Saint Connect alumni network
Saint Connect draws on LinkedIn to form an exclusive network to benefit St Andrews staff, students and alumni.
The network offers industry discussion groups, informal mentoring opportunities and links to potential collaborators. Join the Academia and Research groups once you're signed up, and if there's no other group which fits your interest, create your own.
While it has not historically seen much use in the academic world, LinkedIn is becoming more widely used as a networking tool by the current generation of academic researchers, particularly through non-academic collaborators. Sometimes referred to as ‘professional Facebook,’ it offers an accessible and well-regarded means of maintaining your professional contacts, publication record and recruitment information online. It is also increasingly becoming a source of vacancies.
- Careers Centre LinkedIn advice on getting set up.
- The LinkedIn.com/alumni tool is invaluable for finding others in your field.
- Joining Groups on LinkedIn is an easy means of establishing connections with fellow group members. The University of St Andrews Alumni group is one such group, though you should also join company, industrial and academic interest groups.
- Similar websites in different countries include XING (Germany, Austria & Switzerland).
The University runs a well-established Early Career Academic mentoring scheme, which you can take advantage of either as a mentee or a mentor. Run in collaboration with the University of Dundee, the scheme gives you the opportunity to exchange ideas and advice with academics in other Schools or disciplines.
Research Staff Forum
The Research Staff Forum acts as a point of contact for researchers and teaching fellows to liaise with support services and University research administration. It is open to all, and members are encouraged to raise any issues discussed with their School Councils where appropriate. The Forum meets twice a year to address upcoming issues and represent the views of researchers and teaching fellows; if you would like to learn more, full details can be found here.
Each academic School with a body of research staff should maintain also one or more Postdoc Reps to represent the interests of researchers and teaching fellows. If you have ideas for events or to promote networking amongst researchers, seek out your Postdoc Rep, or take on the role yourself if your School is not represented!
Academic social networks
Academia.edu, ResearchGate and Google Scholar serve a similar function to that of LinkedIn, with a focus on academic publication and collaboration. Each has advantages and disadvantages, but can be useful in tracking the research being carried out in your field.
LSE's advice on Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities.