In summer 2017 all the PhD students in academic departments that hold membership of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) were invited to recognise the fantastic work of their supervisors by making nominations for a new prize: the SICSA Supervisor of the Year Award.
Around 50 academics from 10 universities were nominated by PhD students for the award. Following consideration of the students’ submissions, on 3rd October 2017 SICSA announced that Professor Stephen Brewster of the University of Glasgow was the winner.
Three months later, on Friday 12th January, a delegation that comprised SICSA Director Professor Kevin Hammond, SICSA Executive Officer Steven Kendrick, SICSA Executive Assistant Aileen Orr, and SICSA Director of Knowledge Exchange Alistair Lawson visited my office on campus. They brought the news that there was also a runner-up (silver) prize for the Supervisor of the Year Award, and that I was the winner.
Needless to say, I was delighted to hear this news on a dull day in January, and also very grateful to the (anonymous) PhD students who nominated me for this award.
Over the past couple of days members of the international information science community have been heading to Washington DC for the 80th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (#ASIST2017). Sadly I am not one of them, but my PhD student Frances Ryan (who should be somewhere over the Atlantic as I write this) will be there to present a poster at the conference. Continue reading
The Ways of being in a digital age review conference is currently underway at the University of Liverpool. The conference closes the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) project Ways of being in a digital age. The project was commissioned by the ESRC in 2016 to help identify and prioritise future areas and methods for research on the social, economic, political, psychological and cultural impacts of digital media and technologies.
Amongst the delegates at the conference is Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Alicja Pawluczuk. At the conference Alicja is presenting a paper that she has co-authored with the members of her supervision team: Dr Gemma Webster, Dr Colin Smith and myself. The paper is entitled ‘Digital culture co-creation: capturing the social impact of small-scale community projects’. The slides are available on SlideShare and below.
Marwa Salayma, who is one of the PhD students in the School of Computing, recently recorded an interview about her journey from Palestine to doctoral studies at Edinburgh Napier University.