An Update on Society Mailing Lists

by Mike Simpson
Trustee and co-lead of the Communications and Publicity Working Group

As you may be aware, the Society recently transitioned to a new membership platform, to help us and our members to better manage their data and payments. During the transition, we also decided to change how the Society Newsletter and other mailing lists were managed.

The TLDR Version

If you were subscribed to the old mailing list, you have been automatically subscribed to the new one.

  • If you want to subscribe, you can do so via this link.
  • If you want to unsubscribe, you can do so via the link at the bottom of any email.

New mailing lists will be created in the future; be sure to follow us for any announcements.

Why we made this change

Previously, the membership and newsletter subscriptions were managed via the same platform (WhiteFuse), but we have decided to separate them. This will simplify things for the trustees and save the Society money, as the new membership platform (WildApricot) will now be used only for managing our members, while the Newsletter and other mailing lists will now be managed via SendGrid.

If you signed up for “RSE News and Announcements” on the old membership platform, your data has been migrated to SendGrid. This is where future News, Announcements, Conference Updates, and the Newsletter will come from. Anyone can sign up for these updates (via this link), while member-only benefits will be sent via the new membership platform.

To find out more about the benefits of society membership and to sign up, click here.

Some things to be aware of

We only imported the primary email addresses of people who were registered on the old platform (some people had up to three registered emails). If you have not received the June Newsletter or any news about the RSE Conference since the transition, you may be registered with an old address and will have to register again.

Also, some people who registered in the last few weeks have not been transferred across. We may be able to rectify this soon, but if you became a member recently, you may want to sign up for the newsletter manually.

More coming soon

The other advantage of this new platform is that we can more easily create new mailing lists. So, for example, if you want to get the latest news about the annual UK RSE Conference, then you will be able to sign up for a new mailing list to be the first to hear about announcements, calls, registration and more (coming soon).

We’d love to hear your feedback about our comms and publicity. You can contact the comms team via our email address, which is listed here. As always, be sure to follow us on our various social media platforms (or sign up for the newsletter!) to stay up to date with all the latest news.

About the author: Mike Simpson