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 …

Tuesday 20 June 2017 | Content


New ‘Subjects’ launch

The digital communications team has been working on migrating content from the current version of our content management system, T4v7, to the latest version, T4v8. (Find out more about our migration to T4v8 project.)

Monday 5 June 2017 | External website redevelopments


An update on the external website project

Some of you may have noticed that it’s been quite a while since the digital communications team have written an update on our vision for the external facing website. (I think the last update was our Digital Prospectus business case, …

Friday 5 May 2017 | External website redevelopments


The plan for 2018-entry undergraduate course pages

With the 2017-entry undergraduate course webpages only just completed, the thought of creating 2018-entry pages may make you cringe, bare your teeth, or just run away in horror. But don’t worry! The content team has developed a solid plan for …

Thursday 13 April 2017 | External website redevelopments


Iterative improvements to the digital prospectus

Shortly before the digital prospectus went live, the content team in digital communications sat down and came up with a list of development, design and content improvements we would like to make to the pages in the future. We prioritised …

Tuesday 28 March 2017 | External website redevelopments


MoSCoW planning poker

Backlog refinement One agile practice that we’ve adopted from Scrum is that of product backlog refinement. In short, it involves representatives from both the project level team (project manager, business visionary, technical coordinator, etc.) and solution development team getting together periodically …

Monday 13 March 2017 | Agile


Benchmarking the Study webpages

Over the next few weeks the new Subject and undergraduate course pages will go live and Course Search will be taken down. With such a drastic change about to occur on the University’s website it’s crucial that we monitor any impact …

Thursday 2 February 2017 | Study at St Andrews website


How the UG digital prospectus is an improvement on Course Search

The digital communications team is almost finished with our undergraduate digital prospectus project. The main purpose of the digital prospectus is to provide more detailed, tailored and targeted information about each UG course than our current tool, Course Search, provides. …

Wednesday 18 January 2017 | External website redevelopments


A sneak peek at the undergraduate course pages

The digital communications team has been hard at work creating, developing and designing the academic subject pages (phase 3 of our digital prospectus business case) and the undergraduate course pages. The subject page system is being built to replace course …

Friday 13 January 2017 | External website redevelopments


The difference between acceptance criteria and definition of done

Back in August I wrote a post called “How do you know when you’re done?” in which I explored the agile concept of the “definition of done” or “done done”. However, in conversations with developers over the last few weeks …

Wednesday 14 December 2016 | Agile