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6 May 2010 | PR10/80

Professor Amanda Spink joins Loughborough University

Professor Amanda Spink

Professor Amanda Spink

Professor Amanda Spink has been appointed to a Chair in Information Science at Loughborough University.

She joins the Department of Information Science from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, where she was Research Capacity Building Professor of Information Science.

Professor Spink’s research focuses on developing theories, models and empirical studies of information behaviour.  She has over 330 publications and six books.  Her most recent book, ‘Information Behaviour: An Evolutionary Instinct (Springer)’, provides a new evolutionary and interdisciplinary theoretical and research framework for understanding information behaviour.

Professor Spink has been noted as an intellectual leader for Library and Information Science and for having the second highest citation h-index in the field.  She has also recently been appointed Editor of the Emerald Library and Information Science book series.

Speaking about her appointment, Professor Graham Matthews, Head of Loughborough’s Department of Information Science, said: “The University and Department are extremely pleased to have appointed Professor Spink, a renowned scholar in the field.  Her international reputation for research in information science goes before her.  Colleagues are looking forward to working with her when she takes up her appointment in September.  We are looking for her to make considerable impact.”

Loughborough's Department of Information Science is ranked as the top institution in the UK to study Library and Information Management (Times Good University Guide - June 2009) and has consistently achieved very high ratings in the National Student Survey and the Research Assessment Exercise.

The Department offers a range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level within the broad area of Information Science, including: Information Management and Business Studies, Information Management and Computing, Publishing with English, Web Development and Design; Information and Knowledge Management, Information and Library Management and Information Management and Business Technology.

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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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