Social Media: How to Build and Boost Your Research Profile Online

Years: 1,2,3


Over two hours we’ll look at how social media tools can be used confidently to develop your professional reputation as a researcher and establish a network among other academics working in your field.

The two-hour session will be followed by an hour-long clinic where you can stay behind to talk over questions, challenges and concerns one-to-one.

Learning Outcomes

  • Refresh your understanding of the way some of the popular tools work.
  • Work through five principles for creating effective and engaging online content.
  • Consider 20 practical ideas of how you can use social media to communicate efficiently and influentially about your research and conferences make an influence.
  • Finally, we will assess some gaffs made by other people, so you learn how to stay out of trouble!


  • Alan Meban

    Alan Meban is a prominent blogger and online influencer in Northern Ireland and a previous winner of Slugger O’Toole’s Political Blogger of the Year award. Better known online as @alaninbelfast he posts about politics, processes, accountability and transparency on Slugger O’Toole. On his own blog Alan in Belfast he airs views and reviews about arts and culture. He often live-tweets conferences, sharing or streaming audio and video online to extend the audience and boost impact. As well as curating online content, Alan is fascinated with what makes social media tick

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This session maps on to Domain C of the Vitae Framework: Engagement, influence and impact which includes the sub-domain areas of:

  • D1: Working with others
  • D2: Communication and dissemination
  • D3: Engagement and impact
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework