May 22 2018
Our ambition for a digital future takes a step forward tomorrow, Wednesday 23 May, when the new Royal Holloway website goes live.

The new website will help us to better communicate our purpose and the opportunities we offer to potential students, and the people who influence them, together with other key audiences including; alumni, research collaborators and potential partners.

The site has been designed to enable audiences to take a journey through life at Royal Holloway. With a simpler and more intuitive navigation it should allow us to bring to life our world-class research, demonstrate our commitment to inspirational teaching and help audiences to experience the unique community feel of our College. 

While the structure of the site is in place, this is by no means the end of the story. The site will evolve, taking advantage of a flexible design that allows us to make much better use of dynamic content, such as video. The site also has significantly improved search functionality, is mobile-friendly, and is supported by a governance model that should ensure that content is timely, relevant to the audience and accurate.    

The new website is one of a suite of IT and digital improvement projects to be delivered or initiated over the next 12 months. Referred to sometimes as ‘Cohort 3 projects’, they include activity to improve the student experience, such as upgrades to Moodle, our virtual learning environment. For colleagues, work will begin to replace MyView. The transformation of Banner, our student administration system, is progressing and, behind the scenes, work is underway to ensure the continued security of our systems and compliance with new data protection regulations, such as GDPR. 

There will be further opportunities to learn more about these programmes; including at my Open Meeting on 4 June, I hope to see you there.

Professor Paul Layzell