Social media

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Social scientists must create a culture in which individuals regularly observe, analyse and interpret their own data, says Geoff Mulgan

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Just one leader of a top 10 UK university has a Twitter account, report reveals

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Instagram posts aim to overcome perception that researchers are typically male and white

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Academics able to link their expertise to world events can raise their personal and institutional profiles to previously unimaginable levels, says Russell Reader

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Four experts offer their advice on getting the most out of social media as an academic

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Academic calls on Facebook and Twitter to share more information with scholars

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Your definitive guide to using social media as an academic

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Existing model of outreach that seeks to inform an ‘ignorant’ public is broken, say experts

Satirical scholars hit overdrive in the era of The Donald

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A study has revealed that people can often make the wrong assumption about the level of education of someone tweeting

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More developed critical literacy skills can tackle fake news, say Philip Seargeant and Caroline Tagg

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When a UK politician questioned the value of academia, scholars were quick to respond, finds Tommaso Grant

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Australian university seeks to improve researchers’ digital identities. But does this risk excessive uniformity?

LinkedIn, social media

Kate McNamee explains how the Alliance Manchester Business School is embracing LinkedIn

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Kellie McMullin and Mandy Reinig on why universities should make the most of the photo-sharing social network

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Gabriel Egan laments the narcissistic craving for others’ approval brought on, he says, by the use of social networking websites

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Andy Miah, chair in science communication and future media at the University of Salford, on why academics should maintain their online presence

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Academia is used to robust debate. But the trolling that happens online should not be tolerated, writes Elaine Campbell

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Personality researcher Adam Perkins faces claims at rescheduled lecture of ‘misrepresenting’ studies to suit his thesis on ‘work-shy’ benefit claimants

Man crowd surfing on inflatable bed, Bestival 2015, Isle of Wight

Sites like Patreon and Kickstarter allow backers to fund independent scholars, but for now, the sums are small