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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.

Common content mistakes – revisited

We’ve previously written about common content mistakes made on the web, but we thought it would be a good idea to provide an updated list. Below is a list of common mistakes our team sees coordinators make on a regular basis. This post isn’t intended to shame, but to cast some light on how you…

12 March 2019Content

Why to avoid marketese on the web

Marketese is a writing style which favours promotional, self-congratulatory and boastful language over technical and objective wording. At the University of St Andrews, we aim to avoid using marketese on the web at all costs.

7 February 2019Content

Subject and PGT course pages design sprints

The digital communications team is running two design sprints to help us redesign the University’s subject pages and taught postgraduate course pages. 

9 November 2018Design

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…

7 November 2018Content

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…

19 October 2018Content

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…

27 July 2018IWMW

Internship with digital communications – Sara Fay

Sara Fay completed a four-week internship with the digital communications team. You can read about her experience in her own words below. 

23 July 2018Team

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. 

25 May 2018Scottish Web Folk

Showcasing research through content

The main feature of the new research website will be the research showcase section. This section will highlight the world-leading research taking place across St Andrews to internal and external researchers, prospective students, and the general public.

3 May 2018Content

Upcoming developments on the research website project

The research website project team have been steadily moving forward with creating content and working on development for the new research website.

5 April 2018External website redevelopments