Informatics' Equality and Diversity Blog

February 7, 2017

Cyber Angels: Closing The Talent Gap

Girl Geek Scotland is hosting a cybersecurity speaker event, 6-9pm, 16 February at Codebase, Edinburgh. It’s an opportunity to find out more about the sector, network and learn about ways to become a “Cyber Angel”. They welcome newbies considering cybersecurity as a career, people currently working in cybersecurity, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in transferring their skills into this fast-growing sector.

Speakers: Samantha Leeman (Host), Senior Consultant, Girl Geek Scotland/Bright Purple Resourcing,  Alison McAlroy, Information Security Manager, Committee Member, ISACA, Katie Lyne, Civ Tech Manager, Scottish Government, Jamie Graves, CEO, ZoneFox, Claire Reid, Partner, Assurance Business Unit Leader, PWC.


6-6.30pm Registration & Networking

6.30-6.40pm Introduction

6.40-7.45pm Presentations

7.45-8.30pm Audience Q&A

8.30-9pm Networking & Wrap up.

Refreshments: Wine/soft drinks and canapes.

Register here:

February 1, 2017

Mental Health and Wellbeing Week


On in four of us experience mental health problems but struggle to find the words to talk about how we’re feeling.

The University’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Week, themed ‘Let’s Talk’ is taking place until 5 February, organised by the Students’ Association.

Check out the list of resources and services, pick up a tote bag full of information at the Main Library on Friday, or go along to some of the events. Examples include:

• Development of the Student Mental Health Strategy
• Lunch and Learn: Mental Health 101
• Eating Disorders Awareness and Support
• Mindfulness Taster with Dr Avinash Bansode
• Introduction to Men’s Mental Health
• Mindfulness Meditation
• Coping with the transition to a new country and culture
• I am… Workshop with the LGBT+ Liberation Group
• Tea and Talk in Halls of Residence
• Hatha Yoga
• Destress with a Taste of Brazil
• Arabic Bellydancing Stressbuster Session
• Speak Your Mind: Exploring Mental Health through Performance.

Find out more.

February is LGBT History Month

Rainbow flag symbolizing and celebrating gay rights and freedom of expression.

LGBT History Month is an opportunity to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lives and culture, and to recognise the significant contribution LGBT people have made to the world.

Edinburgh University Students’ Association is offering a programme of events, from panel discussions to film screenings and a Valentine’s Day party.

Informatics’ LGBT ally Carol Dow and fellow ally Rebecca have organised a ‘coffee morning’, 10.30-11.30am Thursday 9 February 2017, for anyone who would like to know what being an LGBT ally is all about. Just head along to the basement cafe at 50 George Square for cake, a chat and a leaflet.

Outwith the University, LGBT History Month events are brought together in a website co-ordinated by LGBT Youth Scotland.

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