For the past 12 months, I have been working on the new Study at St Andrews website, a full replacement for the webpages aimed at prospective students of the University of St Andrews. The website finally launched two weeks ago.
It has been a lot of work, but it has also been exciting to get my teeth sunk into a big project and see it through from start to finish.
The project began over a year ago, and I ended up being seconded to the Admissions and Corporate Communications units in order to ringfence my time.
I was asked to create the entire website, including the information architecture, rewriting all of the content for over 500 pages, and designing, coding and migrating the website into the content management system. On top of that, a new editorial process meant that all content edits would have to be centrally approved. That was not realistic for one person alone to take on. So now we are a team of three, the digital communications team.
We are now beginning to turn our attention to other parts of the website aimed at external audiences. It has been hugely satisfying to be able to implement such an enhancement to arguably the most important pages on the university website, and to establish a foundation upon which we can roll out similar improvements to other parts of the website.