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Work we’ve been doing on projects that support strategic themes or overall University strategy.

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Mar
17
2017

Student Counselling Service – Discussing outcomes with the right people

Last week, we held a workshop for the Student Counselling Service, (SCS) as part of a suite of work we’ve been doing for Student Experience Services.

What was the issue?

The Counselling website have the same problem as almost every other site – too many pages and not enough time. Some of their processes have also changed since they last properly reviewed at their website. Continue reading: Student Counselling Service – Discussing outcomes with the right people

Mar
2
2017

Design thinking with Edinburgh students at the Festival of Creative Learning

Last week I supported colleague Ross Ward, part of our Educational Design & Engagement team, in running a session that introduced UX concepts to students, and enabled him to explore new opportunities for technology-enhanced learning.

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Jan
26
2017

Revisiting student experiences with Helpline reveals improvements to IT self service

I recently re-ran a usability study for the IS (Information Services) Helpline which I had first conducted back in June. The results, though far from perfect, are encouraging enough to reaffirm our conviction in the value of repeat usability testing.

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Nov
24
2016

Enhancing student IT self service – a new collaborative initiative

We are embarking on a collaborative initiative with IS Helpline to improve the quality of online IT support for students. This is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate the impact of continuous review and improvement processes on the student digital experience.

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May
30
2016

Straight from the horse’s mouth – focusing student support web content

We’re currently doing some work to support the Student Experience Services Communications (SES Comms) project, and as part of this, we’ve been reviewing the Personal Tutors and Student Support Officers (PTs and SSOs) website.

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Apr
8
2016

UX: The building blocks of digital transformation

Earlier this week I was supporting our CIO, Gavin McLachlan, as he ran a session on digital transformation for managers within Information Services. The presentation and mini-workshop went down very well, prompting lots of discussion and enthusiastic collaboration. Listening to Gavin’s message prompted me to pull together some thoughts and resources on the subject.

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Jan
22
2016

The challenges of audience and task based navigation

I read an interesting article recently by content specialist and top tasks evangelist, Gerry McGovern. It was a commentary on a blog post recently written by a member of the UK Digital Govenrment Service (GDS) in which they outlined why they were moving away from an audience based approach to navigation and towards a single, topic based hierarchy for the gov.uk website. This set me thinking about our website and how the University is organised.

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Feb
12
2015

Developing digital strategy with Student Systems

I’m currently working with the Student Systems team to help them prepare for the development of  a new website. Together we’re taking stock of what they’re trying to achieve as a business, where the website is best placed to support this, and how their systems and communications channels work together.

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