The rising cost of higher education plus extra competition between universities and colleges means that a higher education digital presence has to work even harder to help attract the best candidates.With four out of ten would-be university students choosing their chosen seat of learning by looking at university sites, recent research by the Daily Telegraph showed that some universities spend well over a quarter of a million pounds each year on maintaining them.
So it's good news that the Sitemorse quarterly assessment of universities and higher education websites once again shows improvement, with a number of establishments moving significantly up the table covering nearly 340 university and college sites, together with two agricultural colleges in the top five.
The Sitemorse Q1 2014 Universities online benchmark is an important indicator of those establishments that are currently leading the field with the best-working sites within the higher education sector.
Colleges from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland hold the top five places in this Index, with highest marks awarded to Warwickshire College and runner-up Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln. Rising five places to overall third is Scotland's Rural College, which operates out of a number of campus locations including Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Ayr.
Making up the remainder of the top five best performers are the websites of Henley College, Coventry and Northern Irelands's College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE).
The full data from the Q1 Universities Index can be seen on the Sitemorse website. How did your favourite University or college do?
Originally Posted On: blog.sitemorse.com By: Sitemorse
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