Telephone Numbers

The New Leeds City College call centre has been set up and they deal with student course enquiries.  I've amended the telephone numbers are the top of the Leeds City College website to reflect this.

We've also switched from a 0845 number to a 0113 number.  My personal opinion is that having a local 0113 telephone number is the way forward highlighting the fact that this is Leeds.

Is it warm in here?

Over the weekend the server room suffererd a fault with the Air Conditioning which resulted with the Leeds City College Web server shutting down. The downtime was approximately 27 hours while engineers were fixing the air conditioning.

On a positive note, when the servers were switched back on, the Leeds City College website and all micro-sites sprung back to life which gives me confidence in bringing down the servers for maintenance and development purposes in the future.

I will do a database check of any corrupted tables, in case anyone was writing back to the database at the time of shut-down, but so far everything seems to be back to normal.

RIP MySpace

Today I've been working on tidying up the social networks that Leeds City College has, first on the list was MySpace the once mainstream network, now redundent had to go.  The MySpace social icon on the website was taken town last week and now our MySpace account has been deactivated.

What was amusing was that I found today that Leeds City College still had an account for Hi5 - which was my first social network and I actually really did like until a certain Mr Zuckerberg decided to get creative.

On another note, I've also closed accounts for Tagged and Badoo.

Social Share Icons

Something that has been lacking from the Leeds City College website is Social Share buttons.  I've always been a big fan of Share buttons but I've often found that it's difficult to find share buttons that compliment the site.

I've added a the Wordpress plug-in Sociable which is a great customisable plugin for Social Share buttons.

I've kept it quite simple for now by just added a Twitter, Google Plus and Linked in, no doubt I'll be changing these in the near future.

Small changes make a huge difference

Today I've make some small changes on the Leeds City College website.  Firstly, I've replaced the horrible mismatch of social media icons with a new sleek set which totally compliment the overall site

 How the top-right corner of the site looks now

Secondly, I've changed the telephone number into text, it was originally an image and the colour looked dull and outdated,  it's now in white and looks fresh and clean.

Big Fish Music Events Website

I've been working on a microsite hasn't really been updated a couple of years with the aim to bring the site into 2012.

The picture below is after I've refreshed the site. Big Fish is always work-in-progress the site will always be evolving and changing with the times. I don't believe there's such a thing as a finished website.

I forgot to take a screenshot of a before picture - lesson learned!

Instagram at Leeds City College

Today I've signed up Leeds City College to Instagram. I've always liked Instagram and I believe that it will help to show the college in a new likeness to its followers. I will try to post a photo a day.

You can follow us on Instagram too - @LEEDSCITYCOLLEGE

State Of The Blog

Since leaving my post as  Moodle Developer this blog has kinda been redundant.  As of now I will be blogging about developments in my new role as Social Media Developer at Leeds City College.  My role consists mainly of 2 things, Social Media and Web development.

The web side of things includes the main Leeds City College website and roughly 10 micro-sites.  The social media side of things are a bit tricky, LCC has a social presence with quite a few social networks so it's about refining the ones that are the most popular/required, so this will be a long term goal of mine.

Starting Numbers

As for 4th September Leeds City College

Facebook has 4256 Likes

Twitter has 1905 Followers

Star Trek: The Next Generation Doctor Who - Assimilation 2 Review (Part 4)

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

It seems like its been ages since issue 3 was released, I'm pretty sure it's been over 4 weeks?  I've been eagerly looking forward to part 4 ever since I read the ending of part 3 when Captain Picard introduced The Doctor to Guinan.  I've always loved Guinan in The Next Generation not just because her name reminds me of Belgian chocolates but because she is a unique and mysterious character much like The Doctor.  I wrote previously about one of my favourite Next Generation episodes being Yesterdays Enterprise where Guinan played a key role and it's exactly the case in this issue.

The Doctor and Guinan start to discuss the situation where they seem to know each other but they both agree that they shouldn't.  They then agree that the past has been altered in some way by the Cybermen bringing together 2 universes to form an alliance with the Borg.  While they are discussing the situation, Number 1 hails the captain informing him that the situation has changed.  During a briefing, Data explains that the Cybermen and Borg are now heading in an opposite direction.  They were assimilating a planet called Cogen V when the fleet suddenly reversed it's course.  Captain Picard decides to take an away team down to the planet to see exactly what's happened. The Doctor, Rory and Amy decide to accompany them.

I loved the next part when the away team beamed down to the planet much to Rory and Amy's amazement. Amy then starts to ask The Doctor, in typical Amy fashion "why don't you have this your on the Tardis?" when the team come under attack from some local drones. Once they have disabled them they make a startling discovery.  The Cybermen have double crossed The Borg and left them for dead.  Never trust the Cybermen I hear you say!

Back on the enterprise Captain Picard is being hailed by a subspace communication from a Borg Ship who are looking for a truce with Locutus of Borg (Captain Picard's Borg name) in return for an alliance against the Cybermen.  Captain Picard doesn't want to know and cuts them off. You can't really blame Picard given his history with the Borg, he would be happy to see every single Borg dead and wouldn't even think twice about saving them.  The Doctor on the other hand wants to hear out the Borg being the person that his is.


- This is a great issue, the pace is great and the story moves along nicely
- What's with the dodgy art work? the characters are barley recognisable throughout the issue
- Will the Doctor help save The Borg?
- if the tables were turned would The Doctor think twice about saving his arch enemy, The Daleks?