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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, which we posted back in 2016!) Since then, there have been a number of changes…

5 May 2017Projects Public website

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 creating and publishing the 2018 pages which aims to minimise the amount of work required…

13 April 2017Public website

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 this list and organised it by timeframe (before launch, after launch, and after migration to…

28 March 2017Public 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. Here are the reasons we think the new digital prospectus will be an improvement on…

18 January 2017Public website

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 search (developed by IT Services), which as many of our colleagues have agreed, is not…

13 January 2017Public website

Undergraduate course pages – research and development

Having already designed, created and launched centralised web pages to advertise the University’s taught postgraduate courses we have now turned our attention to redesigning the way undergraduate courses are advertised. Why? The rationale for both the new taught postgraduate course pages and the planned undergraduate course pages are covered in our digital prospectus business case. Undergraduate…

10 October 2016Public website

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 Public website

Why we’ve shelved the Schools website project (for now!)

Over the last year, a number of academic schools have asked us whether we could roll out the design of the School of Economics website, which launched late last year, to other schools. The team cautiously agreed that we’d look at all School sites, to see if there was a way for us to work on School sites…

26 August 2016Public website

How we plan to move to T4v8

One of the key milestones of the external website project is moving to the newest version of our content management system – T4. All of the digital communications team have been looking forward to taking advantage of the new features and options available in T4v8, but working out exactly how we make the move from our…

3 August 2016Public website

Google Analytics data for School websites

One of my first tasks for the digital communications team was to find out how School websites are used by external users over the course of one calendar year (2015) using Google Analytics. The data provided an invaluable insight to how external users interact with the School pages. I looked specifically at which pages on School websites are…

18 June 2016Public website