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Fourteen university intranet home pages

An interesting thing about university intanets is how they serve two distinct groups – the staff and the students.

It’s also striking how the state of university intranets mirrors the state of corporate and medium-sized business intranets – in that some appear to be modern, useful, and user-centred and others seem to be basic broadcast websites.

University intranet / extranet home page screenshots

Browsing intranet home pages feels a bit like window-shopping for gadgets you don’t need. You can glean insights into how best to present tools, functions, and communications though, if you consider what seems to work well and what seems old-fashioned or cumbersome.

Click the screenshots to embiggen. (Then come ‘back’ to return.)

University of BirminghamUniversity of Birmingham

  • Clear and simple;
  • Carousel at top;
  • Accordian / concertina at bottom;
  • No ‘master’ navigation apparant.

University of SalfordUniversity of Salford

  • Staff focussed;
  • Clear navigation;
  • Boxy design helps separate sections;
  • Large footer;
  • Demonstrates the Internal Comms team’s skills.

Brunel UniversityBrunel University

  • Clear navigation;
  • Seems to be a bit of a hub or portal.

University of WarwickUniversity of Warwick

  • General navigation;
  • Tabbed news content.

Robert Gordon University AberdeenRobert Gordon University Aberdeen

  • Hub or portal;
  • Clear navigation;
  • Shows they use Moodle for elarning.

Bangor UniversityBangor University

  • Striking number of simple blue links;
  • ‘Quick-links’…
  • Very long page;
  • Get’s interesting at the bottom…

University of the West of EnglandUniversity of the West of England

  • Detailed left-hand navigation;
  • Seems small (on the screen).

London Metropolitan UniversityLondon Metropolitan University

  • Student / Staff news via tabbed content section;
  • An excess of plain blue links;
  • A-Z ordering, instead of meaningful groupings…

Edinburgh Napier University Edinburgh Napier University

  • Uni news / Staff news by way of tab;
  • Basic / Advanced details by way of radio-button (does anyone use?);
  • ‘Announcements’ separate to news.

University of BradfordUniversity of Bradford

  • Carousel at top;
  • ‘Events’ content box has lots of content to see if you press ‘next’ – but it refreshes the whole page (it seems). Why hide single content pieces?

Birbeck UniversityBirbeck University

  • Stretches across the whole page – making for a very wide home page on some screens (not responsive web design, merely elastic);
  • Although plain-looking, it still gets the job done.

University of BathUniversity of Bath

  • Displays news in segments;
  • Great use of photos for featured articles.

University of SussexUniversity of Sussex

  • A winning intranet;
  • Tabbed navigation separates students from staff;
  • Pleasant layout for easy reading;
  • Does it highlight tools enough?

University of KentUniversity of Kent

  • Lots of links / navigation – but grouped by audience / purpose;
  • No photos for featured articles.

I would like to stress that these intrants are part extranets – meaning you can browse them yourself – they are online for all to see.

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I’m Wedge, and this is my website! I’ve worked within internal communications since 2004, managing intranets and digital comms. Now I’m a freelance comms and intranet specialist - I help organisations plan and improve their intranets. I work with other agencies, and write a lot of blog and magazine articles. I founded the Intranet Now conference. You can catch up with me on Twitter - I’m @Wedge.