University of Bath research students are better connected

Research students at the University are learning about social media through a series of events titled ‘The Connected Researcher at Bath’ which started this week.

The series is being run by Jez Cope from the Department of Chemistry and E-Learning Officer for the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Geraldine Jones.

Jez says: “We have identified an opportunity to increase the use of social media among our research students, both to maintain an awareness of topical events in their subjects and to promote their work.”

The first event took place on Thursday 14 April and was presented by Tristram Hooley from the University of Derby. Tristram, co-wrote the paper ‘Social media: a guide for researchers’, and during the talk he addressed the big conceptual issues surrounding social media, helping the group understand the potential its use has for them.

Jez adds: “We are thrilled that Tristram took the time to come to Bath to speak to our students, and the content of the talk was extremely useful.

“There is already a large community from the University using platforms such as Twitter and many of them joined in with the event this week, interacting with the students when they logged into Twitter for the first time.”

Part of the event involved students opening a Twitter account, posting their first tweet and finding relevant academic profiles to follow.

Students posted using the hashtag #bathcr and a large number of tweeters interested in social media research in HR joined in the discussion, giving advice to the research students.

Members of the University community are now invited to log into the new wiki space and add their comments and contributions.

The group is also looking to record some short video clips of researchers and support staff in higher education talking about how and why they use social media. If you are happy to contribute to these please contact Jez Cope by email.

Tristram’s talk was recorded using Panopto, and is available to view.

The series is being funded by the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. Research students interested in attending future events should register online. The next workshop is titled 'Social networking and profiling for research and academic purpose' and will take place on Thursday 14 April.

Places are limited, but if there is sufficient demand there may be opportunities to run similar workshops in the future.

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