Why CSA Outbound will not be in the new style

In October we launched the inbound students hub as the first step towards creating a new Collaborations and Study Abroad (CSA) website.

This week we are planning to launch the rest of the Collaborations and Study Abroad website. Here is a sneak peek at what the new CSA central hub will look like.

Screenshot of Collaborations and Study Abroad website. The hero banner reads Outbound study abroad
A sneak peek at the new Collaborations and Study Abroad website.
Screenshot of Collaborations and Study Abroad website. The hero banner reads Outbound study abroad
A sneak peek at the new Collaborations and Study Abroad website on mobile.

The new site which has been built in T4v8, and rather suitably in collaboration with the Collaborations and Study Abroad team, employs the new digital pattern-driven look and feel. It looks equally great on mobile and desktop devices, and integrates seamlessly with the new external website.

Well, most of it does.

Over the last few months we’ve built new hubs for inbound students, academic collaborations, and overseas partners, as well as a few pages to explain what CSA is all about and contact information. Each of these sections is primarily aimed at an external audience—that is, an audience outside the current St Andrews community.

The outbound students section is different. It is aimed very firmly at current students—students currently studying at St Andrews who wish to study abroad as part of their degree. As such, this section sits out of the scope of the external website programme and therefore the current project.

Screenshot of Collaborations and Study Abroad website.
The outbound students section of the new Collaborations and Study Abroad website uses the old web design style as this is still an tool for internal audiences.

It would be lovely to give this whole section a makeover too, and update the designs of the pages for internal audiences (current students, current postgraduates, and current staff) as well, but that would be a lot of work, and require a whole programme of work in itself. Don’t worry, though, a project proposal has been submitted for this.

In the meantime, though, that is why, when the new site launches on Thursday 14 December, you will find that the outbound students information sits within the current students section of the University website, while the rest of the CSA site looks shiny and new.

You can read more about the CSA website project as a whole and the inbound hub in particular.

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