Informatics' Equality and Diversity Blog

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:

May 2, 2017

EEA staff: book your legal consultation meeting

Filed under: General,Race (protected characteristic) — hwalker2 @ 9:40 am
EU flag

EU flag

EEA staff and staff with an EEA partner/dependants, can now sign up for a 20-minute, 1-2-1, individual consultation meeting with a member of the legal team from McGill & Co.

Most (270) sessions will take place during the week of 15 May, in Charles Stewart House.

Book now via MyEd until Wednesday 10 May: (EASE login required).

Busy or away?

Staff working away from Edinburgh from 15 May can book the event named ‘Telephone Individual Consultation Meeting’, also via MyEd:

A member of the University HR Services team will then be in touch to co-ordinate your availability with that of McGill & Co, either during the week of 15 May or at a later date.

Staff who are working in Edinburgh during the week of 15 May but are unable to attend any session, or find suitable times have been taken, should register for a cancellation or future sessions by booking the event named ‘Waiting List – Individual Consultation Meeting’, also via MyEd:

Future sessions will be arranged for later in May/early June, according to demand.

Missed the group sessions?

Videos of the three group information sessions, the slides presented and Frequently Asked Questions from the 600+ attendees will be published on the HR webpages on Friday 5 May.

The 1-2-1 meetings form part of a package of additional advice and support for staff which includes:
– Reduced costs for staff who may need additional legal advice
– Financial support to help spread the cost of UK residency fees and/or citizenship fees and legal advice
– Practical help to obtain evidence of employment and earnings to support applications.

Full details are available at

March 29, 2017

“Edinburgh remains proudly European and international”

Filed under: Equality,General,Race (protected characteristic) — hwalker2 @ 11:04 am

The Principal, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea

The Principal, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, has issued the following statement to staff:

I wanted to write to all students and staff today, as the Prime Minister invokes Article 50 which starts the formal two-year negotiation of Britain’s exit from the European Union. As I have said in my earlier messages, Edinburgh is and will remain a proudly European and international University. We are always open to new ideas and are founded on an ethos of collaboration. We take great pride in, and strength from, the 157 nations that make up the student and staff body of the University of Edinburgh and that will not change.

As we now enter the formal period of negotiation, our messages to government stress the positives of an international outlook. The importance of securing the rights of EU citizens already working in the UK is paramount and long term access to EU research funding programmes remains central to the overall success of our Universities. On the latter point, the guarantees the UK Government has already given to underwrite the payments of awards won, alongside other signals, affords us some comfort that this message is getting through.

Much activity is taking place across the University as we seek to strengthen our existing relationships and to build new partnerships with our European peers.

We continue to be the number one destination in Scotland for applications from the EU and we welcome the recent announcement by Scottish Government that EU nationals enrolling in 2018-19 have been guaranteed free tuition for the duration of their entire course.

I know that for many people there will be further concern around whether you, or members of your family, might be impacted by changes to residency rights. In order to support those members of staff who might be affected we are now offering loans for residency fees and a new set of targeted free legal information sessions, as well as providing further advice to our students.

I am always encouraged to see how people from across the University are working together to demonstrate their support for each other and for our message – that we remain strongly and positively European.

March 15, 2017

Dignity and Respect Advisors

Filed under: General — hwalker2 @ 2:08 pm

The University is committed to promoting a positive culture in which all members of the University community treat each other with dignity and respect, and where bullying, harassment and discrimination are known to be unacceptable.

To support this commitment, the University provides a network of staff ‘Dignity and Respect Advisors’ (DRAs) made up of staff from across the University and in a variety of roles. DRAs are volunteers trained to work with staff who feel they have been subject to, or have been accused of bullying, harassment, or discrimination.

Find out more.

February 23, 2017

Contribution Rewards: Academic Staff

Filed under: Awards,General — hwalker2 @ 1:24 pm

Does an academic you know deserve a Sustained Excellence Contribution (Increment) or Single Exceptional Contribution (Lump Sum payment)?

The deadline for nominations for Academic Staff Contribution Rewards is 9am Monday 13 March.

See guidance and forms at:

Please use the *word* version of the relevant form and return to

Before submission to College, confirmation is required that a P&DR /annual review has been completed in the last 12 months for ALL individual cases coming forward and for ALL direct reports that the employee manages.

For further information email Irene Madison:

January 26, 2017

Research Staff Promotion to Grades 7 and 8

Filed under: General — hwalker2 @ 6:05 pm

The deadline for Research Staff promotion to grade 7 and 8 is:

9am Monday 6 February 2017.

For promotion to grade 7 or 8, please follow the guidance for academic staff at: and

For promotion to grade 7 please complete:
– Job Matching Form for Grade 7
– C.V. Summary Form.

For promotion to Grade 8 please complete:
– Job Matching Form for grade 8
– C.V. Summary Form
– Full C.V.

Forms are available at:

Please use the WORD version of these forms (pdf is acceptable for full CV) and submit to Informatics HR no later than 9am Monday 6 February.

(Earlier submission would be welcome.)

Please note that, before submission to College, confirmation is required that a P&DR/annual review has been completed in the last twelve months for ALL individual cases coming forward and for ALL direct reports that the employee manages.

If you have any questions, please contact Phil Wadler and InfHR.

January 25, 2017

Are you or could you be a STEM Ambassador?

Filed under: Encouraging STEM subjects,General,Girls in STEM — hwalker2 @ 11:55 am

• Sign up for training by 10 February 2017!
• Stem Ambassadors induction, 1pm 24 February 2017, in T40, Joseph Black Building, School of Chemistry
• If you can’t make 24 Feb, there are regular induction events locally.

Stem Ambassador is a role for you if you are interested in inspiring young people and developing their interests in science, engineering and/or maths.

By signing up as a Stem Ambassador you will have the opportunity to get involved with a variety of different projects where you can engage school pupils and support teachers in the classroom.

The organisers, STEM Ambassadors, provide *full training* and PVG checks.

More information about the process can be found here on the STEM East website.

If you would like to become a Stem Ambassador, please email Heather Milton by Friday 10 February for more details about how to register online and what you need to bring to the induction session which takes place from 1pm in T40, Joseph Black Building, School of Chemistry, on Friday 24 February.

January 23, 2017

International Women’s Day Lecture

Catherine Calderwood, Scottish Government Chief Medical Officer

Catherine Calderwood, Scottish
Government Chief Medical Officer

Dr Catherine Calderwood, Scottish Government Chief Medical Officer (CMO), will deliver the 7th University of Edinburgh International Women’s Day Lecture on Wednesday 8 March 2017, 6-7pm (doors open from 5.30pm). Venue: George Square Lecture Theatre, George Square. The theme will be ‘The Importance of Women.’

Dr Calderwood will discuss her career path – enablers and challenges over the course of her successful career. She will also talk about health, particularly in relation to women’s health.

For further details / to book see the University’s Equality website at:

The event is ticketed but free.

About the speaker

Catherine Calderwood qualified from Cambridge and Glasgow universities. As a junior doctor she worked in medical specialities in Glasgow Royal infirmary and at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh before completing her specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology and maternal medicine in SE Scotland and St Thomas’ Hospital London. She became a medical adviser to Scottish Government in 2010 and has been instrumental in the work in reducing stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Scotland and in reducing avoidable harm in maternity services. More recently her role expanded to include major trauma services and the introduction of robotic surgery for prostate cancer to Scotland. Until her recent appointment as CMO Catherine was also the National Clinical Director for maternity and women’s health for NHS England.

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?

Theme: Rubric.