UNSW's Athena SWAN Pilot Program

"If we want to secure Australia's future prosperity, challenging the sterotype of the scientist as a man in a white lab coat is a good place to start."  Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla
UNSW is proud to be an inaugural member of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia and is one of 40 institutions across the country participating in the two year pilot (2016-18) of the Award being conducted by Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE). The Australian Pilot is modelled on the highly successful Athena SWAN Charter established in the UK in 2005 to address the underrepresentation of women in the science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) disciplines.

During the Pilot process, participants are required to generate and analyse data demonstrating that the institution has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and that it is developing an inclusive culture that values all staff. It also provides an opportunity to consult widely with staff about their views and experiences in regards to a broad range of gender equity issues, to build an evidence-based action plan for the Institution.
The Athena SWAN Pilot Program at UNSW further embeds the University's commitment to gender equity and diversity, and aligns strongly with the 2025 Strategy.
Meet the Self-Assessment Team leading our submission.