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Athena SWAN Updates

Updates on the Athena SWAN program will be posted here as they become available.

  • July 2019: Final Submission

    The University’s commitment to pursuing equity and diversity is reflected in our new strategic plan, Future Making, especially in the Pillar to Excellence, A Magnet for Talent. Underpinning this pillar is our SAGE Athena SWAN Action Plan, which aligns with the Dornwell Gender Equity Framework and Reconciliation Action Plan.

    Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Athena SWAN is a national program promoting equity and diversity in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. The University's Self-Assessment Team, chaired by Professor Eileen Scott, has submitted our application and Action Plan for the SAGE Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

    Thank you to those who provided helpful comments and suggestions on our draft application during March–April 2019. Feedback from individuals, committees, and networks across the University strengthened the documents prior to endorsement by Academic Board and VCE.

    We expect to be advised of the outcome by December 2019, following peer review by SAGE.

  • May 2019

    The draft action plan was made available to all staff for feedback in March, via the University’s SAGE website. Constructive feedback was received and is being integrated into the application documents. The Self-Assessment Team (SAT) met on 8 April to review a complete draft of the application and action plan, using the assessment criteria that will be used by the peer reviewers after submission.

    The action plan was updated following the consultation and SAT review, and was presented to and discussed at Academic Board on 1 May.

    The Application and Action Plan are now being updated further. They will be presented for endorsement by the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive on 3 July.

  • December 2018

    The SAGE Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team held its last meeting of 2018 on 17 December to review the first complete draft of the University’s SAGE Athena SWAN application. The application is due to be submitted in July 2019.
    A draft of the University’s 4-year SAGE action plan will be made available for consultation in early 2019.

  • September 2018

    The SAGE Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT) held its fourth meeting on 17 September.
    Four sections of the application were reviewed: A Picture of the Institution; Key Career Transition Points: Academic Staff; Flexible Working and Managing Career Breaks; and Indigenous Australians.

    The final draft of the Athena SWAN Institution Application (Bronze Award) will be reviewed in December by the Self-Assessment Team.

  • June 2018
    The SAGE Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT) held its third meeting on 18 June. Three sections of the application were reviewed: Career Development: Academic Staff, Supporting Transgender People, and Intersectionality.

    The University has various programs, awards and events available to support academic staff in progressing their careers. For information on institutional and faculty-specific initiatives click here.

  • April 2018

    The Self-Assessment Team (SAT) held its second meeting on 9 April. Two sections of the application were reviewed: Organisation and Culture, and The Self-Assessment Process.

    The SAGE Core Project Team continues to meet monthly to manage administrative and organisational aspects of the project. The SAT Chair and SAGE Project Officer visited the Roseworthy Campus in February to meet with staff to discuss the SAGE accreditation program, and attended a Regional Network Meeting in March with other SA SAGE cohort 2 and 3 members (Flinders University, University of South Australia, SAHMRI and Defence Science and Technology Group).

  • February 2018

    The Self-Assessment Team (SAT) held its inaugural meeting on 12 February. The timeline for preparing the application and application template were reviewed. The communication strategy was discussed and the importance of communication across the University, within STEMM and non-STEMM faculties as well as the Divisions, was emphasised.

    To support the SAT, the University has also formed a SAGE Core Project Team, which will manage administrative and organisational aspects of the project. The SAT chair, Eileen Scott, the SAGE project officer, Sandra Elias, and other members of the Core Project Team have taken part in several workshops with SAGE to become familiar with the components of a good application.


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