Posted on 13/06/2012
The Drama and Theatre Department at Royal Holloway has always taken pride from the way we interface daily with students, both academically and pastorally. Email, telephone and the good old fashioned postal service were (and are) used to keep current and former students informed about what is going on in the department.
In September 2011, a departmental Twitter account (@rhuldrama) was set up to regularly inform hundreds of followers about the goings on of the department. Constantly monitored, it also provides an added means of contact, which students have used to ask questions about dates, deadlines and more. A LinkedIn group was also set up for students and alumni. A Flickr account is used to showcase images of student performances and events, with slideshows being embedded in relevant pages of the archive.
We have recently embedded the Twitter feed into the Departmental homepage, so people who don't regularly use Twitter can stay included and informed about the conversations.
Further to this, the Department now has a Facebook page - if you 'like' us you'll get our updates included in your stream.
Why have we done this?
The Department has taken the steps to use social media for a number of reasons - it helps us stay in contact with students, informing people of the many things that occur within the department. We can also support graduates by offering added publicity for the plethora of things that they do after they leave the department. Fundamentally, it makes the Department more transparent and open - hopefully we get across the varied nature of life in the department.
As well as the various social media platforms, we try to regularly publish news and events on our website, and offer rss feeds so you can get informed everytime new stories are added. At present, we offer:
The Drama Department also publishes video and audio content online (some of it is available only to students, who should check their emails for details of how to access the private content). This repository features a range of material, including the output from the Radio Playmaking course (which are also available as an iTunes podcast). More content will be added periodically, and the site can be viewed at http://rhul.mediacore.tv/guide/drama-and-theatre.