In autumn 2022, the more eagle-eyed readers of this blog may have noticed some changes across the pages of my web site, as well as in my profile information on other platforms. I spent 16th November 2022 editing my designation as ‘Professor’ so that it now reads ‘Emeritus Professor’. At the same time, my colleagues updated the Centre for Social Informatics flyer as version 19.3 to reflect the new status granted to me by my employer. Earlier in the year, on August 3rd, we advertised a job vacancy for a new Professor in Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University. All this activity ties to my retirement at the end of September 2022.
In the three months since retiring, I have continued working – although not quite so intensely (and now unpaid, of course). I have remained on the supervision teams of three PhD students – one of whom passed her viva examination just before Christmas and will graduate next July subject to the completion of some corrections to her thesis; I am still busy working on outputs from research projects – both my own (the main output from the RIVAL project was published as a Journal of Documentation EarlyCite paper in November 2022), and those of others as a co-author (such as Rachel Salzano’s award-winning paper at ASIST 2022, and Marina Milosheva’s work on conceptual frameworks for exploring information literacy at ISIC2022, since published as a full paper in Information Research); I have presented on the Platform to Platform project on four occasions – at two major conferences, at a Creative Informatics seminar, and as part of the British Library’s internal seminar series; I contributed to an afternoon workshop on part-time PhD study; and I have helped publicise our latest PhD funded opportunities (applications due by 15th January 2023). My less ‘visible’ professional activities have included reviewing papers and grant applications, and contributing to the bid writing efforts of my colleagues.
In the period since I stepped down from my paid role at the University, Associate Professor Dr Peter Cruickshank has kindly looked after the Centre for Social Informatics as its interim leader. Peter also organised a wee retirement celebration for me at the end of September, which I very much enjoyed.
From today, Dr Diane Pennington will lead the group as the newly appointed Professor in Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University. Diane joins Napier from the University of Strathclyde. In her prior role at Strathclyde Diane was a Senior Lecturer in Information Science in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. I wish Diane all the best for her new role as it’s out with the old research group leader, and in with the new.