Informatics' Equality and Diversity Blog

April 24, 2017

Further support for EEA staff

Filed under: Race (protected characteristic) — hwalker2 @ 2:14 pm

Staff from the European Economic Area (EEA) and staff with EEA partners/dependants can now access the following additional support:

  • a 1-2-1 meeting with an external immigration advisor, bookable through MyEd from Monday 1 May to take place from Monday 15 May
  • a list of Scottish legal firms who specialise in immigration law
  • an interest free loan, available to those applying for UK residency, indefinite leave to remain or British citizenship (including non-EEA staff)

Staff can request evidence of employment and earnings to support their residency/citizenship applications.

Full details are now available at http://edin.ac/2pcrgzM

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: http://edin.ac/2ns3sq4 (EASE login required)

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

Support for staff from the European Economic Area and Switzerland

Filed under: Race (protected characteristic) — hwalker2 @ 3:22 pm

The University is working to support staff from the European Economic Area and Switzerland at the UK moves to trigger Brexit, and will offer the following support over the coming months:

  • Group sessions with external lawyers who will give advice about applying for UK residency and British citizenship
  • 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.

More details are available at http://edin.ac/2msLnoZ.

February 20, 2017

1 Day Without Us

Filed under: Events,Race (protected characteristic) — hwalker2 @ 12:46 pm

Informatics InternationalInformatics has celebrated ‘1 Day Without Us’, the National Day of Action to celebrate the contribution of migrants to the UK, with a coffee morning.

Staff and postgraduate students also gathered in the Atrium of the Forum on Friday for photographs to celebrate our diversity.

Prof Bob Fisher summed up the feelings of many when he circulated an email saying: “I know that there are a lot of external controversies about immigration. I’ve been here a long time and always felt welcome by the people I’ve met and enjoyed seeing how our diversity has grown. I want to say how proud I am of my colleagues and the working environment in Informatics and the University. Informatics is a very diverse group of people, and that’s part of what makes it an effective as well as interesting place to work. Informatics celebrates our diversity. Irrespective of the political storms outside (which come and go), the University continues to do the right thing: create and disseminate knowledge, prepare the next generation at all levels.”

Thanks to Kyriakos Kalorkoti (KK) for the photo and Kasia Kokowska, Ségo Gallus and Effie McDonald for the delicious cookies, cheesecake and scones.

February 9, 2017

EPSRC survey of diversity and inclusion barriers in ICT research

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has commissioned Napier University to carry out a survey in the UK of staff and research postgraduates researching Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), to investigate barriers around diversity and inclusion.

The survey will be open until 28 February 2017.

Take part here: https://www.research.net/r/diversityICT

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.