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Lecturer job vacancy: Creative and Social Informatics group, School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University

Message from Hazel Hall:

The School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University is currently recruiting. Please pass the message on!

We are seeking to fill a vacancy for a lecturer post (grade 6, £38,183-£46,924, 2-year fixed term). The job is advertised on the University web site (along with the role description for lecturer posts) and jobs.ac.uk as ‘Lecturer in Business Information Systems’, with a deadline for applications of Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

The successful candidate will undertake teaching and research alongside colleagues in the Creative and Social Informatics group within the School of Computing. The Creative and Social Informatics group is one of three focus areas of the School for our research and teaching. (The others are Software Engineering, and Computer Networks and Security.)

The person appointed to the advertised role will be expected to contribute to the research activities of the Centre for Social Informatics (situated within the Creative and Social Informatics focus area).

Our research is concerned with ICT trajectories, socio-technical and organisational issues with particular focus on information seeking behaviour and use, democratic digital engagement, online communities, open data and open government, information policy and knowledge management. It is funded by a number of bodies including the UK research councils (AHRC, EPSRC and ESRC); government (for example, Skills Development Scotland); business; and professional bodies (for example, CILIP).

In REF2014 we contributed to the University’s submission to Unit of Assessment 36. 74% of the research output submitted was judged to be world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). The research environment also attracted a high score of 90% 4* and 3*. Our result puts us in the top quartile nationally for Unit of Assessment 36.

In terms of teaching, we are looking for someone who will contribute to our undergraduate and postgraduate provision, including our new BSc IT Management for Business for Graduate Level Apprentices. We would be particularly interested in hearing from candidates who can bring skills in areas such as: information governance and security; systems analysis; information systems project management; and enterprise systems.

Further details of the knowledge, skills and experience required for the post are given in the job advert. NB all applicants are expected to hold a PhD (or to be about to complete one) in a relevant discipline.

Key dates

  • Tuesday 2nd May 2017: deadline for applications
  • Thursday 25th May 2017: anticipated interview date
  • Tuesday 1st August 2017: ideal start date

Useful links and further information

Iris Buunk, Laura Muir, Marwa Salayma, Tom Kane, John Mowbray & Frances Ryan

Staff and research students from the School of Computing: Iris Buunk, Dr Laura Muir, Marwa Salayma, Dr Tom Kane, John Mowbray, Lyndsey Jenkins & Frances Ryan

Student bursaries available for participation at ASIST Annual Lecture 2016 and Information Science Masterclass, Edinburgh Napier University 30th November 2016

Are you a student based outside Scotland studying for a PhD in Information Science or a related discipline? If so, this is for you!

Apply for a bursary award to support attendance at the ASIST Annual Lecture 2016 and an Information Science Masterclass at Edinburgh Napier University on Wednesday 30th November 2016.

The awards

PhD students in Information Science located in universities outside Scotland are invited to apply for bursary funding offered by the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST). There are three bursaries available. Each is to the value of £170 and is intended to cover accommodation and travel expenses associated with attending (1) the ASIST Annual Lecture 2016, and (2) an Information Science Masterclass. Both events take place at Edinburgh Napier University on Wednesday 30th November 2016 and are led by Professor Steve Fuller of the University of Warwick.

The ASIST Annual Lecture 2016 is entitled What, if anything, makes knowledge an improvement over information? In his presentation Professor Fuller will discuss the tension between our thirst for easy access to vast quantities of information and our fears of information overload, and he will explore how concepts of information vary across contexts. The ASIST Annual Lecture 2016 starts at 18:00 and is followed by a drinks reception at 19:00. Find out more athttp://tinyurl.com/fuller-asist.

In the Information Science Masterclass, which takes place from 14:00 to 17:00 (prior to the lecture), PhD students will explore a range of research philosophies applicable to Information Science and related domains. The session will be of value to students at all stages in the PhD process. The bursary award holders will join PhD students based at Scottish universities at the masterclass. The participation of students based at Scottish universities is funded by the ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS).

(Students based at Scottish Universities (only) should sign up for the masterclass through the SGSSS web site. Applicants for the bursaries should NOT sign up for the masterclass through the SGSSS web site. Students based at Scottish universities are not eligible to apply for the bursaries described here.)

The venue for both events is Edinburgh Napier University’s Craiglockhart Campus.

How to apply for an award

To be eligible apply for this funding you must be a current PhD student in Information Science (or related discipline) based outside Scotland.

The maximum value of each bursary is £170. Any additional expenses associated with participation at these events must be met by the award winners or their home institutions.

Applications should be sent by email to Professor Hazel Hall (h.hall@napier.ac.uk) by 17:00 BST Monday 31st October 2016 in a document that includes:

•    Student name
•    Student email address
•    Contact telephone number
•    Name of the student’s Director of Studies/principal supervisor/main advisor
•    PhD title and stage (e.g. Year 1/2/3)
•    Statement on the benefits of attending the Masterclass and ASIST Annual Lecture 2016 (maximum 500 words)

Bursary award holders must be available to attend both events. They will be expected to write a review of each with a focus on their learning and how this will be applied in the research for their PhDs.

Award winners will be notified in the week beginning 7th November 2016.

Further information

For further information please contact Professor Hazel Hall, School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University, 10 Colinton Road, Edinburgh EH10 5DT, emailh.hall@napier.ac.uk

A preview of iDocQ

Posted on behalf of Lyndsey Jenkins (Research Student at Edinburgh Napier University):

iDocQ is the annual doctoral colloquium for students studying for PhDs in Information Science and other related disciplines. The conference is organised by a committee of students undertaking PhD’s funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, delivered through the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences (currently the ESRC-funded Information Science Pathway). The four institutions involved are Edinburgh Napier University, The University of Strathclyde, The University of Glasgow and Robert Gordon University. This year, one student from each institution is part of the student committee.

This year, iDocQ will be held at The University of Strathclyde on June 23rd 2016.

Now in its sixth year, the iDocQ programme for 2016 includes:

  • a keynote presentation from an information science specialist on career pathways and current research
  • break-out sessions on choosing the right methodology, how to gain research impact, publishing and its benefits and how to maintain good time management within the PhD process
  • opportunities for delegates to present their own research in 20×20 (PechaKucha 20×20) format
  • a question and answer session from a panel of experts

Registration for iDocQ is open to all students studying for a PhD in Information Science or related discipline (regardless of their home institution). Registration is FREE to for all students based in Scotland and the website gives information on who to contact if you are based outside of Scotland but still wish to attend.

Delegates are asked to register no later than 5pm Friday June 10th.

This is a great training and development opportunity for delegates to present their own work (through a 20×20 presentation style format) as well as meet peers from other institutions.

Please see the ‘Call for Papers’ section on the iDocQ 2016 website for more information on what is expected and important submission requirements.

If you would like to submit a presentation, please submit your abstract (around 250 words) and keywords via email to idocq2016@gmail.com. Once delegates are notified of acceptance, submission of the full 20×20 presentation must be made through EasyChair by following this link to the submission website (new users will have to register first).

There will also be a prize for the best presentation.

Some important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: Friday May 13th 2016.
  • Notification of acceptance: Friday May 20th 2016.
  • Full presentation deadline: Friday June 10th 2016.
  • Registration deadline Friday 10th June 2016.

For more information on iDocQ 2016, the iDocQ website is a great place to start. Any questions can be directed to idocq2016@gmail.com and one of the student representatives will answer any queries you have. You can also follow iDocQ 2016 on twitter at @iDocQ.

We look forward to welcoming you all to the event.

Information Science Scotland: advanced training for PhD students April 2016

Information Science Scotland, the partnership of the four Scottish universities that support research students within the ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Information Science Pathway (Edinburgh Napier, Glasgow, Strathclyde, and Robert Gordon), is hosting a two-day training event on April 12th and 13th 2016. The venue is the Sighthill campus of Edinburgh Napier University, which has good transport links to the rest of the city by tram, bus and train.

The event is being run in collaboration with two leading academics from the Department of Archive and Library Science at Ionian University, Corfu in Greece: Dr Petros Kostagiolas and Dr Christina Banou. It is funded by the ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, through which bookings can be made. It is offered free of charge to all PhD students registered at Scottish universities. Students based at Scottish universities beyond Edinburgh are also entitled to claim expenses related to attendance at this event.

The sessions will be of interest to research students in Information Science and related disciplines who are keen develop their expertise in: the development and application of research frameworks; research impact and evaluation; conducting research in organisational contexts; techniques for research in information retrieval and archives; and publishing.

For more information please see Hazel Hall’s blog post at: http://hazelhall.org/2016/03/07/information-science-scotland-advanced-training-for-phd-students-april-2016/

If you are a PhD student based at a university outside Scotland and would like to attend this event, contact Hazel at h.hall@napier.ac.uk. 

iDocQ 2015: Fifth Information Science Doctoral Colloquium

iDocQ 2015: Fifth Information Science Doctoral Colloquium

Monday 22 June 2015

Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen Business School)

Since 2011 the partner universities of the ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science information science pathway have hosted an annual doctoral colloquium (iDocQ). This is aimed at students studying for PhDs in information science and other related disciplines. Attendance is free of charge (including refreshments).

This year’s event (the fifth in the series) takes place on Monday 22nd June 2015 at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. The event is suitable for doctoral students at all stages of their studies and will offer attendees the opportunity to showcase their work to leading academics, researchers and other doctoral candidates.

The 2015 programme will include:

  • A keynote presentation
  • One Minute Madness presentations – with a prize for the best
  • Break-out sessions for different stages of the doctoral journey
  • Question Time, where a panel will answer a wide range of questions around PhDs submitted anonymously by the student delegates

Further Information

The main contact address for the event is idocq2015@gmail.com. Contact details for the individual committee members are listed on the web site for this year’s event, which can be found at: https://idocq.wordpress.com/

Registration

To register for the event, please go to Eventbrite: https://idocq2015.eventbrite.co.uk.

Stay on for the i3 conference!

A number of delegates already registered for iDocQ are staying on in Aberdeen for the remainder of the week for the Information: Interactions and Impact (i3) conference (http://www.rgu.ac.uk/research/conferences/i-2015), for which there is a discounted student rate.

Help map your sector

Message from Mike Hosking, Chair of the Workforce Mapping Project Board:

We need your help to map the UK’s libraries, archives, records, information and knowledge sectors.

There are about 270,000 people in the UK working in these sectors but currently a clear profile of the workforce does not exist.

Complete the short survey and help us accurately map these sectors.

Organised by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the Archives and Records Association (ARA) the research findings will help with advocacy targeting governments and employers, to develop relevant and robust policies, and to develop better and targeted services.

By completing the survey you could also win £200 worth of vouchers of your own choice.

Put yourself on the map, complete the survey
http://bit.ly/workforcemap

We are interested in the views of all people working in the sector, whether in paid or unpaid employment.

Your anonymity is guaranteed, only aggregated findings will be used in analysis and reporting. Individuals will not be identifiable from the report of the study. The survey is being conducted by a team of researchers from Edinburgh Napier University.

We hope that you can help us with this important work. The survey takes no more than 15 minutes to complete and can be found at http://bit.ly/workforcemap. The survey has been designed so that it can be completed on a range of devices, but it is most accessible on a desktop, laptop or tablet computer.

The survey has the support of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills as it fills the gap following the closure of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service; providing essential data which will support workforce development.

We want to reach as many people as possible, so please help us by forwarding this on to anyone you know working in the sector. The success of the survey is entirely dependent upon the level of responses received. This is a pivotal point in library, information and archive services and we need all of the knowledge we can gather on the workforce to advocate on your behalf.

Vacancies at Edinburgh Napier University

Message from Professor Hazel Hall, Edinburgh Napier University:

At Edinburgh Napier University we are currently advertising a number of job opportunities. Amongst these are posts in (1) Information Systems and (2) Computer Security and Digital Forensics. These are at the level of Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor. I would be grateful if you could circulate this message to parties who may be interested in these opportunities, e.g. post-docs, external colleagues, your former PhD students.

Of most interest to those of us who teach and research in the fields of library and information science is the work with the Information Systems teaching group. This is team in which I and other members of the Centre for Social Informatics undertake teaching work. For further information on the scope of our work in the Information Systems group, and how this ties to the research conducted within the Centre for Social Informatics, please see http://hazelhall.org/2015/02/09/applications-invited-for-lecturer-associate-professor-and-professor-appointments-within-edinburgh-napiers-school-of-computing/

If you work closely with computer scientists, you may also like to pass on the details of the posts in Computer Security and Digital Forensics.

The job adverts and instructions on how to make an application can be found on the University vacancies page at http://www.napier.ac.uk/vacancies/Pages/Vacancies.aspx

The deadline for applications is Friday 6th March 2015.

Applications invited for three funded PhD places to start in early 2015

IIDI logo

The Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation (IIDI) is currently advertising three funded PhD places to start in early 2015 (on a date between January and March). The full advertisement can be found at jobs.ac.uk and on the Edinburgh Napier University vacancies web site. The closing date for applications is 21st November 2014, with interviews expected to take place in early December 2014.

Staff within the Centre for Social Informatics would be particularly interested in PhD applications that relate to: e-democracy, e-governance and e-participation; information risk and governance; the Information Society; library and information science research; knowledge management; and sociotechnical project evaluation. If you would like to discuss ideas for a doctoral study in any of these (or related) areas, please feel free to e-mail Hazel Hall. There is also further information on PhD study opportunities within the Centre for Social Informatics on Hazel’s PhDs page.

The application form and other associated documents can be found at the Edinburgh Napier University PhD applications web page.

Graduate Scholarships 2013 at UWL SOCAT

Message from Stephen Roberts at University of West London:
An opportunity for graduating students has recently been announced at University of West London, School of Computing and Technology.
• Information Management: the information, knowledge and communication environments of organizations and businesses; the development of information cultures in domains, disciplines and communities.
• Computing: case-based reasoning; ambient intelligence; sound engineering; linked data; explanation-aware multi-agent systems; music student training; internet security and cybercrime; complex event processing; communicating data over sound; mHealth; user experience and internationalisation; interaction design for the workplace.
The advert for Graduate Scholarships is now on the University website at http://jobs.uwl.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=GRAD001.  The advert is also on www.jobs.ac.uk.
Please direct all enquiries to research.degrees@uwl.ac.uk.
Specific inquiries can be made to the above address up to June 21st and the closing date is June 30th.
However, if an interested applicant comes forward after June 21st please get in touch directly with me for applications in either category:
Please feel free to pass on this notice to interested parties.

PhD vacancy – Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation, Edinburgh Napier University

The Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation at Edinburgh Napier University has just advertised a funded PhD place to start in September 2013.

The full advertisement can be found at at jobs.ac.uk and on the Edinburgh Napier University vacancies web site. There is also an associated item about the vacancy on the IIDI news feed. The closing date for applications is Monday 1st July 2013, with interviews expected to take place on Wednesday 24th July 2013.

The application form and other associated documents can be found at the Edinburgh Napier University PhD applications web page.

Staff with the Centre for Social Informatics research centre would be particularly interested in PhD applications that relate to: e-democracy, e-governance and e-participation; information risk and governance; the Information Society; library and information science research; knowledge management; and sociotechnical project evaluation.

If you would like to make an informal enquiry about the studentship, please e-mail Hazel Hall at h.hall@napier.ac.uk.