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 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

May 29, 2017

Webinar: Progressing female talent in academic institutions

Filed under: Events,Training,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 1:49 pm

What is holding women back in academic institutions? The WISE campaign will explore the issues in a free webinar, ‘Progressing female talent in academic institutions,’ 2.30-4pm Wednesday 14 June 2017.


  • Hilary Lapin-Scott, Vice Chancellor of Swansea University and winner of the WISE Hero Award 2016, will talk about ‘Changing the culture to support women to achieve’
  • Professor Susan Wray from University of Liverpool will discuss induction ‘from Cradle to Chair’ and female specific programmes.

For further information and to register, go to:

May 10, 2017

London Hopper colloquium and spotlight competition

Filed under: Events,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 1:08 pm

The London Hopper research colloquium takes place 10am-4pm Thursday 25 May 2017 at BCS London Office.

London Hopper is an annual 1-day event for researchers across the UK who are building a career in computing. Women speakers will talk about their research in cyber security, building rehabilitation technologies, simulations of the human heart, and devices for the hearing impaired.

The event will also feature  a spotlight competition with cash prizes open to research Masters and PhD students, and lots of opportunities to meet and network with other early career researchers in computing.

Entries for the Spotlight competition for  students close 15 May.

Register at:

The full programme can be found on the UCL web site:

April 24, 2017

Karen Spärck Jones lecture, 25 May

Filed under: Events,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 2:45 pm

We are delighted to invite you to our livecast of this year’s Karen Spärck Jones lecture, 5.30 for 5.50pm Thursday 25 May 2017, Room G.07, Informatics Forum.

The lecture, Creating Robots that Care, will be delivered by Dr Maja Matarić, Professor and Chan Soon-Shiong Chair of Computer Science, Neuroscience & Pediatrics, University of Southern California; Founding Director at the USC’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center and Director of the USC’s Robotics Research Lab.

5.30pm – Networking drinks
5.50pm – Welcome
6.00pm – Creating Robots that Care Lecture by livecast link from London
7.30pm – Networking drinks
8.00pm – Close

The livecast is organised by Informatics Equality & Diversity Committee in association of BCSWomen.

All welcome. Book your place:


To find out more about what BCSWomen is doing in Scotland please join the LinkedIn group,, or follow them on Twitter @bcswomen.

April 5, 2017

Advice for EEA and Swiss staff

Filed under: Events,Race (protected characteristic) — hwalker2 @ 4:02 pm
EU flag

EU flag

Twelve one-hour, group advice sessions are being organised around the University for staff who are nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Led by external lawyers, the sessions will take place 24-28 April 2017 and cover:

–   How to apply for a UK residence certificate and permanent residence card

–   How to apply for British citizenship

–   Information for any member of staff with an EEA partner/dependants

They form part of a package of additional advice and support for staff over the coming months which includes: 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.

Book through MyEd before Friday 14 April: (EASE login required)

April 4, 2017

World Health Day focus on depression

Filed under: Disability (protected characteristic) and health,Events — hwalker2 @ 12:17 pm

The World Health Organisation says: “While the link between suicide and mental disorders (in particular, depression and alcohol use disorders) is well established in high-income countries, many suicides happen impulsively in moments of crisis with a breakdown in the ability to deal with life stresses, such as financial problems, relationship break-up or chronic pain and illness.

“In addition, experiencing conflict, disaster, violence, abuse, or loss and a sense of isolation are strongly associated with suicidal behaviour. Suicide rates are also high amongst vulnerable groups who experience discrimination, such as refugees and migrants; indigenous peoples; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) persons; and prisoners. By far the strongest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt.”

This World Health Day, Friday 7 April, Edinburgh Neuroscience, the Global Health Academy, and Centre for Cognitive Ageing & Cognitive Epidemiology, are asking: What factors make some people more resilient to depression than others?

Join speakers for a thought-provoking evening to untangle the complex concept of resilience at: Untangling Resilience to Depression, 5.30-7pm, Friday 7 April, Lecture Theatre G03, 50 George Square.

Register at:

March 30, 2017

Event for students with Autism or Asperger’s

Filed under: Disability (protected characteristic) and health,Events — hwalker2 @ 1:53 pm

The Student Disability Service will run a three day event for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or Asperger’s Syndrome, 26-28 July 2017 introduce students to university life and give them a chance to make friends.

Find out more at:

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