In 2005, Professor Janice Aldrich-Wright had been working on the Athena Swan Charter in the UK and was impressed with the impact. Joining SAGE at Western Sydney University 10 years later as the Academic Lead was a natural fit for her. “It was an opportunity to empower us to do even more, which is what we hope we’ve done,” she says.
Western Sydney University (WSU) achieved their SAGE Athena Swan Bronze Award in 2019. But even before joining SAGE, WSU came from a place of strength in the diversity space. Their action plan complements the University’s existing policies, programs and initiatives that promote gender equity for staff and students. For the last three years, the University has maintained their position as one of the top 3 universities in the world for gender equality, according to the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. WSU has also held a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation for 18 years.
“I’ve been at all of those stations,” Professor Aldrich-Wright says. “I’ve been a casual employee. I’ve also been in a shared position. I’ve been on contract, I’ve had small kids; I’ve tried to balance it all.”