One of the recent addition to the main University website content management system (EdWeb) is a new content type – staff profile. The CAHSS Web team has worked on this in close collaboration with Information Services .
How did the new staff profile come to the world?
Around the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and beyond, throughout the University, each and every School had a slightly different way of presenting staff profiles Often, staff profiles used different systems depending on the University unit. The key goal was to standardise this but in a way that allowed flexibility and variation.
A consultation phase with colleagues across Colleges and Schools identified common elements of the new template and a set of fields that would achieve a happy compromise. One important aspect was an early agreement that this should cater for any member of staff: academic and non-academic. Another early assumption was that the new content type will provide a PURE integration, PURE being the golden copy of research-related data.
The look and feel had to fit it with EdGel (the University of Edinburgh’s version of a global experience language) components and work with profiles of very diverse scope, from minimal contact and biography information through to a very comprehensive set of data.
Two slightly different designs were put forward, one using an accordion for the main navigation and the other using tabs. Although the accordion on a mobile device would appear as a nested accordion, this was still considered the more flexible and therefore preferred option.
The conception of the new design could use components already available in EdGel, with some additional styling to match the existing colour themes.
University staff and students can use the new profile system by accessing EdWeb with their UUN.