?
The response rate for the survey is in keeping with rates reported by other similar surveys where the focus has been gender equity in the workplace.
  • Why do you report so few demographic details?
This section of the survey was voluntary. Unfortunately a number of participants prefered not to answer items under this section. This is not uncommon in surveys of this kind. This limits the extent to which we can undertake analysis by demographic variables. Also for this particular report, we limited cuts of the data to those most relevant to the goal of the survey which was to compare and contrast responses across gender and appointment type for continuing and fixed term staff.
  • I provided a lot of comments with my survey, why are these not included in the report?
This is the first, preliminary, analysis of results from the survey, which focuses on the agreement scale data only. Further analysis of the qualitative data is underway to identify key themes. This will be reported to staff in coming months.
  • Can I download a copy of the report?
Yes, a PDF copy of the report is available.
  • I have some further questions, who can I speak to?
Contact Vanessa Traynor: ph. 9385 8304 or