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Streamlining the migration of courses

We have just completed the migration of over 300 undergraduate and postgraduate courses from TerminalFour (T4) version 7 to version 8. A blog post describes how we automated parts of this migration, but we were still left with a lot of manual tidying up. This article describes how we ensured the final pages were ready for…

20 June 2017Content External website redevelopments

2018 undergraduate digital prospectus

On 29 May 2017, the digital communications team sent out content for the 2018 undergraduate course webpages to all Schools for review. Schools have until 7 July 2017 to return any amendments before the pages go live. We sent the content in Word documents (noting any changes from the 2017 course pages) and have asked…

7 June 2017Content

Updating the undergraduate pages with HEFCE information

A couple of weeks ago, the content team spent some time going through a ‘Information for Students’ guide from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, but we call it the HEFCE guide (HEFCE stands for Higher Education Funding Council for England, for whom the guide was developed). The guide aims to help universities present…

24 April 2017Content

Common content mistakes and how to fix them

Part of the work done by members of digicomms is ensure all content on the University’s website meets digital standards. In particular, any text on the website or in print materials must meet the University’s house style. Here are some of the most common mistakes found when the team check over content.

5 April 2017Content

Making web pages more accessible with WAI-ARIA

We are reviewing our digital pattern library to see how it can be more accessible. This article gives an overview of WAI-ARIA.

1 December 2016Content

Creating prototype UG course pages

The digital communications team is continuing with our digital prospectus project by developing undergraduate course pages. In a previous post, we described the rationale for creating UG pages with more tailored and targeted information, which would be listed by subject rather than department.

20 October 2016Content

PGT launch process – room for improvement

Earlier this year, we created and launched the new centralised postgraduate taught pages for 2016 entry. With the 2016 academic year now upon us, we have launched the 2017 entry versions of these pages to provide information for prospective students for the 2017-2018 academic year. For the 2017 PGT pages, we used our experience from…

22 September 2016Content

Adding new postgraduate taught programmes to Study

Over the last year, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a lot of schools and academics about the postgraduate taught programmes offered by the University. Launching new, centralised webpages for all of our 2016 PGT courses has meant learning about every programme, from Transnational, Global and Spatial History through to Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices.…

29 August 2016Content External website redevelopments

Rich media content: the future of University websites

A few weeks ago, myself, Steve and Gareth attended attended IWMW 2016 (the Institutional Web Management Workshop) in Liverpool. The overall theme of the conference this year was ‘Understanding Users; Managing Change; Delivering Services’. I attended a workshop on rich media content, specifically on how to maximise user impact from such content.

1 August 2016Content

Plain English does not mean “dumbing down”

There seems to be some confusion over this point, so let me be clear – writing in plain English does not equate to “dumbing down” content. In the words of Lorena Sutherland, content lead for Office of the Public Guardian on GOV.UK: “It’s not dumbing down, it’s opening up”.  

14 July 2016Content