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The importance of research software engineers

Published: 16 August 2013

The importance of research software engineers is the focus of a feature in this week’s Times Higher Education.

The article focuses on a campaign by the Software Sustainability Institute, a national facility for building better software including experts from Southampton, who are committed to cultivating world-class research through software.

Simon Hettrick, the Institute’s Policy and communications lead who is based in Electronics and Computer Science, says: “Software is a fundamental part of research, and research software engineers are fundamental to good software. Despite this, the role is not well understood in the research community. This is something the Software Sustainability Institute is campaigning to change.”

If you would like to know more, you can read the full article in this week's magazine or online.

Next month, the Institute is holding a workshop for research software engineers on 11 September at the Oxford eResearch Centre. The aim is to bring research software engineers together to talk about new tools and interesting work, to share ideas with people who do the same work, and to discuss how to overcome the problems that are faced by all research software engineers - like gaining recognition and reward for their work.

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