In retrospect I can’t believe I hesitated. I was settling nicely into my new job. With just a couple of weeks under my belt, I was getting things moving, finding my feet and enjoying a new environment. Then an email landed, a simple enough email, just a request for help in a recruitment process. But when I opened the job description I realised, with a sinking feeling, that the job on offer was the kind I’d been looking for for years, a job I really wanted. I kid you not, I actually hesitated. Thankfully some more sensible people helped to me see sense, and so I find myself now six months into another new role. I’ve moved out of Information Services and back to The College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences to help establish a new research centre.
The Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture & Society is a bit of an anomaly: based at College level rather than School or subject level, it will try to bring people together across fields and disciplines. It’s really about ensuring that our community is prepared for and excited about the possibilities of data-driven research and that the voices of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences are heard within broader data/digital debates. Starting from scratch can be hard work, but we’re getting lots done (like our new website for example) and there’s lots of exciting opportunities on the cards and I’m really enjoying being back around research, and catching up with lots of familiar faces in the research community. It’s been a busy few months, but I have thankfully also had the odd moment or two to look out of my new office window – a great view, and a compensation for the nine(?)flights of stairs I now need to climb every morning.