An app for applicants

Posted on 25 September 2017

An interdisciplinary team of staff and students from the Departments of Chemistry and Theatre, Film and Television (TFTV) combined their expertise to design and produce the first mobile app to support admissions at in the Department of Chemistry.

(l:r) Katrina Sayer, Chris Fulford & Dr Glenn Hurst

The team consisted of Dr Glenn Hurst, Lecturer; Professor Andy Parsons, Admissions Tutor; Katrina Sayer, Undergraduate Student Experience Manager; Dr Jonathan Hook, Lecturer in Interactive Media in TFTV; and Chris Fulford, TFTV undergraduate student.

The work was completed as part of a 10-week summer project in 2016 with the aid of a grant from the Student Internship Bureau.

Chris designed the app for prospective applicants and visitors to the Department of Chemistry, with features including a campus map, promotional videos, news feed, links to resources to aid the school-university transition, employability information, life as a student and details about admission days.

Approximately 250 applicants downloaded the app ahead of their UCAS interview in the Department of Chemistry, with the total number of downloads exceeding 500.

Feedback from applicants has been very positive: “I must thank you for introducing me to the Chemistry@York app, which is a service I haven’t seen any other university employ. It has given me insightful information about York as a university, the students that study with you and the Department of Chemistry.”

This project aligns with the institutional internationalisation strategy by providing an additional technological resource for prospective applicants from both the United Kingdom and overseas - 49% of app downloads are from outside the United Kingdom.

The app has been designed so that the framework can be re-populated with appropriate content, allowing the resource to be easily updated but also making the app translatable for use in other departments within the institution.