TWO academics from the University of Salford have been named in the UK’s top 50 most influential higher education professionals on social media.

It comes after Jisc, the UK’s education digital technology organisation, called for HE professionals at universities across the country to nominate themselves or someone they knew who uses social media in unique or interesting ways over the summer.

Moira McLoughlin and Wendy Sinclair – who both lecture in Children’s Nursing at the University’s School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences – each submitted a blurb explaining why they should be selected in the top 50, before their social media profiles were then judged by a panel of social media experts.

The panel included award-winning social media editor for Times Higher Education Chris Parr, Inside Higher Ed journalist and blogger Eric Stoller, and Teacher Training Videos founder Russell Stannard.

University of Salford main campus
Main campus: Where social media professionals Moira and Wendy are usually based as lecturers in Nursing

The final line-up contained an impressive mix of academics, vice-chancellors, librarians, IT and support staff.

Speaking after the announcement, Moira said: “When we saw the call for nominations for #jisc50social, we applied individually.

“What was incredibly pleasing for us was that the panel recognised our personal achievements so they brought this work together to highlight how it impacted on the success of the school account @nursingSUni.”

Wendy added: “We’ve worked incredibly hard to build our social media profiles to engage with students and healthcare professionals both locally and across the globe.

“So we were delighted to be selected by a panel of social media experts who recognised both our personal and team achievements here at Salford.”

It follows the University of Salford recently being named as one of the UK’s top-10 most influential higher education institutions on social media by social media agency Rise.

The university plans to be the first ‘truly digital’ university in the UK and was named the leading social media university in the North by Rise.

For a full list of the top 50 professionals, click here and you can follow Moira and Wendy on Twitter.

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