About Queen Mary University

Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions. With around 17,840 students, 4,000 staff they are one of the biggest University of London colleges. They teach and research across a wide range of subjects in the humanities, social sciences, law, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering.

Having created a new identity for their Mahara platform, renamed to ‘QMplus Hub’, Queen Mary University of London required a new theme design to accompany the new identity. The theme was to be modern, engaging and promote the different functionality Mahara had to offer. They chose Synergy Learning as their eLearning partner.

Queen Mary University


What we did 

With the use of our ‘Rework’ theme package we delivered a unique theme design and responsive layout.

Our aim was to develop a theme that was both engaging and easy to use. We developed a set of custom icons to be used to as identifiers to show students how they could use the Mahara platform, for example, ‘Promote Yourself’, ‘Collate Evidence’ and ‘Support Groupwork’. A refreshable homepage banner housed quick links to these areas.

We wanted the students to personalise their work and so developed a set of page theme options, ranging from facility colours to background images.

We extended the custom icons to the navigation of the site, allowing for a more engaging interface.


what they said

quote  We asked Synergy Learning to work with us on the relaunch of our Mahara site. Our key goal was to use a new design of the site to assist in educating students and staff on ‘what the software is actually here for’ – thus increasing usage of the e-portfolio and group and social networking capabilities. The team at Synergy worked closely with us to understand our requirements and have delivered a fresh appealing design that both informs and entices the user to discover the hidden potential of Mahara. This approach is already helping us reach new audiences here at Queen Mary University of London.  quote

Brett Lucas – QMUL



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