Applications for new websites are received by the IT Web Team and are approved by the relevant faculty or service marketing team.
Before applying for a new website, it is important to assess:
- if your information already exists elsewhere
- if your information has relevance and value for users
- if there is a more appropriate platform or existing parent website for your new content
- if there is sufficient capacity/resource to ensure your website remains up-to-date and compliant.
New website development process
Applications for web hosting and site redevelopment are made through the Website request form. A website is typically processed and developed as follows:
- Requests are received by the IT Web Team and sent to the respective Head of Marketing (Head of Communications for Medicine and Health) for discussion and approval.
- If approved, the IT Web Team will provide a cost outline for the build with the option to proceed to creation.
- Following creation of the site, customers are given access to develop the site and add content.
- The completed site is reviewed by the appropriate marketing team.
- Any amendments are made between the marketing team and the customer.
- Once the marketing team gives final approval, the IT Web Team will publish the website.
Design and platform
Your website will be built within the University’s design template. This ensures your content is optimised for viewing on desktops and mobile devices.
Dependent on your website requirements, there are two platforms available which are supported by the University and our suppliers:
- Jadu – an enterprise level content management system which the corporate website, faculty websites and core services run on.
- WordPress – content management system used for cross-disciplinary research groups, smaller project sites or temporary websites.
Newly expanded staff profiles offer a user-friendly, media-rich platform for personal content.
Staff profiles are generally held on faculty sites and provide an accessible system allowing you to share and edit information on academic background, research, personal interests and more. As such, staff profiles have replaced the need for personal websites, which are no longer supported.
Staff can easily access and edit their own profiles. Please refer to Staff profile management for guidance.
If your proposal is for a partnership organisation site, or requires specialist functionality, the IT Web Team and Marketing Team may refer you to a web supplier to co-develop a custom site template.
Website projects partnered with other organisations are assessed on an individual basis, following application through the Website request form.
Guidance for owners
Every website at leeds.ac.uk is assigned to an owner who is accountable for content, ensuring information is compliant and meets the University’s identity guidelines.
Owners should refer to our Writing for the web guidelines for key skills in effective website authorship.
To maintain clarity and consistency across leeds.ac.uk, content which is presently available on the corporate/faculty sites should not be reproduced elsewhere.
Key information to avoid duplicating includes:
- staff profiles
- course information
- course fees.
Inaccurate information is potentially damaging to the University and faculty’s reputation. For content guidance and advice on the appropriate use of data, see Website regulations.
Apply for a website
Start an application for a new website or register a domain name by submitting a Website request form.