We provide three core services but are flexible enough to provide bespoke support. If you don't see what you're looking for here, get in touch!
Our primary role is to provide software engineering expertise onto research projects. We have a wide range of skills and can cover most types of requests
We provide grant writing support at no upfront cost, we can help write the technical sections and data management plan for your grant
The entire team are trained Software Carpentry instructors and can cover introductory sessions on version control, UNIX shell and programming with Python
When you work with an RSE they are in constant communication with the rest of the team, this way your project has access to the combined knowledge of the entire team. Finding all the skills and knowledge your project needs in one human can be tough, having two software engineers at half time each with complementary skills can be better for your project rather than one full-time developer who only has some of the skills needed.
We can also support staff working at fractional FTE splits, making it easier to support getting an experienced software engineer onto your project who is shared with another research project. Staffing project roles at less than 100% are the types of posts that are traditionally very hard to recruit for, using the RSE team solves this problem
RSEs can be assigned to projects at key times on the project, and not always continuously. Over a multi-year research project you may only require software development expertise at specific times or as a part-time role, making it difficult to recruit yourself. Timeline permitting, using the RSE team means you can request support in short bursts and at multiple points during your project
The team is involved in a large number of projects at any one time. These are just a few of the things we've been working on.
Animating Text Newcastle University (ATNU) is a digital collaboration between scholarly editors based in humanities disciplines and the Digital Institute. It sets out to create new ways in which readers and users can interact with texts, and to explore and test opportunities for immersive reading and writing. What's unique about ATNU is that our ideas for the immersive texts of the future are based on the texts and books of the past that we are editing (1500-1900), which were already imagined as variable, dynamic, vital, interactive, akin to a 3D experience.
School of English Literature, Language and LinguisticsVIEW
The ePrescribing Risk and Safety Evaluation (ePRaSE) project seeks to create a self reporting tool available to pharmacists within the NHS to evaluate the ePrescribing system used in their trust. Such systems attempt to codify rules for drugs and should intervene when a medical practitioner attempts to prescribe combinations of drugs that could lead to negative health outcomes for the patient. The ePRaSE tool seeks to test these rules by creating patient scenarios that test the ability of ePrescribing systems to flag issues as well as let through legitimate and safe prescriptions. It captures and compares data from all trusts to provide an overview of the state of ePrescribing in NHS England.
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The FinTech industry is one of the major growth industries in the United Kingdom. These companies create new, cheaper and faster services, utilising the latest technologies such as cloud, mobile and blockchain. To succeed they need to gain the trust of customers in a period that society's trust in the financial industry is still impacted by the mortgage crisis almost a decade ago. They need to gain this trust while technologies are changing rapidly and data breaches are continuously in the news. FinTrust will research the issue of trust in FinTech, identifying the generic research challenges and establishing fundamental research results. A particular focus will be on increased automation through the use of machine learning algorithms, which may have implications that affect consumer trust in the new services.
School of Computing
Cells are the fundamental units of life, and the human body contains around 37 trillion of them. Most cells contain the same genome, but gene activity varies from cell to cell. To truly understand the genome, we need to understand how it instructs cells to carry out their unique functions in the body. A new global initiative called the Human Cell Atlas is setting out to tackle this challenge, using powerful genomics approaches to define the cell types in the human body and reveal how they behave in health and disease.
Researchers in Geography are developing methods of landslide detection and mitigation. They have an ideal natural landslide laboratory at theA83 at Rest and Be Thankful in Scotland, a key trunk road where more than £8 million has been spend on landslide mitigation and events occur with regularity, multiple times per year. Previous grants have funded initial sensors, and, a slope-wide resilient 4G / satellite Wi-Fi system to get data to the cloud for live processing. The crux of this project is to able to efficiently and rapidly bring these data streams that are processed in many different languages and software together, and allow them to be used in combination where they are far more powerful.
The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
Rome Transformed (ROMETRANS) aims to advance our understanding of Rome and its place in cultural change across the Mediterranean World by mapping political, military, and religious changes to the eastern Caelian from the first to eighth centuries CE. The programme offers multiple gains for archaeologists, historians, topographers, and geographers by documenting both the mundane and monumental elements of the city fabric in chronological, geographical, and ideological relationship to one another.
School of History, Classics and ArchaeologyVIEW
The project would have been extremely challenging for us without RSE support. Jim was very easy to work with, gave clear communication, explaining what he was going to do as well as why it was the best approach and how it would work.
The collaborative exchange and software engineering input has resulted in significantly enhanced features to our existing web portals as well as new data queries and visualisation options
The team have helped deliver the first iteration of a Web based tool being used nationally across the NHS. The software engineers’ knowledge, skills and support will continue to be an important part of this project, which is funded to develop further iterations.
Working with the team has been a real pleasure, we appreciate their readiness to engage with our ideas, and share their knowledge. The feedback we have been given on our shared work when showing it at conferences has been outstanding: a testimony to its quality.
Our team is made up of software engineers with a wide range of skills and backgrounds. Click on each person to see their full technical CV.
Senior Research Software Engineer
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