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We are delighted to launch our new website, which we hope will be easier to search, easier on the eye, and make it easier to see the wide array of information and services that HESPA provides, which can support you and your colleagues in your roles and help you improve university strategic planning.
This guide covers the main changes to the site and should assist you in finding what you need while you get used to the new site, and help you to make the most of the resources and new functionality.
If you have any questions, comments or feedback on the new website, please contact us.
The homepage has a brand new layout and showcases some of our resources, news articles and events. You will find our headline resources, details of our next big event and some useful links to information which we think you need to know.
New look Homepage
We have retitled our old Resources area as the Knowledge Hub, as well as including some new sections within it (see ‘What’s New’ below). So anything you used to find in Resources will now be in the Knowledge Hub, which you can find in the top navigation menu.
Resources can now be found in the Knowledge Hub
We’ve given the sections within the Knowledge Hub a clean, fresh look as well as new ways to access the available resources and new ways to search it. Each section includes some highlighted content, plus links and/or buttons to take you to some pre-filtered content, or the option to view all content for that topic. Some examples are shown below.
Highlighted content on the Risk page
Discussions, special interest groups and news
Buttons and links to pre-filtered content
The layout of the Discussions page has changed a little.
Starting a new discussion
If you want to start a new discussion you do this direct from the main Discussions page using the link button in the top left of the page, above the Filters:
Start a discussion using the button in the top left of the page
Once you’ve selected this button, you’ll then be asked which discussion board you want to add your discussion to, which you can choose from a drop-down menu. When you start your discussion post you always have the option to select ‘anonymous’ before posting, if the topic is sensitive.
You have options to view all discussion boards, all boards related to your interests, or filter on a specific discussion board(s) using the filtering section on the left of the screen. You can switch the ‘My Interests/All Interests’ switch to whichever you want, and you can select/deselect different interests/tags/filters in the list beneath that.
Viewing and responding to a discussion
To view a discussion, select the discussion title in the card that is shown in the list of discussions:
To view a discussion, select the title
Once you’re viewing the discussion itself, the functionality is the same as previously – you can reply to or like any posts in the discussion. You can either ‘Reply to this comment only’ (useful if you want to respond to a specific comment somewhere in the middle of the discussion), or just reply at the end of the discussion by using the ‘Reply’ button (both buttons can be found at the bottom of each comment/post):
You can either ‘Reply to this comment only', or reply at the end of the discussion by using ‘Reply’
Once you start a reply, you always have the option to make your reply anonymous before posting if it is sensitive or confidential.
If you don’t have much to add, but want to agree with a comment quickly, you can simply ‘Like’ it at the top of the comment.
The search function has moved ever so slightly but is still at the top of the page and can be accessed from any page on the site. While you are typing in your search term the search function will bring up some of your recent search terms and will suggest some initial results before you select ‘Enter’ or the search icon.
The search function will bring up some of your recent search terms and will suggest some initial results before you select ‘Enter’ or the search icon.
Once you select ‘Enter’ or the search icon, the full set of results will be returned. You can filter them to a particular type of content if you want to, using the filters on the left of the page.
Once you select ‘Enter’ or the search icon, the full set of results will be returned.
My List holds all the items you have saved
Your List, accessed from the top right of the website in the space which is visible whatever page you are on, holds all the items you have saved/‘starred’/liked/’favourited’ throughout the site (see Saving/Starring Favourite Content below) in one easily accessible place:
You can now access your own dashboard using the My Dashboard link in the top right of the website, in the space which is visible whatever page you are on.
My Dashboard allows you to edit your profile, interests and other preferences
At present the dashboard sets out some of the same things as your list, though some are presented in different ways, and there are also some extras:
We will be developing the dashboard further over the next 12 months or so to increase the functionality.
You can browse through all the resources
Rather than accessing our resources through the individual Knowledge Hub pages, you can choose to access All Resources and use the new on-page filters. The page will show every resource we have (except news items) in a card format, and each card will also show the topics that item has been ‘tagged’ with (it will often be tagged with several topics).
These ‘tags’ are replicated in an expandable menu on the left of your screen and to filter the resources to the topic you are looking for, you can select one or more of these tags.
Before we filter the resources in any way there are 390 results:
Before the filter
But if we filter this on Advocacy, we get a more manageable 20 results:
Selecting Advocacy as a filter, reduces the number of resources
Filtering All News works exactly the same way.
You can ‘star’ your favourite items on our website to store them in your List and your Dashboard (see Your List and Dashboard above). You can save anything accessed via the News cards, Resources cards, or Discussions by selecting the pink star in the top right corner of the card. When you select it, the star will turn white and a message to confirm you have saved it will pop up. You can then access this item easily from your List or your Dashboard at any time.
Before selecting the star to save:
Selecting the star to save
After we select the star and saved the item:
The item is now saved and added to your list
If you access something somewhere elsewhere on the site rather than through a card (e.g. from a news article itself), you can usually ‘star’/save it from the item itself, or find the same item in All Resources and save it from there.
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