Diversity and Inclusion
At the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS) we proudly support diversity in everything we do.
Not only does this create a more vibrant and enriching environment, but organisations with greater gender diversity and more inclusive cultures have also been shown to perform better across a wide range of measures.
The University of Adelaide welcomes staff and students from all over the world—with many different languages and traditions—and is committed to providing a supportive learning environment and safe campus community for everyone.
ECMS facilitates gender equity and diversity in numerous ways. Our Women in STEM Careers Program, for example, provides valuable professional development opportunities for young women working and/or studying in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
We’re committed to increasing the proportion of female academic staff members, and regularly implement initiatives to recruit high-achievers. This will begin to shift the gender balance within our disciplines and drive significant outcomes across high-impact research, education, partnerships and engagement.
Do you have caring responsibilities?
As a faculty, we support staff and students with caring responsibilities through our Dependant Travel Fund, Research Support Transition Scheme and Parental Leave Scheme.
ECMS Dependant Travel Fund
The ECMS Dependant Travel Fund supports faculty staff with caring responsibilities to participate in conferences, workshops, field trips and other approved work-related travel, both overseas and in Australia. Funding of up to $3,000 per year is available to eligible staff (regardless of gender) as a contribution to the travel costs of their dependant or a carer, or to employ a carer at their destination. For more information, please contact: Dr Claudia Szabo, Associate Dean – Diversity and Inclusion.
If you’re a higher degree by research student with a scholarship, we offer the Higher Degrees by Research Parental Leave Scheme. This gives you the same parental leave entitlements offered to ECMS staff, as specified in the University of Adelaide Enterprise Agreement.
Outreach and community events
We offer a number of community and outreach events, including our Young Women in STEM and Women in STEM Careers (WiSC) Programs. These programs provide professional development opportunities for young women undertaking STEM degrees at the University of Adelaide.
Women in STEM Careers (WiSC) Program
Female students enrolled in a STEM degree at the University of Adelaide (from second year onwards) can apply to participate in the Women in STEM (WiSC) Careers Program. The program provides professional development opportunities for young women undertaking STEM degrees, through a range of workshops in leadership, career development and entrepreneurship. The personal development component focuses on confidence, strengths and resilience. Our goal is to support female students in becoming well-rounded, industry-ready graduates.
Groups and support services for staff and students
Whether you’re an ECMS staff member or student, we offer a number of groups and services to support you during your time at the University of Adelaide.
The University's ALLY Network provides support and advocacy to people who identify as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer. A number of ECMS faculty staff and students are ALLY Network members, and new members are welcome to join at any time. You may also like to register for an ALLY Training Workshop.
Disability support services
University study can be particularly challenging if you’re managing a disability or other health condition. The University’s Disability Support services will work with you to identify and implement effective ways to accommodate any such constraints, leaving you free to focus your energies on your studies.
Women in STEM Student Society