The new University search system

During the week beginning 17 December 2018, the University search system will be replaced. The current search system, Google Search Appliance (GSA), will no longer work after 31 December 2018 as Google no longer provide support for this. Instead, we …

Thursday 6 December 2018 | Technology


Online search usability testing findings

Over the summer, usability testing was conducted on the University’s search tool. The main purpose of the test was to set a benchmark and find out how users interacted with the current search system, which will shortly be replaced. This post …

Thursday 29 November 2018 | Usability


Library homepage design sprint

On Thursday 18 October 2018, we ran our first design sprint with 14 people from around the University. The interactive session ran for four hours as we all worked together on improving the library homepage experience.

Wednesday 14 November 2018 | Design


Subject and PGT course pages design sprints

The digital communications team is running two design sprints to help us redesign the University’s subject pages and taught postgraduate course pages. 

Friday 9 November 2018 | Design


Homepage survey findings

In order to inform the refreshed design of the University of St Andrews homepage, the digital communications team wanted to establish what the top tasks were for all users of the current University homepage. The survey was also an opportunity …

Friday 9 November 2018 | External website redevelopments


New team member

Hello, my name is Robert and I’m the newest addition to the digital communications team. I started my role of web developer on 22 October and I will be maintaining and updating University web services, developing new solutions and providing …

Thursday 8 November 2018 | Team


Featured events criteria

The new events website allows us to highlight five events. On the events homepage, there is a large hero banner to showcase one event, and in the ‘Featured events’ section there are smaller boxes to showcase four events. This post …

Wednesday 7 November 2018 | Content


Social media guidelines update

The University of St Andrews aims to use social media to inspire, challenge and engage with our audience. As well as the official University accounts, many Schools, Departments, professional units, research centres, societies and sports clubs have affiliated social media …

Wednesday 31 October 2018 | Social Media


What St Andrews web editors do when we’re not writing

This post was inspired by the Scottish Government blog post, What content designers do when they’re not writing. At St Andrews, web content editors create and maintain content on the University’s externally facing website. Our role is to make it …

Friday 19 October 2018 | Content


Updated events website

On Thursday 27 September 2018, the digital communications team launched the new events website in our updated style to assure future accessibility for users. This post looks at some of the changes we’ve made.

Monday 15 October 2018 | External website redevelopments