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


Central data – why it’s important

One of our 10 design principles is ‘data-driven’, which means that we use data to establish user needs, but it can also mean that wherever possible we want to use data held in central databases to populate our web pages with …

Wednesday 14 September 2016 | Digital transformation


MySaint, the new University portal

This is a guest post from Victoria Davidson-Mayhew who has been working on the Senate Efficiency Review portal project. To find out more, please visit the SER blog. What is happening? MySaint, the new University portal, is set to launch …

Tuesday 6 September 2016 | Digital transformation


Our news templates and content types

One of the key functions of the University of St Andrews’ website is to promote the research findings, teaching excellence and current initiatives of the University. We have a variety of stakeholders that we want to communicate this news to, …

Tuesday 5 July 2016 | Digital transformation


Graduation 2016: what the data tells us

Graduation 2016 marked the second year of the new version of the graduation webpages. Last September, Carley Hollis wrote about the impact of the newly designed webpages compared with the ‘old’ design in 2014. Now, after another year with the new pages, …

Friday 1 July 2016 | Digital transformation


Do you really need an app for that?

This blog post will be referencing statements from Rob Borley‘s talk at IWMW 2012 on the requirement for mobile apps and reflecting upon them with trends from 2016. It’s a known fact that as of last year, handheld devices are …

Wednesday 29 June 2016 | Digital transformation


Ask a question: the University’s FAQ system

The ‘ask a question’ web page was launched on 19 January 2015. It allows visitors to find answers to questions that exist in the ‘Student Information Desk (SID)’ system. Users can either try and search for an answer or they …

Sunday 29 May 2016 | Digital transformation


Making University news digital

Research has shown that digital users are rarely interested in the press release articles which are often shown under a ‘News’ heading on a university website. Back in 2013, Paul Boag quoted a report from Chris Scott who stated that …

Tuesday 19 April 2016 | Digital transformation


Prospective PG student survey results

The digital communications team aims to adhere to the principles of user-centred design in everything we do. An integral part of this process is collecting user feedback. This is important at the beginning of a project as a means of …

Monday 11 April 2016 | Content