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  • Simon Irvine

    [APPOINTMENT] New Marketing Director

    By Simon Irvine, in United Kingdom,

    Target Audience: All Members
    I am delighted to announce that Trevor Hannant is the Division's new Marketing Director.
    Trevor has played a key role in the department as Events Manager and has some great ideas for moving the department forward.
    I would like to thank everyone who applied for the role.
    Please join me in welcoming Trevor to the DSG!!

  • Simon Irvine
    Target Audience: All Members
    I am delighted to announce that the VATSIM President, Gunnar Lindahl will be holding a Q&A on Sunday 30th September from 8pm local.  This will take place in the VATSIM UK teamspeak.
    You will have the chance to ask Gunnar a question on the night, or if you can't be there or want to put in a question in advance please send a question via our Twitter account, @vatsimuk using #askgunnar or email loui.ringer@vatsim.uk. 
    We look forward to seeing you there.

  • Chris Pawley

    Region Report(s) Published

    By Chris Pawley, in United Kingdom,

    Target Audience: All Members
    As part of the reporting structure of the division we prepare quarterly region reports which are passed to the Europe Region director, via the Executive Committee to the vice president of Regions (VATGOV4).
    As these provide a reasonably condensed summary of the divisions performance in the previous quarter, we have begun to publish these as they are completed. You can find these here: https://vatsim.uk/download/info/?downloadID=00414
    Future reports will be added to the above page.

  • Nathan Donnelly
    Target Audience: All Members
    This is notification of the beginning of the application process for the position of Marketing Director (VATUK4).
    Application Closing Date: Sunday 26th August at 2259z
    The Marketing Director shall:
    Sit on the Division Staff Group; Have oversight for all marketing within the division; Manage and direct marketing strategy; Be responsible for the Events Manager and Social Media Manager; Be responsible for the planning and execution of division events; Be responsible for the Division's social media accounts; Coordinate with overseas events teams, and; Design, implement and manage member retention initiatives in liaison with the Community Director. The preferred candidate will have:
    Good project management and excellent leadership skills; An appreciation of the importance of branding; Creativity for designing attractive events; Excellent communication, administrative and teamwork skills; A motivation to excel in their role, and; Previous staff experience. The successful candidate must:
    Be a VATSIM UK home member in good standing, and; Have the availability to answer emails on a daily basis and spend at least seven hours per week on their duties.  
    Applications or queries are to be sent to jobs (at) vatsim.uk. Please state why you are the most suitable candidate for the position, how you meet the desired attributes and what you can bring to the team. You must apply yourself to the duties outlined and provide suitable examples where appropriate.
    The successful candidate will receive comprehensive training on our systems, policies and practices.
    Marketing Director Vacancy.pdf

  • Andy Ford

    Changes to CTS Emailing

    By Andy Ford, in United Kingdom,

    Target Audience: All Members
    Due to the incredibly large volume of emails currently flowing from the CTS (because there's a lot of ATC and Pilot sessions right now!) which pushes us very close to our monthly quota, we're going to be be removing a couple of the email categories. These ones have been removed partly due to the amount of traffic they generate and also their perceived usefulness.
    They are as follows:
    Notification to mentors that a session request has come in. Notification to mentors that they have picked up a session. Any questions, let us know.

  • Simon Irvine

    Web Department Changes

    By Simon Irvine, in United Kingdom,

    Target Audience: All Members
    I am making some changes to the Web Department.  As you know web has been working as two teams over the past 14 months.  This has really had its benefits, for example, the expansion of CORE and the introduction of Flight Training Exercises where the two teams worked hand in hand in launching these.
    Over the next 12 months, we will be launching a new website, start the migration of CTS into CORE as well as the rollout of a new ATC plugin.  With this in mind, I have decided to bring the team back into one department for better accountability and more efficient project management.  I am delighted to say that Calum Towers will lead the new combined Web Services team. 
    Neil Farrington has decided to step down from the DSG.  I would like to thank Neil for his hard work and dedication for his time on the DSG and past few years in the web team, he will be missed.
    These changes will take place with immediate effect. 

  • Chris Pawley
    Target Audience: All Members
    We are delighted to announce that bookings have opened this evening for VATSIM UK Live! which is taking place on the weekend of the 4th and 5th of August at Conference Aston.

    Tickets are priced at £30 for the weekend, or £20 for one day. We have also worked with Conference Aston to provide options for on-site accommodation (incl. breakfast). For more information on pricing, or anything about the weekend, visit the Live! website.
    We have also provided more detailed information about the group lunch that we have organised this year. More information can be found on the website.

    Tickets are on-sale now and available to any VATSIM member. We look forward to seeing new (and not so new) faces at this year's event. The number of places is limited, so please book soon to be sure of a place!

  • Calum Towers
    Target Audience: All Members
    Unless you've been living under a rock, you will have heard of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) that comes into effect on May 25th.
    What you may not know is what it means, how it may affect you and why organisations of all sizes are flooding your inbox with "please click here to say we can contact you" links...

    I don't study the law... but what is GDPR?
    I don't either so I'll give you the key points!

    is the biggest shake up to data protection regulations in around 20 years and will apply to all EU citizens. ensures that organisations process personal data lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner. requires information that is processed to be adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary for the purpose for which they are processed. limits the time that personal data can be identifiable (linked back to a living person) to no longer than necessary for processing. demands that organisations process personal data in a secure manner. That is super boring interesting, but how does it affect me?
    If you're reading this, I presume you're a living person (go away Google bot...) so you are afforded important rights under GDPR. They are...
    The right to be informed - you get to know what information we are processing about you and why. The right of access - you can know and access the personal data we are processing about you. The right to rectification - if we store data that is inaccurate, you have the right to correct it. The right to erasure - in certain circumstances, you have the right to "be forgotten". The right to portability - you can obtain and reuse your personal data for your own purposes on other services. The right to object - you can tell us that you do not want your data to be processed. Note that the links provided above are descriptions aimed at organisations, but provide more detail on each right.

    So what is VATSIM UK doing about all of this?
    We mainly act in the capacity of a processor to facilitate your membership to VATSIM.net. That means that when you tell VATSIM.net that you want to be a member of the UK division, they pass certain information to us in order for us to give you access to our training system, forum and other services.
    However, we do collect some information directly from you. For example, your IP address when you connect to one of our services.
    We are creating two new policies to ensure that we are transparent about our use of your personal data; the Privacy Policy and the Data Protection & Handling Policy. All members will be required to agree to these before continuing to use our services. We expect these policies to be made available shortly.
    Queries regarding the data we hold on you, in the interim, can be requested via a Subject Access Request.

    As we do not receive a positive "opt in" from members to have other members email them through Core's "Email a Member" function, we will be disabling that for the time being.
    If you wish to communicate with other members, please use the Forum's Messenger.  Notifications for this can be configured here.

    Subject Access Request? Time to request all of my data!
    Steady on.

    One of the rights I spoke about earlier is "the right of access". This is facilitated via a Subject Access Request (or a "SAR").
    Whilst we are happy to review any SARs that we receive, there are a few things to keep in mind...
    We have the right to refuse to respond to manifestly unfounded or excessive requests. We have up to one month to provide the information. We can extend the deadline by a further two months where a request is deemed complex. Please also remember that everyone processing SARs are volunteers. If we spend our days completing these requests, other projects will suffer.
    If you believe that you have a legitimate reason to make a SAR, please email your request to sar@vatsim.uk. Guidance on writing your request can be found on the ICO's website.
    This post isn't designed to cover every question. It is simply here to inform you of what GDPR is, how it will affect you and what we are doing about it.
    Still got questions? I'm about on Slack, TeamSpeak and Email - just ask!