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Scottish Web Folk

On Friday 18 March, Carley and I travelled to the University of Edinburgh for the quarterly gathering of the Scottish Web Folk. The Scottish Web Folk is a bit like a ceilidh. But there’s no music, and everyone there is from a Scottish university web or digital team. And instead of dancing we sit and talk about issues…

12 April 2016Scottish Web Folk

TerminalFour version 8 – T44U 2015

This is the second instalment of our coverage of the TerminalFour for you conference (T44U 2015). The first instalment covered company updates, strategy and product updates.  An exciting part of the T44U 2015 conference was a session on the forthcoming updates to Site Manager. The new version actually contains quite a lot more than is…

18 March 2016T44U

TERMINALFOUR conference – T44U 2015

From 12 to 13 of November, Steve and I travelled to Dublin for the annual T44U (TERMINALFOUR for you) conference to meet the makers of Site Manager, our content management system, learn about what they’re doing, where they’re going with the new versions as well as pick up some developer tips and tricks. All in…

12 January 2016T44U

IWMW 2015: Agile content

Considering that the digital communications team is committed to working in an agile manner, and I’m the lead digital content person for the University, a workshop titled “Working in an agile way: content creation, delivery and standards” was always going to appeal to me. It was actually the main reason that I jumped at the chance…

5 November 2015IWMW

IWMW 2015: An introduction

I was lucky enough to attend IWMW – Institutional Web Management Workshop – 2015 a couple of weeks ago. The theme of this year’s session was “Beyond digital: transforming the institution”, which, if you’ve read any of our recent blog posts, you’ll know was of real interest to the team here. This week, I’ll be posting…

18 August 2015IWMW

Portals: learning lessons from Edinburgh

This is part of a series of reflections on this year’s Institutional Web Management Workshop. Read an introduction and the other posts. On the final day of IWMW there was an entertaining and useful talk about portals by Martin Morrey from the University of Edinburgh. Their MyEd portal was a source of inspiration when the University of…

21 August 2014IWMW

Social media and statistics

This is part of a series of reflections on this year’s Institutional Web Management Workshop. So far the posts have looked at themes surrounding digital transformationand organisational change. Read an introduction and the other posts. But away from those big ideas were some other useful insights about our jobs. This post looks at some advice on social…

4 August 2014IWMW

The digital vision

This is the fourth of a series of reflections on this year’s Institutional Web Management Workshop. Read an introduction and the other posts. The final session asked: “what is our vision for the institutional web and can we implement that vision?” This was led by a panel of Stephen Emmott (London School of Economics), Mike McConnell…

1 August 2014IWMW

Different digital models

This is the third of a series of reflections on this year’s Institutional Web Management Workshop. Read an introduction and the other posts. On day three of IWMW we heard from Hiten Vaghmaria, head of digital development at the University of Westminster, and his colleague Suvi Streatfield. Hiten discussed the shape of his internet and…

31 July 2014IWMW

Improving user experience and fostering change

This is the second of a series of reflections on this year’s Institutional Web Management Workshop. Read an introduction and the other posts. Following Ross Ferguson’s inspiring talk, further food for thought was provided by Neil Allison, head of user experience at the University of Edinburgh. He posed the question: what’s with user experience in…

31 July 2014IWMW