Interning with digital communications

Four weeks ago, the digital communications team gained an extra temporary team member. Nope, not talking about Gunner, the dog Carley sometimes brings in. Unfortunately for them, they were stuck with me, Nick Simon, a third-year geography student.

Thursday 3 August 2017 | Team


What is Google Data Studio?

Over the next few weeks I will be updating my existing training session: Google Analytics: creating a dashboard. Recently, Google updated Google Analytics and this update saw the removal of the humble ‘add to dashboard’ button. This subtle change meant …

Wednesday 2 August 2017 | Guides


Social media image sizes cheat sheet for 2017

Recent studies have found that images used on Twitter double the engagement rate of posts – and this makes a lot of sense. In the world of social media, images stand out in a sea of text. However, image sizes …

Thursday 27 July 2017 | Social Media


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 …

Tuesday 25 July 2017 | External website redevelopments


Working with digicomms: a case study

When it comes to the digital prospectus, the proofing process is fairly simple for most Schools and Departments: digital communications sends an email containing webpage content in a standardised template; the School then edits the content and emails it back …

Thursday 13 July 2017 | Team


Is parallax scrolling bad for your website?

You may be very familiar with the term “parallax scrolling” or you might just be hearing it for the first time, regardless, if you’ve browsed the web in the past four years you’ve certainly encountered it at some point. Parallax …

Monday 10 July 2017 | Design


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 …

Thursday 29 June 2017 | External website redevelopments


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


Prospective student information: usability testing and results

As part of the external website project we are retiring the Study at St Andrews section of the website and moving its content into either Subjects or Prospective students. Certain information will now live under Subjects, including: Study options Entry …

Friday 16 June 2017 | Usability


Where and when should you use a hero banner?

Hero banners are great. They are perfect for conveying the mission statement of your website through strong visuals and a large tagline. They’re almost like billboards in the digital era, but they are one step better as they also have …

Wednesday 14 June 2017 | Design