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Salford duo amongst most influential HE professionals on social media


Salford duo amongst most influential HE professionals on social media

Wednesday 7 October 2015

Two academics from the University of Salford have been named in the UK’s top-50 most influential higher education professionals on social media. 

This comes after the UK’s education digital technology organisation, Jisc, launched a summer call to HE professionals at universities across the country, encouraging them to nominate themselves or someone they knew who uses social media in unique or interesting ways.

Moira McLoughlin (@Levylass) and Wendy Sinclair (@wlasinclair), who both lecturer in Children’s Nursing at the University’s School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences, each submitted a blurb to Jisc explaining why they should be selected in the top 50, before their social media profiles were then judged by a panel of social media experts.

The panel included award-winning social media editor for Times Higher Education Chris Parr, Inside Higher Ed journalist and blogger Eric Stoller, and Teacher Training Videos founder Russell Stannard, as well as Jisc’s David Kernohan and Sarah Knight, as they selected a final line-up with an impressive mix of academics, vice-chancellors, librarians, IT and support staff. 

Speaking after the announcement, Moira said: “When we saw the call for nominations for #jisc50social, we applied individually. What was incredibly pleasing for us was that the panel recognised our personal achievements so they brought this work together to highlight how it impacted on the success of the school account @nursingSUni.”

Wendy added: “We’ve worked incredibly hard to build our social media profiles to engage with students and healthcare professionals both locally and across the globe. So we were delighted to be selected by a panel of social media experts who recognised both our personal and team achievements here at Salford.”

This news follows on the back of the University of Salford recently being named as one of the UK’s top-10 most influential higher education institutions on social media, by social media agency, Rise.

The University, which plans to be the first ‘truly digital UK University’, ranked 8th in the country for the effectiveness of its social media as it was also named the leading social media university in the North, according to Rise.