Leeds University Union: A digital strategy for the UK's largest student union

Leeds University Union (LUU) is the largest in the UK, with a student membership of over 30,000. The organisation relies entirely on self-generated revenue to maintain its service, and also prides itself on a progressive approach in its work. LUU wanted to ensure this approach was reflected in its digital channels and came to us at Sigma for guidance. 

The union wanted to improve customer experiences for its student members, whilst driving more participation and ultimately, more revenue for the organisation. The LUU team recognised the importance of events and hired spaces within the union as revenue streams, but wanted to improve the infrastructure that underpinned them.

Objectives

To drive an increased income, the union needed to enhance and coordinate its digital content to better appeal to the wide student body and to increase engagement. In support of this, the union also streamlined its approach to administrative procedures, migrating existing processes to a user-friendly digital platform.

The key objectives for the project were to:

  • Build a new, fully responsive and accessible website which delivers a refreshed design and optimised content to increase student engagement.
  • Digitise and simplify administrative processes to ensure greater efficiency
  • Increase revenue

"Sigma really helped us to move our digital strategy forward. They focused on elements of our website redevelopment that would have the most impact, and made usability and accessibility crucial aspects of our digital service"

Sarah Mace, Head of Digital & Content at LUU

Approach 

We carried out a full audit of Leeds University Union’s digital platforms and their uses. This was completed through a series of workshops with key stakeholders, in which we mapped out their objectives and impacts, and the barriers to achieving those objectives. We were then able to recommend and implement a digital strategy to elevate the union’s digital presence.

We have delivered:

  • A refreshed, professional new site, in a fully responsive framework for cross-device optimisation, and adherence to the WCAG AA standard for accessibility
  • Enhanced content pages for clubs and societies, with sophisticated filtering and search capabilities
  • Core content management and publishing functionality in the Umbraco CMS
  • Rich media compatibility for increased usage of video content
  • Clearly defined user journeys and an intuitive information architecture
  • Migration of content and assets from the old site to the new, with robust validation of the results
  • A far more personalised experience for Leeds University Union’s members

Results

The project has created a fresher look and feel for the website and a noticeable uplift in participation from clubs and societies. Internal staff are now also able to publish and manage content directly, which has enabled teams to run campaigns faster and more efficiently across the organisation.

Want to work with us? 

Sigma is committed to helping brands and organisations of all shapes and sizes interact better with their clients and customers while helping them create accessible and user-friendly platforms. If you are interested in the work we do or think we might be able to help, get in touch here shaun.gomm@sigma.se or call 01625 427718

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