Informatics' Equality and Diversity Blog

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.

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