10 years of a Web Team of One: the Lessons Learnt

For those of you who have never heard of The University of St Mark & St John, it is described on Wikipedia as being “based in the coastal city of Plymouth, England. The university’s history dates back to the foundation by the National Society (now National Society for Promoting Religious Education) of the constituent London colleges of St John’s College in Battersea, London (1840) and St Mark’s College in Chelsea, London (1841). The two colleges were among the first to open access to degree level study outside the established universities. The colleges merged in 1923, establishing a single institution in Chelsea which developed a wider reputation for academic excellence and commitment to teaching. The College of St Mark & St John then moved to Plymouth in 1973 when the Chelsea site became too small, and its educational activities have continued to evolve in response to local, regional, national and international needs.

For the past ten years, Ian St John has been the one-person University web team of the University of St Mark & St John. Ian attended his first IWMW only 2 weeks after starting at the University in 2006 (IWMW 2006: Quality Matters held at the University of Bath) – providing him with the an invaluable first networking opportunity and exposure to others in the sector. Five marketing managers and four website re-designs later, Ian would like to share his experiences (good and bad) of the ten years and offer advise gained from his time in HEI web management.

This workshop would be of particular interest with those who manage web services for small institutions which may have small web teams (including web teams with only one team member) – looking at how we can collaborate to improve our day to day lives.


  • Title: 10 years of a Web Team of One: the Lessons Learnt
  • Type: Workshop session (lasting for 90 minutes)
  • Hashtag: #A4
  • Speaker: Ian St John
  • Date and time: 16.00-17.30 on Tuesday 23 June 2016