Twitter Policy

Who we are

@UCDMedicine has been active on Twitter since May 2009. The account is managed by:

Paul Harkin (PH)
Director of Strategic Development

UCD School of Medicine
T: + 353 1 716 6607
E: paul.harkin@ucd.ie

From time-to-time, we invite twitter-active members of staff and students to join us on our twitter account. If you'd like to guest tweet with us, please contact us on comms.smms@ucd.ie.  

What to Expect from Our Tweets

If you follow us on twitter, you can expect a mix of the following:

  • News from our community of students, clinicians and scientists
  • Updates, deadlines and announcements about our courses
  • Event notices and public outreach initiatives
  • Items on modern medicine and healthcare issues
  • Support of patient and patient-advocate organisations
  • Support to national and international health initiatives
  • News from our UCD colleagues in other Schools, Colleges & Research Institutes
  • Commentary on issues which affect our students, staff or alumni
  • Extra-curricular artistic, sporting or cultural activities by our students, staff or alumni

While we do use twitter to broadcast information on the above topics, we also make an effort to engage; we will respond to all reasonable questions and queries and we're more than happy to chat with our followers about the School's activities or our perspective on a particular topic. Similarly, and in the spirt of the medium, we will proactively engage with students, staff members, journalists, and members of the public.

You'll appreciate that in a School as large as ours, there may be a diversity of perspectives on a givenissue. We are mindful that our statements may appear to carry an authority greater than a single individual might deserve. Hence it will come as no surprise that any tweets may not necessarily reflect the collective views of the UCD School of Medicine.  Also we consciously retweet sample opinions from our twitter list of students, staff and alumni to give a plurality of opinion. 

When we have multiple people tweeting, we make an effort to personalise our tweets (so you know who you're talking to) and, if you do contact us via twitter, we'll do our very best to get back to you within 24 hours (within normal working week).

Certain queries are best dealt with via email or over the phone, and we reserve the right to direct you to a more relevant contact. Tweets represent our best understanding of an issue at a given time, and do not represent official university policy in any way. Re-tweets do not imply an endorsement.

We do NOT offer any medical advice.  We encourage you to seek the help of a qualified medical practitioner. We cannot assist you in accessing healthcare services.

We try to stay clear of party politics and often don't take a position in a public debate.  But we realise that medicine is about people and so too is politics.

Given the seemingly increasing prevalence of trolls online, we try to be constructive and positive.  We generally don't block people that we might disagree with unless they are being very offensive.  We do sometimes mute persistent trolls or attention-seekers. 

Should you have any questions about our twitter policy please feel free to contact us at any stage.

List of UCD Medicine Related Tweets

We've created a public list of Twitter accounts by staff, students and alumni of the UCD School of Medicine.  Please feel free to subscribe and if you'd like to be added to the list, please DM us and tell us your connection to the School.  We reserve the right to not include any account which we feel may detract from the value of the list.

Other UCD Accounts

You might also be interested in following other UCD twitter accounts:

With new UCD accounts being created continuously, there are many, many more excellent Twitter accounts by UCD students and staff.  If you stumble across a good one that you think we should follow, please let us know.

Our SoMe Philosophy

Our social media philosophy is quite simple.  We see Twitter as a great tool for interacting with a diverse group of individuals but it is only one of a number of communications channels.  We emphasize the SOCIAL part of social media and so will try to engage, we will celebrate achievements, and we will comment on matters we think are important (medical, education, research, cultural, sporting, artistic, political....). 

We don't see the point in spamming generic corporate messages and so we will try not to tell you too often how brilliant our School is.  We think that our students, staff and alumni success speak for themselves and we will live vicariously through them! 

We are happy to celebrate the successes of other Medical Schools or Universities.  The only competition that we are engaged in is against ignorance and illness.

We are sorry if our casual engagement and/or attempts at humour cause any offense.  We don't set out to offend people.  We think that the best solution in dealing with trolls is the trusty mute button.

#IrishMed

We are happy to support the long running #IrishMed twitter chat which was created by our distinguished alumnus Dr Liam Farrell (@DrLFarrell).  Through his weekly (Wed at 10pm) tweet chats, Liam has built an international community of patients, patient advocates and healthcare practitioners that discusses various items of healthcare interest.  We mostly lurk and learn.