• Improving diversity in digital roles

    13th March 2018 by

    A post from Sarah Davidson, Director-General for Organisational Development and Operations. I signed the Tech Talent Charter on behalf of Scottish Government as part of our celebration of International Women’s Day. The Charter commits us to increasing the diversity of our digital workforce and will help us work with other signatories to address the gender…

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  • How to organise an unconference

    4th May 2017 by

    I’m going to start with an assumption: that you’ve been to a conference where you’ve listened to speaker after speaker until you’ve been saturated with other people’s thoughts and opinions. Were you a bit bored? Or frustrated that by the time it got to the questions bit you’d forgotten what you wanted to ask? One way to…

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  • The first diversity in Scotland’s digital sector unconference: my reflections

    10th April 2017 by

    I thought that the discussions at the diversity in Scotland’s digital sector unconference would be challenging, enlightening and informative, and I wasn’t disappointed. In the voting session at the start, and the discussions I joined later on, I was struck by attendees’ enthusiasm and the strength of their desire to break down barriers and improve…

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  • Collected points from diversity unconference and next steps

    5th April 2017 by

    2 weeks ago today we ran an unconference on diversity in the Scottish digital sector for public, private and third sector digital professionals. The discussions were fascinating, but too short according to attendees. As a result, we’ve set up a #scotdigidiversity slack group so that the cross sector digital community now has a place to discuss ideas…

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  • CodeYourFuture: how we embrace diversity in our coding school for refugees and asylum seekers

    21st March 2017 by

    Mozafar Haider Ibrahim is an Edinburgh-based software developer and a CodeYourFuture mentor. He describes how the organisation celebrates, and benefits from, the diversity of all the people involved in it.

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  • Diversity in digital: why I think it matters

    9th March 2017 by

    Leah Lockhart, Digital Democratic Engagement Officer at the Democratic Society, gives us her take on why diversity in Scotland’s digital sector is so important.

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  • How CodeClan helps to get women into Scotland’s digital sector

    2nd March 2017 by

    Sara Dodd, Head of Curriculum and Accreditation at CodeClan, shares some of the creative ways it’s helping to improve gender representation in the digital workforce.

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  • Why the future of digital tech needs women

    23rd February 2017 by

    This is a post by Talat Yaqoob, Director of Equate Scotland. The scale of the challenge According to research carried out  by the Social Market Foundation, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) sector, and the digital skills sector in particular, is growing at double the rate of any other employment sector.

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  • What is an unconference?

    13th February 2017 by

    This is a post by Laurna Robertson, one of our content designers. As Sarah Davidson explained in her blog last week – there is a diversity problem in Scotland’s digital sector. Rather than moaning about this, we’re organising an unconference in March. This will give public, private and third sector digital professionals a chance to…

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  • Creating a more diverse digitally skilled workforce in Scotland

    6th February 2017 by

    This is a blog post by Sarah Davidson, Director General for Communities Since I became the Scottish Government’s Diversity Champion, I’ve become more acutely aware of the places where you see and hear diverse teams and contributions, (and the converse, of course). Our Digital Directorate is one of the more diverse parts of the organisation,…

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