1. What is a student story?

Use the 'Student story' content type for any testimonials, whether from students, staff or others.

A student story page displays the name of the person who gave the testimonial, along with their photo and other relevant information.

See a student story

Use the student story to:

  • create testimonials
  • share stories in the form of an interview.

Don't use student story to:

  • create a staff profile – use the Person profile
  • write a news article that features the person
  • talk about multiple people.
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2. How to create a student story

Student stories can be created, edited and deleted by:

  • editors
  • site coordinators.

Once you log in to your website:

  1. Hover over the Drupal 'Content' menu, then go to 'Add content' > 'Student story'.
  2. Under 'Display name', add the full name of the person giving the testimonial.
  3. Re-enter the person's first name and surname in the 'First name' and 'Surname' fields.
  4. Add the person's postnominal, nationality, level of study or project/thesis title, if relevant.
  5. Add the main direct quote to the 'Quote' field.
  6. Add any body copy or other quotes to the 'Body' field.
  7. From the side menu at the top of the page, add any job, qualifications and awards information, if relevant.
  8. Click the 'Publish' button to save and publish the page.
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3. Best practice

  • Follow the instructions for optimising images for the web to upload an appropriate photo.
  • Make sure you add the main block quote to the 'Quote' field – this will display on the student story and any short courses that reference the student story.
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4. Related functionality

Student stories can be referenced in the Short course content type. When you create a student story, you can add a block quote to the 'Quote' field. This quote will then display on the short course page if you tag the student story on the short course page.

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5. Fields

Fill in all required fields and as many optional fields as possible to provide the best user experience.

Field name

Required field?

Notes

Display name

Yes

Full name of the person.

First name

No

This won't display. It is used for alphabetic sorting.

Surname

No

This won't display. It is used for alphabetic sorting.

Postnominal

No

Displays at the top of the page after the display name.

Nationality

No

This won't display. It is used for sorting.

Level of study

No

This won't display. It is used for sorting.

Project/thesis titles

No

This displays the name of any project relevant to the story.

Summary

No

Provides a short description of the page content that will display in search results. It will also display in teaser and card views.

Quote

No

Displays the main block quote with correct formatting.

Body

No

Displays additional content relevant to the testimonial such as an interview.

Photo

No

Displays a photo on the page.

Job

No

Displays a job title and company under the person's name at the top of the page.

Qualification

No

Displays relevant qualifications under the photo.

Awards

No

Displays any awards the participant has received at the bottom of the page.

Tags

No

Allows the page to be tagged with taxonomy terms.

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