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Maria is the digital data analyst and content editor for the digital communications team. From Newcastle originally, Maria has lived in Dundee for the last five years while completing her degree in English and working in marketing for small, start-up businesses. Maria is usually found analysing Google Analytics and the results of usability testing.

New subject page design

Since autumn 2018, the digital communications team has been looking at how to improve the University’s subject pages to better meet users’ needs. As part of this process, we created a new design for the subject pages. The subject pages act as landing pages for all prospective students who are interested in finding out about…

17 February 2020Design

New design for MySaint, Moodle and MMS

MySaint, Moodle and MMS have been updated with a new look and feel so they are more accessible and responsive on mobile devices. This update was made by the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) project team. See the new design For students In MySaint, you can now access online course materials found in MMS and Moodle…

29 January 2020Design

Digital standards: a design refresh

Last week we launched a new, updated version of the University’s Digital standards. The standards provide information about digital best practice along with digital policies, procedures and rules for the University of St Andrews. This post provides an overview of the changes we’ve made.

5 November 2019Design

Clicks don’t really matter

Over the last few months I’ve received several requests to track the number of clicks it takes a user to complete a task to determine the “improved” usability of a website.

18 September 2019Usability

How to make PDFs accessible

PDF files published on the University of St Andrews website must meet accessibility standards. This is so the website, and all the content within it can be used by as many people as possible. Considering that there are hundreds of PDF files on the University website, it’s imperative that they’re also accessible. This post is…

15 July 2019Accessibility

Findings from Funnelback search usability testing

Last November I wrote about the initial findings from the control usability test that was conducted on Google Search Appliance (GSA), the University’s search system at the time. The main outcomes from that test were that University search results were inaccurate, there was a distrust of keymatch boxes and there was little interaction with search…

27 June 2019Usability

All about newsletters

On Wednesday 29 May, the digital communications team hosted the May Digital Forum, which was one of our most popular meetings to date! The subject of this forum was ‘all about newsletters’ and was an opportunity to discuss newsletter best practice, the digital communications newsletter and the use of Sway as a newsletter alternative. There…

10 June 2019Digital Forum

New School websites usability findings

Two weeks ago I conducted usability testing on the design for the new School websites on behalf of the Business Transformation Board who are running the Academic School Websites project. This project seeks to update and redesign the existing School websites using the digital pattern library (DPL). This post provides a summary of the test and…

23 May 2019Usability

Student portal design sprint findings

As part of the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) project, the digital communications team hosted a design sprint with students to help redesign certain elements of the student portal. Currently, students access teaching and learning information across a variety of platforms including MySaint, ‘MMS’ (Module Management System) and Moodle. The TEL project seeks to unify the…

25 March 2019Design

Digital learning and teaching design sprints

The digital communications team is running two design sprints to help us improve the ‘My Courses’ portal for current students and the digital teaching environment for members of academic staff. During these design sprints, we will provide some baseline data about how the systems are currently performing and what the end-user requirements are. Then, participants…

11 March 2019Design