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New Website Launched

Posted 7 July 2005

Screeshot of the new website

Harper Adams University College has launched its new website. The website reconstruction encompasses far more that a mere re-branding of the old site and represents a paradigm shift in the way in which Harper Adams is represented online.

The website was redesigned in order to more accurately represent Harper Adams’s core values of professionalism, quality and success and to more effectively leverage the increasing power of the internet to disseminate our information.

The site has been designed to be highly accessible, not only following the WC3 accessibility guidelines but taking steps to embrace the spirit of true accessibility rather than merely adhering to the letter of the law regarding validation of standards. With this spirit in mind, the site has been designed using web standards techniques, implementing a totally CSS based design. The use of CSS has enabled each page of the site to be correctly structured with the body content at the top and the menus at the bottom. This is important for screen reader users and can also improve search engine rankings. More accessibility details can be found on the accessibility page, a link to which is available on every page of the site in the left hand menu and below the search bar at the top right of the page.

The site has been constructed to be consistent in design and navigation. Designing a clearly delimited structure for a disparate university site is a difficult task but the Harper Adams site has been split into 7 logical main sections:-

  • About Harper – General information about Harper Adams.
  • Prospective Students – Course details, facilities, financial info and details for prospective students .
  • Current Students – Information for current students, news and events, career information, student support etc.
  • Alumni – Information for ex-Harper students, alumni clubs, merchandise etc.
  • Staff – Information for staff, staff vacancies, news and events, short courses, academic groups.
  • Business and Industry – Links to outreach and business clubs.
  • Research and Consultancy – Direct link to the CFRI site, Harper Adams’s hub for all research, consultancy and outreach news and events.

Access to each of these sections is available via the menu at the top of every page of the site. Sublinks for each section are provided down the left hand side of the page while supplementary information is provided on the right.

Most areas of the old Harper Adams site have been replicated, updated and represented fully on the new site. Some areas which have not been updated for a long time have been dropped from the new site though they may be updated and implemented in the future. 

Harper Adams’s new website was designed and implemented by Stuart Rimell. Any problems or issues with the site should be directed towards webmaster@harper-adams.ac.uk.

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