Since our sprints run from Tuesday to Monday, it didn't make a lot of sense to be writing up our weeknotes on Friday when we still had a whole day of sprinting to go. So we're doing them on Mondays now. Welcome to the new, more appropriately-timed sprint notes.
Summer is a busy time for anyone working on bath.ac.uk's student-facing content, as thousands of new undergraduates will be joining us in September. They've got a lot to learn before lectures even start, so it's up to us to get that information across in a clear and welcoming way.
Rich, Iris, Charlotte and Steve have now completed an inventory of the undergraduate induction content. We'll be continuing this work in the coming weeks, along with some work on postgraduate induction.
New and improved landing pages
On Monday, Liam and Kelvin launched the new Alumni landing page. After months of design, development, user testing and review, it's exciting to release it into the wild.
Our new Alumni landing page has graduated. We're very proud.
Liam also updated our MOOCs landing page to Foundation 5.
Charlotte created a new landing page for the Roper Student Services Centre, which should go live soon.
Justin and Paul continued their mission to improve our Professional Services sites and began building a new section for Data Protection.
They also held a user story session with the Office of Policy and Planning to kick off work on a new department site.
Tom investigated using CloudFlare as a content delivery network and shared his results at Show and Tell.
Sharing our research
Miles drafted features about the University's research into packaging design and chain conveyors for transporting grain. We're hoping to publish these soon, so keep an eye on our research section.
Ross completed a first draft for a glossary of terms used by the Digital team, explaining how our team works and what's important to us. We plan to put this on the wiki for the benefit of colleagues who are new to working on digital projects. It was reviewed by the team and will be published in a few weeks.
Streamlining our design
Dan started looking into a base University of Bath pattern library hosted on Github pages. He also investigated using boilerplate pages in Mixture to speed up our prototyping.
Liam wrote some new mixins to improve our SCSS. Sass-y! (I'm sorry.)
Tour de campus
Dan and Charlotte did some discovery work, investigating the assets and content currently available that could be re-purposed in an online tour.
Ready, set, go!
Starting from tomorrow, we'll be:
- continuing work on the Data Protection section
- improving the induction content for new undergraduates starting in September
- upgrading our Google Analytics to Universal Analytics
- doing some discovery work for a possible new publishing app
- making some improvements to the /staff landing page
- looking into search aging
Do you have what it takes to write these sprint notes (and do loads of other cool stuff too)?
We're currently recruiting for a Web Editor (Research & Business) and Web Editor (Student Recruitment & Experience). Come work with us! We've got lots of cake and you get to make a dinosaur roar every time you ship something.