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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 ORCID: 0000-0002-7429-4924, Grant, RF ORCID: 0000-0003-3007-0168, Lee, L, Martinez-Marrades, A and Winzenberg, T ORCID: 0000-0002-4112-3491 2020 , '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 , doi: 10.1080/07294360.2020.1737657.

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Abstract

Gender inequality in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics,and Medicine (STEMM) is well documented internationally. TheAthena SWAN (AS) Charter was launched in the UK in 2005 toprovide an impetus for positive cultural and structural changes toadvance gender equality in UK universities. The Australian pilot ofthe AS Charter began in 2015 and is overseen by the AustralianAcademy of Sciences. Despite extensive engagement with AS overthe last 15 years in the UK and more recently in Australia,qualitative research on the awards application process and itsimpact on AS Self-Assessment Team (SAT) members is limited. Tofill this knowledge gap, we undertook a qualitative interview studyexamining how gender and gender equity are operationalised andunderstood by SAT members in the first year of an AS pilot at aregional Australian university. Findings indicate key genderdifferences in SAT members’ motivations for AS participationwhich, we argue, potentially translates into unequal genderedworkload distributions on the SAT. Although AS is positioned as akey mechanism for addressing inequality in STEMM broadly, thisstudy suggests that the initiative’s impacts in Australia risk beingundermined by its unintentional reproduction of gender inequalityin the academic workforce.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Nash, M and Grant, RF and Lee, L and Martinez-Marrades, A and Winzenberg, T
Keywords: Athena SWAN, feminism, gender equality, women in STEMM
Journal or Publication Title: Higher Education Research and Development
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0729-4360
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/07294360.2020.1737657
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