January 2024 Newsletter

12 January 2024 00:00

The University of Sheffield Research Software Engineering Community Newsletter January 2024

Welcome to the January 2024 newsletter for the research software community at The University of Sheffield, featuring news, opportunities, events and training for you.


Upcoming events in Sheffield

Wider RSE network events

  • The Institute of Computing for Climate Science (ICCS) RSE team is organising a ReproHack for the climate research community on 12th March.

  • Registration is open for the next Northern Bioinformatics User Group (NorthernBUG) happening right here in Sheffield on 25th March. Open and free to anyone interested in Bioinformatics or its application in life science research.

  • Get ready to unlock the Power of R Shiny like never before! ShinyConf 2024 virtual conference has been announced for 17th-19th April 2024 and early bird registration is available.

  • Netherlands eScience Center is hosting a National Research Software Day on 23rd April.

  • For those interested in meeting and collaborating with others across the UK with a common interest in digital literacy in research, reproducibility etc, registration is now open for the Software Sustainability Institute’s Collaborations Workshop 2024 30th April - 2nd May. Themes: Environmental Sustainability, AI/ML tools for science, and Citizen Science.

  • The Enterprise Applications of the R Language Conference (EARL) celebrates its 10th Anniversary at EARL 2024 on 4th-5th September.

Open Research

University of Sheffield Open Research Conversation recordings

Events and news

Research software practice

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


Code for Thought


Tutorial of the month

  • A start to finish beginner-friendly tutorial on Python packaging from pyOpenSci.


We’re in the process of finalising some forthcoming RSE training events so keep an eye on our Training page for more information and join our mailing list to hear about new events.

External Training


PhD position


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 31st January.


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 lunchbytes-organisers-group@sheffield.ac.uk or suggest topics on the jamboard.


RSE support via the Centre for Machine Intelligence (CMI-RSE)

Sheffield’s Centre for Machine Intelligence (CMI) is funding 1 FTE of research engineering time, enabling RSE to provide AI/ML services without cost recovery. The CMI-RSE team primarily supports members of the University community by enabling, designing, implementing and refining AI streams in research projects.

If you have a project in mind that would benefit from CMI-RSE involvement, please have a look at the FAQ and complete the application form to register your interest and begin the conversation.

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: https://students.sheffield.ac.uk/it-services/research.

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.

RSE support via the Centre for Machine Intelligence is available to support members of the University community by enabling, designing, implementing and refining AI streams in 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: rse@sheffield.ac.uk

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.