We’re committed to providing and promoting an equitable workplace.

We do this by providing our staff and students with resources and support, and acknowledging that a culture of diversity, inclusion and fairness creates positive experiences.

Our staff and students are involved in a range of UQ- and School-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Equity and Diversity Committee

The School’s Equity and Diversity Committee was formed in 2014 and meets regularly.

It aims to:

  • promote an inclusive environment
  • examine and implement strategies to promote a diverse School community
  • ensure UQ diversity and inclusion policies are promoted across the School community. 

Its members:

  • raise awareness about equity and make it a standing item in School meetings
  • monitor School demographics (students, staff and events) to assess progress and identify when action is needed
  • organise women in physics and UQ Ally events, such as talks, welcomes and social gatherings
  • encourage staff to complete UQ’s Managing Unconscious Bias Program
  • ensure selection committees are aware of unconscious bias
  • advise lecturers on how to create an effective and inclusive learning environment
  • recruit colleagues to the UQ Ally and UQ Discrimination and Harassment Contact Officers networks
  • organise focus groups to establish the parameters for a School-wide survey of inclusion and diversity attitudes and issues among staff and higher degree by research students
  • promote and apply for Pleiades Awards.

View and download the Equity and Diversity Committee Terms of Reference (PDF, 361.3 KB).

SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Staff from our School are members of the UQ Gender Steering Committee, which will progress the implementation of UQ’s SAGE Athena SWAN Action Plan.

UQ recently received a prestigious Bronze Institutional Award as part of the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN, which aims to address and improve gender equity in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines. 

The Action Plan will be implemented from 2019 to 2023.

Bronze Pleiades Award

The School of Mathematics and Physics is a Bronze Pleiades organisation.

The Pleiades Awards recognise organisations that are committed to inclusion, diversity and equity in astronomy.

They are awarded by the Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in Astronomy Chapter of the Astronomical Society of Australia. 

In 2018, our Bronze Award accreditation was renewed for the third consecutive two-year term.

UQ Ally Network

We’re committed to providing a safe, welcoming and inclusive space for UQ staff and students who identify as LGBTIAQ+.

Several members of our School community are part of the UQ Ally Network.

UQ Allies strongly support UQ’s stance on making the University an accepting, positive, diverse and inclusive space.

Find a UQ Ally in our School

Discrimination and Harassment Contact Officers

Several staff members are trained as Discrimination and Harassment Contact Officers (DHCOs).

Students and staff can contact them with enquiries related to discrimination, harassment and bullying.

Find a DHCO in our School.