The University of Western Australia is one of 11 organisations to be awarded an internationally recognised Athena SWAN Bronze Award last night for its commitment to gender diversity in the STEMM subjects of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.
The Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award is part of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative where organisations are accredited based on their work to increase career satisfaction and opportunities, improve working practices to support career progression, increase visibility of women in science and increase the proportion of women in STEMM.
Professor Carolyn Oldham from UWA’s School of Engineering said the award was a celebration of the University’s efforts towards achieving gender equity in STEMM-related roles, academic roles and across the broader university.
“It is widely acknowledged that women are underrepresented in senior positions, and it’s important that we take action to achieve positive changes,” Professor Oldham said.
“Through the Athena SWAN initiative, we have identified what can be done to advance the careers of those women working in STEMM at UWA.
“Our action plan provides a road map to address barriers and create new opportunities and SAGE Athena SWAN accreditation recognises this pursuit of excellence through gender equity.”
Professor Oldham said UWA was committed to equity, which included attracting, retaining and developing a diverse range of high-performing academics.
“Taking part in SAGE Athena SWAN is a really important part of our people and culture 2020-25 strategy which focuses on developing an inclusive and diverse workforce that lives its values and demonstrates commitment to gender diversity,” she said.
UWA Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dawn Freshwater, congratulated Professor Oldham on her outstanding leadership.
“Women get the best results when we work together, and when we are willing to take the lead and provide role models for others. Professor Oldham is a magnificent example,” Professor Freshwater said.
“I am proud of the University’s progress in this area, and confident that with people like Carolyn it will continue.”
The awards were presented at a ceremony held last night at the Adelaide Town Hall.
Image caption: UWA representatives with the Athena SWAN Bronze award left to right are Marit Kragt, Carolyn Oldham, Charlie Bond and Archa Fox.
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