University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Short Guide for Prospective Listowners

What can I use an UMLS list for?

People use UMLS lists for a number of purposes. You can set up a list for the examiners of a particular specification to discuss its development, or to discuss moderation issues, or they can be for UCLES staff to support particular projects or committees, or just to provide a forum for them to discuss topics of mutual interest. In fact any situation where you regularly need to meet face-to-face with people can be helped by running a list. And lists can allow discussion among people who would seldom, if ever, meet normally, because of geographical isolation, or because no other forum exists.

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What does running a list involve?

Each list is managed by a listowner, or several owners, who are responsible for running the list - rather like a referee. The listowners are responsible for:

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What skills do list owners need?

As a list owner you do not need to be a "techie" or a computing expert. A certain familiarity with email and the web is needed. However, the essential requirements are an enthusiasm to improve communications between yourself and whoever is going to be served by your list, the willingness to find time to monitor your list regularly, to encourage discussion and promote the list.

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How much time will it take up?

The amount of time needed to run a list depends on the type of list, how many members there are, the amount of support they need, and how active the list is. Regular maintenance may take an hour a week, but encouraging discussion and publicising your list may take more time.

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How do I set up a list?

Consult your line manager about the idea.

  1. Send an email to describing the list you would like to set up, and which specification(s), if any, it will cover.
  2. Once the list has been set up you will receive an email with instructions as to how to administer your list, and a password for doing so.

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What then?

See Setting up a List for what to do next.

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