This summer, the University’s WordPress blogging platform will undergo an upgrade. To minimise disruption during the work, the ICT department aims to identify those blogs and sites that are currently active so that they can be checked following an upgrade to a test environment. To do this, staff members who are site administrators will be contacted by email in the week commencing 30th April. If you are a course tutor or programme leader who uses the blog platform for student assessment and you do not receive an email by Friday 4th May, please email email@example.com explaining how you use the platform and including a link to at least one example site or blog. Please note that students who are site administrators will be contacted at a later date.
Please rest assured that at this stage there are no plans to remove or delete any sites or blogs and everything will be done to ensure that the upgrade has minimal impact on staff and students.
More details are available at http://blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2018/04/30/upgrades-to-the-wordpress-service-being-planned/
If you would like to to get more involved with the University WordPress community or have any questions about the plans to update the platform, please get in touch with Ben Samuels, ICT Project Manager, or Tom Wright, Director of Digital Student Life, directly or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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As the University’s corporate website has been updated, staff are being reminded to update their profile pictures on the staff directory so that they are up-to-date, and higher quality image files.
If you are a member of staff in the College of Social Science and require a professional photo for your staff profile or to accompany any material you are developing, please remember that this is a service that we in the Online Media Team can help you with.
You can either contact myself (email@example.com) or Amy Gillard (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange a convenient time.
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Adobe Photoshop is a vital tool for those wishing to create or edit graphics, images or internal design campaigns across the University
The free ‘Photoshop – An Introduction to Design’ course is designed to help you learn basic awareness of the functions of Adobe Photoshop CS6 and onwards for design purposes, as well as exploring how to work within the University of Lincoln corporate brand. The workshop will be delivered in two parts, the first will explore the theory of Photoshop and the second will allow attendees to apply the knowledge learnt in the first workshop.
The workshop will cover the following elements:
• Aesthetic considerations when designing
• Basic Adobe Photoshop CS6 software understanding
• Some advanced Adobe Photoshop CS6 understanding
• Creation, editing and manipulation of imagery
• How to design both for print and online purposes
There are no prerequisites for attending this course. The next session will take place on Thursday 15th March at the University Library.
Please note this is a two part workshop and you should attend both sessions. The second session date is a week on from the original date at 10.00am for 1 hour. You do not need to request to book onto the second session as it will be sent automatically from Outlook with your booking request for this session.
To book a place, please click on the link below and select ‘Photoshop – An Introduction to Design – A two part workshop’: https://ps.lincoln.ac.uk/services/hr/development/BookProgrammes/SitePages/Home.aspx
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‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ is all about learning how to be your best self, playing to your strengths, and unlocking the potential of those around you.
The workshop will teach you how to understand the choices you have in creating more happiness and success in your life. You’ll learn about the powerful impact you have on others and understand how to enhance the way you communicate with those around you, including yourself. The session aims to help you know how to make the right choices in order to build a positive future.
Delegates will explore:
• Greater self-awareness
• Greater awareness of others
• Broader communications skills and the flexibility needed to use them for effective outcomes
• The ability to make better choices in attitude
• Greater awareness of how our emotions work
• Greater understanding of the power of the subconscious mind in creating our outcomes, experiences and perceptions
This workshop is open to all staff with no prerequisites. The next sessions will run on Wednesday 14th March at the Minerva Building.
To book a place, please click on the link below and select ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’: https://ps.lincoln.ac.uk/services/hr/development/BookProgrammes/SitePages/Home.aspx
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The University environment is one where there is a diverse range of people from different nationalities and backgrounds and as such, it is understandable that some staff could feel wary of cultural differences and the possibility of causing offence.
The ‘Cross Cultural Communications’ training session is a bite size session that aims to raise awareness of cultural differences in attitudes and behaviours which you may come across in day to day social interactions. The session will offer an insight into cultural differences and social norms, including British culture and suggest reading material to further increase knowledge. The course is available to all staff with the next available session taking place in the Minerva Building on the Brayford Pool campus on Wednesday 28th February.
To book a place, please click on the link below and select ‘Cross Cultural Communications’: https://ps.lincoln.ac.uk/services/hr/development/BookProgrammes/SitePages/Home.aspx