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New staff profile templates for 2012

Posted on: 3 February 2012
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Filed under: Development, Redesign, Research

The recent restructure of the University of Westminster website allowed us to capitalise on the opportunity to restructure, not only the presentation of courses throughout the website but many areas that are indirectly linked.

Staff profiles throughout the University have never had a consistent template. The issue pre-dated the current website and was mainly due to the old website being split into separate schools. The consolidation of those separate websites in 2009 left us with a mixture of staff profile templates in the new website.

It didn’t seem too bad at the time because each school ended up with their own section. Therefore, you would never viewed  a Law professor in the same area as a member of staff in the Business School.

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It’s all in the design

Posted on: 16 January 2012
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Filed under: Communication, Design, Identity, Redesign, Responsive design

Since being at the helm of the University’s website,  we’ve done a lot of tweaking of the existing design.

We’re now at the point where we need to make some real change to how we communicate with our target audiences visually. It’s an obvious conclusion to make but hard to implement without certain building blocks.

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New information architecture for research

Posted on: 20 December 2011
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Filed under: Design, Programming & Development, Redesign, Research

Most schools manage their research offering differently, which is why we’ve taken a broad view that should appease everyone. Following the website restructure and launch on 31 October, the research centres can now be found in one area.

This is the first step in producing a unique website for every research centre/group. But we must have a uniform approach to how they are structured in the website.

Apart from the differences in terminology between Area/Discipline/Group/Cluster, Centre and Institute, the research that occurs in the University occurs at the ‘Centre’ level.

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Google Analytics is changing

Posted on: 28 June 2011
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Filed under: Google, Redesign, Web Metrics, YouTube

As we move towards a redesign and restructure of our website, we depend more and more on our website statistics. So it just so happens that when we need these stats the most, Google Analytics (GA) is undertaking a major overhaul of its entire interface.

Many have speculated that Google is ready to enter the high-end enterprise level analytics scene with a package like Omniture. But until then, we will have to make do with the range of features available from GA.

So, what’s new in the updated version of GA. The first answer is that it’s not finished yet, or that’s what it seems at the moment.

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Redeveloping the University website

Posted on: 22 June 2011
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The University of Westminster is undergoing its fourth website redesign. The focus of this redesign is student recruitment, the mainstay of the University business.

The previous redesign addressed some serious issues relating to the publication of signed-in and public pages. When logged into the University network it’s not possible to determine whether a web page held on the “wmin” domain is publicly accessible.  It also provided a much needed new skin and a new CMS called Squiz Matrix. It was a leap forward for the University then, but was only ever a first step in the right direction.

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