New UWE Bristol mobile App gets rave reviews

Issue date: 07 November 2012


The new App launched recently by UWE Bristol is already getting five star reviews from the Apple® App Store℠. After a softly, softly launch earlier this summer the UWE Mobile App is proving popular amongst students and will be of enormous interest to prospective applicants who need to learn more about the university.

UWE Mobile App is available for download free from the Apple®App Store℠ and Google Play™.

The free App features a campus map, a staff directory, the latest news and events, help contact numbers, the Student Union's Hub Radio, images and videos about life at UWE Bristol, information about the UWE's social media channels and the chance to feedback experience of functionality. Students can log in to access to students' personal my UWE account, a library search, a mobile version of the Blackboard learning environment and more.

Rich Egan led the team in IT Services who worked with Blackboard Inc to develop the UWE Mobile App. He said, “It's great to be getting such positive feedback from users during the early stages. It's often difficult to know what might be most useful when starting from scratch and we will continually hone, develop and update the App so that it is both intuitive to use and useful to the wider UWE community including students, staff, applicants and partners.

“As almost every student has a smart phone it was an obvious decision to ensure that we provided information and support that could be best accessed using mobile platform technology. Although we have an extremely good website we wanted to ensure that students would be able to access the information formatted in a compatible way with their smart phones and this inevitably called for an App.

“We have plans to develop the UWE Mobile App further by responding to feedback. Really it's all about helping people to stay in touch whilst on the move. We are very excited at the initial feedback and reviews that are being posted and we urge people to get in touch with us and let us know what they think.”

The UWE Mobile App and website was developed by IT Services at UWE Bristol in partnership with Blackboard Inc. The UWE Bristol team coordinated the design and content and Blackboard Inc. designed the framework. The UWE Mobile App has also been designed to be viewed on iPhone®, iPod® touch and Android™. A website version is available for Blackberry and other smartphones at http://mobile.uwe.ac.uk.

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