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Ms Jane Reid


Senior Lecturer & Director of Development, Deputy Dean for Graduate Opportunities (S&E)

Telephone: +44 20 7882 5812
Room Number: Peter Landin, CS 309
Office Hours: Monday 12:00-13:00, Monday 14:00-15:00


Industrial Placement Project (Undergraduate)

The Industrial Experience (IE) year consists of one year spent working with an appropriate employer in a role that relates directly to your field of study. The year is undertaken between the second and fourth years of your degree programme. Aims To provide a route to develop genuine and practical skills in a professional context relevant to the degree subject. To enable students to gain a better understanding of their own abilities, aptitudes, attitudes and employment potential. In addition the industrial placement will enhance the final year of the degree programme through an increased appreciation of the taught material.

MSc by Research Project (Postgraduate)

MSc by Research Project

MSc by Research Project (Postgraduate)

This substantial individual research project, worth 8 units, is taken as part of the MSc by Research offering from the Department of Computer Science. Candidates undertake an extended period of research embedded in an appropriate Departmental Research Group. Regular supervision and feedback sessions, combined with active engagement in departmental research seminars support students individual learning and development of research skills. Students will normally be expected to have authored an academic paper as part of the module. Assessment is by written thesis and viva.

MSc Industrial Placement Project (Postgraduate)

The industrial placement project consists of 8-12 months spent working with an appropriate employer in a role that relates directly to your field of study. The placement is undertaken between the taught component and the project. This will provide you with the opportunity to apply the key technical knowledge and skills that you have learnt in your taught modules, and will enable you to gain a better understanding of your own abilities, aptitudes, attitudes and employment potential. The module is only open to students enrolled on a programme of study with integrated placement.

Project (Postgraduate)

A project can be proposed in any area of your specialisation (module). Industrially and commercially proposed topics are welcome. All work must be original and your own. Where you use ideas, structure or text from other sources you must always fully reference this. The project is probably the most demanding task that you have to undertake. It is very different from the taught modules. Although you will have a supervisor, you are on your own to a greater extent. The onus is on you to define the project boundaries, to review relevant literature, to devise the methods of investigation, to carry out the investigation, to assess your findings and to report your work in a scholarly manner. You will be introduced to many of these aspects during the Research Methods module. To be successful you will need to plan, estimate and manage your time and energy. The rest you will have to learn as you go along. You are required to produce three documents, on or before specified deadlines, as part of the project. The project specification is a short document; the Draft report is required one month before the end of the project; followed by the final report (the dissertation).

Project (Postgraduate)

The aim of the MSc project is to give students the opportunity to apply to a significant advanced project, the techniques and technologies, that they have learned in their lecture modules. Projects will either be significantly development based, or else have a research focus. All projects will be expected either to investigate or to make use of techniques that are at the leading edge of the field. Candidates will be asked to submit a project report on completion of the allotted project period (3 months full time). This report will be evaluated using the standard criteria for scholarly work. Projects will also include a viva where students will be required to demonstrate and defend their work.


Research Interests:

My research interests lie in user-related issues in information retrieval (IR), focusing in particular on information seeking behaviour in different contexts, e.g. structured documents. I have also worked on user-centred evaluation of IR systems and interface design for IR systems. I have a developing interest in distance learning, and have strong links with Queen Mary?s Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Unit. My work adopts a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing from such areas as information science, languages and experimental psychology, as well as different areas of computer science, e.g. human-computer interaction.


  • Reid J, Lalmas M, Finesilver K et al. (2006). Best entry points for structured document retrieval - Part 1: Characteristics. nameOfConference
  • Reid J, Lalmas M, Finesilver K et al. (2006). Best entry points for structured document retrieval - Part II: Types, usage and effectiveness. nameOfConference
  • REID JA, Tury S (2004). Information Seeking Behaviour in Distance Learning (poster). Proceedings of ISIC 2004 (Information seeking in Context)
  • LALMAS M, Reid J (2003). Automatic identification of Best Entry Points for Focussed Structured Document Retrievel (Poster). CIKM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Kazai G, Lalmas M, Reid J (2003). Construction of a test collection for the focussed retrieval of structured documents. nameOfConference
  • REID JA, Dunlop M (2003). Evaluation of a Prototype Interface for Structured Document Retrieval. Proceedings of HCI 2003 (Human Computer Interaction)
  • Finesilver K, Reid J (2003). User behaviour in the context of structured documents. nameOfConference
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