The University of Western Australia’s recent application to participate in the Science in Australia Gender Equality (SAGE) Pilot has been accepted. The SAGE Pilot, run by the Australian Academy of Science, aims to address the under-representation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Pilot participants are asked to collect, analyse and present data on gender equity policies and practices in STEM departments, as well as identify gaps and opportunities for improvement.
By participating in the pilot, UWA will have an opportunity to improve gender equity policies and practices in STEM around Australia. The University will also be working towards a prestigious Athena SWAN award, which recognises institutional capacity to eliminate gender inequity and a demonstrated commitment to bolster the hiring, promotion and retention of women, while also improving the workplace environment for people of all genders.
Up to 20 universities, medical research institutes and publicly funded research agencies will be selected to participate in the SAGE Pilot over the next two years. UWA aims to begin its participation in September 2015.
The pilot's executive sponsor is Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Registrar, Dawn Freshwater.