The HSA is excited to announce the launch of its new website. With the help of our web development partner – I Want Cat – the committee has been working hard over the past year to upgrade the site with the view to improving its functionality, enhancing engagement with members and non-members and modernising its appearance.
Many of you will have noticed that we have increased the frequency and range of our blog content with the aim of responding to current housing-related events as they occur (such as government announcements, breaking news stories and relevant conferences), as well as engaging with broader issues and debates that speak to the work of housing academics, policymakers and practitioners. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the blog thus far, as early feedback has indicated its value in helping the HSA network stay connected. If you are keen to share your views, evidence and experiences with those working at the forefront of housing, please do consider writing a post for us – whether you are a seasoned blogger or dipping your toe in for the first time, we would love to hear from you (contact our Communications Officer Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Having the opportunity to contribute to our blog is one of the many benefits of becoming a member of the HSA. We have a range of membership options available, as one of our aims is to bring together a variety of stakeholders with an interest in housing. Currently our members include academics, students, policymakers and practitioners working right across the housing sectors. Each year, we run a series of events for our members (others are welcome too!), including our annual conference, this year in Sheffield. Members benefit from a discounted rate for attending this conference, as well as other events (for instance, our Autumn lecture). We have bursaries available for those needing financial assistance to attend our annual conference, as well as event sponsorship for anyone looking to organise their own housing-related event. Early-career researchers can expect to receive constructive support from a number of established housing academics both when attending the annual conference and if applying for the Valerie Karn prize (note that the current deadline for applying for this prize is 1st March 2018).
One of the main features of our new website is that it streamlines the process for becoming a HSA member and renewing existing memberships. There are three new changes to this process, which are important to highlight. First, whereas previously the membership period was fixed, with all memberships starting in January, you can now become a member at any time of the year and your membership will be valid for 12 months from the date you signed up. Second, you will now receive email reminders notifying you of when your membership is close to expiry. Finally, we have created a new online shop that provides members with opportunities to subscribe to academic journals at generously discounted rates.
If you have any feedback or questions please do not hesitate to get in touch via email (email@example.com) or Twitter (@HSA_UK).
Lecturer, Cardiff University and HSA Web Officer