In just two months since launching, the new RSS online membership system has already proven to be a hit with new and current members alike.
The new system allows prospective RSS members to apply for membership using an online application form (available on this page). Since going live with its new online joining system in late March, the Society has received 600 applications, recruiting 427 e-student members, 63 e-teachers and 110 paying members (fellows). It also allows current members to manage their membership options via the MyRSS section of the RSS website (www.rss.org.uk/myrss).
Rob Mastrodomenico, RSS honorary officer for membership, is enthusiastic about the new functionality. 'Getting online membership is such a big deal for both current members and potential members,' he says. 'Current members can now take control of their membership online and it removes the roadblocks of having to do things over email or by post, which for me, as a member, is great. It's also now really easy for new members to get involved - you just get online, fill in your details and you can be a member.
'It makes the Society look more professional and I think over the course of time, we will reap the rewards in the form of getting more members. We have already seen big gains in terms of e-students and e-teachers and getting this demographic to sign up is made a lot easier by having membership online.'
The new system also makes it much easier for current members to recommend friends and colleagues to sign up for RSS membership. 'If anyone can sing the praises of the RSS it's us,' Rob Mastrodomenico continues. 'I'll tell anyone who will listen how worthwhile it is being a member, and now with the simplified fees and online joining I can point them to where they need to go to get involved.'
The move to online joining and membership management is part of a wider upgrade of the RSS website, which saw a complete overhaul at the beginning of this year, along with a simplification of the different categories of membership. Also just announced is an online booking system for the RSS annual conference; of which further details are now announced on our conference blog.