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Hello, my name is James Cocker,
I'm a freelance web developer & designer,
based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Website Launch: Cambridge-Africa, University of Cambridge

18 September 2013 - By James Cocker

Cambridge-Africa Website Screenshot

The Cambridge-Africa programme at the University of Cambridge recently approached me to re-design & develop their website.

Cambridge-Africa is an umbrella programme that consists of a handful of initiatives specific to Cambridge-Africa academic collaborations. They had an existing website, but it was based on the University's default template, and it wasn't giving them the unique online presence or functionality that they required.

I created a design that gives them a strong online identity, while matching the colour scheme with the new Cambridge University identity, in order to make the link obvious to visitors of the site.

As well as providing an easy to update News section, the website also links up with the University's online talks directory, and after specifying related talk lists in the CMS, the website automatically pulls through details of upcoming talks and displays them on the site. Another link was created to the Cambridge-Africa EventBrite account, and any events added to EventBrite are automatically displayed on the site too.

The site also features a Researchers' Database that is easily searchable to find researchers at Cambridge with specific interests, along with a photo and video gallery which showcases the many activities that the programme organises each year.

The site is built on the SilverStripe CMS and framework, which made it possible to develop these custom features, and have an easy to use content management system, without putting any restrictions on how the site could be designed.

The website is now live at www.cambridge-africa.cam.ac.uk

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