The hard facts
There are 199 published person profile web pages across our four Departments' website sections. These are mostly academic or academic-related with a smattering of Research Officers/Associates, Emeritus Professors and visiting staff. By Department, this looks like:
- Architecture & Civil Engineering: 75
- Chemical Engineering: 28
- Electronic & Electrical Engineering: 30
- Mechanical Engineering: 66
That’s a lot of profiles to transition! And we are working with Department office staff to do just this.
We have been running the 'first wave' of the project during January and February. This focuses on transitioning person profiles for academic members of staff (Professors, Readers, Senior Lecturers and Lecturers). We’ll review progress in March before moving on to the 'second wave' (academic-related, research and visiting staff).
Not just a copy, paste and publish job
The new CMS is all about taking a more structured approach to how we think, write and present our content. This has benefits for both CMS users and website visitors. As editors, authors and contributors to the site, we can use structured templates to produce good content easier and faster. This structured approach helps us focus on what content our site users need and so helps them find the information they want easier and faster. Everybody’s happy!
What you can include in your new profile
A person profile page in the new CMS consists of a series of fields (some required) with set character limits.
Screenshot of the person profile template in CMS beta
Role summary (required)
This describes your role and research area. It is limited to 160 characters so that it will appear in full on search engine result pages (SERPs).
Search engine results page (SERP) for 'Gary Hawley'. The description is over 160 characters and gets cut off.
Role (1000 characters)
The duties and responsibilities of your current role.
Role-related posts (1000 characters)
A bullet-point list of your current role-related positions. For example, current institute memberships, chairs or editorial roles.
Career achievements (1500 characters)
The major achievements of your career. For example, this could include awards, previous academic and/or non-academic positions.
Education (1000 characters)
Your higher education background and qualifications.
A bullet-point list of the undergraduate and postgraduate units you teach on, with links to the unit catalogue.
Research interests (1000 characters)
A bullet-point list of your key research areas.
Current research projects (1000 characters)
A bullet-point list of your research project titles with links
The profile template also includes:
- your contact details
- your availability to supervise student research projects
- a link to your publications in Opus
- an option to include supporting external links (e.g. personal websites or social media)
What we're doing and how you can help
The Department office staff are creating the new person profile pages in the new CMS. They're using content from the existing person profiles but are leaving fields blank where information is missing or out of date.
The Faculty Web Content Editor (me) and the Marketing & Web Administrator (Beth) are reviewing the new profile pages as they're created. We'll make any necessary edits in line with the University's editorial style guide and person profile style guide.
We'll contact you with a link to preview your draft profile when we have transitioned the content across. We'll ask you check that all the facts on the page are correct and give you the opportunity to fill in any blank fields.
We will review the pages a final time with input from Digital. We will publish the person profile pages in line with the go live date for each Department's content.
If you have any questions about the CMS transition or your person profile, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.