A step-up for gender equity: Macquarie University joins the Science in Australia gender equity pilot

24 June 2016

Macquarie University was today welcomed into the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot of the Athena SWAN charter of Australia, supported by the Australian Academy of Sciences.

The announcement was made at the SAGE Symposium held today at the National Maritime Museum. Macquarie has now become one of the 40 research institutes in the pilot working on supporting the promotion, hiring, participation and retention of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).

“Macquarie is committed to driving gender diversity in STEMM and increasing the level of women in leadership positions,” said Professor Lesley Hughes, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity and Development), who is chairing Macquarie’s SAGE self-assessment team.

By joining the SAGE pilot, Macquarie will work towards bronze accreditation of the Athena SWAN Charter, which has been successful in improving gender equity practices in the United Kingdom over the past 10 years.

Vice-Chancellor Professor S. Bruce Dowton welcomed the announcement: “Macquarie’s involvement in the pilot strengthens our commitment to leading the sector when it comes to improving gender equity. Macquarie has a higher representation of academic women in senior levels compared to the sector average, and in 2016 the university has undertaken to accelerate achievement of a truly gender balanced organisation.”

To learn more about the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot in Australia, visit http://www.sciencegenderequity.org.au

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