Welcome to the new online home of Aspects, Aston University’s magazine. I hope you like it!
The website will always be bang up to date with your latest news. Aspects will still bring news from around the University, just as before, but by moving online there is the added benefit of unlimited space in which to tell the story! It also allows the opportunity to link to and from related information, whether that’s a staff profile, a research group website, or previous stories on a similar subject in order to enrich news items. The website will be updated frequently to reflect the immediate nature of news, so there will no longer be deadlines – just get in touch as and when, and I’ll produce an article for you as soon as I can.
The Aspects website has also been designed to be a form of electronic notice board, which will enable the University to cut down on the number of all staff emails that are sent out. For example, rather than notifying colleagues about a guest lecture or special offer via email, I will arrange for your text to be posted on the Aspects website, and I will also notify colleagues of it in one of the new regular Aspects emails, which will be sent twice a week.
What I really hope will happen is that it will become part of your routine, to check what’s happening on the website and therefore in the University. You could even make it your default home page. If an article ignites your interest you can also share your thoughts with the wider University community by posting a comment on it. I hope that this will spark some fantastic online conversations and debates!
Sending Aspects online is also important for environmental reasons. The University Communications team is committed to sustainability, and as such are keen to take advantage of the opportunities the web provides, to reduce the amount of printed materials the University produces.
I believe the Aspects website represents a big step forward in our internal communications activities, but as it is new, I don’t expect it to be perfect, nor do I wish to discard any ideas on making it better. Please contact me with any feedback or suggestions on how to improve the Aspects website.
And as ever, I am keen to hear your stories. If you wish to contribute an article or photograph, or would like us to write a piece about your latest news, contact me with your story ideas.
Editor of Aspects