We embed gender equity philosophy and practices into all aspects of the university's activities. We recognise that gender is one dimension of diversity and we're committed to achieving fair and equitable outcomes for staff and students in all aspects of work and study, regardless of gender identity or presentation.
Gender equity for staff and students enables diverse communities of staff and students to flourish and achieve their potential.
Women in STEMM
The Women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine) program aims to improve progression and retention of academic women in STEMM, through support programs, removing barriers and biases, providing better access to leadership positions, and actively involving senior staff.
We hold workshops for all academics in STEMM to improve organisational culture. We also provide women with career mentoring, training and development workshops, and opportunities for leadership shadowing and deputising.
SAGE Athena SWAN
Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) is a national program promoting gender equity and gender diversity in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). Using the Athena SWAN charter, the SAGE pilot program guides universities to improve gender equity policies and practices.
We’re proud to be an inaugural Athena SWAN Bronze Award recipient, supported by our executive leadership team, Equity Department, and the Division of Research and Commercialisation.
In developing our submission for the award, our special-assessment-team (SAT), in collaboration with STEMM academics, action teams and other staff, embarked on a reflective analysis of our staff profile, policies, procedures, practices and cultures. This culminated in a four-year action plan to drive the advancement of women and diversity in STEMM.
Being a part of SAGE Athena SWAN means not just promising gender equity, but delivering that reality. We collect data on our equity status, and seek to constantly improve gender equity and diversity at all levels of our staff and students cohorts.
Recognising our commitment
We're an equal opportunity employer, promoting equality for all staff and eliminating all discrimination, including that based on gender.
We've received citations as an Employer of Choice for Women each year from 2002-2013, and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice citation each year from 2014-2017.
Women in Leadership Committee
The QUT Women in Leadership (WIL) Committee provides university-wide programs for senior and near-senior women. These include:
- Women in Research Grant Scheme to assist academic women affected by career breaks
- writing retreats
- showcases for mid-career academics to speak about their work
- Quality Women in Leadership program aimed at professional HEW9 and above, and academic level C and above
- for male and female carers, we offer funds to support the costs of additional care for academic staff when away from base at conferences and the like
- for male and female academic staff taking long periods of leave, such as maternity leave, we offer a planning process and funds to assist in regaining research momentum as quickly as possible on return.