UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & Advanced Computing

AIMLAC Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct applies to AIMLAC CDT students, associated and aligned students, management board members, supervisors and professional services staff involved with CDT activities. In addition, this Code of Conduct has to be abided by all external stakeholders in their interactions with the CDT, including industrial partners and external participants to CDT events.

AIMLAC is committed to making its activities productive and enjoyable for everyone. Creating a supportive professional environment where open and frank discussion of ideas can take place, where everyone is treated with courtesy and respect, and in which diversity and inclusion are valued, is the responsibility of all those involved. We will not tolerate harassment of AIMLAC members or others involved in AIMLAC in any form. For the entire duration of an AIMLAC activity and in other professional interactions with colleagues you agree to follow these guidelines:
  • Behave professionally in personal interactions as well as in any other form of communication including social media. Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or jokes are not appropriate. Harassment includes sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, stalking, and photography or recording of an individual without consent. It also includes, but is not limited to, offensive comments related to gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality, or the religion or non-religion of participants.
  • Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down AIMLAC members or other individuals associated with AIMLAC. Scientific discussion and criticism are vital and should be conducted in this spirit.
  • All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds.
  • If participants wish to share photos of a speaker on social media, we strongly recommend that they first obtain the speaker's permission. Participants may share the contents of talks/slides via social media unless speakers have asked that specific details/slides should not be shared.
Should an AIMLAC member or another individual be asked to stop any inappropriate behaviour, they are expected to comply immediately. In serious cases, they may be asked to leave the activity at the sole discretion of the AIMLAC Management Board. They may also be banned from participation at future activities.

Should an individual witness events of bullying, harassment or aggression, we recommend that they approach the affected person and show support. The witness may also suggest that the inappropriate behaviour be reported and offer to facilitate that reporting if requested. Participants can report any violation of these guidelines to the activity organizers or members of the AIMLAC Management Board. Such reports will be treated confidentially.

AIMLAC members, non-affiliated students, and other participants to CDT events are subject to the policies and regulations at their Home Institution. Violations of the Code of Conduct will be reported to those.

Thank you for helping to make AIMLAC welcoming to all.

The AIMLAC Management Board

Acknowledgements: This code of conduct was adapted from the London Code of Conduct (by A. Pontzen and H. Peiris), which was derived from original Creative Commons documents by PyCon and Geek Feminism. It is released under a CC-Zero licence for reuse. To help track people's improvements and best practice, please retain this acknowledgement, and log your re-use or modification of this policy at