Diana Ross had the Supremes, Tina Turner had the Ikettes, Britney Spears has her voice synthesiser, every great artist has to have back up and Claire Gallop is no different. Today we talk with Sarah McGregor and Mel Adams, Claire’s backup for the blog:
So why are you doing a blog and why now?
Sarah: GRS wants to reach the graduate research community far and wide. With the ever-increasing interest in, and use of, social media what better way than to start up a blog network where we can provide that community with all sorts of relevant information and entertaining ramblings!
Mel: We are wanting to build more of a community spirit within the graduate student community and using social media is one of the ways we can do this.
What is the purpose of the blog?
Sarah: To provide another avenue of heads-up for those who aren’t privy to the Facebook or Twitter worlds. Disseminating information to the graduate research community about what’s going on both in this little corner of the Clocktower and every other corner of the Uni that might be of relevance! Events, workshops, ideas, experiences, people of interest – you name it, we’ll blog it (probably).
Mel: We have Facebook, Twitter, a newsletter and view the blog as a space to share slightly more in-depth stories about folk involved in different aspects of the postgrad life.
Who contributes to the blog?
Sarah: The team in GRS will play a big role in providing posts for the blog. We’re also hoping for input from sources around the Uni, so hit us up!
Mel: We do! We are lining up an awesome collection of stories but are happy to hear from folk who have a story to share. If you are keen drop Claire, Sarah or myself an email and we will see if it is a good one.
What is your involvement in the blog?
Mel: I am a wrangler of the blog. Wrangle folk to write some stuff for the blog and try to keep Claire under her word limit (No Chance: Claire).
Sarah: Ditto! Deputy Wrangler.
What is your theme tune or what do you think the theme tune for the blog should be?
Sarah: Full House theme tune… the milkman, the paperboy, the evening TV! (Lame alert: it’s all about coming together as one big happy postgraduate family!)
Mel: I would have to go with the Muppets theme tune!
Mel Adams and Sarah McGregor