September 2020 Newsletter

1 September 2020 13:00

University of Sheffield Research Software Engineering Team Newsletter September 2020

This is the 3rd monthly newsletter from the Research Software Engineering Team at Sheffield. We aim to share our experiences and information of other communities for those using software for research. This newsletter is a collection of interesting events and opportunities over the coming month. It also includes signposting to other resources that we have found beneficial or interesting. You may find the content within interest if you are someone in research using software: such as researchers, research developers, or people paid to develop software like Research Software Engineers (RSEs).

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All dates and times are in BST (UTC+01)



A new monthly series of short talks on research computing, data workflows, and infrastructure. The first session is to be on 12:00-13:00 9th September 2020 and is themed around writing safer Python code:

  • Type Annotations - how to reduce the risk of passing the wrong type of argument to functions (Joe Heffer, IT Services)
  • Automatable testing of code using pytest (David Jones, RSE team)
  • Writing safer functions that are easier to reason about (Will Furnass, RSE team)

Each talk will be ~10 minutes, leaving half an hour for discussion/questions.

You’ll notice that all presenters are from IT Services or the RSE team; in future we hope that people from the research community feel able to either request LunchBytes talks from others or offer LunchBytes talks on topics they find interesting. We’ll tell you more about the mechanisms for making requests / offering talks at the first meetup!

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The following Lunchbytes is scheduled for October. It will be lead by our own David Wilby. The topic is regarding: “Notebooks - good or evil”. We invite people with experience and thoughts in this topic to give a talk. Please get in contact to find out more.


Web and Blogs

Training Resources

If you think there are other great training resources we should advertise, please get in contact.

Sheffield RSE Team Services

The RSE team aims to collaborate with you to help improve your research software. We can provide dedicated staff to ensure that you can deliver excellent research software engineering on your research projects.

The RSE team provides free Code clinics and paid services allowing us to collaborate longer term.

Contact Us

For queries relating to collaborating with the RSE team on projects:

Information and access to JADE II and Bede.

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Queries regarding free research computing support/guidance should be raised via our Code clinic or directed to the University IT helpdesk.