Case Study

EPRC Strathclyde University

Developing 4 websites for UK and European academics to access research papers and publications.


The Project

 EPRC – The European Policy & Research Centre studies regional development policies, encompasses research, evaluation, knowledge & education.

Zen were commissioned to provide a 4-site platform including EPRC, EPRC Delft, EORPA and iQnet. Two of the sites were membership only and the EPRC and EPRC Delft were open for the public to use directly.

The brief required these sites to be redesigned with user flow consideration, making it easier for the user to navigate around the sites to allow the users access to areas such as publications, research papers and much more.  


The Process

Zen built on the WordPress platform, 4 websites operating from one CMS, 2 had their own membership login facility and 2 had public access. The system had several facilities that allowed the users to use an advanced filtering system for documentation, reports, and case studies for academics.

A membership facility was also provided restricting access to members areas (2 of the sites).  The platform also had the facility to distribute news items to different website from one location within the CMS, search and filter using WordPress taxonomy and allow meeting and documentation to support these events/meeting in an archive section.


The Solution

The EPRC Delft site was also used to work directly with the EU based in the Netherlands this continued to support the EPRC organisation to the EU parliament. The complete design process using User Flows and Wireframes, concept testing was used allowing the sites to be more accessible to their target audience.  This also allowed a presence to be maintained supporting the EU parliament and authorities with a specially dedicated platform based in the Netherlands.


The Results

Zen produced a multi tiered web platform – 4 sites under the 1 CMS working in the EU and UK. 2 of which were membership access only. The CMS had the capability to issue information to all sites or selected ones for publication.

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