School of Informatics


Further reading, useful links and funding opportunities

This page contains links on challenging preconceptions and, because women are under-represented in Informatics, information about Women in science and technology, together with links to equality legislation and advice and information on "protected characteristics", including additional resources related to those topics.

For regular news and to see what's available in our Equality and Diversity Library, check out our blog.


Challenging preconceptions

Reducing Stereotype Threat: website offering summaries of research on stereotype threat

I wasn't always a scientist: three short films featuring people who didn’t take traditional routes into their scientific careers. Royal Society webpage

Parent Carer Scientist. Royal Society campaign to increase the visibility of people combining a career in science with a family life.

Unconscious bias: Equaity Challenge Unit overview, literature review and training pack

Unconscious bias: 3 minute film from The Royal Society

Unconscious bias: Facebook training

Women in science and technology

Funding for women

University of Edinburgh funding search portal for all students.

Equality: legislation and advice

Equality Act 2010

Equality Challenge Unit

University's Equality and Diversity website: Legislation, Policies and Publications

Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS)

Citizens Advice Scotland on discrimination

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Protected characteristics

The Equality Act 2010 covers nine "protected characteristics" - age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex (gender) and sexual orientation. For further information see the University's Equality and Diversity web pages on protected characteristics.

Additional resources (internal and external) related to these characteristics:


University pensions and retirement

Too old to hire? Research from Kent University


Disabled Staff Network

Disabled access guide for the Informatics Forum

Enabling equality: furthering disability equality for staff in HE. Equality Challenge Unit report 2011

Office for Disability Issues

University Student Disability Service

University Disability policies

Student Awards Agency Scotland: Disabled Students' Allowance

See Me: Scotland's mental health organisation

Gender reassignment

Supporting a student or member of staff who is transitioning. Guidance from the Equality Challenge Unit

Tips for allies of transgender people from New York LGBTQ group GLAAD

Scottish Transgender Alliance: support and campaign group

Stephen Whittle: a trans man talks about his transition from female to male and his experiences. You tube video by the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Trans staff and students in HE - revised 2010. Guidance from the Equality Challenge Unit

University trans equality policy

Related topic but not covered by the Equality Act: Non-binary gender identities

Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)

Marriage and civil partnership

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014

Citizens Advice Scotland web page on marriage and civil partnership discrimination

Equality Network information on civil partnership

Pregnancy and maternity

University information on pregnancy and maternity as a protected characteristic.

University family-friendly policies


Academic flight: how to encourage black and minority ethnic academics to stay in UK higher education. Equality Challenge Unit report

Centre for Racial Equality in Scotland

Inspiring scientists:  the life stories of ten British scientists with minority ethnic heritage, with link to learning materials. Royal Society web page

Religion or belief

Citizens Advice Scotland web page on religion or belief discrimination

Interfaith calendar

Interfaith definition of terms

Religion and Society Edinburgh Network

University Chaplaincy


ACAS article on sex discrimination

LSE blog - Gender bias in academe: An annotated bibliography of important recent studies 

Royal Society video on Unconscious Bias

New perspectives on the gender pay gap: trends and drivers. Scottish Government report June 2016

Gender Action Plan: Interim Report, Scottish Funding Council, February 2016

Sexual orientation

BLOGS, Edinburgh's LGBT Society (students)

Edinburgh LGBT Staff Network - email or contact our Informatics' representative:  email Carol Dow

Experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff and students in higher education: research report 2009, commissioned by the Equality Challenge Unit

TED talk videos on coming out