Informatics' Equality and Diversity Blog

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:

April 11, 2017

Webinar training: Confronting sexual harassment

Webinar training entitled ‘No one Asks for It: Confronting Sexual Harassment’ is available 1-2pm, Thursday 20 April or Thursday 27 April 2017 to any member of staff, but particularly those who would have direct contact with students. Objectives:

• describe what sexual harassment looks like and why it’s important for staff at the University to understand this

• give ideas about how to challenge sexual harassment, whether you’re subject to it or witness it

• give information to those who have close relationships or contact with students about what they should do in the event of witnessing sexual harassment or assault, or in the event of a disclosure.

To book a place on 20 April, go to:

To book a place on 27 April, go to:

March 29, 2017

31 March: International Transgender Day of Visibility

The International Transgender Day of Visibility celebrates transgender people and raises awareness of the discrimination they face across the world. The Scottish Trans Alliance says the day “aims to increase trans equality and empower trans people to live their lives freely and confidently.”

See the Alliance’s website for easy ways to take part in the day:

A number of links for trans staff and students, and the people who support them, can be found in the Equality and Diversity section of the School’s website, under Resources:

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:

February 14, 2017

Festival of Creative Learning

As well as interesting events about matters digital*, next week’s Festival of Creative Learning, 20-24 February, includes a Reflection on Equality and Diversity in the Workplace led by Ben Lyon, Chair of OUTbound, Transport for London’s LGBT+ Staff Network Group.

(*Events about matters digital include Edinburgh IoT Challenge, Learn to Code, UNA – Network Based Explorations, Design the Future of Digital Education, Data and Democracy and an Environment Now Thinkspiration workshop among others).

February 1, 2017

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.

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?

January 11, 2017

Staff Pride Network

The first newsletter of the newly revived University Staff Pride (LGBT colleagues and allies) Network is now available. Here’s the PDF.

If you have any questions about the Network  or are interested in becoming a member, you will find contact details on the Committee’s web page – or email Informatics’ representative Carol Dow.


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