Informatics' Equality and Diversity Blog

June 22, 2017

On film for International Women in Engineering Day

Informatics women in academia - the opening imageThe School is marking International Women in Engineering Day, Friday 23 June, by launching a series of short films and written case studies, featuring some of our staff and postgraduate students.

This follows our Girls in Tech series featuring students, published in March as part of our work to support women in Informatics, under the banner of our Athena SWAN Silver Award activities.

Individual films (around 2 minutes long) will be published on Facebook and Twitter. Links to the films and written case studies can also be found on our website at:

Academic promotions workshop: Grades 7- 10

Filed under: Events — hwalker2 @ 4:57 pm

An academic promotions workshop will be held 2-4pm Tuesday 27 June in IF4.31/4.33 for research and academic staff interested in the promotion process for grades 7-10

This event is open to:

  • all potential applicants who wish to learn more about the promotions process
  • line managers involved in supporting colleagues with promotions.

Tea and coffee will be provided.

Please email by Friday 23 June to confirm your attendance at this workshop.

June 14, 2017

Pride march this Saturday

The University’s Staff Pride (LGBT+) Network is taking part in the Edinburgh Pride March this Saturday 17 June 2017, meeting up at 11.30am at the Scottish Parliament. T-shirts will be provided. To let the organisers know you’re attending, email

A social event will take place 30 June.

Details will be posted here:

June 12, 2017

Early-career researchers promotions workshop

Filed under: Training,Uncategorized — hwalker2 @ 9:18 am

A workshop for early-career researchers interested in promotion to Grades 7 and 8, will be held 2-4pm Tuesday 27 June in IF 4.31/4.33.

This event is open to all potential applicants who wish to learn more about the promotions process, and line managers involved in supporting colleagues with promotions.

  • Introduction, Johanna Moore, Head of School
  • Promotions process in the University, Mike Cowan, Senior HR Advisor from College HR
  • My experience, David Sterrat will speak about his career experience and approach to promotion
  • Promotions process in the School, Johanna Moore
  • Q&A

Tea and coffee will be provided.

To attend, please email by Wednesday 21 June.

June 7, 2017

Brexit update from the University

Filed under: Race (protected characteristic) — hwalker2 @ 9:49 am

Senior Vice-Principal Professor Charlie Jeffery has issued the following update for EU staff:

You may have seen recent media reports about the number of EU academics leaving UK universities, with the implication that this is a direct result of Brexit.

The reports are very misleading since they do not take into account the numbers of EU staff we have recruited over the same period. In fact, at Edinburgh, over the last three years the numbers of our EU staff (both academic and non-academic) have increased each year with new recruits significantly outweighing departures. Recruiting talented colleagues from the EU and around the world is crucial to maintaining our success as one of the world’s leading universities.

That said, we are not complacent about the ongoing uncertainty around the status of EU nationals and how unsettling this continues to be for EU staff and students, and those with EU family members. I recently argued strongly in favour of the rights of EU citizens in the UK at a joint hearing at the European Parliament, and we continue to work with key sector bodies to secure these rights.

Over 600 staff attended the recent information sessions for EEA staff and staff with EEA partners, with 330 staff following up with 1-2-1 consultations with immigration experts. We want to support colleagues in this way as much as possible and will be hosting additional 1-2-1 consultations in Semester 1 for those who could not attend the recent sessions, while reviewing further support that might be required as Brexit negotiations progress. Full details of the support currently available to EU staff and staff with EU partners can be found at

We also offer practical and financial support to non-EEA, Tier 2 sponsored staff, with full details available at Over the summer we will be enhancing this support with the appointment of a regulated immigration adviser, able to advise and assist non-EEA staff with their visa applications. Further information on accessing this service will be provided to non-EEA staff over the next few weeks.

I will keep you updated on any developments through direct emails, and you can read the latest news on our website at

Carers Week 12-18 June

Filed under: Carers — hwalker2 @ 9:41 am

elderly man affectionately kissing woman on cheek Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

A carer is a person who provides a substantial amount of unpaid care on a regular basis for another individual or a person who provides more occasional support to cope with changes in circumstances or health of another individual.

The University recognises that a carer can be a spouse, parent, sibling, child or other dependent and could be living in the same home as the person being cared for or further away.

The University’s ‘caring for carers’ guidance outlines the support available to employees who have a caring responsibility so that they can balance work with caring commitments and continue to be effective in their role.

Find out more:

June 6, 2017

CAHSS appoints new Chair of Digital Cultural Heritage

Filed under: General,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 9:22 am
Melissa Terras

Melissa Terras

Professor Melissa Terras will take up Edinburgh’s new Chair of Digital Cultural Heritage in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) in October. She has been Director of UCL Centre for Digital Humanities since 2011, is Professor of Digital Humanities in UCL’s Department of Information Studies and Vice Dean of Research in UCL’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Read more:

June 5, 2017

What are you doing for International Women in Engineering Day, 23 June?

Filed under: Events,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 2:25 pm

23 June is International Women in Engineering Day. We know of two events which are happening which involve Informatics staff: please contact us if you know of any more.

  • Informatics will launch its Informatics Women in Academia films on the School website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Check online throughout the day on 23 June. A new short film will be published every hour.
  • Sharon Goldwater (pictured below) will join other inspiring women in computer science at a panel event at Imperial College, London, 6-8.30pm. The panel will discuss the role of computing in the future, how studying computing may empower young people and tackling the gender gap in computing. Sharon was awarded the BCS Roger Needham Award 2016.

Sharon Goldwater

June 1, 2017

Women in Red Wikipedia project

Filed under: Athena SWAN,Encouraging STEM subjects,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 3:17 pm

As part of the university’s commitment to Athena SWAN, the University’s Information Services team is running an informal, monthly Wikipedia drop-in / edit-a-thon to address the systemic bias on Wikipedia, where only 16.97% of biographies are about notable women.

The Wikipedia editing will focus on creating and improving the quality of articles about notable women on Wikipedia using source texts such as (but not limited to) The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women (working through surnames A-Z over the course of the next few months ahead) to turn red-linked articles that don’t yet exist into blue clickable ones that do.

So this is a chance to create or improve Wikipedia pages about prominent women in computer science.

Knowledge of Wikipedia editing is beneficial but if you have not edited before you can go along at the beginning of the session for a quick crash course.

Further details can be found on the Women in Red page:

Ewan McAndrew. Tel: 07719 330076, Email:

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