Informatics' Equality and Diversity Blog

February 8, 2017

See ‘Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat’ at FanDuel

The Scotland premier of the Stemette film “Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat” – a short film on women tackling the gender stereotypes in STEM – will take place 5.30-8pm Fri 24 March 2017 at FanDuel, Quartermile, One Lauriston Place, Edinburgh.

Hear from Baroness Martha Lane Fox, Emma McGuigan and Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE on the greatest challenge facing our innovative STEM industry.

FanDuel was founded by Informatics alumni Tom Griffiths and Chris Stafford, and is now one of the highest profiting and most successful tech/engineering companies in Europe. If you attend this event, you will get a tour, hear from women working at FanDuel and see what a potential future a FanDuel could look like.

Register here:

February 7, 2017

Cyber Angels: Closing The Talent Gap

Girl Geek Scotland is hosting a cybersecurity speaker event, 6-9pm, 16 February at Codebase, Edinburgh. It’s an opportunity to find out more about the sector, network and learn about ways to become a “Cyber Angel”. They welcome newbies considering cybersecurity as a career, people currently working in cybersecurity, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in transferring their skills into this fast-growing sector.

Speakers: Samantha Leeman (Host), Senior Consultant, Girl Geek Scotland/Bright Purple Resourcing,  Alison McAlroy, Information Security Manager, Committee Member, ISACA, Katie Lyne, Civ Tech Manager, Scottish Government, Jamie Graves, CEO, ZoneFox, Claire Reid, Partner, Assurance Business Unit Leader, PWC.


6-6.30pm Registration & Networking

6.30-6.40pm Introduction

6.40-7.45pm Presentations

7.45-8.30pm Audience Q&A

8.30-9pm Networking & Wrap up.

Refreshments: Wine/soft drinks and canapes.

Register here:

February 1, 2017

Mental Health and Wellbeing Week


On in four of us experience mental health problems but struggle to find the words to talk about how we’re feeling.

The University’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Week, themed ‘Let’s Talk’ is taking place until 5 February, organised by the Students’ Association.

Check out the list of resources and services, pick up a tote bag full of information at the Main Library on Friday, or go along to some of the events. Examples include:

• Development of the Student Mental Health Strategy
• Lunch and Learn: Mental Health 101
• Eating Disorders Awareness and Support
• Mindfulness Taster with Dr Avinash Bansode
• Introduction to Men’s Mental Health
• Mindfulness Meditation
• Coping with the transition to a new country and culture
• I am… Workshop with the LGBT+ Liberation Group
• Tea and Talk in Halls of Residence
• Hatha Yoga
• Destress with a Taste of Brazil
• Arabic Bellydancing Stressbuster Session
• Speak Your Mind: Exploring Mental Health through Performance.

Find out more.

January 30, 2017

Girl Geek Scotland: ‘sticky floors’ workshop

Filed under: Events,Girls in STEM,Training,Uncategorized,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 12:12 pm

Girl Geek Scotland is a network and community for people working and studying in technology and related areas in Scotland. On the evening of Tuesday 7 February 2017, they are holding a ‘sticky floors’ workshop at Waverley Gate, Edinburgh, with speakers who work as personal coaches. The aim is to help people to think differently, to help them overcome the subconscious blocks that may be hold them back in their career (the sticky floor as opposed to the glass ceiling.)

For more information about the Sticky Floors workshop any other activities, or to sign up for their newsletter, go to the Girl Geek Scotland website.

January 25, 2017

BCS gender equality discussion list

BCS Women in Computing has a new JISCMAIL address for those who wish to discuss gender equality, especially Athena SWAN, within Computer Science. The list is CYGNETS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK and the home page is

The aim is to use the list to raise issues around diversity in Computing, to look for resources, to share problems (and hopefully solutions), and so on.

Subscribers can join the list by sending an email to
Subject: Subscribe
Message: SUBSCRIBE CYGNETS Firstname Lastname

January 23, 2017

New Equality and Diversity Library

Filed under: Uncategorized — kvaniea @ 11:07 am

arrow 20170119_112220We have started a small library of Equality and Diversity books, which are located in MF1, on the top shelf of the furthest bookcase (by the balcony overlooking the Atrium). Please feel free to borrow a book – and please return it when you’re finished. If you could sign your name / leave a comment on the short form inside the cover, that will help us to track usage and usefulness.

At the moment the focus of most of the books is gender but we are interested in developing resources to reflect all nine of the Equality Act’s “protected characteristics” – age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex (gender) and sexual orientation.

So if you can recommend a good book, or would like to donate one, please email Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator Kami Vaniea.

Here’s what’s on offer meanwhile:

Why Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation – and Positive Strategies for Change
By: Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever
Summary: Outcome of extensive research on how women and men negotiate differently and how that leads to a pay gap. Also discusses how to negotiate effectively as a woman or other minority.

Ask For It: How women can use the power of negotiation to get what they really want
By Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever
Summary: How to negotiate for all sorts of things as a woman. This is an extension of the earlier book by the same authors with more how-to and less research on why.

Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in computing
By Jane Margolis and Allan Fisher
Summary: Outcome of a multi-year research study at Carnegie Mellon University following a set of female computer science majors to understand what their experiences were like and what barriers they faced. For a while it was given as a gift to all incoming CMU students as a way of helping them understand that they are not alone in their experiences.

Recoding Gender: Women’s changing participation in computing
By Janet Abbate
Summary: Historical take on the role of women in computer science following the stories of early pioneers in the field.

Gender Codes: Why women are leaving computing
Edited By Thomas J. Misa (multiple authors)
Summary: Collection of essays by multiple experts on gender issues in education and the office. Looks at both historical context and explores different approaches that have been taken in the past.

Computer Boys Take Over (History of Computing)
By Nathan L. Ensmenger
Summary: History of computer science focusing on how we went from nearly 100% of computer programmers being women to the much smaller number today.

Whistling Vivaldi: How stereotypes affect us and what we can do (Issues of our time)
By Claude Steele
Summary: Research on unconscious bias and how it is impacted by issues like stereotypes and identity.

Kicking Butt in Computer Science: Women in Computing at Carnegie Mellon University
By Carol Frieze, and Jeria Quesenberry
Summary: Discussion of research and approaches taken at Carnegie Mellon University since the early 1990’s. What worked, what didn’t, and how they are seeing student attitudes change over time.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
By Sheryl Sandberg
Summary: Controversial book on how to succeed as a woman in technology written by the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook.

January 12, 2017

Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture

Nominations are open for the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award, given each year to a woman for their outstanding work in any field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The recipient of the £30k award is expected to spend a proportion of the grant on implementing a project to raise the profile of women in STEM in their host institution and/or field of expertise in the UK.

Deadline for nominations: 6pm 30 January 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.


Accenture Girls in STEM event

Filed under: Events,Girls in STEM,Uncategorized — hwalker2 @ 4:56 pm

On the 7 February 2017 Accenture will host Girls in STEM events across the UK for thousands of girls aged between 11 and 13. The events will take place in London, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Manchester, where the girls will have the chance to try their hand at coding, take part in workshops and hear from inspirational speakers from the STEM sector.

Areti Manataki and Kami Vaniea are involved in the Edinburgh event, which is taking place in the in the Innovation Lounge, John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls. The events aim to encourage more girls into STEM subjects and careers.

If you have a 11-13 year old who may be interested, ask their teacher to register here:

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