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Email discussion lists for the UK Education and Research communities

How to create a group

There are 3 steps to starting a new JISCMail group. Following the menu to the right-hand side of the page, the steps are:

  1. Check that the characteristics of the proposed group meet the criteria.
  2. [Optional] Make a note of up to 5 categories for your group to be placed in.
  3. Fill out the new group request form. When choosing the type of group you want, the terms 'public', 'restricted' and 'private' are defined as follows:

Public

Restricted

Private

Anyone can join the group Membership is added by the group Owner(s) Membership is added by the group Owner(s)
Anyone can send messages to the group, although non-members will need to confirm their email as a safe-guard against spam Only members can send messages to the group Only members can send messages to the group
The group will have a web page where archive messages will be visible to anyone (non-members included), this will include a files area The group will have a web page where archive messages will be visible to anyone (non-members included), this will include a files area The group will have a web page where archive messages are visible to members only, this will include a files area.
Any member performing an automatic reply will be sending it back to the group for circulation Any member performing an automatic reply will be sending it back to the originator of the initial message Any member performing an automatic reply will be sending it back to the originator of the initial message
The group will be made available on the JISCMail A-Z, Category and search pages The group will be made available on the JISCMail A-Z, Category and search pages The group will NOT be made available on the JISCMail A-Z, Category and search pages

New group requests are automatically sent to the Helpline where they will be actioned within 3 working days (although normally you will receive them more promptly than this).

Note: If the group name you choose has already been taken we will contact you to discuss a suitable alternative.