February 2024 Newsletter

14 January 2024 17:00

The University of Sheffield Research Software Engineering Community Newsletter February 2024

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


Upcoming events in Sheffield

  • SheffieldR User Group Meeting. 2024-02-15 17:30-19:00 in Hicks Building LT9.
  • ResearchComputing@Sheffield is the annually hosted research computing event at The University of Sheffield showcasing projects using research computing. This year the event will take place in Firth Hall on the 9th April 2024. More information to follow.
  • RAS 2024 7th Annual IEEE UK and Ireland Robotics and Automation Society Chapter Conference. 2024-02-21 and 2024-02-22.

Wider RSE network events

  • N8 CIR Digital Research Infrastructure Retreat 2024
  • Institute of Computing for Climate Science (ICCS) ReproHack
    • 2024-03-12 1pm to 6pm, Remote (Zoom). Registrations close 2024-02-29. -Website
  • RSE Midlands meeting in Warwick on 2024-03-07
  • Carpentry Connect Heidelberg 2024
    • 2024-11-12 to 2024-11-14, Heidelberg, Germany
    • Website
  • Royal Statistical Society Talk: - Medical Statistician Apprenticeships and Integrating R into GXP Medical Research
  • Durham HPC Days 2024
    • 2024-05-06 to 2024-05-10, Durham, UK
    • Call for presentations close 2024-02-19
    • Website
  • Collaborations Workshop 2024
  • RSECon24
    • 2024-09-03 to 2024-09-05, Newcastle, UK + Remote
    • Call for submissions: March - May 2024
    • Call for reviewers: March - April 2024
    • Call for volunteers: March - April 2024
    • Registration: Mid April - June 2024
    • Website
  • UseR! 2024 Conference
    • 2024-07-08 to 2024-07-11, Salzburg, Austria + Remote
    • Website
  • An introduction to Octopus.ac
    • 2024-03-28 Online
    • Octopus.ac is a free, UKRI funded publishing model that forgoes the traditional research paper in favour of a series of “micro publications” that more closely model how research is conducted. During this session we’ll invite you to share your perceptions of Octopus and welcome feedback from researchers of all disciplines
    • Event Registration

Open Research

  • FAIR Faculty seminar series is now all scheduled on myDevelopment (requires login)
  • 2nd International Research Software Funders Workshop Summary Report

Research software practice

Blog, Papers & Podcasts


Deep Learning Demystified: Foundations for Non-Computer Scientists

“Deep Learning Demystified: Foundations for Non-Computer Scientists” is an accessible and comprehensive course designed to introduce individuals from diverse backgrounds to the fundamental concepts of deep learning. Through clear explanations and real-world examples, participants will gain a solid understanding of key components of deep learning. By the end of the course, students will be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to engage with and apply deep learning techniques in various fields, regardless of their technical background.

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.



2 opportunities to work within Research Computing Support (part of Research & Innovation IT). The roles are to assist the RCS team in providing support to HPC users, and each position will require a commitment of 8 hours per week, spread over 4 days. Work is expected to be available for 3 months. The work may finish earlier than this, or may be extended subject to mutual agreement. It is anticipated that you will work 2 hours per day, 4 days per week, preferably with at least one day per week in the Brunswick Street office with the Research Computing Support team

Applications close 2024-02-18.

Apply on Career Connect (login required)

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 28th February 2024.


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.