Welcoming new and returning students to Keele- List of Resources

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We are really looking forward to welcoming new and returning UG and PG students to Keele’s Media, Communications and Culture programmes.

Here is a break down of resources in place to help ensure that our students make a successful transition to Keele (information supplied by Ian Munton from Keele Student Services)

Welcome Web pages:

We have revamped the Welcome web pages; they are a great resource for all new students as they prepare to come to Keele www.keele.ac.uk/welcome

Welcome App:

This year, to compliment the webpages and reduce paper resources we have also introduced a new Welcome App. This is the go-to resource for all students, whether they are UG or PG. With over 1700 downloads already we are really excited to see what difference it makes for our students.  The App provides all the information about the different Welcome events and activities as well as useful links about the support and facilities that are available at Keele and in the local area. We hope that this new resource will appeal to both students and staff. It is a great way to keep informed about what is going on. It also provides opportunities for students to actively engage by signing up for events, building their own welcome schedule as well as connecting with other students. Do please download the App too so you can see the full range of activities that will be taking place over the Welcome period. The App is available from both the App Store and Google Play or at the following website https://guidebook.com/app/keele/

We are steering all new students to download the app for the best experience, but we do understand that not all will be able to do this.  A small supply of printed events guides will be available should students not be able to access the technology during Keele Welcome. The Welcome Info Point will be staffed each day to help with questions or concerns.

 Online Induction:

This award winning online induction resource has been further developed to include resources for students before they arrive as well as additional resources throughout Semester 1. This will provide students with an extended online welcome, enabling us to upload resources when students need them. It covers a wide area, starting with some key IT related questions, moving on to introduce the Library and Student Services before providing information about practical topics to help students as they start their time living and studying at Keele.

https://www.keele.ac.uk/induction/

Video Resources:

Many of these resources are video based so that students can watch them in their own time. They are accessible to students in the KLE. If, though, you would like to see some of these videos they are available on our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcT3UHm4j_7nBVZNNraxONg/videos

International Arrivals and Enrolment:

Our International students will start to arrive on Wednesday 20th September and we will be offering the free Meet & Greet Airport Collection Service from both Heathrow and Manchester airports on Wednesday when the majority of students will be arriving.  There will also be a service from both airports on Thursday 21st September. Students have pre booked for this service. Students arriving on later dates should contact Student Services for advice and information about independent travel options to Keele.

Enrolment for Visiting students will take place in the Chancellor’s Building Exhibition Suite on Wednesday 20th September from 2.00 – 7.00 pm.

Enrolment for International and EU students will take place on Thursday 21st September from 11 am – 2 pm for PGs and 2.00 – 6.00 pm for UGs. Late Enrolment will be on Friday 22nd September from 10 am – 12 noon.

Home Arrivals and Enrolment:

The majority of our Home students will arrive on Saturday 23rd September with enrolment and collection of Keele cards in the Exhibition Suite from 9 am – 4.45 pm and on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm.

Late Enrolment:

Students who arrive after these dates will be able to enrol during the Home enrolment times and also in the pop-up Student Services Centre, which will be based in the Exhibition Suite until Friday 6 October.

Accommodation:

We’ll have 1750 new students moving on to campus and some living in College Court (formerly known as Liberty Court) and with other private providers in the local area. Students living on campus will be able to collect their room key from the Chancellor’s Building on Saturday. After 4.45pm key collection will transfer from Chancellor’s Building to Darwin Building.  All halls buildings will have a member of the Domestic team on duty to respond to any issues or queries the new residents may have.

Student Services:

We will again have an information point and Student Services Pop-up Centre in the Chancellor’s Building for the first two weeks. This will be the main point of contact for any student enquiries.

We have been using Social Media to share information about everything that is going on in the run up to Keele Welcome. For avid Social media users, please help us by reposting and sharing key information and using #KeeleWelcome.

Please email student.services@keele.ac.uk if you have any questions. We’ll do our very best to help.

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“Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food” TV Review

Its been a while since my last blog, so I thought I’d kick off the new academic year with a subject that’s close to my heart… FOOD!

Jamie Oliver is back with a new programme on Channel 4: Jamie’s Quick and Easy Food. The show, hosted by the man himself, does exactly what it says on the tin; offering fast, mouthwatering recipes that anyone can prepare.

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Image taken from Instagram (@jamieoliver)

The instructions for each dish are explained clearly and simply. The important preparations are repeated often, leaving the recipes easy to remember. The real joy to behold, as any media enthusiast will agree, is the camera work. Channel 4 have done an amazing job in the production of this show. All of the shots are crisp, snappy and perfectly focused.

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Image taken from Instagram (@jamieoliver)

The only frustration that I have found whilst watching each episode is the choice of ingredients. Granted, most of the ingredients are simple enough – pasta, cheese, fresh herbs – but Jamie will then throw out something really obscure. He often uses ingredients which are, what I would call posh, and a little hard to come buy.

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I’ve never seen these in Tesco, have you?

Jamie explains that these key ingredients can be simply picked up in your local farm shop or organic produce store – well Jamie, that’s great, but you’ve clearly never been to Stoke, duck!

All in all, the programme is a great watch, even if – some may find – a little unrealistic to accurately reproduce the dishes shown. I’ll certainly be tuning in again next Monday at 8pm on Channel 4.

Science in Public: Conference Report

I was at a great conference this week, Science in Public. The conference draws together people from fields such as Science & Technology Studies, Science Communication, and the History of Science & Medicine, amongst others. Its focus also meant I had the rare opportunity to bring together the two main strands of my research: Animals and Social Media! I felt really lucky to have the chance, amongst other things, to be a discussant on a panel about Noortje Marres’s provocative and engaging new book Digital Sociology, co-convene and speak at a panel about post-truth, and present collaborative work (with Greg Hollin) on cultural responses to the resurgence of bedbugs in the US & North Europe.  I also helped to co-organise a stream called Animals in Public that involved fantastic speakers (on topics as varied as the modernist penguin enclosure at London Zoo; attempts to commodify the charisma of giant pandas; different understandings of care in bovine TB controversies; and dilemmas about how to meaningfully communicate veterinary science to people in the face of the rise of dog breeds such as French Bulldogs). A busy, but fantastic, couple of days all-in-all, where I had the chance to catch-up with some great colleagues from different institutions.

I also ended up taking part in this ‘threaded-questions’ video, where I had to answer a colleague’s question then ‘pass one one’…

Threaded Questions from PF-STIS on Vimeo.

Ethnicities, Counterpublics, Appropriation and Social Media Symposium

On the 8th June MCC hosted an international symposium on the dynamics of activism on social media. The organisers Dr Elizabeth Poole and Dr Eva Giraud (MCC) and Dr Ed de Quincey (Computer Science) arranged the event to present some of their findings from the British Academy funded project, ‘Who speaks for Muslims? Political frictions and the politics of appropriation in social media’.


We began the day by examining some of the negative tweeting of right wing groups both in the US and the Netherlands. Speakers came from the Utrecht Data School to demonstrate the tweeting of populist politician Geert Wilders (Gerwin van Schie and Iris Muis) and discuss the bias in Government systems that categorise and discriminate against ethnic minorities (Gerwin van Schie with Nicolas Lopez Coombs). Then Munira Cheema, from the University of Sussex, explored the struggles around constructions of national identity on social media between different groups in Pakistan. In the afternoon, the mood became more hopeful as we heard how social media can be used to give voice to minorities through blogging in Finland in ‘Migrant Tales’ (Kaarina Nikunen, University of Tampere) and how Twitter has been a vehicle for unity following the death of MP Jo Cox (Beth Johnson, University of Leeds).


We also welcomed two keynote speakers, Dr Pollyanna Ruiz (University of Sussex) who delivered a fascinating talk on the role of masks in online activism and Dr Dima Saber (Birmingham City University) who finished off the day nicely with her critical analysis of the theory and methodologies used to analyse social media, with reference to her own work with Arab activists.


It was a fascinating and hopeful day with fantastic speakers and stimulating discussion. Thanks to all who came!

The New (Ab)Normal: The Cultural Politics of the New Authoritarianism

27th June, 2017

FREE EVENT, but due to limited space please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-new-abnormal-the-cultural-politics-of-the-new-authoritarianism-tickets-34906353844 if you’d like to attend as space is limited!  

Keele University, Chancellors Building, CBA1.021

(Though please keep an eye out on here for the venue, as it will change to a different room if attendance rises further)

Schedule

10am – 10.30am: Coffee

10.30am – 11.00am: Mark Featherstone (Keele University, Sociology) – Introduction: ‘The New (Ab)Normal: Sociology in Extremis’

11.00am – 11.30am: Ronnie Lippens (Keele University, Criminology) – ‘Rothko’s Chapel in Houston, Texas (1970): Luciferian Notes on the Age of Light’

11.30am – 12.00pm: Eva Giraud (Keele University, Media) and Sarah-Nicole Aghassi-Isfahani (Keele University, Sociology) – ‘Has Critique run out of Memes? Interrogating the ‘Post-Truth’ Media Landscape’

12.00pm – 1.00pm: Deborah Frizzell (Art, William Patterson University, USA) – ‘Trajectories of Aesthetics and Ethics in the Chthulucene: A Case Study of “Outcast” Women Artists’

1.00pm – 2.00pm: Lunch

2.00pm – 2.30pm: Kirsten Forkert (Media, Birmingham City University) – ‘Austerity, Right Populism and the Public Mood’

2.30pm -3.00pm: Seb Franklin (Kings College, London) and Penny Newell (Kings College, London) – ‘The Economics of Abnormality’

3.00pm – 4.00pm: Steve Hall (Criminology, Teeside University) – ‘System Reboot: Steve Bannon’s Dream as the Restoration of the Pseudo-Pacification Process’

4.00pm – 4.30pm: Coffee

4.30pm – 5.45pm: Doug Kellner (Education, UCLA, USA) – ‘Donald Trump, Media Spectacle, and Authoritarian Populism’

6.00pm – 7.00pm: Arthur Kroker (Political Science, University of Victoria, Canada) – ‘Fake Futures’

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