Staff Newsletter

Staff Newsletter

(often referred to as the staff ezine)

Staff News is a weekly roundup of news and events for staff at the University of Aberdeen. You can submit contributions to both the staff and student newsletters via this online form.

The newsletter is created and distributed by the Communications team. All submissions will be reviewed and edited before publication to ensure a consistent tone and style throughout.

The deadline for contributions is 5pm on Tuesday for publication on Thursday.

The order of articles will be decided by the Communications team when all submissions have been received.

Guidelines for contributions to Staff News

Target audience

Staff News is for University of Aberdeen news and events only. We have limited space so requests to include information about partner events, personal achievements of employees, fundraising efforts, or anything not directly related to the University will be considered  for the Community pinboard feature on a case-by-case basis.

Departments and Schools can share a maximum of three articles in any one issue. Please note, the newsletter is sent to all staff, research postgraduates and honorary staff, and as such submissions should be relevant to this large audience. For smaller events or targeted communications, please consider your local newsletters or department mailing lists.  

What is the best format?

Word count

Articles should be no longer than 75 words. Please note, all submissions are subject to editing.

If the word count exceeds this, your article should be added to an appropriate webpage by an administrator in your team and a “read more” link should be provided.

If your team doesn’t have an appropriate section of StaffNet to add articles to, your article will be uploaded to the general news or events pages of StaffNet.

Sharing shorter articles with a consistent word count will help ensure that readers can easily find the content that's of interest to them.


Images

Images should be eye-catching and appropriate to the article submitted. Contributors should ensure that they have permission to use an image before it is submitted for inclusion.

Images should ideally be square or a 3:2 ratio. Poor quality or blurred images will not be used.

Please be conscious that images included in StaffNet News are small. Large group shots of people and logos may not resize well and should be added to webpages rather than submitted for inclusion in the newsletter. The same image or logo will not be used more than once in any one issue of the newsletter.

For accessibility purposes, graphics should not include significant amounts of text.


Links

No more than two links should be included in any one contribution. This includes emails addresses.

Guidance for each article

Getting to Know

What does a typical day at work look like for you or your team? With a diverse workforce of around 3,000 people, the University has expertise in areas you probably aren’t even aware of.

Our “Getting to know…” articles will help you learn more about the work of individual colleagues, or understand the work of different teams across the institution and give you a platform to share more about your role at the University.

If you’d like to tell people about your role at the University, download the Personal template here. Or shout about the work your Team is doing here. Send completed forms to communications@abdn.ac.uk.

My Other Life

Do you have a hidden talent, an unusual hobby or a favourite pastime that keeps you busy outwith work? If so, we would love to hear more about it.

Retirements

Who in your team is stepping back? Which colleagues are getting ready for life after work? Pay tribute to those who have had a big impact in their time at the University of Aberdeen in this feature which give thanks to retiring staff.

Information should be submitted along with supporting imagery.

Volunteers for research studies

Requests for volunteers to take part in research studies can be submitted for inclusion in the staff newsletter, however only one of these will be included each week on a first come, first served basis.

Campus Champs

With thousands of people living, working and studying at the University, it takes a small army of professionals to carry out the myriad of activities needed to keep us safe, warm and able to focus on our own tasks. Meet the dedicated people who keep day to day life on campus running smoothly.

Community pinboard

Want to share news about what you are doing outside of work with your colleagues? Limited space is available on the Community pinboard for partner events, personal achievements, fundraising efforts and other activities not directly related to the University.