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Professor in Search & Analytics, University of Sheffield

Paul works part-time as Professor of Search and Analytics at the Information School, University of Sheffield (see, During his time in the department, as well as contributing to research and teaching activities, Paul has been head of the Information Retrieval Group, Director of Research, and coordinator of the MSc Data Science programme. Paul conducts research in areas including AI and Data Science, Information Retrieval, Data Analytics and Natural Language Processing.

Paul is also Head of Data Science for Peak Indicators (, a UK-based Business Intelligence and Analytics company, where he is helping to develop data products and services, produce educational resources and grow the data science capability within Peak Indicators. Prior to working at the University of Sheffield and Peak Indicators, Paul worked in R&D for British Telecommunications Plc at Adastral Park (UK). Paul is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Member of the British Computer Society.


  • –present
    Professor in Search & Analytics, University of Sheffield


  • 1998 
    University of Sheffield, PhD