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First Melete Scholarships for KMi Research Students Awarded

KMi is delighted to announce PhD Research Students Shuang Ao and Joseph Kwarteng are the first-ever recipients of the prestigious Melete Scholarships. The Melete Scholarship will provide Shuang and Joseph with the opportunity to have the extra financial freedom to realise their talent through their project proposals Melete was founded in 2019 by John &…

Shuang Ao wins Judges’ first prize at OU Grad School Poster Competition

Congratulations to our PhD Research Student, Shuang Ao, who won the Judges 1st Choice at this year’s OU Grad School Social PhD poster competition. The awards ceremony took place at an in-person event in the Hub Theatre at The Open University Campus on the 15th of June. All the winners and runners-up were announced in a tweet by @OUGradSchool.  Responding to colleagues’ congratulatory messages Shuang…

Dr Tracie Farrell Awarded A Future Leaders Fellowship

Dr Tracie Farrell has been announced among 84 promising future leaders as part of a sweep of research and innovation awarded fellowships given funding totalling £98 million. These 84 most promising science and research leaders will benefit from £97.8m to tackle major global issues and to commercialise their innovations in the UK, Science Minister George…

Congratulations to KMi’s Newest Doctor, Zeeshan Jan!

KMi would like to congratulate our newest Doctor, Zeeshan Jan. Formerly a PhD Research Student, Zeeshan has been a part of KMi for over four years. His thesis, entitled ‘Peer-review on a Decentralised Web’, was supervised by John Domingue, Aisling Third and Tracie Farrell. The paper was reviewed by examiners Tobias Kuhn and Bart Rienties,…

Athena Swan Silver Award Success

KMi is delighted to announce that we have received an Athena Swan Silver Award following our recent submission to Advance HE.   The Athena Swan Self-Assessment (SAT) Team had membership drawn from our academic, professional services and doctoral students. Prof Advaith Siddharthan, who led SAT’s submission over the past year, said: “Our most compelling narratives were…

KMi Research is Published in The Conversation

The Conversation UK is an independent source of news analysis, and informed comment written by academic experts, working with professional journalists who help share their knowledge with the world. KMi’s Social Data Science Group members, Prof Harith Alani, Dr Gregoire Burel, and Dr Tracie Farrell have co-authored a piece in The Conversation. The article titled…

REF 2021 recognises 82% of OU research impact as world-leading or internationally excellent

The Research Excellence Framework 2021 results are out! KMi contributed to several units of assessment, the biggest of which was Computer Science and Informatics, which submitted 45 full-time equivalent staff, 44% more than in 2014. The Open University’s Computing Research is ranked 27 out of 90, for Research Power, which puts us in the top…

Harith Alani Presented a Keynote at BeyondFacts 2022 on Misinformation

BeyondFacts 2022 is a leading international workshop on the topic of misinformation, which was collocated with The Web Conference in Lyon. The workshop provides a venue for sharing and discussing the latest scientific research on a range of related topics, such as social media mining, computational fact-checking, and misinformation spread analysis. Prof Harith Alani, our…

KMi Researchers Take Part in DATATHON AGAINST RACISM

We are an incredibly diverse research lab, with around 20 nationalities within our 60-80 personnel. KMi’s Joseph Kwarteng, Angel Pavon-Perez, Martino Mensio, and Paula Reyero-Lobo competed in a challenge to build a model that can detect racist language over text messages, against 9 other teams. The Datathon was hosted by BCN Analytics, and kicked off…

KMi’s Next Director is Finally Announced!

KMi is excited to announce that Professor Harith Alani has been appointed as KMi’s 5th director. Harith will be taking up his post on the 1st of August, once Professor John Domingue steps down after seven years as director. Harith joined KMi in 2009 as a Senior Lecturer, then progressed to full Professor a few…


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