UK higher education social media influencers named

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The 50 most influential higher education (HE) professionals using social media in the UK have been named.

UK education’s digital technology organisation Jisc launched a call in the summer, inviting HE professionals at universities to either nominate themselves or someone they know who is using social media in unique or interesting ways, to be shortlisted for the initiative.

The final line-up – chosen by a panel of social media experts, including 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 – features an impressive mix of academics alongside vice-chancellors, librarians and IT and support staff.

Tom Mitchell, Jisc group social media manager, said: 'You’re never sure of the sort of response you’ll get in the first year of running a competition . I have been astounded not only by the amount of entries we’ve received but also at just how many people working within UK universities are using social networks innovatively.

'While Twitter tended to be the most popular channel – and certainly something we see here at Jisc – the examples extended across social media, from Facebook study groups and YouTube educational videos to using Pinterest boards for content curation, and newer apps like Periscope.

'The final 50 features outstanding cases of social media use that others could benefit from.'

The full list is as follows:

  • Sue Beckingham, Sheffield Hallam University @suebecks
  • William Buchanan, Edinburgh Napier University @billatnapier
  • Luke Burns, University of Leeds @LP_Burns
  • Liz Cable, Leeds Trinity University @lizcable
  • Nathaniel Coleman, UCL @natcphd
  • Jasmine Connolly and Nathaniel Hobby, Bournemouth University @bournemouthuni
  • Tony Coughlan, The Open University  @tjcoughlan
  • Tom Crick, Cardiff Metropolitan University @DrTomCrick
  • Egle Dagilyte, Anglia Ruskin University  @EgleDagilyte
  • Jon Dron, Universities of Athabasca and Brighton @jondron
  • Lee Dunn, University of Glasgow @leeandrewdunn
  • Rhodri ap Dyfrig, Aberystwyth University  @nwdls
  • Caitlin Golaup, Cardiff University (Cardiff C21 Facebook page)
  • Lisa Harris, University of Southampton  @lisaharris
  • Sarah Honeychurch, University of Glasgow  @NomadWarMachine
  • David Hopkins, University of Warwick @hopkinsdavid
  • Paul Hopkins, University of Hull  @hopkinsmmi
  • Matt Johnston, Coventry University @mjohnstonmedia
  • Jennifer Jones, University of the West of Scotland  @jennifermjones
  • Kip Jones, Bournemouth University  @kip_jones
  • Steven Jones, University of Manchester  @StevenJones_MCR
  • Meena Kotecha, LSE - London School of Economics and Political Science  @lseMeena61
  • Natalie Lafferty, University of Dundee  @nlafferty
  • Kate Lindsay, University of Oxford  @KTDigital
  • Teresa MacKinnon, University of Warwick  @WarwickLanguage
  • Liz McCarthy, University of Oxford  @mccarthy_liz
  • Stephen McClean, Ulster University  @PlanetChemistry
  • Moira McLoughlin and Wendy Sinclair, University of Salford  @Levylass and @wlasinclair
  • Claudia Megele, Middlesex University  @SWSCmedia
  • Sonal Minocha, Bournemouth University  @PVCBU
  • Liz Mossop, University of Nottingham  @mossposs
  • Chrissi Nerantzi, Manchester Metropolitan University  @ChrissiNerantzi
  • Nicola Osborne, The University of Edinburgh  @suchprettyeyes
  • Nick Pearce, Durham University  @drnickpearce
  • Sara Perry, University of York  @ArchaeologistSP
  • Paul Reilly, University of Leicester  @PaulJReilly
  • Kate Reynolds, Bath Spa University  @BathSpaEdDean
  • Vivien Rolfe, UWE Bristol  @VivienRolfe
  • Roger Scully, Cardiff University  @roger_scully
  • Dominic Shellard, De Montfort University  @DMUVC
  • Andrew Smith, The Open University @OUCisco
  • Guiseppe Sollazzo, St George's, University of London  @puntofisso
  • Amanda Taylor, UCLAN - University of Central Lancashire @AMLTaylor66
  • David Walker, University of Sussex  @drdjwalker
  • Phil Ward, University of Kent  @frootle
  • David Webster, University of Gloucestershire  @davidwebster
  • Steve Wheeler, Plymouth University  @timbuckteeth
  • Matt Williams and Pete Burnap, Cardiff University  @socdatalab
  • Gary Wood, University of Sheffield  @GC_Wood
  • Jonathan Worth, Newcastle University  @Jonathan_Worth

See more details on the individuals here.