Informatics' Equality and Diversity Blog

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

February 1, 2017

Mental Health and Wellbeing Week

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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.

January 12, 2017

Resources on our website

Last year, the School developed a new section of its website, called Work with us which includes current staff vacancies, Equality and Diversity information (not least details of our Athena SWAN Silver Award) and links to University work-related policies.

The Equality and Diversity section includes a useful list of resources around:

  • challenging preconceptions
  • women in science and technology
  • equality legislation
  • ‘protected characteristics’ – age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex (gender) and sexual orientation.

Why not have a browse?

CSTeachingTips for Reducing Bias

CSTeachingTips is a North American project led by Harvey Mudd College which develops computer science teaching tips to help teachers anticipate students’ difficulties and build upon their strengths.

Resources include a short video / 7-point checklist on Tips for Reducing Bias.

Theme: Rubric.