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I have been working for the University since 2005. Prior to that I was a research scientist at Cambridge University studying different biological processes using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Academia wasn't for me, even though scanning strawberries and melons was fascinating! Now I oversee the work of the team and provide support where it is needed, particularly on the web development side of things. I am also an alum of the University, where I studied plant biology.

Which technology is being used to access the University website?

Understanding which technology is being used to access the University website is very important as we need to ensure an optimum experience for as many users as possible.

14 October 2016Technology

Central data – why it’s important

One of our 10 design principles is ‘data-driven’, which means that we use data to establish user needs, but it can also mean that wherever possible we want to use data held in central databases to populate our web pages with content. At the moment, we only have a few examples on the University website where…

14 September 2016Digital transformation

Google tag manager introduction

I first heard about Google Tag Manager at IWMW when Martin Hawksey gave a  workshop on Google Analytics.  Since then I have been experimenting with Google Tag Manager to see how we can use it to track specific events on a web page. For example, tracking the number of clicks on a tab or link.…

8 September 2016Technology

IWMW 2016 highlights

The Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW) took place at Liverpool John Moore University between 21 and 23 June 2016. In the words of the IWMW website ( The annual 3-day event provides opportunities for those with responsibilities for managing institutional web services and related digital channels to learn from case studies, hear about innovative approaches…

23 August 2016IWMW

IWMW 2016: Google analytics masterclass

The following post is based on a plenary talk and masterclass given at the 2016 Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW) by Martin Hawksey. A video of the plenary talk is available and is well worth watching. There are also slides available from Martin’s site. The following notes are my highlights from these presentations.

26 July 2016IWMW

How new design has affected University news

In June 2016 we launched a new homepage that was more focused on external visitors. It introduced the idea of news and events being highlighted on a limited number of ’tiles’. The aim was to selectively promote specific news and events rather than than just a list of the past ten press releases and the next…

23 June 2016Design

Ask a question: the University’s FAQ system

The ‘ask a question’ web page was launched on 19 January 2015. It allows visitors to find answers to questions that exist in the ‘Student Information Desk (SID)’ system. Users can either try and search for an answer or they can submit a question if they are unable to find an answer. By monitoring the…

29 May 2016Digital transformation

Why we are outsourcing WordPress

One project that we are currently preparing (called DC1004 WordPress multisite) will involve outsourcing our WordPress multisite installation. This post explains why. At the University we use TerminalFour Site Manager and WordPress as our content management systems to publish content. Site Manager is used to manage the core University content for the majority of our visitors,…

29 April 2016DC1003 WordPress multisite Projects

Digital communications team annual report

2015 was a very eventful year for the digital communications team. Here are some of our highlights. Digital transformation In February, Paul Boag visited St Andrews to give a lecture on digital change. We then worked with Paul in March and April to develop a prototype website to demonstrate how the external website could be…

29 February 2016Team

Consumer law and the University website

On 23 October 2015, Which? published a preliminary report on information provided on 50 university websites for prospective psychology students. They assessed whether they provided information such as: entry requirements core modules contact hours and workload staff qualifications course accreditation assessment method course location and length fees and additional costs It was found that around…

15 December 2015Content