Updates to www.leeds.ac.uk
Leeds’ digital shop window, www.leeds.ac.uk, is being redeveloped and the updated site will launch on 12 October. The test version of the site is now available for staff to preview.
The updated version of the website is informed by extensive research and testing with user groups. It brings in several new features to improve the experience for users of our site, including prospective students, prospective staff, research partners and funders as well as current staff and students. The site has:
- responsive design to help the increasing number of users on mobile phones and tablets
- a simplified approach to navigation to work across all devices and help users understand the depth of content in the site
- improved search function (applying technology used on the students.leeds.ac.uk site)
- greater visibility for events listings and more eye-catching presentation of events, including ability to carry imagery
- an improved campus map, accessible across devices which pulls in Googles Street View of campus;
- greater flexibility to respond to changes in material and messages that we want to publish and highlight;
- a new spotlight feature to help showcase in-depth research stories and investments in Leeds.
In parallel with the update to www.leeds.ac.uk, we have improved online course information for prospective students. The refreshed course information for postgraduate taught courses goes live on 8 October. Undergraduate information will be launched to coincide with the start of the UCAS cycle in spring 2016. These also benefit from an improved search, responsive design and revised content.
The site and online course information are still in the final stages of development and testing. Imagery is still to be added in the course search, research degrees, working with business and about sections and further changes are still being made.
Also, please note that the search function is not as in the live site, which will load more quickly than this version.
Plans to support faculties and schools move to responsive design are being developed.
We are carrying out a further round of testing on Friday 25 September. If you are interested in helping and able to join one of the testing sessions, register online.
Comments and questions
If you have any comments or questions about the site please contact head of digital communications Hannah Love.
Locations have been added and we are now adding details about opening times, links (where needed) and other details to the campus map. If you have suggestions or amendments to the map, please use our online form to send in your updates.
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