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How and why we QA

At a conference recently one of our team was speaking about how we organise our work using Trello and the Kanban-style workflow we have settled on. A number of people told her afterwards that they were impressed with both the simplicity and effectiveness of our rules around the QA (quality assurance) or testing phase. As…

30 August 2017Projects

The external website programme – next steps

Back in May this year I wrote an update on our external website programme – talking about the eight projects which we still needed to complete before we could say that the external website was ‘finished’. That post outlined each of the projects which were still lined up, and gave an idea of the deadline to get all…

26 August 2017Projects Public website

Planning new website hubs for Collaborations and Study Abroad

One of the upcoming projects in our external website programme of work is focused on improving the user experience of students who are interested in studying abroad. We’ve been working with the Collaborations and Study Abroad (CSA) team to understand who the users of their various webpages are, what they are looking for, and how we…

23 August 2017Projects

An update on the 2018 digital prospectus

Last month the digital communications team were busy launching the new site structure, a big milestone in our external website project. Now that’s out of the way, we have more time to focus on our business as usual work, and this means ensuring all of the 2018-entry postgraduate taught and undergraduate course webpages are ready…

25 July 2017Public website

Launching the new site structure

On Thursday 6 July, the digital communications team will be changing the structure of the University’s website. All academic information that currently resides under Study at St Andrews will be moved from there into the Subjects section. The digital communications team will be migrating Entry requirements, Study options, Non-degree programmes and Postgraduate taught courses. The new…

29 June 2017Public website

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 Public website

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.)

5 June 2017Public website

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