Information School students have the opportunity to take part in the University’s eMentoring scheme which partners students with professionals working in their target field. Through engaging in the scheme and talking with mentors, students gain insights into particular job roles, gain valuable advice about the recruitment process and develop important industry knowledge. Students have two opportunities to register for the scheme, and are matched to a professional volunteer mentor in a relevant job role. All students who applied for the scheme in 2016-17 were successfully matched with a mentor. The student and their mentor meet virtually for 7-10 weeks to discuss technical and professional topics, share experiences of job search and recruitment and discuss applications and CVs.
Students who have taken part in the scheme report that they feel better informed about their career options in their field, have improved confidence and feel better equipped to apply for jobs and attend interviews and have developed important networking skills. 98% of those who took part would recommend the scheme to other students.
In 2016-17 20 Information School students took part in the scheme and were matched with mentors from a huge range of sectors and job roles:
LILAC is organised by the CILIP Information Literacy Group, and brings together Information Literacy practitioners and researchers with the aim of improving approaches to IL teaching across the world.
Pam has a long history of presenting at LILAC with colleagues and students and is delighted to be representing the Information School at this year’s conference. Pam and Jess will be available in breaks and lunchtimes for delegates to discuss the on-campus and distance learning Masters programmes, and options for full and part time PhD study with the Information School.
The World Investment Report is the flagship annual report produced by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). This year it will focus on the importance of investment in the digital economy, highlighting that the digital economy is increasingly a crucial aspect of national economies, both in the Global North and South.
Dr Chris Foster (Information School) was part of last week’s Expert Group Meeting in Geneva, which is supporting the production of this report. His contribution was based upon his previous in-depth research on the digital economy in East Africa, as well as his work on policy constraints and drivers for effective digital innovation.
The report, the first to explore the global implications of the digital economy related to foreign investment, will be released in June 2017
Matt Seddon, PhD student in the Chemoinformatics research group, has won the CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence at the American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco, April 2-6. The scholarship program of the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) is designed to reward graduate and postdoctoral students in chemical information and related sciences for scientific excellence.
The award was made for his PhD work which he presented as a long abstract and in poster format:
Global spectral and diffusion geometry descriptors of 3D molecular shape for virtual screening Authors: Matthew Seddon, David Cosgrove, Martin Packer and Val Gillet
Matt also gave an oral presentation.
Matt Seddon (second from right) and colleagues
Matt's PhD is being funded by a BBSRC Industrial CASE Partnership Studentship in collaboration with AstraZeneca. He is supervised by Professor Val Gillet.
Last week, members of the
Information School attended the 2017 iConference in Wuhan, China. One of our PhD
students, Wasim Ahmed, gives his highlights below, along with some of his
photos from the trip.
My highlights from my trip
included me presenting a poster on my pilot study from my PhD, and which
received good interest from delegates, particularly concerning the methodology
that was used. A number of very useful connections were made from across the world,
and there was a lot of interest in the 2018 edition of the iConference which
will take place in Sheffield hosted in collaboration with Northumbria University.
I also enjoyed visiting the
Yellow Crane Tower, Hubei Provincial Museum, the East Lake, Wuhan, and the Yangtze
River. Wuhan is a beautiful city, and the people are very friendly. I read
online that the people in Wuhan are unusually nice, and I have to say that this
is very true and I felt very welcome in the city.
It was also really good to meet Lee (Dr Xuguang Li) an Information School alumni who is now working as an academic in Wuhan. Lee was a very popular student among the iSchool, and I had heard many great things about him, so it was great to meet him, and we are very grateful that he showed us around Wuhan. I look forward to working with Lee in the future.
I am looking very much forward to the iConference in 2018 and welcoming delegates from across the world to Sheffield. I was born and raised in Sheffield and studied both my undergraduate and masters degrees here. Sheffield is a brilliant city, and I think delegates will really enjoy visiting the city as well as enjoying the conference.
After the events of the iConference in Wuhan, China last week, the Information School held an alumni event on Saturday 25th March at Hyatt Regency Wuhan Optics Valley, attended by several of our past students who live in China.
Information School staff Dr Andrew Cox and Dr Jorge Martins attended, as well as former staff member and MSc/PhD alumnus Dr Miguel Nunes.
Our alumni travelled from Beijing, Shengzhen, Hainan and Guangzhou to Wuhan to attend the gathering and everyone had a very enjoyable time.
Last week, members of the Information School attended the 2017 iConference in Wuhan, China. One of our academic staff, senior lecturer Dr Andrew Cox, gives his highlights below, along with some of his photos from the trip.
My highlights of the 2017 iConference included one of our PhD students, Piyapat Jarusawat, presenting her excellent paper "Community involvement in the Management of Palm Leaf Manuscripts as Lanna Cultural Material in Thailand" to a packed audience. The paper was shortlisted for the award for Most Interesting Preliminary Research Paper.
Another of our PhD students, Shuyang Li, also gave an excellent research presentation.
Our Head of School, Professor Peter Bath gave a presentation announcing Sheffield as the venue for the iConference in 2018. We are hosting this event in collaboration with Northumbria University.
We held an informal social dinner with some of our Chinese alumni around the conference proceedings, which was lovely. I also bumped into another alumni, Yidi Jiang, by chance on a train station platform on the way to the airport - what are the chances?
Of course there was also the chance for some good sightseeing. We visited the Hubei museum (above) and the Guiyuan Temple (below).
There was some lovely cherry blossom on the Wuhan University campus tour (above) and we had some great views of the Yangtse river (below, and top).
An article entitled "The Use of Technology in Group-Work: A Situational Analysis of Students' Reflective Writing", written by our lecturer Pam McKinney, has been chosen as a featured article for this month's Informed Librarian Online.
Each monthly issue of Informed Librarian, in addition to linking directly to the latest tables of contents of over 320 journals, with links to full-text as available, selects a few journal articles to highlight for many thousands of readers.
The Informed Librarian Online also offers our members access to ILOSearch, our database of over 341,000 journal articles and documents from the library journals we index. It is a fully-searchable sophisticated database which functions as an index to the library literature.
Our doctoral student Wasim Ahmed recently delivered a guest lecture at the School of Health and Related Research. Wasim’s talk centred on looking at some new technologies which can be used for disease surveillance.
A written submission to the UK Government inquiry on children and young people's mental health, co-authored by Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Reilly, has been accepted and published. Based on the findings from a Wellcome Trust project, the report addresses the role of social media in raising awareness of mental health issues amongst these groups.
Senior Lecturer in Social Media & Digital Society Dr Paul Reilly is presenting two papers at the International Studies Association annual convention in Baltimore this week. Paul will be presenting at the panel entitled 'Social Media and Activism: Power and Resistance in the 21st Century' on Thursday 23rd of February.
The first paper, authored by Paul, is entitled 'Twitter, affective publics and public demonstrations in divided societies: The 2014 and 2015 Ardoyne parade disputes in Northern Ireland.'
Can social media help facilitate peacebuilding in divided societies such as Northern Ireland? Are they safe spaces in which antagonistic groups are able to reconcile their differences and agree to work together for mutual benefit? This paper adds to this debate by examining how citizens used Twitter in response to the contentious Orange Order parade in the Ardoyne district of North Belfast. Twitter provided a platform for ‘affective publics’ who expressed a myriad of sentiments towards the Orange Order, in addition to the residents who opposed the loyalist parade passing the predominantly nationalist area. This study focused on the extent to which these tweeters appeared to use the site to prevent a recurrence of the sectarian violence that followed the parade in previous years. A critical thematic analysis of 7388 #Ardoyne tweets, collected in July 2014 and July 2015, was conducted in order to investigate these issues. Results indicate that Twitter’s greatest contribution to peacebuilding may lie in its empowerment of citizens to correct rumours and disinformation that have the potential to generate sectarian violence. However, the site does not appear to function as a shared space in which cross-community consensus on contentious issues such as Ardoyne parade can be fostered.
Paul also co-authored a paper entitled 'Telling it like it is: A comparative perspective on the use of personal stories in online grassroots advocacy', along with Filippo Trevisan and Mariana Leyton Escobar of American University.
Storytelling transcends cultures. It can speak to global audiences, change public attitudes, serve as policy evidence, and challenge dominant media narratives on sensitive social issues. Thus, advocacy organizations and activist networks increasingly use social media to crowd-source, co-create, and distribute personal stories, which originate in the private sphere and become public narratives online. Yet, story-based advocacy is also controversial as sharing the intimate accounts of groups that have been discriminated against may foster further stigmatization. Communication scholars have yet to discuss the implications of this global advocacy trend for digital citizenship. Whose voices do we really hear in online stories? How are they collected, edited, and re-mediated? Ultimately, who is empowered by this approach? To address these questions, this paper compares the use of personal stories in online disability rights campaigns in the UK and the United States. By combining the analysis of blog posts and YouTube videos featuring stories of disability with interviews with leading advocates in both countries, different digital storytelling practices are revealed. In particular, a trade-off between maintaining spontaneity and editing personal accounts to achieve policy effectiveness is identified and discussed in the context of different political cultures, media systems, ethical principles, and policy-making traditions.
Wasim Ahmed recently presented about his PhD in a pub at a PubhD event. The
concept is to use a whiteboard and a marker pen to explain your research in 10
minutes, followed by 20 minutes of questions.
Wasim noted that the event is a
great way to test out your public speaking and engagement skills and as a
delegate it is a fantastic opportunity to learn something new. You can read
more about PubhD on their website.
PhD student Wasim Ahmed, in
collaboration with Chrysa Dagoula from the Journalism Department have been awarded
funding to hold an event related to social media in the summer of 2017. The
workshop will be of interest to researchers from different research areas that
are interested in social media research and effective usage. The workshop will
cut across academic disciplines, and will provide an opportunity for formal and
Our PhD student Wasim Ahmed recently delivered a talk on his PhD research related to social media research ethics at the School of Health and Related Research. The talk was delivered as part of the Bite Size Guide to Research in the 21st Century on the 24th of January, 2017.
The talk was recorded, and you can watch Wasim’s talk here.
The Information School is an international community of
students and academics, and we are very proud of our cultural diversity. As
well as being a part of the internationally renowned University of Sheffield,
the Information School is a member of the global iSchools network and a part of
the iCaucus, and we stand with these organisations in their response to recent
political events regarding immigration.
The iSchools network have released a statement regarding the
President of the United States’ Executive Order on Immigration which can be
Research Associate Dr Elisa Serafinelli has been published in volume 10 of the journal Photographies.
Her article, entitled 'Analysis of Photo Sharing and Visual Social Relationships: Instagram as a case study' discusses how popular image-sharing social media platform Instagram can influence the way people see their own interpersonal social relationships.
University of Sheffield Information School PhD student Wasim Ahmed was interviewed by BBC Radio Sheffield on Thursday 20th of January on Rony Robinson’s 'Baring All' feature. Wasim’s talk centred on overcoming social anxiety, and the excellent support services at the University of Sheffield, and about his PhD.
Wasim noted that if students were struggling with mental health that there is support available, and that the university is here to support its students.
The interview is available here, and begins at the 1 hour 35 minute mark.
Dr Paul Reilly and Dr Elisa Serafinelli organised a workshop with colleagues from Euro-Med Seismological Centre (EMSC) in Paris on 10th January, as part of the Horizon 2020 funded project IMPROVER. Delegates from organisations such as SNCF and VISOV were invited to give their views on the role of social media in disaster response. Thanks to Grigore Havarneanu and the International Union of Railways (UIC) for hosting, and for Laura Petersen and Laure Fallou for their facilitation of the focus group.
Dr Giuliana Tiripelli has joined the Information School as a Research Associate . She will work with Work Package leader Dr Paul Reilly on the EU FP7 project 'CascEff.' Giuliana will help develop educational resources for the project and will also be responsible for co-authoring peer-reviewed outputs. We would like to welcome her to the Information School and look forward to working with her over the next seven months.
Doctoral student, Wasim Ahmed, recently delivered a 3 hour workshop at Leeds Becket University. The event was a part of the British Sociological Association (BSA) Digital Sociology group.
Wasim is a member of the Social Media Research Foundation, and a specialist in Social Network Analysis. The event turned out to be extremely popular which attendees from academia and industry, and the feedback was very positive.
We are pleased to announce the publication of Politics, Protest, Emotion: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. A Book of Blogs, which Dr Paul Reilly co-edited with Anastasia Veneti (Bournemouth University) and Dimitrinka Atanasova (Queen Mary, University of London).
The publication features contributions from 37 academics from across the globe. It presents a range of disciplinary perspectives on politics and emotions, including the fields of computer science, (digital) media studies, journalism studies and political science. Drawing on a range of case studies such as the 2016 CNP march in London, the movement against TTIP-TAFTA and health activism such as “I Want PrEP Now”, the contributors provide new insight into the affective turn in protest and social movements.
Dr Paul Reilly said: “The purpose of this volume is not to offer conclusions or recommendations for those readers interested in the affective turn in protest and social movements. Rather, it is hoped that these blogposts provoke debate and reflection in relation to how everyday and extraordinary political actions have become infused with emotion. We would like to thank all of our authors for contributing to this conversation on Politics, Protest and Emotions.”
The book of blogs is divided into five main thematic categories: Politics, emotion and identity performance; Emotion and the news media; Women, politics, activism; Digital media and the politics of protest; Health, emotion, activism.
This open access publication can be accessed online here or downloaded as a pdf.
If you wish to obtain an EPUB version (suitable for Nooks, Kindles and other e-readers) then please email email@example.com
For more information on Politics, Protest, Emotion, please contact one of the editors:
Our Senior Lecturer in Social Media & Digital Society Dr Paul Reilly has written an article entitled “Is the medium more important than the message? Communicating with disaster affected populations in the Information Age”for the publication France Forum, which was published last month (December 2016). The article (published in French) can be viewed below:
Information School MA Librarianship graduate (1994) Ciara Eastell has been awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours list, for services to public libraries in Exeter and Devon.
Ciara is the Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited, a new social enterprise running libraries across Devon, and is the former President of the Society of Chief Librarians. She was the first librarian to achieve a place on the Clore Leadership Programme.