Take our survey!

We’ve created a survey to find out why people use the current research webpages and what they like and dislike about that experience. Anyone who enters could win a £30 Amazon voucher for taking part! The survey will help digicomms understand …

Monday 2 April 2018 | External website redevelopments


Study at St Andrews: usability results

As part of the external website project, we are reconfiguring the current Study at St Andrews section to improve the prospective student’s experience. Digicomms recently conducted testing specifically to determine the usability of the title for the ‘Study at St …

Tuesday 19 December 2017 | Usability


Usability testing around the University

The digital communications team has been conducting usability testing since 2015. Usability testing allows us to evaluate the design of a webpage, or more specifically, a particular process such as signing up for a visiting day. Digicomms is keen for …

Thursday 14 September 2017 | Usability


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 …

Monday 24 April 2017 | Content


Parents/guardians of new students survey – the results

Following on from the launch of our new taught postgraduate course pages, and as the next stage of our digital prospectus project, the digital communications team have been developing new undergraduate (UG) course pages to improve the way that UG …

Thursday 10 November 2016 | Digital transformation


Prospective undergraduate student survey – the results

As I wrote in a previous blog post, we’ve recently been undertaking some work with a view to redesigning the way undergraduate courses are advertised on the University of St Andrews’ website. Undergraduate course pages are currently housed in the …

Sunday 16 October 2016 | Digital transformation


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 …

Monday 10 October 2016 | External website redevelopments


User experience feedback

Here at the Digital Communications team we believe in taking a user-centred approach to our work, and we’ve written a lot about this. We endeavour to put the user at the centre of our decision making process with a focus …

Saturday 21 November 2015 | Team


Mobile first and responsive design

The core design mission of the new St Andrews website is to cater for mobile devices, as these are rapidly becoming the dominant medium for web. While most organisations still commission a website to look good on their computer first …

Wednesday 3 June 2015 | Design


Ethical social research online

The trust engineers I enjoyed this recent episode of Radiolab, which looked how the internet has given social scientists an unprecedented ability to conduct social experiments, which then helps us improve our designs, in an ethical manner… or does it? …

Wednesday 8 April 2015 | Usability