Creating Equal Opportunities
We, the St. Pölten UAS, acknowledge that gender identity is not always binary and may well differ from how it might seem from the outside. Our campus is a tolerant and inclusive environment where everybody is welcome – and a place dedicated to counteracting social inequality based on gender identity, age, sexual orientation, religion, social and ethnic origin.
This is why we initiate and support innovative projects in the fields of inclusion, gender equality and diversity.
- The St. Pölten UAS is committed to the Charta der Vielfalt (Diversity Charter).
- Part 3 of the Statute "Equality, Promotion of Women" forms the framework.
- Current focus areas for 2022 comprise a flagship project on inclusion in studying & teaching, establishment of gender monitoring, expansion of offers for creating awareness, and anchoring gender & diversity in research & teaching.
Contact: Gender and Diversity Officer
Our Gender and Diversity Officer implements our strategic targets on gender mainstreaming and diversity management. Supported by representatives of the departments and service units, Human Resources and Legal Affairs, the Works Council, the UAS Board, and the Austrian Students' Union (ÖH), she introduces measures on awareness, launches projects and contributes to publications (e.g., language manual (in German); ).
Anna Steinberger, BSc, BSc, MA
Here you can find information on:
- Accessibility, Studying with a Disability / Chronic Illness
- Family Friendliness, Studying as a Parent
- Inclusive Language
- Campaign Against Sexual Discrimination and Violence
- Women in STEM
- Gender & Diversity in Research
St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences offers barrier-free premises and helpful technical equipment as far as possible. Staff and students with disabilities are supported and advised respectively.
More on Accessibility
St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences tries to support employees with care responsibilities and to create optimal conditions for studying with a child or studying during pregnancy.
More on Family Friendliness
The Executive Board and the UAS Board decided on the binding force of the guidelines on gender-sensitive language for the St. Pölten UAS for all UAS staff members, students and lecturers.
Women, men, and people who feel they belong to another gender identity should feel equally addressed by the information and advertising measures of the UAS. To achieve this objective, gender-neutral and inclusive wording is used. Tips and support can be found in the UAS’ language manual (in German).
The UAS consistently works on raising awareness within the framework of the international 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and beyond.
The Statute of the St. Pölten UAS expressly prohibits any form of sexual harassment of staff members, students or other persons involved in higher education operations.
The following persons may serve as a point of contact:
- Gender & Diversity Coordinator
- Works Council
- Academic Director
- Students’ Union representatives
- members of the UAS Board
- Human Resources & Legal Affairs
- Students may also find trained persons of trust at eye level among our Peers4You volunteers
- Further external points of contact: Ombud for Equal Treatment
We seek to support women to pursue a career in the STEM fields. It is our objective to break gender stereotypes because female engineers are much sought after and can expect excellent career prospects!
The St. Pölten UAS takes a strong stance in research. This includes adopting a perspective on gender & diversity and thereby creating added value for society.
Current example at the St. Pölten UAS
... and Teaching
The certificate on didactics in higher education by SKILL offers support in including gender & diversity into teaching. It aims at teaching basic knowledge about gender and diversity. Please do not hesitate to ask if you need additional training.
St. Pölten UAS Launches New Award for Final Theses of Students and Alumni
Commitment to Equality and Inclusion
The St Pölten UAS recently signed the Charta der Vielfalt (diversity charter) of the Austrian Economic Chamber (WKO).