Social Media Information For Staff

The University supports and encourages constructive, open dialogue and the exchange of ideas between staff  at all levels within the organisation.

Staff Communication


Our Yammer channel allows staff to communicate in a private, easy-to-use closed-network social media environment. Only people with a university email account can join. Like many other social networks, Yammer  allows users to share messages, links and images, and allows the creation of  special interest groups across the University.


LinkedIn is a great way for staff to promote their own professional profile and our 'company' page allows staff to stay up to date with what is going on within the University. Feature stories, alumni profiles and positions are featured on our company page and it is another way to get to know your colleagues.

Getting Involved

We aim to source content for our core social media channels from every campus, every discipline and every Research Institute, Centre and Group, allowing us to showcase the best of the best from every corner of the University.

If you have information or content that you think would fit well on our social channels, we want to hear about it! All you need to do is fill out the Social Media Post Request to tell us what you want to post and whether you have a picture, video or any other visual asset to go along with it.

If your area or department has so much engaging content that it could fill its own social media channel, check out this video for some  guidelines before sending us a Social Media Project Brief.

Social Media for Researchers

Social media is becoming an important way for researchers to  increase their visibility in a competitive research environment.

Your Academic Profile

Creating and maintaining a professional academic profile is important for researchers. Choosing which platform you use, for this is up to personal preference, although choosing one that allows you to link to authorised open access versions of your publications is crucial. Some of the widely used platforms are: 

  • (opens in a new window) - a platform for academics to share research papers
  • Mendeley (opens in a new window) - a platform that can help you organise your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.
  • (opens in a new window) - built for scientists, by scientists, with the idea that science can do more when it's driven by collaboration.
  • Zotero (opens in a new window) - an easy use tool easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organise, cite, and share your research sources.
  • Scholastica(opens in a new window) - allows you to create, manage, and publish in peer-reviewed open access journals online.


Altmetrics are a new form of metrics that measure the impact of scholarly research through social media. Altmetrics allow you to track the number of social citations (through twitter), downloads, bookmarks, blog posts about your articles. Many websites and online publishers are now calculating altmetrics and providing this information to readers.

This blog post (opens in a new window) provides insights into how altmetrics  measure the benefits of researchers making authorised versions of their publications freely available. For assistance please contact your School Librarian or watch the Library Open Access Webinar recordings on these topics.

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