What we do

Student Life Communications acts as a boutique full-service communications agency that provides integrated support in the form of campaigns, projects and events. Our services are focussed on the following two areas:

Communications Projects:

Information Projects (WEB):

Contents

Who we are The Communications Team
What we offer How we can help with your communications projects
Submit a Request Submitting an inMotionNow request
Forms NEW Communication request forms

Who we are

The Student Life Communications Team

  • Tony Bowman, Director, Student Life Communications
  • Eva Boldt, Student Communications Projects Officer
  • Tara Bunting, Communications Officer
  • Cheryl Davison, Manager, IT Projects
  • Chantal Duchesne, Communications Intern
  • Andy Guthrie, Graphic Designer
  • Tricia Kenderdine, Manager, Communications Projects
  • Sarah Ryeland, Communications Officer, Writing
  • Diana Scattolon, Student Life Officer

What we offer

Strategic communications planning

Strategic communications planning involves the creation of a comprehensive communications plan for your project or program that identifies key messages, channels and distribution methods. We recommend this for larger projects or ongoing communication messages. Some examples include the Health & Wellness Centre merger, consent messaging and the CPP anniversary project.

 

Graphic design

To keep the Student Life brand and visual identity intact, we’ve added a full-time designer to our team. We’re able to design everything from postcards and flyers to large-scale banners and signage, program logos, online/digital graphics and more. Please contact us for all of your design needs no matter how big or small!

 

Print production

We have a centralized print budget for ALL printing being done in the division. When we print items together, we can get better rates and see considerable cost savings for the division. Please send all print requests through the communications request form. This includes workshop handouts as well as requests for printing banners, swag, t-shirts or other promotional items.

 

Writing/copyediting

It’s important that all of our written communications are clear, concise and represent the tone and voice of the Division of Student Life. To ensure consistency, we now offer centralized writing/copyediting services. This includes everything from writing copy for a poster or flyer, to website copy. We can also write articles for publication on websites or in various media, such as the U of T Bulletin Brief. Please contact us for all of your writing needs.

 

Digital communications

  • Social media:

We’ve had great success with the centralized U of T Student Life social media accounts, where we provide promotion of your events or programs. We can also develop social media campaigns for your department. Some examples of current campaigns are: #ASKmeUofT, exchange promotions (#CIEUofT, #goabraodUofT), Mental Wellness Month (#bewellUofT) and Housing Services (#HousingHacks). We work with you to develop content on a particular theme, compose posts and graphics and create a schedule for delivery. Responses to posts are always moderated and questions answered in a timely manner.

  • e-Newsletters:

We have a divisional account with MailChimp – software that allows you to easily create and send more engaging e-newsletters. We’ll work with you to develop templates that align with Student Life branding and the new website. We also manage several e-newsletters that can be used to communicate your messages. The new Nine New things e-newsletter is distributed weekly to all students highlighting Student Life events and programs. Note: Due to high volume, not all requests can be accommodated.

  • Digital display slides:

In addition to creating visually appealing and effective digital display slides, we can help you get them up across campus. We have relationships with many offices across campus, including the Faculty of Arts & Science and the libraries. We also manage the Just in Time Slides displayed in Convocation Hall. Note: Due to high volume, not all requests can be accommodated. For digital display slides, please place a graphic design request.

 

Photography

We have a high-quality DLSR Camera and staff who can use it, so please contact us with your photography requests. Our resources are limited, but please let us know what you need and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request! We also have a small budget for professional photography at high profile events.

 

Videos

We have a small budget allocated for divisional video production. If you have an idea for a video project, please contact us.

 

Outreach event logistics

We can help you create a plan for your outreach events. Please contact us for more information.

 

Anything else?

Whatever your communications needs, please contact us through the communications request form. We’re happy to help!

 

Timelines

We want you to look good in all your communications materials, so please be sure to give us ample lead time to process your request.

Most requests take a minimum of two weeks and more complex projects such as annual reports, viewbooks, magazines, large banners, catalogues or reference booklets can take up to four weeks.

Please note the timelines associated with each type of project in the information below.

Submitting an inMotionNow request

inMotionNow is workflow management software used to streamline the workflow of the communications team. InMotionNow provides an online request system, project management and a review environment, where you will be able to review all of your materials and provide feedback online. Completing a request form ensures we have all of the information we need to process your project and that we can do so in a timely manner and priority sequence.

In order to use the system you will need a login and password. If you need to set up an account, please contact Tricia Kenderdine at t.kenderdine@utoronto.ca. For information on how to complete a review, please watch the 6-minute tutorial or visit the Review and Approval Help Documentation about the InMotionNow Review environment.

Fill out a communications request here

NEW Communication request forms

Starting November 1, we are changing the way you submit communications requests through inMotionNow. We are moving to a system of three forms for different types of projects, instead of all requests being placed using one form. This new system will allow the Communications Team to help your unit:

  • develop a more targeted communications plan with higher quality, on-brand communications.
  • declutter the communications landscape for students.
  • cross-promote with other projects and coordinate Divisional communications themes.
  • focus Divisional resources on high level strategic goals.