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.

Once a quarter, we’ve gathered at different places, to meet up with old friends and colleagues, but also to talk about the issues facing us in the web community. What was different about this gathering was that it was the first time the University of Dundee had ever hosted it. We’re very proud to say that it was the largest gathering ever!

Scottish Web Folk is very useful to us as a way to sound out colleagues from different places about what we’re working on, and to collectively help each other find solutions. Our agenda was wide and varied this time and included:

  • IWMW17 Summary
  • Systems refresh
  • Search solution procurement
  • CMS Replacement
  • Approaches to launching a new website
  • Workflows – centralised vs decentralised
  • Managing internal and external facing content on a single CMS
  • Implementing and maintaining style guides
  • Institutional use of CRMs, especially as it relates to Enquiry Management.
  • CMA compliance activities
  • GDPR – how other institutions are approaching the challenge
  • Hotjar and other useful tools
  • Video hosting

As you can see, our topics are wide and varied, and they represent the wide variety of skills and depth of knowledge that web professionals need now to work not only within the web industry, but Higher Education as well.

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Andrew graduated from the University of Dundee in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing. He started working for the University in 2004 and spent four years working in the Careers Service and across wider Student Services. In 2008 he moved to the College of Life Sciences to act as their web developer, eventually expanding in 2012 to take on the development of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing sites as well as heading up their IT unit in 2014-15. He became Head of Web Services in 2015 and brought together teams from across the University to create a unified web services team for the University.

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