Mailing Lists

The majority of ALT's mailing lists are closed and require ALT membership to join. The mailing lists which are open to members and non-members alike are listed under "Opt-in lists" on the left.

Once you join ALT, you will automatically be added to two mailing lists: ALT-Announce which is used solely by ALT to send out news, and ALT-Members which is a mailing list that can be replied to and can be used for all manner of discussion.

The ALT-Members list is a discussion list only. Please see further information for how to use the list. Job vacancies and events listings should be submitted to the ALT News Digest, which is circulated to the membership separately every Friday. Deadline 5pm Wednesday:

If you are interested in joining other mailing lists, you can do so by going to the mailing list hosts' website, Jiscmail, and applying to join there. Instructions on how to create an account, manage your mailing lists through Jiscmail, and search mailing lists' archives can be found below. Note: you need to be a member of ALT first. You can become a member by applying here.


Go to If you have an account, click login at the top right, and enter your email address and password.

If you don’t have an account, create one by clicking login at the top right, then click the link get a new LISTSERV password. Type in the email address to which you are currently receiving mailing lists, and create a password. Jiscmail will send you a confirmation email; you can click the link in that email to validate your address, then go back to the Jiscmail homepage and you should be able to log in normally.

Once you have logged in, you will see which mailing lists you belong to under “Your Groups” on the right hand side.

To search a specific mailing list, click on the one you want under “Your Groups”, for example “ALT-Members”.

On the right you will see “Search Archives”, with a link to Advanced Options if you require; type in what you want to search for in the box and click search. It will then show you all the emails which have that keyword in them.

Alternatively, if you want to search multiple mailing lists at once, you can go back to the home page and under “Quick Links” click on Search Archives; this will allow you to select certain mailing lists (there are over 4,500! not all of them are ours) – for example “ALT-CINFO” and “ALT-SCOTLAND” – and to type in keywords for Jiscmail to search for within those mailing list archives.

For further information on Jiscmail or our mailing lists, please get in touch using our contact us page.