I hold a BSc in Information Systems from Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU) and an MSc in Information Systems form the University of Sheffield. After receiving my bachelor degree, I worked for a year and half as academic researcher at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh. Then, I moved to work as lecturer at Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University (PSAU) in Riyadh, where I was awarded a scholarship to pursue my master's and PhD degree. Currently, I am doing my Ph.D. at the Information School, University of Sheffield. My Ph.D. research revolves around international students' transition and their use of social media.
Since I started my PhD I have had the opportunity to participate as teaching assistant in a number of modules within the iSchool at Sheffield, including Research Social media, Digital Media and Society and Information Systems Modeling. I have also worked as a research associate with a team of researchers in a project aiming to improve the explanations of assessment and feedback for students and staff.
Investigating the Role of Social Media in Supporting International Students’ Transition to Study in the UK
The overall aim of my Ph.D. research is to explore how the Saudi students define their transition to the UK and how social media is involved in this experience. Qualitative interviews and Twitter data analysis will be applied in this research in order for its data to be collected.
Events and conference presentations
- Presented a paper at the iConference 2020, Boras, Sweden, March 2019.
- Delivered a talk at ‘Life Transitions and Social Technologies: Research and Design for Times of Life Change’ workshop, CSCW 2019 conference in Austin, US, November 2019.
- Delivered a 30 minutes talk about the role of social media on Saudi students’ transition to the UK at the iSchool conference, University of Sheffield, August 2019.
- Presented a poster at the Innovations in Online Research Workshop and Network Launch, University of Manchester, May 2019.
- Delivered a talk to research students at INF6904 about the Digital Societies Research Group, University of Sheffield, February 2019.
- Presented a poster at the iConference 2019, Washington, D.C., US, April 2019.
- Delivered a talk for a full academic paper at the fifth European Conference on Social Media (ECSM), Limerick, Ireland, June 2018.
- Delivered a talk titled with “An Investigation of Sentiment and Themes from Twitter for Brexit-2016”, Digital Societies Research Group, University of Sheffield, June 2018.
My research interests lie in the areas of Information Science, Data Science, Computer-Mediated Communication and Researching Social Media. I also have an interest in the concept of transition and more precisely in how the international students' transition can be defined. I am also interested in knowing how humans use technology to communicate and how culture and gender influences such use.
Funding and awards
- Bursary for attending the Innovations in Online Research Workshop and Network Launch, University of Manchester, May 2019.
- Award for excellence for two times in Ph.D. from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau, UK, 2018/2019.
- Award for excellence in master degree from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau, UK, 2017
- Second honor award, BSc in Information Systems, IMSIU, 2013
- Alsuhaibani A., Cox A., Hopfgartner F., Zhao X. (2020) Saudi International Students’ Perceptions of Their Transition to the UK and the Impact of Social Media. In: Sundqvist A., Berget G., Nolin J., Skjerdingstad K. (eds) Sustainable Digital Communities. iConference 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12051. Springer, Cham
Conference proceedings papers
- Alsuhaibani A., Cox A., Hopfgartner F., Zhao X. (2019) An Investigation of the Physical and Digital Transitions of Saudi Students Coming to the UK. Workshop paper. In: CSCW 2019, Austin, Texas, USA, November 9-13, 2019.
- Alsuhaibani, A., Cox, A., & Hopfgartner, F. (2019). Investigating the Role of Social Media during the Transition of International Students to the UK. Poster presentation. In: iConference 2019. Washington, D.C., US, April 2019.
- Alsuhaibani, A. (2018). An Investigation of Sentiment and Themes from Twitter for Brexit-2016. Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Social Media (ECSM). Limerick, Ireland, 20 June 2018 - 22 June 2018.