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DIS and TNA to offer A fully funded PhD Studentship

February 24, 2011

The Department of Information Science and The National Archives (TNA) are jointly offering a fully-funded PhD studentship to UK/EU applicants. The UK/EU university tuition fee will be paid and recipients will also receive a tax-free stipend at the EPSRC standard rate (£13590 for 2010/11).

The National Archives ( in Kew is the UK government’s official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history, up to and including a unique archive of all government web sites consisting of over 1 billion web pages. It gives detailed guidance to government departments and the public sector on information management and advises others about the care of historical archives. It has a lead role in the wider archive and information profession, and is active in information research.

The collection, management and access of email messages is becoming an increasingly urgent challenge in information research. Knowing what and where messages have been stored, who has done what to them, what is in them, and which are important, are all crucial to the good storage and retrieval of digital information and decisions about whether they should be preserved. This exciting PhD topic will involve contributing to the area of Email Classification and Categorisation which will span a number of fields including Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, and Social Network Analysis.  

The Department of Information Science is looking to continue its track record in this area, as it currently holds the best f-measure score for retrieving knowledge key phrases from email messages. Further information can be found at:

The successful applicant will join the Department of Information Science, which has a thriving PhD community, and be supervised by Dr Tom Jackson and Professor Graham Mathews. Time will be spent at both Loughborough University and at The National Archives, as the datasets cannot leave The National Archives. The successful candidate will be required to gain appropriate UK government security clearance.

For more information on the Studentship and how to apply please visit:

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