Top in the UK for Librarianship and Information Management * The logical choice for all levels of professional education and development in information and library management.

RGU libraryWe offer a professionally-accredited Masters course in Information Management and Information and Library Studies as well as our MBA Information Management and Graduate Certificate Information Studies which is available for those who seek an access course for entry to our Masters programmes. Our new MSc Digital Curation course has been developed in recognition of the need to ensure long term maintenance and preservation of digital assets (first intake January 2014).

The department has 20 full and part-time doctoral students who study either PhDs or on the professional Doctorate of Information Science DInfSci Programme

The Department works closely with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) which accredits our MSc courses, and has strong links with practitioners and fellow academics throughout the UK and beyond.

The Department of Information Management is the home of the Information: Interactions and Impact (i3) Conference.

* The Complete University Guide 2013 subject tables.

  • MSc Digital Curation Degree | Masters Digital Curation Program

    The new MSc Digital Curation course has been designed to equip students with the knowledge and practical skills to ensure the preservation and maintenance of digital data and information.

  • Masters in Information Management Degree | MSc Information Management

    Develop academic knowledge and relevant practical skills for a career in information management.

  • “The course provided me with the right balance of theory and practice across core areas of librarianship. It was both challenging and stimulating and I was not disappointed.”

    Elaine Shalcross - Information Consultant, Law and Business Studies Information and Library Studies MSc

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    Information Management encompasses the disciplines of Librarianship, Knowledge and Information Management, our courses are designed in consultation with practitioners and professional bodies.

    Information Semantics Diagram

    We have recently launched an MSc Digital Curation course which has been developed in recognition of the need to ensure long term maintenance and preservation of digital assets. Digital Curation facilitates user participation and co-production of content and presents new opportunities to add value to digital data throughout its lifecycle to ensure that it can be ‘stored, accessed, reused and transformed for future research, business and socio-cultural activities’ (Digital Curation Centre, 2013). Digital Curation has relevance to multiple areas in the public, private and third sectors including:  digital data management in business, innovation in the creative and cultural industries, academic research data management in education, and open government data.

    Other MSc courses are:

    The Graduate Certificate Information Studies has been designed as an access route for those with work experience in the sector who do not currently have the necessary educational qualifications in this area. It allows them to gain access to Masters Degree courses in Information and Library Studies, Information Management and Digital Curation.

    Doctoral Studies

    Professional Development
    We also offer short courses for professional development such as the Document Control Foundation course which has been developed for new entrants to the Document Control function in the Oil and Gas sector.


    Information Management Research recognised in 2008 RAE

    Our Research Mission

    The Research Mission of the department of Information Management is to develop understanding of the use and impact of information and knowledge, leading to information solutions that empower individuals, organisations and communities. We are committed to:

    1. The pursuit of excellence in information and knowledge management research of relevance to social, cultural and economic development;
    2. Undertaking research in:

    User Behaviours and Skills integrates long-standing interests in information literacies, information behaviour and knowledge management.

    Managing Information Assets – the role of information as an organisational or societal asset, and issues affecting its application.

    Information Environments – the examination of specific information-centric contexts, such as libraries and publishers, as well as online and workplace environments.

    1. Effective dissemination and knowledge transfer to inform research, policy and practice such as the i3 Conference.

    We undertake research funded by a variety of agencies including ESRC, AHRC, UNESCO, EU, Scottish Government, ITSN, NHS Scotland, and private sector. To find out more about our specific research studies and publications please click on the research themes above. There you will also find more details on the staff and research students who make up our vibrant research community.

    The department of Information Management supervises doctoral studies in a wide range of user-focused topics. We are also proud members of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (ESRC Doctoral Training Centre in Scotland) and its Information Science pathway.

    The international Information: Interactions and Impact (i3) Conference is organised by the Department of Information Management and the Institute for Management, Governance and Society (IMaGeS). This biennial conference is held at Robert Gordon University.

    The department also help to organise the Making Connections events. This occasional series of presentations and workshops bring researchers and practitioners together to explore the implications of research into information literacy.


    Our teaching staff are research active in the areas of information management and information and library studies. They also teach on the management, communication and law programmes.

    Head of Department

  • Peter H Reid

    Prof Peter Reid

    Professor Reid is Head of the Department of Information Management. His principal research interests are Local Studies Librarianship, Historical Bibliography and library history, Reference and Enquiry Services and Digital Reference Services.  

  • Research Co-ordinator

  • Simon Burnett

    Dr Simon Burnett is Research theme leader for Governance and Society within IMaGeS. His interests are in the importance of the knowledge economy and its development.  

  • Academic Staff

  • Graeme Baxter

    Graeme Baxter is a Research Assistant within the Department of Information Management.  

  • Sylvie Davies

    Sylvie Davies is Course Leader for the Graduate Certificate Information Studies and teaches in Information Society module on the course.  

  • Alan Hunt

    Alan Hunt is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Management with responsibility for Programme Leadership of the Department’s postgraduate programme. He is also Course Leader for BA Management Studies.  

  • Linda Jenkins

    Linda Jenkins is Lecturer in the Information Management department.  

  • Alan MacLennan

    Dr Alan MacLennan is Course Leader for the MSc in Information Management and teaches modules in Relational Databases, Information Dissemination and Records Management on the course.  

  • Konstantina Martzoukou

    Konstantina Martzoukou

    Konstantina Martzoukou is the Course Leader for the MSc Information & Library Studies.  

  • Laura Muir

    Laura Muir

    Dr Muir is a Senior Lecturer (Knowledge Exchange) in the Department of Information Management. Her research interests include Perceptually Optimised Video Communication Systems, Information Systems Design and Usability and Information Accessibility.  

  • Roderick Smith

    Roderick Smith is a lecturer in the Information Management Department and Course Leader for MSc Organisational Learning.  

  • Elizabeth Tait

    Elizabeth Tait

    Dr Elizabeth Tait is Lecturer in the Department of Information Management and Aberdeen Business School . She is course leader for the MSc Digital Curation and MBA Information Management. She is also the Research Degree Coordinator for the DinfSc and PhD programmes within the department.  

  • Caroline Whitehead

    Caroline Whitehead is a part time Lecturer in the Department of Information Management.  

  • Dorothy Williams

    Director of the IMAGES Research Institute, and Theme Leader for the Business & Enterprise and Information & Communication research themes. The focus of her research interests are around information literacy, and impact of information and information services.  

  • News

    Department of Information News

    1. 12, March, 2014 RGU expert to take part in international cyber security conference

      Ian Allison

      Professor Ian Allison will attend the Global Forum on Cyber Security for the Oil and Gas Industry in Amsterdam on March 13 and 14.  

    2. 06, March, 2014 MSc Fashion Management Students Visit Milan Fashion Week

      milan fashion week

      Post-graduate Fashion Management students have returned from the trip of a life-time to Milan Fashion Week, incorporating the beautiful city of Florence.  

    3. 14, February, 2014 RGU strengthens links with Algeria as it welcomes the UK Ambassador

      RGU welcomed the UK Ambassador for Algeria to its Garthdee campus this week.  

    4. 14, February, 2014 Experienced business leader shares wealth of knowledge with MBA students

      Industry leader Ian Marchant shares his knowledge of business strategy with MBA students.  

    5. 23, December, 2013 Balmoral Offshore Engineering rewards MSc Project Management students

      Three RGU students have benefited from a £5,000 sponsorship package from Balmoral Offshore Engineering.  


    1. 08, May, 2014 Professorial Lecture: Mr Kipling and Management: An Exceedingly Good Lecture

      Professorial Lecture to be delivered by Ken Russell, Associate Dean of Aberdeen Business School.  

    2. 23, May, 2014 MBA Leadership Week 2014

      MBA Leadership Week brings together our entire MBA programme cohort for an intensive combination of academic and practical workshops at Aberdeen Business School.  

    3. 21, June, 2014 Gray's School of Art Fashion Show

      Grays Fashion Show 2014 - Letty Bishop Fashion Design

      Presenting the exceptional work, designed and made by our Fashion Design students.  

    4. 15, July, 2014 Summer Graduation Ceremony - Aberdeen Business School (2:30pm)

      Gavin McLean

      Ceremony for all Undergraduate courses (including Graduate Certificates) in Department of Management, Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics  

    5. 16, July, 2014 Summer Graduation Ceremony - Aberdeen Business School (10:30am)

      Simone Barnett and Nicole Kennedy 2

      Ceremony for Undergraduate courses (including Graduate Certificates) in Department of Communication, Marketing and Media, Department of Law  

    6. 16, July, 2014 Summer Graduation Ceremony - Aberdeen Business School (2:30pm)

      Ceremony for ABS Postgraduate courses – All Departments. (including Diploma in Legal Practice & PgDip Prof Legal Practice, but not including Graduate Certificates)  

    7. 06, November, 2014 2014 International Conference on Architectural Technology

      ICAT logo

      Scott Sutherland School is hosting the International Conference on Architectural Technology in November 2014.