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April 27, 2009
» Blog: Glamlife statistics ... featuring …

Those using Glamlife on a regular basis can’t fail to have noticed all the changes that have taken place recently. One thing goes on unchanged though: we don’t shirk on our commitment to provide you with Glamlife usage statistics. The latest figures have now been posted and are available for downloading: March web stats.

But we were talking of changes… apart from the fact that the homepage of Glamlife looks very different, especially its constantly-changing promo area, it now carries an extra element. The graphic promos no longer just lead to information or links to websites: we now also have a features page.

This addition to Glamlife allows us to post magazine-style articles. These will be about student life, and the achievements of students and recent graduates . We hope this will be of interest to you. The most recent features were written by members of the Glamlife team, but we’re very keen to give student journalists and writers a chance to showcase their work. If you have a story – perhaps you’ve done something remarkable, or you know something you think others might find interesting – please let us know at glamlife@glam.ac.uk. We can then either write a feature, or help you produce one that can be published on Glamlife. We’re always looking for new articles to run.

We’d really like to know what you think of the new page, and of the feature articles we have posted so far. You can leave a comment below, or email us on glamlife@glam.ac.uk. (Comments on the blog may appear after a delay, as we screen them for spam manually.)

March 11, 2009
» Blog: Of statistics and a goat

First things first – the title of this blog posting is not meant to imply that a goat ate our homework. In fact, our homework is all present and correct and right here:

Glamlife web stats

(OK, so maybe not all present: The computer ate some of our data. Hopefully this should not happen again, and stats will be posted here regularly from now on.)

The title of this blog posting is, in fact, partially a reference to a strange and mysterious creature that has been seen on campus. Every week, we get an email in the Glamlife office, telling us how many students have filled in the National Student Survey so far. And every week, there are a few enigmatic words in there: “The goat will continue to visit lectures and foyers in a building near you.”

Some in depth research reveals that the Students’ Union has a new mascot. Gandolf the Goat (yes, with an ‘o’) has been selected as replacement for Gary the Glamorgan Badger. We’re not quite sure what to make of this goat – there have been rumours that he has already got into a scuffle with another mascot at a sports match (and won, of course). Meanwhile, the Students’ Union have sent us a few photos of a goat who looks very pleased with himself, and has a knack for posing…

Unfortunately, the Glamlife team have not yet had a chance to meet the goat in person. That honour is reserved mostly for final year students who have not yet filled in the National Student Survey. Gandolf is the last line of defence: When promos on Glamlife don’t do the trick, when news items are not read, emails and phone calls ignored, then Gandolf swoops in, like a furry superhero, and tries to get the message across. So, if you have not yet done so, please take ten minutes to fill in the National Student Survey. Or the goat will get you…