shutterstock_131556587The Social Scholar is a series of lunchtime seminars from the School of Advanced Study, providing training on the theme of Social Media. In these sessions we hope to learn together about how to better use social media in a professional capacity and what the difficulties and issues are.  The series will look at blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media services.   

All Social Scholar seminars are free to attend and open to all including researchers and research related staff from the University of London and elsewhere. If you have any questions please e-mail Matt Phillpott (SAS) at who will be able to help you.  Also follow us on Twitter @SASNews hashtag: #socialscholar

We hope to see you there!


Sessions (Spring 2015)

18 February – Podcasting academic research: PhD-Casts and Viva-Voce – giving voice to your research

John Gallaghar (Cambridge), Gemma Sou (Manchester)

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18 March – Social Media and the Being Human Festival: A retrospect

Michael Eades (SAS)

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29 April – Legally navigating academic blogging and social media

Judith Townend (SAS)

20 May – An Introduction to using Twitter

Matt Phillpott (SAS)


Sessions (Autumn 2014)

29 October – A beginners guide to writing a blog post

Matt Phillpott (SAS)

How do you write a blog post? This session offers suggestions for writing and structuring posts as well as providing ideas for promotion and getting your blog noticed. This session looks mainly at structuring a post for maximum exposure and to help enable readers to understand at a glance what it is you are talking about.

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3 December – We the Humanities: The benefits and drawbacks of the social scholar

Kristina West and Jessica Sage

The @wethehumanities rotation-curation Twitter project began at the start of this year as a response to the on-going debates about the cultural, academic, and financial value of the humanities. Krissie West and Jessica Sage will be talking about the extent to which they’ve met their initial aims and the benefits the project has had to them as PGR and ECR scholars, as well as discussing more widely the reasons why researchers should – and shouldn’t – use Twitter as a research and dissemination tool.

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Past Programme and Resources

Sessions (2013-2014)

Social Scholar winter programme (pdf) 

Interview with Social Scholar convener Matt Phillpott (October 2013)

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Julian Harrison (British Library) Mark Carrigan (Warwick) Anne Alexander (Cambridge)
The Anti-Social Scholar (and how not to become one) Getting started as a Research Blogger: Single Authored or Multi Authored Blogs? The ethics of Social Media publishing: a brief introduction for researchers
Blogs Blogs Twitter; Facebook
Summary Summary Summary
  Interview Interview
Poster Poster Poster
Video Video Video


19 February 2014
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Kajsa Hartig (Nordiska Museet) and Kat Box (Manchester Museum) Myles Runham (Head of Online, BBC Academy) Claire Shaw (Guardian HE Network)
Social Media for Museums, Archives and Libraries Online Learning: Developing Trends Social Media and the Guardian HE Blog
Various Various Twitter; Blogs
Summary Summary Summary
Interview (Hartig) (Box) Interview Interview
Poster Poster Poster
Video Video Video
18 June 2014

Abhay Adhikari (Digital Engagement Specialist) and Dot Fallon (SAS)
Creating Impact
Twitter; blogs