An Introduction to using Social Media to Communicate Research

1 day course: Tuesday, 23rd February 2021

The treadmill of academia is a relentless one: proposal, research, write, present and then hopefully publish before starting all over again, all in the hope that the research is recognised as being of good quality, worthy and valuable. There's one problem though - journals are not geared up for the modern online world of instant sharing and communication. Tools and ways of communicating research such as Twitter, YouTube, ResearchGate, Slideshare, blogging, infographics, animation and many others will be covered. The good news is they are mostly free and can work together to help research to reach a wider audience. That audience is not just academic peers, but publishers, editors, fund holders and the general public.

Course Overview

The aim of the workshop is to offer an introduction to the many tools you can use to help you communicate research and work smarter. The purpose of the day is to help attendees come away with a variety of tools and artefacts they can use to help communicate and share their work. We will teach you basics of social media in an academic setting and demystify some of the barriers that may have put you off from using these tools in your work.

We will show you how to make the most from these technologies and show you how to find out alternative ways of discussing and communicating research. Attention will be paid to the various ethical issues to working more on the web from copyright and Creative Commons to making more use of your mobile device, from safety and security to how you conduct yourself online and netiquette.

Who will benefit from this course?

This short course will benefit a wide range of people including (but not exhaustive of):

  • Researchers,
  • Masters and PhD students,
  • Research Support Staff and Managers,
  • Library and Information Professionals,
  • Communications and Marketing Professionals.

Course Faculty

Andy Tattersall  Jisc Social Media Superstar in UK Higher Education for 2017.

Date and times

1-day course:  Tuesday, 23rd February 2021

Start:  9:30 am

Finish: 4:30 pm


£199.00 - Early Bird Rate for confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on 23rd November 2020.

£299.00 - Standard Rate for confirmed bookings received on or after 11pm on 9th February 2021.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on 9th February 2021.

We also offer a 20% discount for group bookings of 4 or more people on the same course. Please contact Karen Holden at to book. NB: This discount cannot be applied at checkout or after a booking has taken place. ALL group bookings must be made directly with Karen Holden at

Booking and Payment

We are currently taking provisional bookings for this course. Please email your details to Karen Holden at

All of our ScHARR short course bookings are initially processed through our Online Store. Payment is by Credit/Debit Card or PayPal and via Invoice (purchase order required).

If your employer is paying your fees and they would prefer to be invoiced, then please ensure you select the Invoice Option for the course on our Online Store and ensure that all invoice details are provided (contact email address, full address, purchase order number) and also forward a copy of the actual Purchase Order to

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on 9th February 2021.

If you have any queries regarding booking, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Course materials

Course Materials will be provided via a Delegate Course Website approximately 1 week prior to the course start date.  Hard copies of exercises will be provided throughout the course as necessary.  Hard copies of PowerPoint presentations will not be provided, but these can be printed by delegates before the start of the course via the Delegate Course Website.

Participants are asked to provide their own laptop/tablet for the duration of the course.

Meals and Accommodation

The course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day plus all course materials provided via a Course Website and on USB, and teaching fees. 

NB:  Accommodation is NOT included.  We do however have a preferential rate of £70 per night at Halifax Hall and £50 per night at our new Jonas Hotel, situated behind Halifax Hall.  Details of how to book these are provided upon receipt of your booking. 

If you have any particular dietary or access requirements then please contact the Short Course Unit with your requirements at the time of booking.


Halifax Hall Hotel & Conference Centre

Endcliffe Vale Road,


S10 3ER

T. 0114 222 8810


For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Short Course Unit via email at

or call +44 (0)114 222 2968.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 30 July 2020