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An exploration of perceptions of gender equity among SAGE Athena SWAN self-assessment team members in a regional Australian university


Nash, M and Grant, R and Lee, L and Martinez-Marrades, A and Winzenberg, T, An exploration of perceptions of gender equity among SAGE Athena SWAN self-assessment team members in a regional Australian university, Higher Education Research and Development, 40, (2) pp. 356-369. ISSN 0729-4360 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/07294360.2020.1737657


Gender inequality in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) is well documented internationally. The Athena SWAN (AS) Charter was launched in the UK in 2005 to provide an impetus for positive cultural and structural changes to advance gender equality in UK universities. The Australian pilot of the AS Charter began in 2015 and is overseen by the Australian Academy of Sciences. Despite extensive engagement with AS over the last 15 years in the UK and more recently in Australia, qualitative research on the awards application process and its impact on AS Self-Assessment Team (SAT) members is limited. To fill this knowledge gap, we undertook a qualitative interview study examining how gender and gender equity are operationalised and understood by SAT members in the first year of an AS pilot at a regional Australian university. Findings indicate key gender differences in SAT members’ motivations for AS participation which, we argue, potentially translates into unequal gendered workload distributions on the SAT. Although AS is positioned as a key mechanism for addressing inequality in STEMM broadly, this study suggests that the initiative’s impacts in Australia risk being undermined by its unintentional reproduction of gender inequality in the academic workforce.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Athena SWAN, feminism, gender equality, women in STEMM
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology of gender
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Nash, M (Associate Professor Meredith Nash)
UTAS Author:Grant, R (Dr Ruby Grant)
UTAS Author:Lee, L (Miss Li-Min Lee)
UTAS Author:Martinez-Marrades, A (Ms Ariadna Martinez-Marrades)
UTAS Author:Winzenberg, T (Professor Tania Winzenberg)
ID Code:138071
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-03-24
Last Modified:2022-08-30

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