November 2023 Newsletter

6 November 2023 00:00

The University of Sheffield Research Software Engineering Community Newsletter November 2023

Welcome to the November 2023 newsletter for the research software community at The University of Sheffield, featuring news, opportunities, events and training for you.

News, Web & Blogs



Open Research




  • The N8 CIR are hosting a half-day event on the 8th November 2023 to discuss the challenges of data access in the field of digital health and what organisations and researchers are doing to overcome this challenge.
  • NVIDIA are hosting a free AI and Data Science Virtual Summit on the 8th November 2023.
  • The N8 CIR are hosting an event on Synthetic Data Generation on the 28th November 2023.
  • The PyLadies Conference will be running from 30th November to 3rd December 2023.
  • The Alan Turing Institute is hosting the UK’s national showcase of data science and artificial intelligence (AI) (19th - 24th March 2024), AI UK 2024. Tickets are now available.
  • The University of Sheffield will be hosting its Annual Open Research Lecture on the 6th December 2023.
  • You can now apply for the Open Science Retreat (25th - 29th March 2024). This event brings people together to share their experiences of and best practices for open science.
  • The Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) have announced their next collaborations workshop, to be held 30th April - 2nd May 2024. You can now register your interest





External Training



You can always check for advertised RSE and RSE-adjacent roles over at the RSE society’s vacancies board.

  • Grade 9 Principal Research Infrastructure Developer at UCL. Applications close 23rd November.
  • The University of Sheffield are offering a PhD in the School of Biosciences, with the aim of developing a web-based software platform for peptidoglycomics, a new discipline to explore antimicrobial resistance and bacterial population dynamics.

Volunteer Positions

  • The US RSECon is looking for volunteers for its organising committee.


  • The University of Sheffield’s Unleash your Data and Software competition has launched! PGRs and staff can apply for an award of up to £5,000 for a project. The deadline is 1st December, with two drop-in sessions for people to talk through their potential applications on 15th November, and 21st November
  • The Open Bioinformatics Foundation have opened a call for applications for the OBF Event Fellowship which aims to increase diversity in attendance of events promoting open-source bionformatics or open science. The deadline is the 1st December.

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 8th November.


LunchBytes are 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.