Fifteen Australian institutions have been recognised for their efforts to improve gender equity and diversity, receiving the inaugural Athena SWAN Bronze Awards from Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE).
The awardees are:
Members of the first SAGE cohort to achieve accreditation were presented with their award at a gala dinner at Parliament House in Canberra.
The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Southern Cross University, University of Canberra, University of Melbourne and University of Western Australia were also recognised for their progress to date towards Bronze Award accreditation and their continued commitment to SAGE.
Cohort One members are the first group of the 45 institutions from the higher education and research (HER) sector to complete the Athena SWAN Bronze process. The remaining institutions are due to complete their accreditation in 2019.
SAGE—a partnership between the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering—was set up to pilot the UK’s Athena SWAN Charter and accreditation framework in Australia.
Australia is the third jurisdiction after the United Kingdom and Ireland to implement the Athena SWAN Charter program. Australia has taken a leadership role by piloting the Athena SWAN Charter program, with countries such as Canada and the United States now following Australia’s example.
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