Two events for research students in Information Science: research methods training, and iDocQ 2014

Information Science Pathway logoFrom Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th June the Information Science pathway of ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science information science pathway is hosting three days of activities offered free of charge to PhD students in Information Science and related disciplines (with travel bursaries available to students registered at Scottish universities that are members of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science).

There are two events, both of which take place in Glasgow:

  1. A two-day course on Research methods in Information Science, of particular interest to research students at the early stages of their doctoral studies, on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th June. Register here.
  2. The annual iDocQ colloquium, suitable for students at all stages of their PhD in Information Science and other related disciplines, on Friday 27th June. Register here.

Event 1 – Research methods in Information Science training days: Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th June

Students who sign up for the Research methods in Information Science course will develop an in-depth understanding of the philosophies of information science, contemporary issues, and challenges for research in the discipline. They will learn about research processes and techniques of particular use within the discipline of information science so that they are able to apply them in their own research. There will also be an opportunity to explore the effective presentation of research findings in accordance with the best principles of scholarship.

There is no charge for this training course. (Students registered at Scottish universities that are members of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science are also eligible for travel bursaries to attend.)

The course runs from 09:30-17:00 on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th June, with an evening drinks reception from 17:30-18:30 on Wednesday 25th. Session themes include:

  • Mapping Information Science
  • Literature search, review and categorisation
  • Organisational research and case studies
  • Archives and data sets

The sessions are delivered by staff of the four Information Science pathway institutions: Dr Lizzy Tait of Robert Gordon University: Professor Hazel Hall of Edinburgh Napier University; David McMenemy and Alan Poulter of Strathclyde University; and Dr Ian Anderson of Glasgow University. The full programme is available on the EventBrite registration page for the two training days.

If you have any queries about the Research methods in Information Science (including details of travel bursaries for eligible students), please contact David McMenemy:

Event 2 – iDocQ 2014: Friday 27th June

The annual doctoral colloquium iDocQ takes place on Friday 27th June, i.e. the day that immediately follows the two-day research methods training course. It is anticipated that some students will attend both events in Glasgow over the three days.iDocQ delegate badges

iDocQ is aimed at students studying for PhDs in information science and other related disciplines, and suitable to all regardless of their stage of their study: last year’s delegates included a newly registered research student and another about to undertake her viva, both of whom very much enjoyed the day. Registration for iDocQ is free of charge, with travel bursaries available to students registered at Scottish universities that are members of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science.

This will be the fourth iDocQ. For a flavour of previous iDocQs, take a look at the photos and read the review of iDocQ 2013 held in Aberdeen last year.

The event includes: (1) a keynote presentation on research impact delivered by Professor John Robertson; (2) an opportunity for students to present their work to one another in 20×20 format, with prizes for the best presentations; (3) a “research clinic” panel, where questions submitted anonymously by students will be answered by expert panel members on the basis of their own PhD experience, research activities, and wealth of experience attained in supervising doctoral candidates; and (4) feedback and discussion on all work presented facilitated by Information Science pathway academics from Edinburgh Napier, Glasgow, Strathclyde, and Robert Gordon Universities.

The outline programme for iDocQ is as follows:

10:00-10:30 Registration and coffee/tea
09:30-10:30 Registration, networking with coffee/tea
10:30-10:45 Welcome
10:45-11:30 Guest presentation on research impact by Professor John Robertson of the University of the West of Scotland
11:30-12:30 20×20 presentations
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 20×20 presentations
14:30-15:15 Tea/coffee
15:15-16:30 The Research Clinic
16:30-17:00 Plenary and prize-giving

One of the strengths of iDocQ is that its programme committee comprises students who represent the four Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Information Science pathway institutions. The 2014 reps are: Frances Ryan of Edinburgh Napier University; Calum Liddle of Strathclyde University, Chikezie Emele of Robert Gordon University; and Wachi Klungthanaboon of Glasgow University. If you have any queries about iDocQ, please contact Calum Liddle: Queries from eligible students about travel bursaries should be directed to Dr Ian Anderson:

Follow iDocQ on Twitter: iDocQ
Event hash tag: #idocq2014


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