The Information Retrieval (IR) group is part of the Information School at the University of Sheffield, one of the international groups of world-leading iSchools, and recognised as the premier school of its kind in the UK

The IR group focuses on facilitating access to information regardless of intellectual domain, task, information use environment, type of information, type of information object, or type of process required. Its work is informed by three core areas that also define the scope of its research:

We apply this foundation in a multitude of ways including: examining the cross-lingual and multi-lingual problem from retrieval to access, providing access to multi-media, making enterprise search more effective using task-based approaches, and examining the geo-spatial element in access, retrieval and use. An overarching theme at al levels of our work is on the appropriate application of evaluation methodologies and the development of new ones.