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Future student online experiences

Future student online experiences

Sharing the work of the Prospective Student Web Content Team

Updating our degree finders in preparation for the future state

We are shortly doing our first update to the degree finders as part of our future degree finder project. Over the course of the summer, a couple of changes are happening to the undergraduate and postgraduate degree finders to make our transition to EdWeb 2 and the new degree finders as smooth as possible.

Our first degree finder update

This update moves the degree finders to a new web address which, due to technical reasons, will not have a left-hand navigation.

We first blogged about this last year, where we discussed the pop-up usability testing we ran with students. The primary findings were:

  • All participants were able to navigate successfully to alternative content outside the degree finders, although some were more efficient than others
  • Most participants, when faced with no navigation, used one of three methods to navigate back:
    • Using the back button on their browser
    • Clicking on the breadcrumb
    • Opening a new tab
  • Overall, removing the left-hand navigation from the programme page did not have a detrimental impact for our users

Read about the design and usability testing of the new interim degree finder navigation

What’s coming next

This update is the first technical step towards releasing our new degree finder and programme pages for undergraduate entry 2026 in early March 2025.

Undergraduate 2026 entry

We are currently working together with our schools to transfer existing content into the UG 2026 template, based on our 2025 edition. Schools should have their content back ready for the new cycle of updates in June.

The planned undergraduate cycle deadlines are as follows:

  • School editing period: 3 June to 15 November
  • Prospective Student Web Content editing period: 18 November to 23 December
  • School check and sign-off on content: 3 to 17 January
  • Prospective Student Web Content team resolve School suggestions and upload into the new degree finder system: 20 January to 28 February 2025
  • Go-live on 3 March 2025

Postgraduate 2025 entry

Postgraduate entry for 2025 will continue to use the existing PG admin system and launch in October 2024 as usual. Further updates about the new postgraduate degree finder programme pages are due later in the summer, as we work towards a launch in October 2025.

Learn more about the prospective student web future state project

We blog regularly about what we’re doing and learning on this project.

Read more posts about the future state project

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