Opportunities to embark on PhD study in 2016: four funded places within the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University

Posted on behalf of Hazel Hall.

The School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University is currently advertising four funded research studentships. Applications are due by Friday 15th January 2016, interviews for the places will take place in February 2016, and the four successful candidates will join us at a mutually convenient time in the first or second quarter of 2016 (i.e. a date prior to the end of June 2016).

On this occasion applications are sought in twelve specific areas. Those of us within the Centre for Social Informatics are particularly interested in receiving applications on two themes: (1) information systems for organisational effectiveness; and (2) digital media for cultural engagement.

For the first theme noted above proposals are invited from candidates keen to undertake experimental research on user interaction and satisfaction with information systems/technology. Examples include studies of the use of systems/technology for knowledge discovery or decision making, and the use of technology makerspaces for innovation and creative activity. Proposals on the second theme – widening cultural engagement through the use of digital media – should focus on exploring how innovative technologies allow citizens to engage with cultural resources in new ways.

If you are interested in applying for one of these studentships please send the 4 following files to researchdegrees@napier.ac.uk by Friday 15th January 2016:

  1. A completed application form
  2. A completed research academic reference form with the names and contact details of two referees
  3. A research proposal on one of the named topic areas listed in the call for applications. Your proposal should demonstrate an understanding of the background to the research area, outline the research questions to be investigated in the proposed study, and make it clear how this work will fit with the research profile of the School. (In the case of the two research themes discussed above, the fit with the work of the Centre for Social Informatics should also be taken into consideration.)
  4. A covering letter that gives details of your background, qualifications and research interests

International students are welcome to apply. All successful candidates will be fully funded (with a living stipend of £13,863, and fees paid).

Applications invited for ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Doctoral Training Centre studentship competition 2016

Posted on behalf of Hazel Hall.

The Information Science Pathway of the ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (SGSSS-DTC) is currently inviting applications for this year’s studentship competition.

Academic staff at each of the pathway member institutions – including those within the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University – would be pleased to hear from eligible candidates who would like to apply for a PhD place under this scheme. Applications are due for submission to the SGSSS-DTC by Wednesday 17th February (explained below). However, initial contact regarding this opportunity must be made by Monday 11th January 2016.

Applicant interests should align with the focus of the Information Science pathway research. This places emphasis on the relationship between the use of information and societal development within the broader context of the ESRC SGSSS-DTC. The key areas of interests of the Information Science pathway are:

  • The social and economic impact of information
  • The legal and regulatory context for the collection and use of information
  • The technologies for the management of information
  • Information policy and strategy
  • Information behaviour and use
  • Library and information management

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold a good first degree (first class or 2.1).
  2. Hold a Masters degree in a social science subject that includes significant coverage of qualitative and quantitative research methods (at least 60 credits of appropriate research methods training), or be on target to complete such a Masters degree before the start of the academic year 2016/17.
  3. Be a United Kingdom citizen, or be a resident of another European Union country.
  4. Submit a research proposal that aligns with the key areas of interest of (a) the Information Science Pathway, and (b) the institution to which the application is being made.

Further details on these requirements can be found on the eligibility page of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science web site.

The pathway partner institutions would be particularly interested in hearing from applicants who hold (or who are working towards) Masters degrees in subjects such as Information Science; Information Management; Information Studies; Information Systems; Knowledge Management; Records Management; and Science, Technology and Innovation Studies.

If you are interested in making an application for a studentship under this scheme at Edinburgh Napier University, you should make initial contact with me (Professor Hazel Hall– h.hall@napier.ac.uk) by Monday 11th January 2016 (or preferably sooner) to check your eligibility to apply. We will then arrange a telephone or Skype call to discuss research proposal ideas, and potential supervision arrangements at Edinburgh Napier. (Possible supervisors include my immediate colleagues in the Centre for Social Informatics such as Dr Laura MuirDr Colin SmithDr Gemma Webster and Peter Cruickshank.) This conversation will also provide an opportunity to discuss in further detail the application process.