Higher Education homepages in the snow

Over the last couple of days there’s been a bit of snow around the country and I’ve been keeping our homepage up to date. Yesterday morning in between making changes I did a quick scan around some websites to take screenshots of their homepages. It’s interesting to see the different approaches which often didn’t correspond to the severity – some had big banners saying, effectively, “we’re open!” while others had a standard news announcing closure of campus well below the fold.

I’ve uploaded the screenshots to my Flickr stream and highlighted the relevant areas or watch the slideshow below:

Our approach was to insert an additional notification area above the main feature. I think it’s obvious enough to be seen and appreciated as a temporary announcement while not being confused with, or detracting from, the main feature area. We also had announcements on the GO news area and posted updates to the Edge Hill Twitter account and Facebook “Fan” page

Brian Kelly posted this morning about his use of Twitter yesterday to find out that the University of Bath was closed for the day and of course we already know they’ve had experience of doing this before. On the Edge Hill account, I tried to blend news announcements with interesting things like a link to Andy’s photos but it’s hard to say how well used it was – we certainly added a few (real) followers to the account over the last 48 hours.

Join our team!

The advertisement for our new post Web Communications Project Manager has just been posted on our website.

We’re essentially looking for someone to Project Manage our communications team within Web Services:

“Leading the creative team responsible for the design and content of the University website and associated online services, you will be an experienced web professional with excellent project management skills.”

The Edge Hill website has moved on a great deal in the past few years but we’re now looking to develop this even more by increasing the functionality and streamlining the information we provide. Anyone with an interest in this position can contact me for an informal discussion. Use the comments facility to leave your details and I’ll get back to you.