Content life cycle

All online information and University of Leicester domains must be kept constantly up-to-date, be accurate and have a life cycle

Website content creators have a responsibility to ensure that all their University website material is kept up to date and that they do not put inappropriate material onto the internet.

Authors should always assume that any website content hosted on a University of Leicester-owned server may become public, whether or not that is intended. Keeping material up to date and accessible is particularly important for those maintaining website information which is identified as part of the University's Freedom of Information Act Policy and Guidance.

If information is time-critical, the time of validity should be clearly indicated (e.g. "Student fees and costs for 2013-2014").

Out-of-date or inaccurate information on the website damages the University’s reputation and credibility. Users will not trust us if we mislead them, and will not respect us if they can see that we do not manage our website properly. Inaccurate content may also damage our standing with the QAA, CMA and REF etc.

It is not sufficient to just periodically review content and change those parts, which have become out of date. Change must be reflected on the web straightaway, e.g. removing or adding details of new staff as they leave or join.

Content, which is no longer of relevance or not in use, should be removed (unless there is a justifiable argument for archiving it, e.g. a record of a conference). Content relating to recurring matters such as graduation or clearing should not be removed between times but should be updated to indicate that the last instance has passed and the next instance is coming.

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