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Job: Junior Web Developer

General .

Update 4th June 2014: This position is no longer vacant.

As Junior Web Developer, you will work building responsive, accessible, and standards-compliant websites, using modern technologies and according to best practices and provide second line support for content editors.

  • Full job description [pdf, 111Kb]
    • Salary: to £35,597
    • Holiday: 27 days annual leave plus 8 statutory and 4 additional days over Christmas.
    • Pension: Public Sector Pension (Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS))
    • Training: Generous

Who we are

You’ll join a new team of 7 web experts with a wide range of skills from UX design to PHP development to Front-end engineering. We are responsible for delivering the University websites, mobile web apps, online applications and intranet. The user is at the centre of everything we do and we are passionate about our products and the evolving technologies we use to build them.

We’re fanatical about the web, inquisitive and always learning new techniques, skills and tech. We also frequently attend industry events and the pubs around Exmouth Market =)

How to apply

Complete a simple form, including your CV and any links to your projects or portfolio.

Closing date

April 21st at 00:00 (…but let us know if you miss it).

Moar jobs!

We’re growing a new team! You might also like these similar roles…

Contact us

Say hello at webteam.jobs@city.ac.uk

Job: Web Developer

General .

Update 4th June 2014: This position is no longer vacant.

As a Web Developer, you will work building responsive, accessible, and standards-compliant websites, using modern technologies and according to best practices and provide second line support for content editors.

  • Full job description [pdf, 111Kb]
    • Salary: to £40,046
    • Holiday: 27 days annual leave plus 8 statutory and 4 additional days over Christmas.
    • Pension: Public Sector Pension (Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS))
    • Training: Generous

Who we are

You’ll join a new team of 7 web experts with a wide range of skills from UX design to PHP development to Front-end engineering. We are responsible for delivering the University websites, mobile web apps, online applications and intranet. The user is at the centre of everything we do and we are passionate about our products and the evolving technologies we use to build them.

We’re fanatical about the web, inquisitive and always learning new techniques, skills and tech. We also frequently attend industry events and the pubs around Exmouth Market =)

How to apply

Complete a simple form, including your CV and any links to your projects or portfolio.

Closing date

April 21st at 00:00 (…but let us know if you miss it).

Moar jobs!

We’re growing a new team! You might also like these similar roles…

Contact us

Say hello at webteam.jobs@city.ac.uk

Iterating the global navigation of a university website

Information Archiecture, Upgrades, Usability, Website.

I’m pleased to announce that we’ve released a new version of our global navigation for the University website. We will be rolling-out bespoke versions to Moodle, Library Services and the Intranets, shortly.

These changes make it easier for our two major types of user — loosely internal and global — to find information and complete tasks in a simple, predicable, efficient and consistent manner.

(more…)

The City Homepage: Travelling through time

Development, Upgrades, Website.

Web Team will be launching a new homepage this afternoon, prior to the commencement of the website redevelopment project. This represents the last significant piece of development for the current version of our website.

To whet your appetite we thought we’d take you on a whistle-stop tour of our (historic!) homepages courtesy of the WayBack Machine at the Internet Archive. (more…)

Serena Collage and Internet Explorer (IE) 8 Fix

General , , , .

Microsoft have this week released a bundle of updates and security patches for Windows XP and Vista users that includes a recommended upgrade from Internet Explorer (IE) 7 to IE 8. Upgrading will probably mean that you will not be able to upload assets (e.g. images, Word files, Excel files) to the CMS. To fix this problem, you will need to follow the steps below:

  1. In IE, click ‘Tools’ then ‘Internet Options’.
  2. Select the ‘Security’ tab.
  3. Select the ‘Trusted Sites’ icon, then select the ‘Sites’ button.
  4. In the ‘Trusted Sites’ window, type ‘https://*.city.ac.uk’ (without the quote marks) into the ‘Add this website to the zone’ field, select the ‘Add’ button then the ‘Close’ button.
  5. Now select the ‘Custom level…’ button.
  6. Find the “Miscellaneous” section and look for the option that says “Include local directory path when uploading files to a server”
  7. Make sure that option is Enabled.
  8. Select ‘OK’, and ‘OK’ again to close all the Internet Options windows.

You should now be able to upload files to the CMS using IE8.

“Show not Tell” our brand values

General.

prototyping

As part of my MSc in Human Centred Systems we have been tasked to “re-design city.ac.uk” as coursework for the Human Computer Interaction Design module.

As part of our initial inspection of the existing web site we identified the following areas that require further investigation and testing:

  • The University places too much emphasis on “telling” stakeholders, particularly prospective students, what our brand values are rather than “showing” them (e.g., ‘About City’).
  • The Parent:Child nature of the primary navigation confuses users as they move deeper into the hierarchy a site. Users become disoriented and need to revisit higher levels of the structure (the homepage (site or University)) to regain their bearings.
  • Media either adds little value (large graphical hyperlinks on the University homepage and Gateway pages) or is under utilised (photos on text heavy pages, videos of the student experience).
  • Content that is presented along political and departmental lines (e.g., ‘For Business’) rather than on task and user centric lines (e.g., ‘Recruit a Student Intern’).

I’ll blog any interesting thoughts and findings as we progress with the assignment, but, in the meantime, what do you think? What are your thoughts about city.ac.uk?

Social media for City news articles

CMS, Upgrades.

Web Team have revised the news article pages to include functionality for:

  1. Easy access to the most popular RSS feeds at City University
  2. Emailing of articles to friends
  3. Social bookmarking

What is Social Bookmarking?

Wikipedia defines Social bookmarking as a mechanism that:

“allows user to save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains. The allowed people can usually view these bookmarks chronologically, by category or tags, or via a search engine.”

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What does this mean for you?

Social bookmarks allow you to:

  • create a centralised archive of bookmarks independent of a specific desktop computer
  • manually tag, describe and organise content based upon your understanding of the content rather than relying upon search engine algorithms
  • bookmark content priror to its indexing by search engines
  • rank referenced media based upon the number of times that it has b een bookmarked or approved by users. This can be a useful metric when trying to understand the relevance of the article or search results
  • have a conversation/discussion since some social media websites allow users to leave comments about referenced material.

What does this mean for City University?

Social bookmarking allows users to share City news articles. Therefore social bookmarking provides an additional channel for marketing of the University.

How to get involved

To start to use social bookmarking you will need to register with a website. Popular social bookmarking websites include:

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