The first of our bi-annual Athena SWAN training workshops for SAGE Pilot participants will be delivered in February 2016. Athena SWAN is a gender equity and diversity evaluation and accreditation process developed in the UK in 2005. The SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN in Australia represents the first country to adopt this process outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
The SAGE Pilot includes 32 STEMM institutions who are the inaugural Athena SWAN Charter members in Australia. The Vice Chancellors and Directors of these 32 institutions have signed to uphold the 10 Athena SWAN principles that form the basis of the Athena SWAN Charter. The aim of the Charter is to address the structural barriers that stop different groups of women as well as other underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential in academia.
Charter members represent over half of the higher education sector in Australia, along with a further five medical research institutes and two publicly funded research agencies. These institutions will work towards a Bronze Athena SWAN Institutional Application, demonstrating evidence that their institutions have the capacity to eliminate gender bias and to create an inclusive culture for all.
The February workshop focuses on data collection and analysis requirements for their award application, as well as highlighting examples of best practice from the UK. Around 90% of the higher education sector belongs to the UK Athena SWAN Charter.
A member of the UK Athena SWAN Team, James Lush, will be assisting SAGE Project Manager, Dr Zuleyka Zevallos, to deliver the workshop across six cities around Australia.
The workshop activities will assist members to reflect on how they might collect and analyse gender equity data for their Athena SWAN applications, as well as how to better address information gaps when evaluating gender equity issues within their institutions. Institutions can nominate up to 10 representatives to attend our workshops.
The SAGE Pilot provides a structured program of activities that include training on the requirements and principles underpinning the Athena SWAN Charter.
Athena SWAN award applications involve a two-year period of data collection and assessment, where institutions evaluate the effectiveness of their gender and diversity policies, practices and outcomes. Institutions will also develop a four-year action plan to address the issues identified as a result of their analysis.
As part of the work towards completing an Athena SWAN award application, institutions participate in one-day workshops, at six monthly intervals over a two-year period. Participants also join regional networks in their state to contribute to a community of practice to improve gender equity and diversity.
Participants will additionally contribute towards an independent evaluation of the SAGE Pilot in Australia, to provide feedback on how the Athena SWAN process may need to be further adapted to the local STEMM sector.
Other Athena SWAN activities and resources are delivered online for members who decide to opt-in for further support.
These activities progressively lead up to the submission of Athena SWAN award applications, with the first submissions taking place in January 2018. In March 2018, the applications will be peer reviewed by a panel of human resources and gender equity experts, as well as senior STEMM professionals and other subject-matter experts. The outcome of the first awards are announced in June 2018.
The four Athena SWAN workshops are designed to provide practical guidance and assistance to Australian members, to facilitate progress on their award applications. The workshops are also an opportunity to network with other Charter members.
Workshops are closed to Charter members but other upcoming activities such as our national forum in June 2016 will be open to the public.
Itinerary for the February Workshops
Perth Monday, 8 February 2016
Adelaide Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Melbourne Friday, 12 February 2016
Canberra Monday, 15 February 2016
Sydney Wednesday, 17 February 2016
Brisbane Friday, 19 February 2016
Download the workshop program below.