UCL Research Software Development

The UCL Research Software Development Team (RSDT) was launched in Autumn 2012 as part of the Research IT Services Department within the Information Services Division. This is a team of professional software developers with particular expertise in designing, constructing and maintaining software for academic research.

Our goal is to enhance UCL’s capacity to produce high quality scientific software, from the simplest scripts to complex simulations running on state of the art high performance computers. We do this by collaborating with researchers who are creating their own software.

Research teams preparing grants involving software development should consider bringing in the team as collaborators, costing programming effort from our developers into the grant.

We will be providing a termly call for free software development effort in line with UCL’s research priorities. The fourth such call is now open.

The team members are always happy, where time permits, to consult, at no cost, with researchers on issues relating to computational research, including support for computational grant submissions, help with recruitment of research programmers, and to provide advice on thorny software design or implementation questions.

We also provide a pilot service in Research Software Development Infrastructure. This will make available to those UCL researchers who create their own research software the tools they need to do so in a sustainable, professional manner.

We will be making further announcements as we develop our services with regard to teaching and training.

Our activities are governed by two academic governance bodies, an executive, chaired by Andrew Smith, and a board, chaired by Prof. Anthony Finkelstein.

We are excited and proud to work with the UCL research community in the creation and maintenance of readable, reliable and efficient scientific software.

For general contact and queries regarding the UCL Research Software Development Team and its services, please email rc-softdev@ucl.ac.uk

Dr James Hetherington – Team Leader, UCL Research Software Development

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