Professional / Personal web presence
As part of a move to a new cloud-based IT provision, the current staff individual homepage service will no longer be available and will be decommissioned by 31 January 2017.
In order to help you plan what direct action you may need to take, we have put together some guidance on the various alternative services that are available, both through the University and elsewhere.
While working at the University there may be many activities that you undertake that require some online presence. There are many different options available to you, which will very much depend on your individual requirements.
Professional (individual) use
Most staff have a profile page already setup within their School of Department website. These staff pages are published through the University CMS and there is an opportunity to use this profile page to publish more information about yourself and your professional activities.
To find out how to enhance the content on your staff profile page, contact the web administrator within your School or Department or the web team for more information.
Although the University blogging platform is predominantly used for group or University-wide blogging activity, there is scope for individuals to contribute to or explore the creation of their own blogs for professional communication. Contact the web team if you think this is something you might be interested in pursuing.
Professional (group) use
The University operates a web hosting platform called Webhost, which can be used for a variety of websites connected to University business. Typical use cases are research projects and academic conferences. The service infrastructure is supported by IT Services but the Web and Digital Team in Marketing and Advancement approve requests.
Research groups and centres tend to be published through the University WCMS within existing School or Department websites or as complementary microsites. You can contact the web administrator within your School or Department or the web team for more information.
The University’s blogging platform can also be used by for professional group use in a Loughborough University context. The platform is currently used for a variety of purposes and new blogs can be setup quickly and easily following discussion with IT Services and the Web and Digital Team, who will be able to evaluate your use-case and provide advice on guidance on how best to proceed.
There are a large number of online website creation services that individuals can use to build a personal web presence. These include about.me, branded.me and wix.com. For more advanced users, services such as Wordpress.com and SquareSpace provide functionality to create bigger websites with enhanced functionality.
LinkedIn is a business and employment-oriented social networking site that is used by over 106 million people globally. Linked allows users to create their own profile and make connections with people they know and trust professionally.
In its broadest sense, LinkedIn can be used as an enhanced version of a curriculum vitae. Users can post updates, and also create and join groups for connecting with like-minded individuals. More recently, LinkedIn has launched a publishing platform called Pulse, which allows LinkedIn users to publish longer articles.
Document sharing and collaboration
Group workspaces provide a central storage location where users can share documents in a secure, access controlled environment. For the majority of users, group workspaces should be the most robust and convenient method for document sharing internally.
For sharing University documents externally, the University website, published using a centralised content management system, is probably the most appropriate location. Specific requirements can be discussed with the web team, who will be able to advise on how best to approach this.
The University is about to launch the collaboration platform Office 365 Groups, which is designed to support electronic collaboration for colleagues on and off campus and with external research groups.
Learning and Teaching content
For the dissemination of course content and related information to students, the University’s virtual learning environment – Learn – provides flexibility of publishing with a range of functionality to meet most needs. For more information contact the Learn team.
There may be occasions where Learn isn’t appropriate for some types of content. In these instances, it may be possible to utilise the University’s web host system. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit https://webhost.lboro.ac.uk/guide/
LUPIN and the Institutional Repository help you to manage your research outputs.
An Institutional Repository (IR) is an online collection of an institution's research output. Loughborough's IR contains over 21,000 full-text items and includes journal papers, book chapters, conference papers, theses and audiovisual material.
The Loughborough University Research Information System (LUPIN) enables staff and research students to store and manage the metadata for all research outputs and to link these with other systems, including the outward facing Institutional Repository and academic web pages.
More information can be found on the Library website.
Advice on getting your research noticed can also be found on the Scholarly Communications web pages.