Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Developing a Strategic Commitment to Achieve High Levels of Employability

Here are my slides from the Inside Government event on Enhancing UK Graduate Employability. I've been ask to present a case study on Developing a Strategic Commitment to Achieve High Levels of Employability.

Friday, 31 October 2014

New Careers Service website

We now have a new Careers Service website It's been up a while but I've only just got round to posting this. It will continue to evolve but it's a huge improvement on what we had before thanks to a real team effort, lots of user research and testing, and support from our web team and

Friday, 12 September 2014

How Spotify build a product

I've been thinking about website design for a while now, especially in relation to our new University of Bristol Careers Service site (which thankfully will be up and running soon). I bought in some usability expertise from Stuart Church, and a while ago he shared with me a rather grainy photo of a slide, presumably taken from the back of a room at a talk something to do with web usablity. Unfortunatley I couldn't find the orginal source but it was so useful I re-drew it (apologies to the originator). So here it is, just in case it's of use to anyone else (and the title of the slide in question was 'How Spotify build a product')

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The Government Digital Service desing prinsiples are also really useful -

Monday, 21 July 2014

University of Bristol Careers Service website - employer survey

If you've seen our Careers Service website you'll know that it needs some work (understatement). I've been wanting to get to it since starting at the end of January (and blogged some initial thoughts about it here). Well, finally the project is underway (with help from and we are starting with a survey of users of the site. If you are an employer who uses (or would use) our site, then I'd love to hear your thoughts/comments. There are 12 questions and it should only take you about 5 minutes but your feedback will be invaluable in shaping the new site. At the end of the survey there's also the opportunity to opt into being involved in some more in depth research (for which you will receive Amazon vouchers). So if you can help please complete the survey (and please, RT, repost etc.) Closing date is Tuesday 29 July. Thanks!