Each year, The Nuffield Foundation provide research placements alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians to students who are in their first year of post-16 STEM courses, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. This huge programme is administered by a network of coordinators across the UK via a dedicated website, which no longer met the complex needs of the Foundation fully.
We began with an extensive period of user research with students, placement providers and coordinators to design interfaces that simplified the myriad processes they each need to follow. Complex administrative tasks, such as matching the most suitable student to a placement, were analysed and fleshed out in wireframes prior to development.
We based the application on a Drupal 8 framework but completely customised it to meet the client’s particular needs. Historical data from the previous system was imported and integrated into the new system. After months of intense development, two extended periods of User Acceptance Testing with students, providers and coordinators put the application through its paces. Following final adjustments, the site went live on its original target live date.