Team update

  • Displaying our awards and accolades

    Awards and accolades on the homepage Following on from the great news that we have been named the University of the Year for Student Experience by The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, we have updated the homepage to highlight some of our major awards and accolades that help to show we are a fantastic […]

  • What’s so great about the new people pages?

    Staff profiles are one of the most hotly debated pieces of functionality that we have tackled on the new University website. We know that with almost 3,800 members of staff, we will have almost as many opinions about what they should and shouldn’t include and how they should look. It was important to hear as […]

  • Where have my publications gone?

    One noticeable change to profiles on the University website is the exclusion of an automatic feed from Pure. This may seem strange, especially as we move towards REF2021 and all the work that is being undertaken to support that assessment. I wanted to take a minute to explain the reasoning behind this move. Our Pure […]

  • A designer’s thoughts on the UX Scotland 2019 conference

    What is UX Scotland? UX Scotland is the conference for the UX, service design and digital communities, welcoming national and international participants to Scotland. The event ran from 12 to 14 June 2019 in Edinburgh. Who went to UX Scotland? Last week saw Rob and myself return to Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh for this year’s […]

  • What has the design team been doing in 2019?

    It has been a great start to 2019. Okay, so 2019 started five months ago but it has flown by. We have been working with our partners Manifesto and Acquia on a rather sizeable project to replace the University website. We are starting from scratch. A blank page. Lots of blank pages, in fact. New […]

  • Progress on our new site!

    We have been noticeably quiet on updating you all on the progress to date with the new site and the things that we have planned for the future and the timescales that we are working to. This is a quick run down on what has happened so far in the implementation of the new site. […]

  • How we’ve been preparing for this transformation…and a thank you

    Last week we announced our new CMS supplier and partners, marking the end of a three year journey and the start of a new one. We’ve also explored our thoughts around how we’re planning to migrate our content. As we work with our new partners over the coming weeks, that will become even clearer. This work […]

  • Introducing our new CMS platform and partners!

    It has taken us almost nine months of hard work, but after a very intensive and thorough procurement process, we’re thrilled to announce that we have selected the Drupal CMS, running on the Acquia platform with our new implementation partners Manifesto…and I couldn’t be more excited! Why Drupal? Drupal is a CMS that is used […]

  • IWMW 2018 – University of York

    In keeping with recent trends here on the Blog, welcome to our post about IWMW 2018! It’s definitely conference season and we’ve been out about, getting the Dundee name out there. While there have been previous posts on conferences with themes of UX and Content, the Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW) conference is more about […]

  • UX Scotland 2018 Conference

    Read about our trip to the UX Scotland 2018 conference

  • ContentEd 2018

    ContentEd is a two-day conference on content strategy in the education sector. 2018 is its second year, bringing together content strategists and marketeers from all over the world to address current challenges, explore trends, and talk solutions. This year, the Dundee contingent comprised Pete and Morag from the web team, and Lucy from Marketing. Overall […]

  • What happens after the Design Sprint prototyping and testing?

    The Design Sprints are producing some brilliant ideas, most of which are being voted highly and making it into the prototypes for testing with prospective students, current students, and staff. Check out the prototypes.

  • 8 things we’ve been reading recently

    Every week we share loads of articles within the team about web and digital stuff. Some of it news, others just fab things we’ve found. We thought if you’re interested enough to read this blog, you might just be interested enough to read these stories too, so here are eight of our favourites from the […]

  • Design Sprint #6 review (Accommodation)

    Not sure what a Design Sprint is? These are fun, interactive problem-solving sessions with students, staff, and other key audience members. For more information, read Join a Design Sprint to shape future website experiences Our sixth Design Sprint took place on 24 April 2018. The problem we came together to solve was: ‘How can we […]

  • Design Sprint #4 review (School pages)

    Not sure what a Design Sprint is? These are fun, interactive problem-solving sessions with students, staff, and other key audience members. For more information, read Join a Design Sprint to shape future website experiences Our fourth Design Sprint took place on 27 March 2018. 14 people from across the University gathered together with Steve (Design […]

  • Design Sprint #3 review (course pages)

    Our third Design Sprint took place on 13 March 2018. 16 people from across External Relations, School of Medicine and Business Transformation gathered together with Steve (Design Manager) and myself (UX Manager) from the Web Services Team. 

  • Launch of Engineering pages

    We have just finished working with colleagues in Marketing and Engineering to create a new set of web pages. This project was significant for us as it marked a change in the way we deal with common stumbling blocks.

  • A review of our first Design Sprint (solving the staff profile problem)

    Not sure what a Design Sprint is? These are fun, interactive problem-solving sessions with students, staff, and other key audience members. For more information, read Join a Design Sprint to shape future website experiences Our first Design Sprint took place on 13th February. 12 people from around the University gathered together with Rob (UX Manager) […]

  • Revamping the IT suite availability screen

    Why are we making a change? We have over 2,000 computers for students across our campuses: about 800 of these are in locations accessible to everyone. To help our students find a free computer we take information from our IT suites about how many computers are in use and how many are currently available. We […]

  • Accessibility in a design system

    This post continues our series about our new design system as part of the University of Dundee’s website relaunch. What does accessibility mean? Accessibility for digital products like websites, emails, and apps is measured in four different ways: Perceivable: Making text and media perceivable for everyone Operable: Helping users navigate content easily Understandable: Making and […]

  • Web Support

    Last year we got in touch to let you know we will continue to support you during the Alpha Project. We asked you to use so we could respond to your web requests. Thanks to you we have had: 2000 calls assigned to the web team over the past year 30% of the calls […]

  • Scottish Web Folk

    There are many ways to spend a sunny Friday afternoon in October, but by far the best way, last Friday at least, was in the company of almost 50 web professionals from 12 different institutions across Scotland.

  • T4 Infrastructure Changes

    We’re taking the opportunity to bring the infrastructure that supports our Content Management System (CMS) [TerminalFour/T4] into line and fix some issues that we’ve had with our setup for a number of years. In the past we’ve had neither the time, resources or the chance to address it, until now. Most users won’t have noticed […]

  • 10 Design principles to help us build a better website

    As part of the process of starting again and building a new and improved, the design team here in Web Services are making big preparations to make sure we’re ready. Ready for what exactly? Ready to start again and rethink everything we have ever designed. Every button, every text style, every page layout. We’re […]

  • CMS Authentication upgrade

    It’s not flashing lights and glamour all the time in the web team, we do a lot of work which we hope you never even notice going on. This week we made some important changes to the way we handle authentication to the CMS. When you sign into the CMS we authenticate you using a […]

  • Hemingway app – a free tool to improve your writing

    Do you want to improve your writing for the web and make your copy as bold and clear as possible? Then try running your text through Hemingway Editor. This online app highlights common errors and suggests ways to tighten up your writing and strengthen the copy. It uses principles followed by the writer Ernest Hemingway, […]

  • Staff top task workshops

    We had a brilliant time last week running workshops to identify the top tasks that staff need to complete when they visit the website. These were very useful sessions that not only allowed us to gather the crucial data we needed, but also gave staff from across the University a chance to speak to others […]

  • Getting support during the web restart project

    We have very ambitious plans for the University web presence, and whilst there are lots of things that are uncertain at the moment, we know it’s going to take a lot of work from a lot of people. However, we can’t just stop business as usual activities while we do this, so we need to […]

  • A Canterbury Tale

    Back in July, seven of us from Web Services attended the annual Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW) conference, this year held at the University of Kent, in Canterbury. IWMW is, in their own words, “the premier event for the UK’s higher educational web management community” – in essence, a conference for University web and digital […]

  • Joining the Web Services team

    We’re in the process of recruiting for a Senior Web Developer within the Web Services team (check it out, developers!). I’m now on the other side of the recruitment process, having recently joined the team myself in May as Chief Pixel Pusher (as known as Web Design Manager). So I thought it would be fitting […]

  • Changing Times

    They say that change is inevitable, and in the web team we’ve seen our fair share of it over the past couple of years. We’re now a new team, with a new structure, about to settle into a new home to take forward a new vision.