Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.37
Liaison Suzanne Davis
Submission Date Oct. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Queensland
PA-6: Assessing Diversity and Equity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Has the institution engaged in a structured assessment process during the previous three years to improve diversity, equity and inclusion on campus?:

A brief description of the assessment process and the framework, scorecard(s) and/or tool(s) used:

UQ has participated in the SAGE Athena SWAN Charter since 2016 and is a proud recipient of the Bronze Institutional Award of the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN.
This process involves a 2 year process of data gathering and assessment to identify barriers and challenges for women in STEMM disciplines.
Details on the program and UQ's achievements in

UQ has been participating the Australian Workplace Equality Index, the definitive national benchmark for LGBTQIA+ inclusion in the workplace, since its inception in 2011 and has continued to improve steadily across each submission. In 2019, UQ Received the Silver Award for the first time. As part of UQ’s engagement with the AWEI, UQ also participates in two surveys (one internal to UQ, and the other as part of a national survey) measuring the attitudes, perceptions and behaviours of employees in regards to LGBTQIA+ inclusion.

UQ has also developed the Disability Action Plan 2018-2021 in efforts to move towards greater disability inclusion. The plan outlines the University’s current objectives including retention and success for students with a disability, and measures for success in achieving these: https://staff.uq.edu.au/files/17880/uq-disability-action-plan-2018-2021.pdf. Consultation with student groups such as the Abilities Collective also occurs.

Does the assessment process address campus climate by engaging stakeholders to assess the attitudes, perceptions and behaviors of employees and students, including the experiences of underrepresented groups?:

Does the assessment process address student outcomes related to diversity, equity and success?:

Does the assessment process address employee outcomes related to diversity and equity?:

A brief description of the most recent assessment findings and how the results are used in shaping policy, programs, and initiatives:

Yes. The SAGE Athena SWAN assessment process is focused on women in STEMM disciplines. However, UQ adopted a ‘one-UQ’ approach and applied the process to all areas of the University where there were underrepresented groups of staff.

The Australian Workplace Equality Index process looks at LGBTQIA+ staff-specific outcomes under the following categories: Foundation; Strategy and Accountability; LGBTI Training and Education; Employee Networks/Ally Champion Initiatives; Visibility and Inclusion; Community Engagement and External Advocacy.

A number of barriers and challenges were identified as part of the SAGE and AWEI assessment processes including support and career guidance for early career academic staff, inconsistent application of HR processes in recruitment and induction, inconsistent approaches to grant writing and publication assistance, instability of employment for staff on research contingent funding. The results of the SAGE assessment have been applied to a four-year Action Plan for remediation.

UQ has recently launched the Diversity Hub in early 2020 to increase student and staff awareness of student diversity, strengthen the connection between employers and students of diverstiy, and continue to provide employability supporty for students with a disability.

Are the results of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment shared with the campus community?:

A brief description of how the assessment results are shared with the campus community:

A copy of the UQ SAGE Athena SWAN Bronze Submission is available to staff and students on the university website. An all staff consultation and results session chaired by the Vice Chancellor was conducted as part of the submission process.

The AWEI submission are widely shared and available upon request.

The Disability Action Plan

Are the results (or a summary of the results) of the most recent structured diversity and equity assessment publicly posted?:

The diversity and equity assessment report or summary (upload):

Website URL where the diversity and equity assessment report or summary is publicly posted:
Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity assessment efforts is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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