Five Links On Friday: Giving Tuesday

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This Tuesday was Giving Tuesday, the annual day of worldwide charity donations which attempts to combat the materialism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

While the day has only been marked in the UK once before, it clearly had an impact – Visa reported that people were giving around £6,000 to charity on Visa cards every minute on Tuesday alone. Online donation sites like JustGiving and Virgin Money Giving reported increases of more than 40% on the same day last year.

Obviously charitable giving is something that should happen at all times of the year, but the festive season often brings out people’s generosity, making this an opportune time to raise awareness of deserving causes.

We saw quite a few examples of US universities taking part in fundraising efforts to encourage donations to scholarship funds and other causes:

However, we haven’t seen an universities on our side of the pond getting involved. Is this because UK universities are, as a rule, quieter about their fundraising efforts? Or has it just not occurred to them yet?

Or we just missed them… let us know if you saw any good examples of universities who got involved with Giving Tuesday.

Which of the world’s cities are going to be the best place to be a student next year? This roundup describes a few of the top locations…

Time to make some social media predictions for 2016… here are 30 to start with:

This week Emma took a look at how to monitor online conversations that go beyond direct mentions:

As 2015 draws to a close, Universities UK have revealed the latest higher education trends for the UK:

In case you missed it earlier this week, our very own Tracy spoke at the annual Higher Education Social Media conference – check out the Storify:


And as an added extra this week, don’t forget to keep an eye on our #PickleAdvent Storify, where we’ll be adding a new Christmas-themed post every day.

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