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September 9, 2009
» Google tasks … and the Glamlife effect!

If you’ve been looking for an easy way to manage your ‘to do’ list online, it’s arrived! Google have added an integrated task list into Google calendars, and you can link straight to it via Glamlife. In ‘Your Week’ (near the top of your Glamlife home page), you can click on the ‘Your calendar’ link to take you to your own Google calendar, then selecting ‘Tasks’ in the top left corner will bring up the ‘Tasks’ pane on the right-hand side of the calendar (see image). You can then begin to add tasks to your list.

It’s very easy to use – just start typing! The controls for the task list are at the bottom of the pane – watch out for them, they’re easy to miss at first glance! The little arrows that appear to the right of each task when you hover over them allow you to set deadline dates for each task, and tasks that have due dates will automatically appear in your calendar. You can sort your tasks by due date, and you can also have several separate task lists on the go at any time. You can also print your task list in a handy format to carry with you.

For a bit more info, visit the Official Gmail Blog.

Now you never need to have the last minute panic as you realise you’ve forgotten that looming essay deadline … and you can even add the celebration afterwards to your list of things to do!

In other news … the Glamlife effect has struck again! Back in March we talked about the effect of online voting via Glamlife for the Students’ Union election, and how it had caused the total number of votes to double from the previous year. Now the Students’ Union has reported that sales for NUS Extra cards are up from 106 during the first month of sales last year to 224 over the same period this year! The cards have been highlighted to students via the Glamlife Directory page about enrolment and induction. To get your NUS card, visit the NUS membership page on the Students’ Union website.

March 17, 2009
» Elections: Have you voted yet?

The Students’ Union elections have started. Hopefully you will have noticed a prominent “Vote Now” button on the front page of Glamlife (if you are a student):

The button should take you straight to the Union’s website, to a page where you can vote.

So, have you voted yet? What are your thoughts on the elections? Did everything work smoothly, or did you have any questions or troubles? Let us know – we’re curious to hear your thoughts.

March 13, 2009
» Blog: Countdown to the election

It is that time of year again, when posters, placards, and permanently marked t-shirts can be seen everywhere on campus. Election season is upon us.

This year, the Students’ Union is trying something new: The election will take place online, through Glamlife. Among other things, this recently confirmed method of voting means you no longer have to pre-register with the www.glamsu.com to vote.

All you need to do is log in to Glamlife between Tuesday and Thursday next week (17th – 19th March 2009), find the link to the election, select it, and vote. The link will be on the front page of Glamlife, temporarily taking over the place where the Students’ Union Quick Link is located.

Ideally you’ll take a few minutes to find out who the candidates are before you vote for them. Check out their manifestos to see what they stand for and which direction they intend to take the Students’ Union in. If you want to be really thorough, you can even read up on the roles and responsibilities that the candidates will be taking on next year. And if you have a question, you can find candidates’ campaign groups on Facebook, join, and ask them questions on their forums.

As always, feel free to let us know what you think about the elections by posting comments on this blog!