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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

Vacancy: Edinburgh Napier Principal’s Research Fellowships – apply by July 1st 2016

Posted on behalf of Hazel Hall:

Edinburgh Napier University is currently advertising a great opportunity for anyone keen to focus on their research over the next five years with the ambition of promotion to Associate Professor. The University’s Principal’s Research Fellowships offer a five-year contract with a salary in the range of £37,768 to £46,414, and include an attractive support package.

The posts correspond with the three broad areas that comprise the University’s Academic Themes:

  1. Information Society
  2. Sustainable communities
  3. Wellbeing

Those of us in the Centre for Social Informatics are keen to see applications that fit to the Information Society theme, and especially those that align with, or extend, our current research interests and expertise in:

  • Democratic digital engagement
  • Digital culture
  • Digital economy
  • e-Government
  • Information policy
  • Information seeking behaviour and use
  • The Information Society
  • Information systems for organisational effectiveness
  • Knowledge management
  • Online communities
  • Open data and open government

The focus of the work of successful applicants to the Principal’s Research Fellowship posts will be research, and will include developing grant proposals, undertaking projects to develop new knowledge in the domain, disseminating research results, and contributing to the University’s submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF)*.

There will also be opportunities to mentor and coach others (e.g. line management of research assistants, research student supervision), and provide supervisory support to research teams. In carrying out this work, the Principal’s Research Fellows will actively work towards meeting the criteria for promotion to Associate Professor. (These criteria can be found in the University’s Academic appointment and promotion framework).

The University is interested in hearing from candidates who offer the following interests, expertise, and qualifications:

  • PhD in a relevant discipline
  • Knowledge and expertise to underpin the further development of research in the domain
  • A research profile that already demonstrates national recognition
  • Experience of successfully leading and developing research projects, including the writing of research proposals and disseminating research findings in high quality journals and at international conferences
  • Ability to work independently, combined with prior experience of collaborating on research projects
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to use a range of delivery techniques to enthuse and engage others in research
  • Willingness to play an active part in the life of the research group in which they are based, and in the wider community (e.g. through broadening their external research networks, and through public engagement activities)
  • A commitment to continuous professional development

The closing date for applications is 1st July 2016. Interviews will take place during the week commencing 15 August 2016. For further information about this opportunity, please see the advertisement and the the role description on the University’s vacancies web site.

A little more about the Centre for Social Informatics, Napier’s Merchiston campus, and Edinburgh…

Centre for Social Informatics staff and students June 2015

CSI staff and research students June 2015

*In REF2014 the Centre for Social Informatics 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. Our ranking against other research groups of the British Association for Information and Library Education and Research (BAILER) based on the percentages given above places us top for research outputs and joint second for environment.

The Centre for Social Informatics is a lively and friendly research group that undertakes a wide range of research projects from small-scale commercial contracts to large research council funded grants. We also supervise a set of enthusiastic research students, the majority of whom are externally funded (e.g. by UK research councils – AHRC and ESRC). They are currently working on doctoral studies in the following areas:

Our base is a modern campus that boasts its own medieval tower, situated in what estate agents call a ‘very desirable area’ close to shops, banks, restaurants, bars and a fabulous independent cinema. There is easy public transport to campus by bus and we’re a short walk from Haymarket railway station. It takes just a few minutes to reach the beautiful open space of the Meadows for a walk or run at lunchtime. If you’ve never been to Edinburgh before, it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and ranks as the best place to live in the UK.

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.

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.