Lower ATARS for Women in Engineering

September 9, 2019

​The University of Technology Sydney will be enabling female students that are planning to enter engineering courses an additional 10 bonus points to their ATAR. The NSW Anti-Discrimination Board approved to give 10 ATAR adjustment points to female students applying for engineering and construction degrees next year, in order to boost the number of women in the industry.

UTS will be the first university to allocate adjustment points based on gender. The reason includes that research has shown, teams are more productive when they are gender balanced as they come up with a better range of ideas and solutions leading to a heavily male-dominated workforce.

If a female applicant’s ATAR is 69, then UTS would consider it to be 79 after adding the 10 extra points, but the revised rank would not be recognised by any other university.

What do you think? Is this fair?

If you want to read more click the link here! https://www.smh.com.au/education/a-hand-up-not-a-handout-uts-lowers-engineering-entry-bar-for-women-20190828-p52lpp.html

Source: Baker, J. (2019). 'A hand up, not a handout': UTS lowers engineering entry bar for women. [online] The Sydney Morning Herald. Available at: https://www.smh.com.au/education/a-hand-up-not-a-handout-uts-lowers-engineering-entry-bar-for-women-20190828-p52lpp.html

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