Summer 2023 Newsletter

21 July 2023 01:00

The University of Sheffield Research Software Engineering Community Newsletter Summer 2023

Welcome to the summer newsletter for the research software community at The University of Sheffield, featuring news, opportunities, events and training for you.

News, Web & Blogs

Web & Publications

RSE Advocacy


Open Research




  • FAIR faculty seminars - The University’s Library team are holding seminars over summer to introduce FAIR principles and their new website, 1st-10th August 2023 (Check the link for your own Faculty’s date/location).
  • RSE Conference 2023 - the UK Society of Research Software Engineering is holding its 2023 conference in Swansea 5th-7th September 2023. (draft program)
  • OpenFest 2023 - OpenFest at The University of Sheffield returns after the success of 2022’s event for a two day event 6th-7th September 2023, including an online symposium New Perspectives on Open Research.
  • 1st Conference On Research Data Infrastructure (CORDI) - Karlsruhe, Germany, 12th-14th September 2023.
  • The Festival of Hidden REF - M Shed, Bristol, 21st September 2023.
  • Open Science Fair - Madrid, Spain, 25th-27th September 2023.
  • deRSE unConference - Jena, Germany, 26th-29th September 2023 (Applications open until July 24th)
  • US-RSE’23 - The first US-RSE Conference ever! Chicago, 16th-18th October 2023.
  • AoIR 2024 - The associate of Internet Researchers’ next conference is in Sheffield, 30th October - 2nd November 2024.


With summer coming up, there aren’t currently any training courses scheduled. Look out for new sessions in early September. RSE training courses can be found here and are normally announced to our mailing list, whereas Research IT courses can be found at



No jobs were submitted this period as typically hiring slows during summer, however you can always check for advertised RSE and RSE-adjacent roles over at the RSE society’s vacancies board.

Digital Research Practice Support Community

The DRPS community is a group for people that support researchers in carrying out research in the digital age. Meetings are held monthly, with discussions around events, training and opportunities related to the field.

You can join the google group here to stay informed.

The next meeting is scheduled for 2pm on Wednesday 9th August.


LunchBytes are a monthly series of short talks from the research community on research software, data, and infrastructure.

LunchBytes needs YOU!

LunchBytes are organised by and for the research software community at The University of Sheffield. If you’d like to curate a session on a topic or present something, get in touch by emailing - Or suggest topics on the jamboard.


Code Clinics

Why not come to a Code Clinic? We’re keen to help you.

Code Clinics are fortnightly supported sessions run by the RSE team and IT Services’ Research IT team. They are open to anyone at TUoS writing code for research to get help with programming problems and general advice on best practices.

At each session, members of the RSE and/or Research IT teams will be available to review code, advise, troubleshoot, and suggest ways to improve your computational workflows.

Research IT HPC Drop In

HPC Drop-In sessions are providing assistance with HPC related user issues such as challenges in scaling an application from desktop to supercomputer. We are considering extending the number of our sessions to two or three weekly. These interactive sessions could provide a better interface with our users than our non-interactive ticketing system. These sessions are advertised on the HPC mailing list.

Research IT Consultations

Alongside the HPC Drop-In sessions, Research IT are also running one to one consultations to solve in depth user specific problems. These consultations can be booked via our webpage. If you are interested please visit the following link:

Sheffield RSE Team

The Sheffield RSE Team aims to collaborate with you to help improve your research software.

They can provide dedicated staff to ensure that you can deliver excellent research software engineering on your research projects.

The Sheffield RSE Team provides free Code Clinics (in collaboration with IT Services), plus paid services that allow us to collaborate longer term.

Research IT

Research IT directly supports research, both academic and commercial. We provide large scale HPC systems, advice on everything from statistics to ML to data pipelines and training for both students and staff. Working with academics, our staff are embedded within research groups on both long and short term engagements.

Contact Us

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

Information and access to JADE II and Bede.

Join our mailing list so as to be notified when we advertise talks and workshops by subscribing to this Google Group.

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