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Profile Templates

The links below lead to various templates you can apply/have applied to your staff profile.

Unless your profile is a shining example of good practice, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND you peruse the templates below and select one to go with. If you are unsure whether or not your profile is awesome, I would be happy to provide feedback. If you hate all of the templates below, I would be happy to sit down with you in Jan/Feb to create a customised design for your site, although I would hope that something below would suit.

Front page

Template 1 - Small photo, basic info, space to highlight a couple works while giving a summary of all the key things a profile should include. Ideal for new staff but can be used by anyone.

Template 2 - Small photo, incorporates a news headline section and slideshow. Ideal for more established staff or folks with lots of book covers, lots of interesting news items (eg radio appearances, guest lectures, random appearances in obscure Japanese documentaries, etc), and research/other activities that lend themselves to presentation in paragraphs rather than bullet points.

Template 3 - Short and sweet. For those who don't want a busy, flashy front page. The slideshow is optional. Do note, however, that you'll have to make sure you have something to put on your Research and Publications pages, so this option is not a free ride to laziness and lack of content. This particular page also contains an example of a Multimedia subpage.

Template 4 - For the photogenic. Short and sweet like Template 3, this provides more space for a large photo of yourself or a large photo of something related to your research, with space for graphics associated with the links to your research and publications.

Please note that the templates above are fairly modular in design, so for example, in Template 2, the order of the right-hand column is:


But if you prefer an order more like one of these:

Cool photo 1
Cool photo 2
Cool photo 3

Cool photo

Project poster
Book cover 1
Book cover 2

Or similar, that's completely ok. Likewise, the skinny column can go on either side of the page.

Think of the layouts as Ikea furniture, but cheaper and probably won't fall apart.

Publications page

Publications 1 - A straightforward list format with categories and links. Ideal for staff with fewer publications or for prolific colleagues who only feel the need to list what they've come out with over the past few years. This list should contain some or even many links to publisher websites, e-books, full text articles, pdfs, etc.

Publications 2 - A 2-column listing that includes graphics. suitable for colleagues with any number of published works, particularly if you have book covers that are interesting. Graphics can either appear to the right (as shown) or to the left. Cover size can be enlarged, but that will limit how many you can list at a time. If you want to have space for listing more than your most recent works, an Archive page in the Publications 1 format would be ideal.

Publications 3 - A single-column listing currently used (more or less) by several colleagues. Can be used with or without a border around each cell of the table (ie around each reference), and the graphics can appear on either the left or the right. Good for showcasing publications using little graphics of cover art. As above, this lends itself to showing only a selection of works, with a view to archiving older references in the style of Publications 1.

Research page

Research 1 - A list-style format covering a range of headings. The listing on this page is a bit like a research CV, which is not a bad thing particularly for colleagues establishing themselves at the start of their career.

Research 2 - A more paragraph-structured approach with various headings. Good for more established colleagues whith various ongoing projects. Not designed to showcase everything you've ever done.


Some of you may wish to have other sections on your site, eg if you have a special research project that needs its own space, if you have a page that supports one of your major publications, if you have a million podcasts that would otherwise clog up your research/publications page, then of course you are encouraged to create such sub-sites on your profile. If you want assistance in designing any such pages, just ask, or browse through your colleagues' pages for examples of good practice.

Please note that you should NEVER put teaching materials/module sub-pages on your personal profile. All teaching materials should be placed on the relevant module websites as this reduces confusion for the students and ensures that if you leave the department, your module materials will not disappear.

It is also bad practice to place conference materials, research centre/project materials, etc on your personal page. You are of course welcome to duplicate materials for an event you're organising and use your page to support advertising for it, but all conference materials etc. should be published under the Research page, podcasts of lectures go on the module page, seminar papers go on the Seminars page, etc. This ensures that potential audiences don't get confused and makes it much easier for REF panels to see, at a glance, just how much research activity is actually going on in the department. It looks really bad if they have to click into everyone's profiles just to see what's going on.

If you have something that falls into one of the above categories but you're not sure where to post it, I would be happy to help.