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Have your say: Feedback invited from staff and students on the current University 'Policy and Guidance on Trans Staff and Students' by 9 Jun 2017

The University is delighted to host Jessica Lynn, president of Your True Gender and advocate for transgender education, for a one-off, out of term-time seminar. Jessica is the only biological parent in the USA to be removed from her child’s birth certificate due to her gender transition. Her seminar will cover her transition, her sex change, and the legal and ethical aspects of gender identity, as seen through her intersectional perspective.

Women and the academic career 

  • Date: Wed 10 May 2017.
  • Time: 13.30-16.30.
  • Venue: Byre Theatre Top Floor Studio
  • Key details: Examine the obstacles for women in the academic career, self-sabotaging patterns and how to avoid them in grad school, the job search, and the tenure track. Focuses on self-promotion, negotiating, childcare, work-life balance.
  • Target audience: Academic/research staff and research postgraduate students in all disciplines.
  • Course mapped to: Vitae's Researcher Development Framework domains: B2 (Self-management) & B3 (Professional & career development).
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Roseangle House Nursery at the University of St Andrews

The University is pleased to announce a brand new purpose built children’s Nursery at East Sands with 44 places was opened in April 2017, welcoming children aged 0-5 years from both University and non-University parents and carers. The Nursery is managed by Roseangle House Nursery on behalf of the University.   

University Public Sector Equalty Duty reports (April 2017) published here

Co-existence Initiative Annual Conference (with Interfaith Scotland) Sat 22 April 2017, 10am-2pm, Parliament Hall, University of St Andrews, South Street.

BAME in Academia event: Why isn’t my Professor Black? Fri 21 April 2017, 1pm. School 3, St Salvator’s Quad, University of St Andrews.  

Gender Diversity in Mathematics Event Weds 19 April 2017, 1-4pm, Maths Theatre A (The goal of the event is to start a discussion on what we as a larger community can do to support women and gender minorities in maths.

International Women's Day events:

Sister sit out

  • Female St Andrews students are calling on all women in town to join them in a ‘sit-out’ next week (Wednesday 8 March) to mark International Women’s Day. A group led by MLitt student Danielle Gold is looking for fellow females to take part in the event which is supported by the UCU, Women for Women International and HerCampus. 
  • 1-4pm Wed 08 March, St Mary's Quadrangle, University of St Andrews. Contact Danielle on
  • She said, “We are calling all women in St Andrews – students, University staff and residents – to participate in a ‘sit-out’ event in St Mary’s Quadrangle. The aim is to have a peaceful, inclusive afternoon where we will host speakers to talk about what it means to be a woman, women’s issues (particularly within the current political climate) and ultimately to show solidarity with fellow women living in St Andrews and across the world. We want you to be able to make it your own, whether you want to communicate your ideas and listen to others all afternoon or drop in for a few minutes between class or work. This event is open to everyone but is primarily a celebration of International Women’s Day and therefore our priority is to amplify women’s voices."

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

  • 11am-3:30pm Wed 08 March 2017, Hebdomadar's Room, St Salvador's Quad, University of St Andrews.
  • Open to All staff, students and public. Contact Dr Catherine Spencer Dr Stephanie O'Rourke (Lecturers in the School of Art History).
  • Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented. Those who identify as women/non-binary are significantly underrepresented on Wikipedia – both in terms of its contributors and its content. Let’s change that. Join us for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism. People of all gender identities are welcome! Participants are invited to join for part or all of the session – and even if you don’t intend to edit, please stop by to show your support.

Annual lecture in the History of Women, Gender and Sexuality 

  • 5:15-7:15pm Wed 08 March 2017, School I, The Quad, followed by a reception in The Undercroft, St John's House, University of St Andrews.
  • Open to All staff, students and public. Contact Dr Bridget Heal (Senior Lecturer, School of History).
  • Prof Sasha Roseneil, of the University of Essex, will present 'Intimate Citizenship: what difference have social movements made?' as this year's lecture in the History of Women, Gender and Sexuality.   

For  the University will be facilitating the 'St Andrews Pride' through the centre of St Andrews town: Sat 11 Feb 2017, gathering at St Salvator's Quad at 11am, finishing at the Students' Union building by 2pm.

To mark the UN's International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we asked some of our leading female scientists what inspires them and what advice they would give to females and young girls looking to pursue a career in science... case studies here

Gender & Equalities Research Event - Mon 6 Feb 2017, 1-3pm, Gateway Boardroom, University of St Andrews 

Invite to anyone interested in research on gender inequalities, as well as other forms of inequalities (e.g. based on ethnicity, socio-economic class etc.), to this event. We will hold speed presentations, of no longer than 5 minutes. Anyone who wishes to do so can present key elements of their related research or more general grounds of their interest in the area.  Aim is to establish shared concerns/research foci in order to foster new collaborations across disciplines. Although we are currently a small group of researchers, we already have representatives from several Schools within the University and are looking to broaden our expertise further. 

Presenters: Boyka Bratanova, Gillian Brown, Kate Cross, Ian Gent, Nina Laurie, Sharon Leahy and Ruth Woodfield.

Informal event, and everyone is welcome - lunch will be provided.  RSVP to: Sharon Leahy,

Deputy First Minister’s commitment to equality in education (Embedding E&D in Widening Access St Andrews event 19 Jan 2017): Principal Professor Sally Mapstone, who hosted the event, said: “Education is transformative; it takes you somewhere new, intellectually, culturally, physically, and professionally, and it can go on doing that throughout your life."

Post-event info:

Quality, openness and diversitySt Andrews’ 11th Principal reveals bold vision in Installation address (29 Nov 2016). 

Athena SWAN Lecture: Life, Death and a Career in Academic Medicine Fri 18 Nov 2016, 2-3pm, Booth Lecture Theatre, School of Medicine (free event) open to staff and students.

University Pangea week: 29 Oct to 3 Nov 2016

  • Pangea Launch Bonfire, 29 Oct, 7-9 pm, East Sands 
  • International Food Festival, 30 Oct, 5-8pm, DRA Nisbet Room 
  • International Run, 1 Nov, 4-5pm, Sports Centre 
  • Culture and Religion: A panel discussion, 2 Nov, 7-9 pm, School III, St Salvator's Quadrangle
  • Diversity in Theatre, 3 Nov, 7-9pm, Barron Theatre

Scottish Interfaith Week - events in St Andrews:

  • Fifth Annual Interfaith Lecture: 14 Nov 2016, 7-7:30pm, All Saints Church, North St, St Andrews, University of St Andrews Chaplain Revd Dr Donald MacEwan. 
  • A Walk in the Cathedral: 19 Nov 2016, 2-3pm, St Andrew’s Cathedral, North Street, St Andrews, A tour of the ruins of the historic St Andrews Cathedral led by Edwina Proudfoot of Scottish Church Heritage.

Academics: 'HEA Equality in the Curriculum Workshops' in Small Rehearsal Room, Student Association/Union, Fri 25 Nov 1-4pm or Wed 14 Dec 2016 2-5pm - email:

National Coming Out Day: 11 October 2016

All Staff are sincerely invited to complete their Diversity Monitoring data confidentially using HR Self Service voluntarily. Simply log onto: and select “Equal Opportunities Details”, then “edit these details” for Ethnicity, Disability, Religion or Belief, and Sexual Orientation. Once completed please select “Submit”. 

“Employees who feel their employer has an inclusive culture feel able to be themselves at work. Staff who are able to be themselves are happier at work, and more productive.” - Stonewall Scotland 

University LGBTIQ+ Staff Role Models webpage live

The Baby and Child Lab is hosting a Family Fun Day - Sat 1 Oct 2016, 10am to 2pm, School of Psychology & Neuroscience, St Mary’s Quad. 
Have you ever looked at your child and wondered: “How did you learn that?” Taster of the games the lab coordinators play to try to understand how children think and learn. There will be lots of fun activities, a bouncy castle and opportunities to participate in some of the lab’s current studies. Contact Geraldine Brown on or extension 2063.

The Science of Sex Differences - Fri 30 Sep 7-8pm, Studio Room, The Byre (free event) Dr Kate Cross (School of Psychology and Neuroscience)

Inaugural Lecture: Excellence and Gender - Wed, 28 Sep 2016, 5:15-6:15pm, School III, St Salvator's Quad, Prof Ruth Woodfield (School of Management), open to all staff and students. The lecture will be followed by a reception in Lower College Hall.

How different religions look at sex and sexuality? Coexistence Initiative event 7-9pm 26 Sep 2016, Mansfield building (Chaplaincy).

The Divinity School's Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics, directed by Prof. Mario I. Aguilar, is hosting an international conference entitled ‘Silence, Texts and Service: Towards a Christian, Hindu and Buddhist Dialogue’ 23-25 Sep 2016. Within this conference, the ‘St. Andrews Declaration for a Shared Humanity’ will be signed by 120 religious leaders, politicians, ambassadors, and school children from the UK, Canada, and India.


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