The Web Science Institute brings together world-leading multidisciplinary expertise to tackle the most pressing global challenges facing the World Wide Web and wider society today. It is necessarily interdisciplinary, as much about social and organisational behaviour, as about the underpinning technology.
We run major international research programmes funded by UK Research Councils, the EU, government and industrial partners. We integrate research groups across the University including the Work Futures Research Centre, the National Centre for Cybersecurity, the Digital Humanities Hub, the National Centre for Research Methods and the Administrative Data Research Centre - England.
The WSI is home to the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Web Science, with over 70 fully funded PhD students. We also run a number of MSc programmes, the first UK undergraduate programme in Web Science and are leading the way in online education with our Web Science MOOC. This is produced in collaboration with the Institute for Learning, Innovation and Development.
The WSI promotes community engagement through governance bodies including the Web Science Trust and W3C, R&D initiatives such as SoFWIReD and the Open Data Institute, and business collaborations such as the Connected Digital Economy Catapult and Business South. The student Digital Champions (Digichamps) support staff and students in developing digital literacies, curriculum innovation and real time promotion of events through social media.