Department of Physics, University of Oxford

The University of Oxford Department of Physics aspires to be one of the best physics departments in the world with their cutting edge research and advanced experimental techniques to investigate nature at every scale. They needed a fresh looking and modern website which catered for their very diverse audience and range of functionality it would be used for.

the brief

The department had a large and diverse web presence, with the main website built and maintained by their central IT team, while other areas were built and maintained by individuals around the department, and often had a completely different look and feel. The new website needed to provide a single, common web solution framework, with a powerful content management system (CMS).

The website needed to serve and appeal to academics, administrators, current and potential students, support staff, potential applicants, donors, teachers and the general public. The functionality had to allow information exchange externally and internally, tools to develop the web presence of the department’s members, a platform to support web applications, and more.

“You did a tremendous job by delivering this on time and meeting or exceeding my most optimistic expectations.”
Paolo Radaelli
Department of Physics, University of Oxford

the solution

the result

The department now has a fresh new web design, which provides a far superior user experience for those visiting the site. The website integrates with the department’s Active Directory server for authentication, so users don’t have to register again, or remember another username and password, making it far more efficient and delivering a much improved user experience.

Rather than rewriting all of their legacy ASP and ASP.NET systems at once, we opted to re-skin them to match the new site, and run them in parallel until they are replaced. This greatly reduced the cost and time required to get the site up and running, while making them look like part of the new website.

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