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2022

Increasing Cambridge University college applications by 25%

Entrant Company

Contra Agency

Category

Website & Mobile Sites - Website Redesign

Client's Name

Homerton College, University of Cambridge

Country / Region

United Kingdom

The client

Homerton College combines the traditions of a Cambridge University college with contemporary values and an inclusive culture. It prides itself on being supportive, forward-thinking, and treating everyone as an individual. It is the largest college in Cambridge and has a diverse student base.

The challenge

To modernise its dated website and position it as an inclusive and vibrant community, in contrast to a “traditional” Cambridge college. Show it as a modern place to study and differentiate it from other colleges in the university. Increase applications and website engagement.

The strategy

Execute student and other stakeholder interviews. Conduct site user behaviour, keyword and traffic research. Build buyer personas. Launch a new website with a bold, modern, and friendly design. Showcase diversity with powerful imagery and messaging.

The results.

34% decrease in bounce rate.

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175% increase in average session duration.

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25% increase in applications at a time when the average for Cambridge College applications was significantly down.

The feedback

"The new website’s ease of use has dramatically improved compared to the previous site. The most tangible benefit was an increase in our applications from 800 to 1000 at a time when Cambridge college applications were down. A 25% increase during COVID is fantastic."

-- Dr Paul Elliott, Director of Studies in Biology and Scientific Admissions Tutor

Credits

Director
Roberto Ciarleglio
Digital Project Manager
Alana Foley-Keane
Head of Marketing
Callum Hornigold
Web Developer
Vladimir Oziminschii
Web Developer
Yuri Polunin
Senior Web Developer
Samuel Podina
Web Designer
Julian Thomas
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