We’ve recently launched a website for Glasgow Clyde College Student Association and thought this was a great time to share our experience and explore which features are essential for a university student association website.
Why should you get a student association website?
Most universities will have a page about student associations on their website, but is that enough? Most student associations will require to communicate frequent updates to students and being able to control when and how you post information and how much you can share is a great asset for student associations.
Many student associations use social media but relying solely on Facebook or Twitter for communicating to students is like staying in the kitchen at parties. A standalone, interactive website means having greater control over what is displayed and how it’s displayed.
What features should a student association website have?
Some student associations may have specific needs but all effective student association websites should have the following:
Event calendar or listing
List events that are organised or sponsored by the student association. If your university has several campuses, don’t forget to specify the location and who to contact to enquire about events.
Meetings agendas and minutes
List past and future meetings and make meeting agendas and minutes available for download. This helps make the association fully accountable.
Representation information & contact
List all officers of the student association as well as their contact details so people can directly find who to contact for specific queries. Indicate location of offices if relevant.
Blog or news section
If that’s relevant to your association, and if you have someone who has the time to regularly update it, a blog can be a good place to communicate any important news or campaigns.
Student Association website maintenance and updates
Make sure to keep the information on your website up-to-date and that all events etc are listed. Designate who will have access to the website to update content. Too few people can prevent changes from happening quickly but too many people could provide a risk. When new officers are elected, make sure to pass on the knowledge on how to update website content.
Technical issues can be handled by either your website hosting company or your website designer, depending on the type of issue. Having a one-stop-shop for all aspects of your website usually makes people’s like easier!
We hope you’ve found this post useful. If you’d like to find out more about how we could build a website for your student association, why not get in touch? We’re always happy to chat, no commitment required!