About Hazel Hall

Professor Hazel Hall is Professor of Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, UK, Docent of Information Studies a Åbo Akademi, Finland.

Two fully-funded PhD studentship opportunities: (1) labour market intelligence and machine learning; (2) gendered career choices

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The successful candidates will be based at Edinburgh Napier University’s Merchiston campus

Applications are invited for two fully-funded PhD studentships within the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University. These are:

  1. Enhancing labour market intelligence using machine learning to be supervised by Dr David Brazier, Dr Dimitra Gkatzia, Dr Matthew Dutton, and Alistair Lawson
  2. Gendered information landscapes and their impact on routes into, and through, apprenticeships to be supervised by Dr Ella Taylor-Smith, Professor Sally Smith, and Dr Colin Smith

The studentships are both ESCR/Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Collaborative awards. They are offered through the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies and Information and Communication Studies pathway of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS).

The Centre for Social Informatics has a strong track record of supporting ESRC/SDS-funded PhD students. We have four students currently on the programme, and two recent graduates: Dr John Mowbray 2018 – now a Research Officer at the Scottish Government; Dr Lyndsey Middleton 2020 – now an Assistant Statistician, also at the Scottish Government.

The recruitment timetable for both studentships is as follows:

  • Applications are due by Wednesday 31st March 2021
  • Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday 20th April 2021 (online)
  • The studentship will start in October 2021
    • As a three year programme, if the appointed student(s) already hold(s) a Masters degree with at least 60 credits of research methods training
    • As a 1+3 four year programme, if the appointed student(s) do(es) not already hold a Masters degree with at least 60 credits of research methods training, with an MSc(R) undertaken as the first year, followed by three years of doctoral study

The studentships can be taken full-time or part-time, and international students are eligible to apply. For full details including the application process, please see the advertisements on the SGSSS web site:

  1. Enhancing labour market intelligence using machine learning
  2. Gendered information landscapes and their impact on routes into and through apprenticeships

Prospective applicants are also welcome to contact the Director of Studies of the studentships with enquiries about these two opportunities:

  1. Dr David Brazier: d.brazier@napier.ac.uk
  2. Dr Ella Taylor-Smith: e.taylor-smith@napier.ac.uk

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Katherine Stephen and Marina Milosheva contribute to CDI Student Conference Scotland 2021 #CDIScotConf

CDI, Napier UWS, SDS, bannerThe 2021 Career Development Institute Student Conference Scotland takes place (online) today. Organised collaboratively by the Career Development Institute, Edinburgh Napier University, University of the West of Scotland, and Skills Development Scotland (SDS), the conference theme is ‘Responding to COVID-19: changing labour markets, changing practice’. The Conference Chair is Dr Pete Robertson of Edinburgh Napier University. Continue reading

Centre for Social Informatics staff contribute to new paper on the study of workplace information literacy

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Peter Cruickshank and Dr Bruce Ryan

My Centre for Social Informatics colleagues Dr Bruce Ryan and Peter Cruickshank have recently contributed to new paper on methods for studying workplace information literacy. The manuscript is now available as a pdf download from the Edinburgh Napier repository.

Entitled ‘Workplace information literacy: measures and methodological challenges’, the work on the paper was led by Professor Gunilla Widén of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics, Information Studies at Åbo Akademi University. The other co-authors are Gunilla’s former colleague Dr Farhan Ahmad (now at the University of Turku) and Dr Shahrokh Nikou, who works alongside Gunilla at Åbo. Continue reading

RIVAL wrapped up… or is it?

RIVAL logoA week ago on Friday 12th February, Dr Bruce Ryan and I hosted part 2 of the last of the four networking events for our Royal Society of Edinburgh-funded RIVAL project. Over the course of the morning between 10:00 and 12:30, four teams worked online in break-out meetings on project outputs determined by the network members themselves. These are the delivery of a professional event in late 2021, an article for publication, a funding bid, and an evaluation report. In the last half hour of the meeting we all regrouped so that each of the coordinators of the four output teams had the opportunity to report back on their progress to everyone. Continue reading

Risks of disclosing personal information online: new paper by Dr David Haynes (Napier) and Dr Lyn Robinson (City)

Congratulations to my Centre for Social Informatics colleague Dr David Haynes and his co-author Dr Lyn Robinson of City University on the ‘online first’ publication of their paper ‘Delphi study of risk to individuals who disclose personal information online’. In their paper, the authors identify four priority areas for research into personal online risk: (1) personalisation versus privacy; (2) responsibility for privacy on social networks; (3) measuring privacy risk, and (4) perceptions of powerlessness and resulting apathy. Continue reading

RIVAL network members gather (online) for event 4

RIVAL logoToday the members of the Royal Society of Edinburgh-funded RIVAL network are meeting formally for the penultimate time at part 1 of RIVAL Event 4. As has been the case for so many professional activities since mid-March 2020, Dr Bruce Ryan, Rachel Salzano, Katherine Stephen and I are not hosting this event as originally envisaged. Rather than gathering face-to-face, at Edinburgh Napier University’s Sighthill campus for a full day on July 9th 2020, the RIVAL network members will be logging onto Teams for two half day meetings, the first of which is this afternoon, with the second on the morning of Friday 12th February. Continue reading

Why did you get into computing and what do you get out of it? Ada Scotland Festival launches video competition

Ada Scotland bannerGirls in Scottish schools and female students studying computing subjects (including IT and Digital Media) in Scottish colleges/universities (including apprentices) are invited to submit a video of up to 3 minutes in length for the Ada Scotland Festival video competition. Entries may be submitted by individuals, or by teams of up to 4 people. They should provide an answer to the question Why did you get into computing and what do you get out of it? Continue reading

Registration opens for ‘digital proxies’ workshop for information workers

We can help youAre you an information worker who supports citizens in their use online systems by accessing digital services on their behalf as their ‘digital proxy’? Perhaps this kind of activity has become part of your role working in local government, a public library service, civil society, and/or a third sector organisation?

If so, my Centre for Social Informatics colleagues Dr Gemma WebsterDr David BrazierPeter Cruickshank and Dr Bruce Ryan would like to invite you to participate at one of three free half-day online workshops next month. Continue reading

Calling social science PhD students in Scotland! Register now for adaptability skills training event on 10th February 2021

Changing research plans SGSSS training logoChanging research plans: how to move forward in times of uncertainty is a half-day interactive online training event for PhD students funded by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. It takes place on the morning of February 10th 2021 (09:00-13:00). The event has been organised by Centre for Social Informatics PhD students Marina Milosheva and Thokozani Kachale. Continue reading

Two exciting new vacancies at Edinburgh Napier University: Lecturer in Business Information Technology; Professor of Creative & Interactive Computing

The School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University is currently recruiting. Please pass on word of these exciting opportunities to work with some great colleagues in one of the most beautiful and liveable cities of the world.

The vacancies are for full-time permanent posts within the Creative and Social Informatics Subject Group at Edinburgh Napier University. The Creative and Social Informatics Subject Group is one of three focus areas for research and teaching in the School of Computing. My Research Group – the Centre for Social Informatics – is one of the two Research Groups within this Subject Group.

The vacancies are for:

  1. Lecturer in Business Information Technology, salary £40,322 to £49,553, interviews anticipated to take place on 12th March
  2. Professor of Creative and Interactive Computing, salary £64,603 to £73,630, interviews anticipated to take place on 2nd and 9th March

Applications should be made through the Edinburgh Napier Jobs web pages for the closing date of 11th February 2021 (both posts). Continue reading