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Job opportunity: join the Information School as a Senior Lecturer/Reader in Information Systems

The Information School is looking to appoint a new Senior Lecturer/Reader. To be eligible for this role, you will have demonstrable research expertise that will complement and strengthen our existing research profile in information systems within organisational contexts. We especially welcome applicants with expertise in socio-technical aspects of information systems including: sustainability and information systems; the implementation and use of smart technologies in contexts such as healthcare and smarts cities; Internet of Things (IoT) applications; distributed information systems; corporate cloud computing and cyber security. You will have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant field, a well-established research profile, proven teaching ability, a strong commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration, and will make a key contribution to advancing the School’s competitive position. We welcome applications from ambitious, highly motivated and talented individuals with res…

Join iSchool Researchers for a Pint (of Science)

The First Data Science Forum Meeting

The first Data Science Forum Meeting took place on 4 May 2016 and was opened by Dr Gianluca Demartini and Professor Paul Clough. The event also included a talk from Christopher Hopkinson, Virgin Media.

 The forum is aimed at data professionals located within the city of Sheffield and surrounding areas to provide:
Opportunities for networking between industry/business practitioners, academics and students Sharing of knowledge and experiences in topics of interest around data science and data analytics Informal and friendly environment to chat and get to know others working in the same or similar fields The next meeting will be hosted by Sheffield Hallam University on 20 July 2016.

Dr Igor Bernik, Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, University of Maribor, Slovenia to visit the Information School

Dr Igor Bernik is Associate Professor of Information Sciences, and Head of the Information Security Department at the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, University of Maribor, Slovenia. His research fields are information systems, information security, and the growing requirement for information security awareness.
Dr Bernik is visiting the Information School from 9 to 20 May 2016 and during his visit will deliver the following seminars and workshops:
Cybersecurity in a changing workplace environment 12th May 12-1pm, RC-204
Experts emphasise that cybersecurity is an important issue in the modern world as cybercrime is increasingly targeting individual users and, through them, also threatening the economic sphere and organisational environments, which possess large amounts of valuable data. In this seminar, we outline a practice-based understanding of contemporary cybersecurity problems from the perspective of individuals and organisations. Cybersecurity will be presented…

Information School student Penny Andrews published in WRRO

An article entitled ‘Using Design Thinking to engage autistic students in participatory design of an online toolkit to help with transition into higher education' has been co-authored by Information School student Penny Andrews was recently published in White Rose Research Online.


Purpose of this paper: The paper reflects on engaging young autistic people in the participatory design of the Autism&Uni online toolkit. The purpose of the toolkit is to provide autistic students with information and strategies for dealing with the challenges they may encounter when entering higher education. The study adds to existing research on participatory design by considering the specific needs and contributions of autistic people who are of average or higher intelligence, academically competent and generally articulate, a group that has received limited attention hitherto. Design/methodology/approach: The research used a 5-step Design Thinking approach and engaged multipl…

Information School Seminar - Building the architecture for research data services

Building the architecture for research data services 
Jez Cope, Research Data Manager and Andy Bussey, Head of Digital Services and Systems,   Sheffield University Library
Thursday May 5th, 12 noon (coffee from 11:30am), Room 204 in Information School, Regent Court

The role of the library in academic research institutions is rapidly evolving to keep pace with technological, societal and cultural developments and requirements. One area where this is keenly felt is in the provision of support for the curation and preservation of research data. Here at the University of Sheffield we have recently procured two systems from external providers to support related areas of digital curation. Ex Libris Rosetta enables us to provide a secure, actively managed environment to preserve and curate our data over the very long term. Figshare for Institutions acts as both a catalogue and public-facing repository for datasets created by our researchers. In this session we will describe the drivers that led…

Congratulations to Syeda Hina Shahid

Congratulations to Syeda Hina Shahid who recently passed her PhD viva subject to minor amendments.

Syeda's thesis title is 'Exploring Information Literacy (IL) Practices in Primary Schools: A case of Pakistan'.

PhD Student Wasim Ahmed Presents Guest Lecture

Stephen Thompson, Head of Digital Engagement, along with members of the Digital Engagement team at the University of Sheffield recently attended a guest lecture ran by PhD student Wasim Ahmed. The lecture, titled social media for marketing an overview of specialist software, was presented to students on the Business and E-commerce module which is led by Dr Angela Lin, with Andrew Madden and Dr Christopher Foster.  The lecture was very well received and Wasim Ahmed recently completed consultancy work for the digital team in order to inform the wider social media strategy of the University of Sheffield.

Dr Elisa Serafinelli joins the Information School

Dr Elisa Serafinelli has joined the Information School as a Research Associate . She specialises in mobile visualities and the social communication of photography, and will work with Work Package leader Dr Paul Reilly and part-time Research Assistant Rebecca Stevenson on the EU Horizon 2020 project 'IMPROVER.' Elisa will have primary responsibility for the Sheffield team's study of how social media can be used to build resilience in disaster-affected communities. We would like to welcome her to the Information School and look forward to working with her on this project