Informatics' Equality and Diversity Blog

March 23, 2017

Women in Computing event, 6pm 3 April

Edinburgh Uni pic of two young women using computers, by Robert Brady

Image: Robert Brady

Students interested in a career in software engineering can hear from Informatics graduates working locally in industry, 6-7pm Monday 3 April 2017. The panel question and answer session is the latest in the School’s series of Women in Computing events organised by the Equality and Diversity Committee in association with Edinburgh Hoppers. This event is also supported by the University of Edinburgh Careers Service and the Development and Alumni Office. The panel will include:
• Agnieszka Bomersbach, BSc then MSc 2014, now Senior Software Engineer at Skyscanner
• Alice Elder, BSc 2011 now Software developer/development team leader, Clyde & Co
• Ljiljana Spadavecchia, PhD 2005, now Senior Software Engineer at GE
• Maria Rovatsou, MSc 2010, now a Software Engineer at Amazon.com
• Verena Beckham, MSc 2005, now Senior Principal Software Engineer, Compilers, Codeplay Software Ltd

 

The event is free but the audience is asked, please, to register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-in-computing-alumni-software-engineers-tickets-32924936371

March 22, 2017

Student mental health strategy

The number of students in the UK seeking support for mental health issues has increased significantly in recent years. This month, the University launched a strategy to improve support for students who experience mental health issues. An extract from the strategy, as it relates specifically to Schools, says the University aims to:

  • Roll out targeted training during 2016-19 in supporting students with mental health issues, including data disclosure issues, to: all personal tutors, all student support teams, supervisors, security staff, other professional services staff as needed
  • Enhance the quality and accessibility of information available to staff who
    need to support students with mental health issues
  • Develop a network of trained, specialist support staff (eg one senior SSO
    in each school) to act as a first point of contact for students wishing to
    discuss mental health issues or for other staff who have concerns about a
    student
  • Create a network for key staff to share practice / stay up to date / debrief
    / connect with professionals in other services.

For the full strategy see:  student_mental_health_strategy-2017 or find it online here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/academic-services/policies-regulations/student-support

A summary of student support within Informatics, and links to specialist support in the University, can be found on the School intranet at: http://web.inf.ed.ac.uk/infweb/student-services/ito/admin/student-support-summary

March 16, 2017

Transgender Visibility Day, 31 March 2017

Between 6-9pm on Friday 31 March 2017, in commemoration of Transgender Visibility Day, University of Edinburgh’s Staff Pride Network is hosting an event to look at cultural representations of transgender identity, with a focus on male transsexuality, as well as general issues affecting trans and non-binary identities.

The event will include a screening of 2011’s Tomboy, as well as a panel discussion afterwards.

Venue: Screening Room (G.04), 50 George Square.

Tickets via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tomboy-film-screening-and-panel-discussion-tickets-32891070076

March 15, 2017

Support for staff from the European Economic Area and Switzerland

Filed under: Race (protected characteristic) — hwalker2 @ 3:22 pm

The University is working to support staff from the European Economic Area and Switzerland at the UK moves to trigger Brexit, and will offer the following support over the coming months:

  • Group sessions with external lawyers who will give advice about applying for UK residency and British citizenship
  • Individual consultation meetings with an external immigration adviser
  • Reduced costs for staff who may need additional legal advice
  • Financial support to help spread the cost of residency fees and legal advice
  • Practical help to obtain evidence of employment and earnings to support applications.

More details are available at http://edin.ac/2msLnoZ.

Dignity and Respect Advisors

Filed under: General — hwalker2 @ 2:08 pm

The University is committed to promoting a positive culture in which all members of the University community treat each other with dignity and respect, and where bullying, harassment and discrimination are known to be unacceptable.

To support this commitment, the University provides a network of staff ‘Dignity and Respect Advisors’ (DRAs) made up of staff from across the University and in a variety of roles. DRAs are volunteers trained to work with staff who feel they have been subject to, or have been accused of bullying, harassment, or discrimination.

Find out more.

March 13, 2017

Leadership training for women

AMENDED POST

The following training opportunity is aimed at women up to senior lecturer level or professional services equivalent, who are interested in exploring leadership and management as an option for progression.

The School is willing to fund a place for a suitable candidate.

LFHE’s Leadership Matters 6

Module 1: Wednesday 14 – Thursday 15 June 2017 (non-residential)
Action Learning Set: Tuesday 27 June 2017
Module 2: Wednesday 5 – Thursday 6 July 2017 (residential)
Location: Edinburgh

<https://www.lfhe.ac.uk/en/programmes-events/index.cfm/leadership-matters-6>

If you are interested in attending, please email InfHR with a brief statement as to how you believe that you and the School/University will benefit from participation.

Please mark your email ‘Leadership training – June.’

You should have your line manager’s support for your participation.

March 7, 2017

Support Girls In Tech

Wednesday 8 March 2017 is International Women’s Day. Please help us to celebrate by sharing links to our new short film, Girls in Tech, published today, 7 March and our British and overseas students’ stories (in various languages) which will follow tomorrow, 8 March. See our School news story.

Watch out for our posts:

Today! Women Who Code Edinburgh

Filed under: Events,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 10:54 am

The first meet-up for Women Who Code Edinburgh will take place this evening at FreeAgent, Edinburgh Quay, Fountainbridge, 6:30 -8:30pm.

For more details and to sign up see https://www.meetup.com/Women-Who-Code-Edinburgh/events/237340216/

March 6, 2017

London Hopper & Karen Spärck Jones Lecture 2017

Filed under: Events,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 10:38 am

The 13th London Hopper Colloquium and 7th Karen Spärck Jones Lecture will take place Thurs 25 May 2017 at BCS headquarters in London. This 1-day event will include a spotlight competition open to postgraduate students.

Hopper speakers :

• Dr Lynne Baillie, Heriot-Watt University – Building User Centered Rehabilitation Technologies

• Juliet Grout, IBM – Cybersecurity the billion pound problem

• Dr Anna Muszkiewicz, University of Oxford – Simulations of the human heart shed light on mechanisms underpinning atrial fibrillation

• Dr Larissa Romualdo-Suzuki, Greater London Authority – Data as Infrastructure for Smart Cities

Karen Spärck Jones Lecture

Professor Maja Mataric’, Chan Soon-Shiong Chair of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics at the University of Southern California (USC) will present the 7th Karen Spärck Jones Lecture in the evening. Professor Mataric’ is also the Founding Director of the USC Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center, and a director of the USC Robotics Research Lab.

Both events are free. See http://academy.bcs.org/content/london-hopper-colloquium-2017

March 1, 2017

Athena SWAN Silver Award celebration

Some representatives of the Informatics E&D Committee at the School's Athena SWAN Silver Award celebration, 24 February 2017Representatives of the Equality and Diversity Committee (pictured), were joined by Stephanie Millar, Equality Challenge Unit, staff and students, Friday 24 February, to celebrate our Athena SWAN Silver Award.

See the related School news story.

Attendees also had the opportunity to preview our forthcoming video, Girls in Tech and the first of our student case study films, due to be launched on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017.

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