Informatics' Equality and Diversity Blog

April 5, 2017

Advice for EEA and Swiss staff

Filed under: Events,Race (protected characteristic) — hwalker2 @ 4:02 pm
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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)

April 4, 2017

World Health Day focus on depression

Filed under: Disability (protected characteristic) and health,Events — hwalker2 @ 12:17 pm

The World Health Organisation says: “While the link between suicide and mental disorders (in particular, depression and alcohol use disorders) is well established in high-income countries, many suicides happen impulsively in moments of crisis with a breakdown in the ability to deal with life stresses, such as financial problems, relationship break-up or chronic pain and illness.

“In addition, experiencing conflict, disaster, violence, abuse, or loss and a sense of isolation are strongly associated with suicidal behaviour. Suicide rates are also high amongst vulnerable groups who experience discrimination, such as refugees and migrants; indigenous peoples; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) persons; and prisoners. By far the strongest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt.”

This World Health Day, Friday 7 April, Edinburgh Neuroscience, the Global Health Academy, and Centre for Cognitive Ageing & Cognitive Epidemiology, are asking: What factors make some people more resilient to depression than others?

Join speakers for a thought-provoking evening to untangle the complex concept of resilience at: Untangling Resilience to Depression, 5.30-7pm, Friday 7 April, Lecture Theatre G03, 50 George Square.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/untangling-resilience-to-depression-tickets-32593442865

March 30, 2017

Event for students with Autism or Asperger’s

Filed under: Disability (protected characteristic) and health,Events — hwalker2 @ 1:53 pm

The Student Disability Service will run a three day event for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or Asperger’s Syndrome, 26-28 July 2017 introduce students to university life and give them a chance to make friends.

Find out more at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-disability-service/new-students/transition-event-for-students-with-asd

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: http://www.scottishtrans.org/our-work/expression/transgender-day-of-visibility/

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: http://www.ed.ac.uk/informatics/about/work-with-us/equality-diversity/resources

“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 23, 2017

Women in Computing event, 6pm 3 April

Edinburgh Uni pic of two young women using computers, by Robert Brady

Image: Robert Brady

Students interested in a career in software engineering can hear from Informatics graduates working locally in industry, 6-7pm Monday 3 April 2017. The panel question and answer session is the latest in the School’s series of Women in Computing events organised by the Equality and Diversity Committee in association with Edinburgh Hoppers. This event is also supported by the University of Edinburgh Careers Service and the Development and Alumni Office. The panel will include:
• Agnieszka Bomersbach, BSc then MSc 2014, now Senior Software Engineer at Skyscanner
• Alice Elder, BSc 2011 now Software developer/development team leader, Clyde & Co
• Ljiljana Spadavecchia, PhD 2005, now Senior Software Engineer at GE
• Maria Rovatsou, MSc 2010, now a Software Engineer at Amazon.com
• Verena Beckham, MSc 2005, now Senior Principal Software Engineer, Compilers, Codeplay Software Ltd

 

The event is free but the audience is asked, please, to register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-in-computing-alumni-software-engineers-tickets-32924936371

March 22, 2017

Student mental health strategy

The number of students in the UK seeking support for mental health issues has increased significantly in recent years. This month, the University launched a strategy to improve support for students who experience mental health issues. An extract from the strategy, as it relates specifically to Schools, says the University aims to:

  • Roll out targeted training during 2016-19 in supporting students with mental health issues, including data disclosure issues, to: all personal tutors, all student support teams, supervisors, security staff, other professional services staff as needed
  • Enhance the quality and accessibility of information available to staff who
    need to support students with mental health issues
  • Develop a network of trained, specialist support staff (eg one senior SSO
    in each school) to act as a first point of contact for students wishing to
    discuss mental health issues or for other staff who have concerns about a
    student
  • Create a network for key staff to share practice / stay up to date / debrief
    / connect with professionals in other services.

For the full strategy see:  student_mental_health_strategy-2017 or find it online here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/academic-services/policies-regulations/student-support

A summary of student support within Informatics, and links to specialist support in the University, can be found on the School intranet at: http://web.inf.ed.ac.uk/infweb/student-services/ito/admin/student-support-summary

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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tomboy-film-screening-and-panel-discussion-tickets-32891070076

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.

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.

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