Thursday, 16 May 2013

Text Message Alerts During Major University Incidents

The University has a service that lets us text students en masse in the event of a major incident.
This service is now being extended to staff.

If you would like to receive a text in the event of a major incident causing significant disruption or risk you only need to provide your mobile phone number. To do this:
  1. Log into MUSE and go to the Staff Applications tab
  2. Click the myJob/myTeam/eRecruitment link
  3. Click the Personal Profile link.
  4. Click the Mobile Phone button within the Communication section
  5. Provide your personal mobile phone number
  6. Click the Save and Back button

This will only be used in the event of a major incident if deemed appropriate by the major incident team. Providing your personal mobile number is entirely voluntary, however, staff with mobile phones provided by the University will have their numbers added automatically. Any future ideas for using text messaging for any other purpose would be subject to further consultation and would be an opt-in service.

Future developments of the University texting service for students will include the ability to text academic information to pre-defined groups, for example all students in a specific year on a specific course. A further development will be the ability to send targeted texts to students in groups created on an ad-hoc basis.

Further details including guidance over how this system will be used are available from the following website.

More information and updates about the text messaging service will be published as the project progresses.