Come and join the dissertation group!

One of the great things about this MSc is working with colleagues from across the world who have similar interests.  The taught modules have supported us to collaborate in a variety of ways, sharing ideas and building knowledge and ideas through conversation.  So I thought it would be really good to have a group on the hub in which we can continue these discussions  as we work on the final stage of the MSc, our dissertation.  I’m hoping it will help us to learn from each other as we progress through each stage of our research projects – pooling tips and techniques, discussing difficulties and sharing our findings.

This group’s open to anyone who’s interested, whether they’re thinking about dissertation ideas, planning and carrying out the research, or writing up.  So come and join in:


Where in the world …..?

Can I add my welcome to new arrivals on the Programme, and (of course) welcome back to all the rest of you?  And I’ll express my fervent hope that things settle down a bit when the coursework for the semester finally starts.  🙂

I will also take this opportunity to draw your attention to our World Map, which you can access via the link in the left margin of this page.  We would like you all – new arrivals, and any of you continuing who would like to add updates or changes – to add something to the map.  Use it to indicate where you live, study, or any other geographically related information about your work and participation on the programme.

To get access to add to the map, I will have to invite you.  Please email me ( and I will send an invitation.


Social Media Week (#SMW) Next Week

I thought you might be interested to know that Social Media Week (#SMW) takes place in 12 cities across the globe next week and includes various events that will be streaming online, tweeting and will (in some cases) include events that take place virtually over Skype and in other spaces. There is a huge and varied programme and I think they’ll be of interest to many on the MSc. Full information is on the Social Media Week website:

Glasgow is one of the cities hosting Social Media Week events (#SMWgla) and the other reason I am posting here is that I am helping to organise a joint EDINA/Edinburgh Beltane Beacon for Public Engagement event on Social Media and Academia (#socac) on 21st September including an appearance from this MSc’s very own Jen Ross!  It’s a free event open to all and I’ve love to see fellow MSc students (current, past or future) along asking our panel extra tricky questions!

Please do let anyone you think might be interested know about Social Media Week and this event (listed here: and do keep an eye on the hashtag on the day.



New PhD students!

It’s a new semester start for our PhD students as well as everyone on the MSc. A special welcome this year to three ex-MSc’s who are joining us for their doctoral study – Dennis Dollens, Jeremy Knox (funded by the ESRC) and Phil Sheail (funded by the Principal’s Career Development Scholarships).

Anyone currently studying for the Masters who is thinking of planning ahead for PhD, please drop me a line at

And Dennis, Jeremy and Phil – may the quest for wisdom be a fruitful one : )

Semester on its way

Semester starts formally on September 19th this year – just a few weeks to go. New students will find things kicking off in ‘Digital environments’ the week before, on the 12th September, but all other courses start on the 19th.

If you don’t see your requested course in MyEd or MyWebCT by the week of the 12th September, please get in touch with your course leader to sort things out. Everyone has got a place on their first choice of course for this coming semester.

Any general admin queries, please run them past Gemma ( – any other concerns about semester start, please get in touch with me as director of studies (

Looking forward to seeing everyone again in a few weeks.