You’re starting at LJMU, congratulations! During your time here you’re likely to be sharing your University experience on social media – here are some useful things to remember
Social media has transformed the way we chat, find out information and share what’s happening, and it can be a great tool to keep in touch. It’s always handy to keep in mind how you present yourself online, just as you would in the real world.
People see the ‘digital you’ more than the real you
Photos of your night out might just seem a bit embarrassing the morning after, but think about how what you share affects you in the long term, and if it reflects badly on the reputation not just of yourself but on the University and other students and staff.
Your online legacy might be there for future employers to see too, and for certain courses leading to professional qualifications there are specific Codes of Conduct you are required to follow – ask your course tutors if you’re not sure if these apply to you.
Would you say that in the real world?
Getting to know new flatmates, settling into the routine of lectures, waiting for feedback from tutors; there are many aspects of starting university life which can be daunting and frustrating, and social media makes it very easy to be impatient and vent your feelings without thinking.
Take a moment to consider the feelings of others and if there’s a more productive way to resolve an issue: for advice relating to your studies your Student Administration Centre is the first place to contact, and if you’re experiencing any difficulties with settling in at university or for practical information Student Advice and Wellbeing are on hand with confidential advice on 0151 231 3153/3154 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Manage your online reputation
These are just a few simple things you can do to maintain control over your online identity:
- Check the privacy settings on your social accounts to make sure you’re only sharing what you want, with whom you want; don’t solely rely on these settings however – if you want to guarantee something is kept private, don’t share it!
- Be careful about sharing personal and confidential information online (including that of others)
- Use your common sense on social media – don’t post anything potentially defamatory or offensive about others, even if intended as a joke
- Google yourself to see what comes up. If you can find it, so can others – including employers
We want you to have an amazing time at LJMU and using social media sensibly is part of making your experience as enjoyable as possible.
The University expects its students to follow the guidelines set in the Student Social Networking Statement and Student Code of Behaviour and Disciplinary Procedures concerning their use of social media and IT facilities: infringement of these guidelines is taken very seriously by Student Governance and may result in disciplinary action.
Keep in touch
LJMU has a wide presence on social media and following us is a quick and easy way to see what's happening around the University and get you queries answered during your time here
As you start your studies at LJMU you may find some Twitter accounts particularly useful to follow:
- Queries about finance, health or study support? Or just need to chat to someone? Get in touch with Student Advice and Wellbeing @LJMUSAW
- The three University libraries are much more than places to find (over half a million!) books and journals – they're hubs offering a huge range of student services: chat to them on @LJMULibrary
- Throughout your time at LJMU the Careers Centre @LJMUWoW offer tailor-made careers advice and support, plus you can get on-campus advice from your three Careers Zone hubs
- Liverpool Students’ Union and the four sabbatical officers exist solely to make student lives better. They run tons of student-led events and campaigns throughout the year and would love you to get involved: follow them on @LiverpoolSU
Many courses, schools and departments have their own dedicated accounts and pages too.
There are tons of sports teams and societies affiliated to Liverpool Students’ Union on social media too, which you can find out about from the Students' Union website or at the Freshers' Fairs at Liverpool Students' Union.
Along with enhancing your time at LJMU, social media can be a great tool for improving your employability. Our World of Work Careers Centre offers workshops about online reputation management and creating a professional LinkedIn profile.