Over the past 12 months, ECU has visibly made good progress towards achieving real change in equality through a range of opportunities and initiatives.
In December 2018, ECU was one of 11 universities and one of only 15 organisations nationally to achieve the inaugural Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Accreditation. As part of this Accreditation, ECU has undergone a rigorous two and a half year process which involved identifying the barriers to equality and devising practices, processes and actions to address them.
In 2019, ECU was ranked sixth in the world for Gender Equality Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings. The THE University Impact Rankings show how the global higher education sector is contributing to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG Gender Equity ranking indicator focuses on universities’ commitment to encouraging women to enter and succeed in academia and university study, and universities’ gender equality policies.
ECU has again achieved successful compliance with the national Workplace Gender Equality Act, and in February 2019, ECU continued to achieve a Citation as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) for the third consecutive year. The Citation reflects the University’s active commitment to gender equality and diversity, as well as the improvement of gender equity policies and practices as they relate to ECU staff and students. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman, continues to be a national Pay Equity Ambassador and the University is committed to achieving gender pay equity as provided for within our Remuneration and Reward policy.
In support of these outstanding achievements, listed below is a snapshot of a number of initiatives that have been delivered upon in the past 12 months at ECU, many of which feature in ECU’s Athena SWAN Bronze Action Plan:
Moving to the future, ECU will continue to work towards a range of measures being carried out through to 2022, including:
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