Information School facilities

Information School research facilities include the iLab, iSpace and Tom Wilson collaboratory.

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The School has invested a six-figure sum to create leading-edge, flexible and technology-rich facilities for learning and teaching that are consistent with its reputation as a modern, highly respected and world-leading Information School. The new facilities include the iLab, the iSpace and a computer laboratory for collaborative learning.

We have three research labs on-site with workspace for over 80 researchers and a dedicated IT support team to assist with technical queries and requests. 

We also have a number of other newly-refurbished spaces which are available to all our researchers.


iLab

Our state-of-the-art suite of research labs includes both a Usability Lab and Digital Media Lab which enables the systematic collection of research data in controlled conditions via audio, video and screen capture as well as remote observation of participant activities via one-way mirrored windows from the Control Room.

Students and staff can efficiently apply a range of methodologies and types of research projects, from interviews to user testing. The labs can be used to conduct focus groups or study small group behaviour using the Digital Media Lab, or to test software or website usability in the Usability Lab. 

Our labs are available for hire across the University and for external organisations.

Book the iLab

Check out our iLab user guides


I used the Information School's iLab for MA Social Work students undertaking a videoed role play with a service user as part of their skills development.

The iLab is centrally located within the University and using it for the video recording was simple with problem-free recording. Students had easy access to their recording afterwards via a link to a central server, allowing them to undertake analysis of the recording.

The iLab Manager was very responsive to any queries about requirements for the day and technical queries after. I intend to use it again.

Robin Sen

 Lecturer in Social Work, Department of Sociological Studies


iSpace

An open plan social learning area for use by students and staff.

It has display facilities, open-access PCs, comfortable seating, and bookable partitioned group work areas and can be used for individual or group work or for simply relaxing in between classes.


Tom Wilson collaboratory

A large computer lab that can be used for more formal teaching and learning, as well as arranged flexibly with desktop machines and open space for group work and the use of mobile devices (laptops and tablets etc).

The facilities include two Sympodium lectern stations at opposite ends of the room and six large format displays for all round viewing.

Other facilities include:

  • A dedicated lecture room on site
  • Wi-fi internet access throughout the School for students who wish to connect via their own devices
  • A team of technicians who provide dedicated support for the School's technology and are on hand to assist with technical problems and advice
  • Up-to-date software packages for word processing, spreadsheets, databases and web design
  • More specialised software, as required

Computing facilities

We also offer excellent computing facilities and support from our dedicated IT team.

ICT Manager Paul Fenn talks about the Computing Facilities available to students at the Information School at the University of Sheffield.

Other Information School facilities

  • Dedicated lecture room on site
  • Wi-fi internet access throughout the School for students who wish to connect via their own devices
  • A team of technicians who provide dedicated support for the School's technology and are on hand to assist with technical problems and advice
  • A range of up-to-date software packages for word processing, spreadsheets, databases, web design
  • More specialised software as required

For information on University campus facilities visit: University facilities

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