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Social Media lecturer In University of Sheffield,Sheffield,England

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History of the University

The University of Sheffield developed from three local institutions: the Sheffield School of Medicine, Firth College and the Sheffield Technical School. The School of Medicine, founded 1828, was by far the oldest. Its early history was very insecure and it was saved from collapse by the opening of Firth College, which took over the teaching of all basic science subjects to medical students.

Firth College was one of a group of university colleges founded in the later 19th century. It developed out of the Cambridge University Extension Movement, a scheme designed to bring university teaching to the large towns and cities of England, most of which lacked any university provision. The success of these courses in Sheffield led Mark Firth, a local steel manufacturer, to establish the College in 1879 as a centre for teaching Arts and Science subjects.

The Sheffield Technical School

The Sheffield Technical School was the product of local concern about the need for better technical training of the men responsible for running the great industries of Sheffield, particularly steelmaking. A movement was started within Firth College to collect funds to create a technical department, which was established in 1884 as the Sheffield Technical School. In 1886 the School moved to new premises on the site of the old Grammar School at St George's Square.

In 1897, the three institutions were amalgamated by Royal Charter to form the University College of Sheffield. This step was part of the plan to link up with the Victoria University, a federation of the University Colleges at Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds.

By 1900, however, the Federal University was disintegrating and within a few years independent universities were formed from the three University Colleges.

On 31 May 1905 the University of Sheffield was granted its Royal Charter, and in July the new Firth Court Building on Western Bank was opened by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. St George's Square remained the centre of Applied Science departments, with Arts, Medicine and Science being housed at Western Bank.

Jobs Summary :

The Information School is recognised nationally and internationally for its world-class research, excellence in teaching, and the achievements of its graduates. It is the leader in its field in the UK, achieving top-ranking positions for research environment and research impact in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and ranked top in all previous national Research Assessment Exercises. It is a member of the international iSchools organisation, a group of leading cognate schools established to promote the role of the information field in shaping the future of the global information society.

We are investing in a strategic appointment at Lecturer/Senior Lecturer level in the area of social media to enhance and expand our excellent research and teaching in areas of information science, including data, information and knowledge in digital societies. The appointee will make a strong contribution to the further development of our research activities, to the delivery of our postgraduate MSc/MA programmes and to the supervision and development of research students in cognate areas. Additionally, those appointed as a Senior Lecturer will be expected to conduct internationally recognised innovative research and encourage and support research activities of other staff and act in senior roles within the School/Faculty to advance student academic and research development.

Jobs Qualifications :

You will have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant field, a well-established or developing research profile, proven teaching ability, a strong commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration, and will make a key contribution to advancing the School’s competitive position. You will be expected to contribute to the School’s Digital Societies Research Group and the Faculty of Social Sciences Digital Societies Network, as well as collaborating with colleagues in other research groups across the School, and more widely across the Faculty of Social Sciences and the University.

The successful candidate’s research and teaching expertise will complement that of existing staff and will be in one or more of the following areas of:

  1. Social media and Web 2.0 applications: the study of social media use and design in specific contexts such as, but not restricted to: business and marketing, health and healthcare, international development, education and political activism; or
  2.  Methodological innovations for undertaking social media research: including quantitative and mixed method approaches to analysis of social media; e.g., big data analytics, text and data mining, data visualisation, social network analysis, link analysis and webometrics; or
  3. Ethical issues in the use of social media and in social media research: relating to privacy, confidentiality, copyright, and user awareness of rights and responsibilities.
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We are particularly interested in applicants with experience in utilising quantitative and computational methods of analysis. We welcome applications from ambitious, highly motivated and talented individuals with research expertise that will complement and strengthen our existing research profile, and who will be keen to play an active role in enhancing the School’s national and international reputation for research and teaching excellence and innovation. Those appointed to Senior Lecturer will also need to demonstrate a proven ability to lead and manage research activity (e.g. initiate grant applications, manage or co-manage funded research projects successfully to completion, manage research staff etc.)

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

It is expected that interviews and other selection activities will be held on 12th-13th October 2017. Please note that all short-listed candidates will be required to attend in person.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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