Bangor website amongst the best in the UK.

Bangor University's website has been voted as one of the best university sites in the UK by prospective students.

A report published in the Times Higher Education today (Thursday, August 19) ranks Bangor's website amongst the most effective sites, in terms of providing potential students with the information they need to decide where to study.

The Times Higher survey on the effectiveness of university websites asked a sample of sixth form students from different colleges to rate a range of university websites on a number of criteria. The Bangor site scored top marks for most of the categories, placing Bangor University's website amongst the best performing sites in the UK.

 Amongst the areas in which the Bangor website achieved top marks were ease of navigation, how easy it was to find contact details for further information, and for providing a student perspective on studying at Bangor, through effective use of profiles and interviews with current students. The Bangor site was also scored highly for giving prospective students an insight into life on campus, especially through the use of videos and interviews on Bangor TV.

"It's a well-designed and imaginative website" was one of the comments made about the Bangor site, with the home page and Bangor TV channel also receiving complimentary comments.

The website is co-ordinated by the University's Web Team, which includes staff from Information Technology Services and Corporate Communications & Marketing. Recent developments include the video channel Bangor TV as well as a University presence on networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.

Alan Parry, Director of Communications and Marketing at Bangor said:
"Our aim is to ensure that Bangor's website is engaging, informative and easy to use. The site undergoes regular updates in design to ensure that the 'look and feel' is attractive to users.

"The webteam provide innovative content and material which ensures that the site is interesting and informative to visitors, and new technological developments are constantly being introduced. We also work with students to create user generated content to give prospective students a real taste of Bangor throughout the site, and that has proved very successful. We're delighted that users have rated the site so highly."

Publication date: 23 August 2010