Athena SWAN departmental bronze awards for Edinburgh Napier University #athenaswan

Congratulations to Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Computing (SoC) and the School of Engineering and the Built Environment (SEBE), both awarded bronze awards at yesterday’s Athena SWAN awards ceremony at Imperial College, London.

Athena SWAN awards ceremony July 2017

Athena SWAN awards ceremony July 2017

Athena SWAN is the Equality Challenge Unit’s charter for gender equality in higher education and research institutes. As part of its work, the Equality Challenge Unit grants bronze, silver and gold Athena SWAN awards to recognise work undertaken to address the barriers that may impede the career progression of both students and staff in such organisations.

SoC Athena SWAN certificate & trophy

SoC award

Yesterday’s ceremony celebrated those who made successful Athena SWAN award submissions in November 2016. My colleague Dr Laura Muir led the work of the SoC Athena SWAN self assessment team (SAT), and Alistair Stupart and Dr Kate Durkacz led that of SEBE. I served on both SATs in my capacity of Edinburgh Napier University’s institutional Academic Champion for Athena SWAN.

The achievement of these departmental bronze awards at first attempt builds on Edinburgh Napier University’s successful achievement of the institutional bronze Athena SWAN award (also at first attempt) in 2014. We submitted a further two departmental applications for the April 2017 deadline, and will hear the outcome of these in the autumn.

Dr Laura Muir travelled to London yesterday to represent the University at the awards ceremony. Having championed the efforts of the great team in SoC Laura was very pleased to be invited up to the stage to collect a certificate and trophy.

Dr Laura Muir at the Athena SWAN July 2017 awards ceremony

Dr Laura Muir at the Athena SWAN awards ceremony

Centre for Social Informatics at the Edinburgh Napier University research conference 2017 #NapRes17

CSI colleagues Frances Ryan, Hazel Hall, Iris Buunk, Brian Detlor, David Jarman (Business School), Bruce Ryan, Peter Cruickshank, Lyndsey Jenkins and Lynn Killick

Centre for Social Informatics colleagues Frances Ryan, Hazel Hall, Iris Buunk, Brian Detlor, David Jarman (Business School), Bruce Ryan, Peter Cruickshank, Lyndsey Jenkins and Lynn Killick at the Edinburgh Napier Research Conference 2017 (Photo credit Bill Buchanan)

It’s currently conference season in academia and over the past couple of weeks the staff and research students from my research group have participated in a number of events, both in Edinburgh and beyond. Indeed PhD student Alicja Pawluczuk is still on the road this week, flying the flag for the Centre for Social Informatics at the 2017 British HCI Conference, organised by the HCI research groups at the University of Sunderland and Edinburgh Napier University in conjunction with the Interaction Specialist Group of BCS. Continue reading

Inclusivity in the delivery of teaching: from agendas to actions #TFConf17

Teaching-Fellows

The theme of Edinburgh Napier University’s 2017 Teaching Fellows Conference, (#TFConf17) is innovations in teaching and supporting student learning. I am participating in the event today as the opening keynote speaker.  My presentation slides entitled Inclusivity in the delivery of teaching: from agendas to actions are available on SlideShare and below. Continue reading

Contributions to Inclusivity Week 2016 at Edinburgh Napier University

Napier Inclusivity Week 2016 banner

Edinburgh Napier University is currently running an Inclusivity Week. Those of us involved in gender equality initiatives at the University through our Athena SWAN work are contributing to the week’s events. Continue reading

Ada Lovelace Day 2016 in Edinburgh #ALD16

adalovelaceday_indieevent_whiteToday is Ada Lovelace Day, a worldwide celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. Across Edinburgh there are a number of events to mark the day.

Edinburgh Napier University is hosting a public lecture this evening at its Craiglockhart Campus. The speaker is Professor Caroline Wilkinson, Director of the Face Lab at Liverpool John Moores University. Caroline will discuss her varied career and how it has combined science with a number of disciplines including art, forensics, computing and anatomy.  She will also make the case for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM). This event is chaired by Dr Sandra Cairncross, Assistant Principal at Edinburgh Napier University and Chair of Equate Scotland. I will be giving the vote of thanks and chairing the Q&A session following Caroline’s talk. Continue reading

Ada Lovelace Day 2016: Professor Caroline Wilkinson to present at Edinburgh Napier University #ALD16

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On the evening of Ada Lovelace Day this year – Tuesday 11th October 2016 – Edinburgh Napier University, with Equate Scotland, is hosting a public lecture by Professor Caroline Wilkinson, Director of the Face Lab at Liverpool John Moores University. Caroline will be speaking about her varied career and how it has combined science with a number of disciplines including art, forensics, computing and anatomy.  She will also make the case for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM). Continue reading

Tackling gender inequality from the classroom to the boardroom #ERIgender

Today I’m taking part in a workshop entitled ‘Tackling gender inequality from the classroom to the boardroom’ hosted by the Employment Research Institute (ERI) at Edinburgh Napier University. My presentation draws on my experience of leading Athena SWAN work at Edinburgh Napier. Amongst the other expert speakers are: Continue reading