Web content editor and trainer within the University of St Andrews digital communications team. Jenny joined the team in 2015, and she provides content support for the University web pages as well as training for staff in digital communications topics. She has an educational background in literature, writing, editing and publishing from the Universities of Texas, Edinburgh and Stirling.

Featured events criteria

The new events website allows us to highlight five events. On the events homepage, there is a large hero banner to showcase one event, and in the ‘Featured events’ section there are smaller boxes to showcase four events. This post sets out the criteria for these featured events and explains how staff and students can request their event to be featured. Continue reading “Featured events criteria”

What St Andrews web editors do when we’re not writing

This post was inspired by the Scottish Government blog post, What content designers do when they’re not writing.

At St Andrews, web content editors create and maintain content on the University’s externally facing website. Our role is to make it as easy as possible for users to find the information they are looking for.

While a big component of our job is writing content which is concise, scannable, objective, and accessible, we also perform a variety of other functions. Here is just a sample of how we fill our time when we’re not writing. Continue reading “What St Andrews web editors do when we’re not writing”

IWMW 2018: Let’s improve our training

Recently, I attended the IWMW(Institutional Web Management Workshop) 2018, a UK-wide conference for anyone working in digital in higher education. Roughly 150 delegates attended from all over the UK and Ireland.

Every university’s digital team provides training for their internal staff to some extent. While St Andrews is a front-runner in terms of the training we provide (I even delivered a masterclass in digital training for staff at IWMW this year), I learned that we need to go further. Continue reading “IWMW 2018: Let’s improve our training”

Scottish Web Folk: research, SEO and GDPR

On 4 May 2018, Nick, Maria and I attended Scottish Web Folk. Scottish Web Folk is an informal meeting for anyone working in digital in higher education in Scotland; it takes place three to four times a year at one of the universities. This meeting was hosted by the University of Dundee.  Continue reading “Scottish Web Folk: research, SEO and GDPR”