Information Studies


Department of Information Studies (DIS)

The UCL Department of Information Studies offers postgraduate qualifications and training for all the information professions.


We are the only department in the UK which holds together in one place programmes in library and information studies, information science, archives and records management, publishing, and digital humanities. Our modules are also open to people wishing to update or fill-in gaps in their professional skills.


In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) 29% of our research was judged to be world leading, and a further 39% internationally excellent.


LAHP/AHRC Collaborative PhD Studentship at UCL and The National Archives

Applications are invited for a LAHP/AHRC fully-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award studentship ‘Delivering Digital Data: Humanities Data Practices’ in collaboration with The National Archives and UCL’s Department of Information Studies to commence in October 2018.

In this new and emerging environment, where data is becoming more ubiquitous and the repositories holding it are proliferating more than ever before, the traditional skills of the curator (trusted stewardship and preservation, selection and interpretation) take on a new significance at the same time as they face challenge and change. This study seeks to map out existing and evolving humanities data practices with particular emphasis on the changing relationship this implies between researchers and curators. The mapping exercise will inform a work stream involving data delivery services desired by humanities scholars in respect of datasets held by The National Archives. The datasets to observe will be identified in consultation with the successful candidate and the final choice made by the student, but the datasets chosen will represent a range of different creation and preservation contexts, including public records, administrative and research data, and open and controlled access.

Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) provide funding for doctoral studentship projects to work in collaboration with an organisation outside higher education. They are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships and to provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first-hand experience of work outside the university environment. 

For project details and how to apply, please see the LAHP website: https://www.lahp.ac.uk/collaborative-doctoral-award-studentships/