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

Farewell 2020

Social Informatcis staff and students all centre meeting December 2019

The way we were, December 2019. L to R: John Marshall, Peter Cruickshank, Lyndsey Middleton (now graduated with PhD), Katherine Stephen, Rachel Salzano, Marina Milosheva, Laura Muir (now retired), Hazel Hall, Leo Appleton (now graduated with PhD), Ella Taylor-Smith, David Haynes, David Brazier, Frances Ryan (now Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen), Colin Smith, Wegene Demeke, and Bruce Ryan.

Just over a year ago, on 22nd December 2019, I summarised the the previous six months of activities of the members of the Centre for Social Informatics. I illustrated this account with a jolly photograph of us all bunched closely together around the table a few days earlier in room C34a of Edinburgh Napier University’s Merchiston campus. Continue reading

iConference acceptances for Marina Milosheva and Rachel Salzano #iConf2021

Last week two of our Centre for Social Informatics PhD students learnt that they will be contributing to iConference 2021. Continue reading

Congratulations to Marina Milosheva: awarded a distinction for her MSc(R)

Marina Milosheva

Marina Milosheva

Many congratulations to Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Marina Milosheva. Marina has achieved a distinction in the Masters degree that she undertook in 2019/20 in first year of her four year 1+3 doctoral programme.

Marina is the fourth of our six Skills Development Scotland (SDS)/ESRC funded PhD students, and the second to be awarded the MSc by Research (MScR) in Science and Technology Studies from the University of Edinburgh. This Masters year is offered to all students who win an Edinburgh Napier SDS/ESRC doctoral studentship to study with us for a PhD at Napier, but who do not already hold a Masters degree that incorporates 60 credits of research methods training. Continue reading

Newly published: version 11.2 of the Centre for Social Informatics flyer (autumn 2020)

Centre for Social Informatics bannerThe Centre for Social Informatics flyer (version 11.2) has just been updated for the new academic year. Follow the link to read about the work of our group, including details of research expertise, funders, recent PhD completions, and recent publications. The flyer includes profiles of the group’s academic and research staff: Continue reading

Introducing new research students Thokozani Kachale, Marina Milosheva and Natalie Wangler

Welcome to Thokozani Kachale, Marina Milosheva and Natalie Wangler, who have just joined us this month as new research students within the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University. Continue reading

An award for PhD student Katherine Stephen

Congratulations to Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Katherine Stephen, winner of the PhD award in the Skills Development Scotland (SDS) 2020 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. The entries were judged in August by a panel of three: Patrick Watt, Head of the Evaluation Team at SDS; Diane Gill, Manager of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science; and Dr Pauline Anderson, Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Strathclyde.

The title of Katherine’s award-winning entry is ‘Meta-skills maturity in the workplace’. The video of Katherine’s talk can viewed by clicking on the image below.

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Katherine Stephen and Marina Milosheva present in the SDS 2020 virtual 3MT® competition

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Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has just launched its 2020 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. Seven PhD students currently on the SDS PhD Programme have risen to the challenge of explaining the complexity and relevance of their doctoral research in a concise and engaging way for a non-specialist audience. Continue reading

Congratulations Dr Lyndsey Middleton and Dr Leo Appleton!

Congratulations to our Centre for Social Informatics colleagues Dr Lyndsey Middleton (née Jenkins) and Dr Leo Appleton, both of whom graduated with their PhDs last week. Sadly, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we were unable to celebrate with them in person in the usual way at the Edinburgh Napier University graduation ceremony at the Usher Hall. However, the University was able to mark the day in other ways, including this video.

Lyndsey’s PhD thesis is entitled Exploring the development of innovative work behaviour of employees in multiple workplace contexts. Continue reading