For practitioners of human-centred approaches to design, where face-to-face interaction is often so important to enhancing our understanding, our current requirement to maintain social distancing creates obvious barriers. However, this doesn’t mean our work to ensure we’re meeting people’s needs has to stop. In fact, there are some perhaps surprising advantages to working remotely as a user experience practitioner.

Following the legislation on the accessibility of public sector websites we test and audit our EdWeb CMS content at regular intervals. We record these issues in our accessibility statement and set a time line to get them fixed.

Since the introduction of the European Union (EU) cookie legislation in 2013, and after the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) implementation in 2018, the University has taken extensive measures within the central University Website (EdWeb) to reduce the risk of capturing and storing user privacy-invasive data. Additionally, platform-agnostic guidance and support has been available for […]

Making your content accessible is more important, not less so, during an emergency. Most of the UX books out there are light on advice as to when the world shuts down completely and every aspect of our lives has been utterly turned on its heads. It’s not even covered in EdWeb training. What were we […]

We have now transitioned to a full home working environment across all of our teams, responding to the UK government’s and University of Edinburgh’s guidance. Even though team members have been working from home on occasions, doing it in this scale is unprecedented. I would like to share what was involved, how we prepared and […]

Last week I attended the Service Design in Government conference, held here in Edinburgh. This event brings together design practitioners from across the public sector and beyond, from across the UK and beyond.

On 12 March, we will apply a collection of development work and bug fixes to EdWeb. These include a major upgrade to our EdWeb cookie consent banner and all our cookie consent overlays for 3rd party or custom content. This is so that we are more closely aligned to GDPR legislation. We have updated the […]

OpenUK created a Universities Committee in late 2019. During our last OpenUK conference call we were joined by STEM Volunteer Outreach Program Coordinator from Red Hat. OpenUK are now looking into organising an event in June for academics run by the Teaching Open Source and POSSE teams. And we need your help spreading the word […]

The cookie banner that appears at the top of the University website is being updated. Following some blog posts from the Information Commissioners Office during 2019 the University formed a GDPR and cookie consent task force. The group pulled in experts from around the University to explore what the next version of our cookie consent […]

This is a question we answer quite often, but for which there’s no ‘one size fits all’ answer. So I decided to pull together some of the factors that you should consider when thinking about creating a new ‘subsite’ in EdWeb.

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