Content Management Systems (CMS) in UK Higher Education

Here our Digital Marketing Director, Polly Pospelova, shares a table of the Content Management Systems used by the UK’s universities.

Picking the right type of CMS for any website is no easy task. However, when it comes to complex websites which need to integrate with third-party systems, work on a wide variety of devices and handle multiple languages and website instances, the choice can be even more challenging.

This difficult choice is faced by the UK’s universities and does raise questions about which CMSs they are actually using. So as experts in this area, we’ve done the research to find out exactly which platforms the UK’s universities are selecting as their Web Content Management System (WCMS).

Below we’ve listed out the country’s 149 universities - using data from the current academic league tables - and have then detailed their primary and secondary WCMSs.

UK Universities and their CMSs

University CMS
1. University of Cambridge
  • Drupal
  • GitHub Pages
  • Django Framework
  • Moodle
  • WordPress
  • ExpressionEngine
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Joomla
  • Adobe GoLive
  • TYPO3
  • Wagtail
  • Craft CMS
2. University of Oxford
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
  • Laravel
  • Joomla
  • Sylius
  • PmWiki
  • Django Framework
  • Wagtail
  • Craft CMS
  • Plone
  • Moodle
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Squiz
  • Squarespace
  • mojoPortal
  • Umbraco
3. University of St Andrews
  • WordPress
4. Durham University
  • bespoke, PHP
5. Lancaster University
  • WordPress
6. Loughborough University
  • bespoke, PHP
7. University of Bath
  • WordPress
8. University of Exeter
  • Drupal
9. The University of Warwick
  • Joomla
  • Bitrix
  • WordPress
10. University of Birmingham
  • Contensis CMS
11. University of Leeds
  • WordPress
  • Jadu CMS
12. The University of Manchester
  • Hugo
  • MediaWiki
  • WordPress
  • DNN
  • Umbraco
  • Drupal
13. The University of Edinburgh
  • Drupal
14. University of Bristol
  • DatoCMS
15. University of Glasgow
  • bespoke, PHP
16. The University of Nottingham
  • Contensis CMS
17. University of Southampton
  • Drupal
  • Laravel
  • WordPress
18. University of East Anglia (UEA)
  • Liferay
19. Newcastle University
  • WordPress
  • Hugo
20. Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Contensis CMS
  • Moodle
  • Umbraco
21. University of Surrey
  • Drupal
  • Sitecore
22. Cardiff University
  • Squiz
23. Harper Adams University
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
24. University of Liverpool
  • WordPress
25. University of Aberdeen
  • Omeka
  • Moodle
26. University of York
  • TERMINALFOUR
  • WordPress
  • Google Sites
  • iWeb
  • Plone
  • FrontPage
  • SilverStripe CMS
27. University of Dundee
  • TERMINALFOUR
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
  • GetSimple CMS
28. University of Sussex
  • WordPress
  • Sitecore
29. The University of Sheffield
  • Drupal
30. Aston University
  • Contensis CMS
  • Drupal
31. Swansea University
  • WordPress
  • Laravel
  • Django Framework
32. Heriot-Watt University
  • WordPress
  • Joomla
33. Queen's University, Belfast
  • bespoke, PHP
34. Nottingham Trent University
  • Squiz
  • Drupal
35. University of Strathclyde
  • Sitecore
  • WordPress
36. University of Reading
  • Sitecore
  • WordPress
  • Umbraco
37. Queen Mary University of London
  • TERMINALFOUR
  • WordPress
  • Moodle
38. University of Lincoln
  • WordPress
39. University of Stirling
  • TERMINALFOUR
40. University of Essex
  • Sitecore
  • Moodle
41. SOAS University of London
  • Percussion
  • WordPress
  • Moodle
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Django Framework
42. University of Leicester
  • Sitecore
  • WordPress
  • Jekyll
  • Plone
43. St George's, University of London
  • Contensis CMS
44. University for the Creative Arts
  • Medium
  • WordPress
  • Squarespace
45. University of Kent
  • WordPress
46. Northumbria University
  • Sitecore
  • WordPress
47. Oxford Brookes University
  • Ektron
  • ExpressionEngine
48. Keele University
  • TERMINALFOUR
49. Coventry University
  • Episerver
50. University of Portsmouth
  • Sitecore
  • WordPress
  • WordPress
51. University of the West of England
  • Sitecore
  • WordPress
  • Immediacy
52. Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Sitecore
  • WordPress
  • Immediacy
53. City, University of London
  • Squiz
  • WordPress
  • Moodle
54. Ulster University
  • Squiz
  • Drupal
  • Laravel
  • WordPress
55. Edge Hill University
  • WordPress
56. Staffordshire University
  • Contensis CMS
  • WordPress
57. University of the Arts London (UAL)
  • Squiz
  • Drupal
  • Salesforce
  • Gatsby
  • concrete5
  • WordPress
58. Liverpool Hope University
  • bespoke, PHP
59. University of Bradford
  • bespoke, PHP
60. University of Huddersfield
  • WordPress
  • SharePoint
61. Arts University Bournemouth
  • WordPress
  • Craft CMS
62. Liverpool John Moores University
  • Sitecore
  • WordPress
63. De Montfort University
  • Contensis CMS
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
64. Queen Margaret University
  • Umbraco
65. Brunel University London
  • Contensis CMS
66. Bournemouth University
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
67. Aberystwyth University
  • TERMINALFOUR
68. Goldsmiths, University of London
  • WordPress
  • Moodle
69. Sheffield Hallam University
  • Sitecore
  • WordPress
70. University of Hertfordshire
  • Squiz
  • Blogger
  • WordPress
71. University of Central Lancashire
  • WordPress
72. Norwich University of the Arts
  • WordPress
  • Ruby on Rails
73. Glasgow Caledonian University
  • bespoke, PHP
74. University of Plymouth
  • Ruby on Rails
75. Falmouth University
  • Drupal
  • HubSpot
76. University of Salford
  • Drupal
  • Squiz
77. University of Roehampton
  • Episerver
  • WordPress
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
78. University of Hull
  • Contensis CMS
  • WordPress
  • HubSpot
79. Bangor University
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • WordPress
80. University of Greenwich
  • Squiz
  • WordPress
81. Robert Gordon University
  • Joomla
  • Moodle
  • WordPress
82. Edinburgh Napier University
  • Sitecore
  • SharePoint
83. London South Bank University
  • Squiz
84. University of Chichester
  • Drupal
  • Squarespace
85. Middlesex University
  • Squiz
  • WordPress
86. University of West London
  • Drupal
  • Umbraco
87. Birmingham City University
  • bespoke
  • .Net Moodle
88. University of Westminster
  • Drupal
  • Kentico
89. Kingston University
  • bespoke, PHP
90. Bath Spa University
  • TERMINALFOUR
  • Orchard
91. Leeds Arts University
  • Umbraco
92. Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • SharePoint
  • WordPress
93. St Mary's University
  • Contensis CMS
94. University of Derby
  • WordPress
95. University of Gloucestershire
  • SharePoint
  • WordPress
96. Teesside University
  • WordPress
97. University of Chester
  • Drupal
98. University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • TERMINALFOUR
  • WordPress
99. Abertay University
  • Umbraco
100. University of the West of Scotland
  • Umbraco
101. Solent University
  • Contensis CMS
  • WordPress
102. The University of Winchester
  • bespoke, PHP
103. University of Sunderland
  • bespoke, PHP
104. The University of Buckingham
  • WordPress
105. University of Worcester
  • Contensis CMS
106. University of Northampton
  • WordPress
107. York St John University
  • TERMINALFOUR
108. Leeds Trinity University
  • bespoke, PHP
  • Ruby on Rails
109. University of South Wales
  • Ruby on Rails
110. University of Brighton
  • Contensis CMS
  • Squiz
  • SharePoint
111. Buckinghamshire New University
  • Squiz
112. University of East London
  • Sitecore
113. Canterbury Christ Church University
  • bespoke, .Net
114. Anglia Ruskin University
  • Sitecore
115. Bishop Grosseteste University
  • WordPress
116. University of Cumbria
  • TERMINALFOUR
117. Leeds Beckett University
  • Sitecore
  • Drupal
118. University of Bedfordshire
  • Umbraco
119. Royal Agricultural University
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
120. University of Wolverhampton
  • MediaWiki
121. Newman University
  • WordPress
122. London Metropolitan University
  • Nginx
123. Plymouth Marjon University
  • TERMINALFOUR
  • Moodle
124. University of Bolton
  • WordPress
  • Contensis CMS
125. University of Suffolk
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
126. Wrexham Glyndŵr University
  • bespoke, .Net
127. Ravensbourne University London
  • Umbraco
128. Arden University
  • Drupal
  • concrete5
129. ARU London
  • Sitecore
130. BIMM Institute
  • WordPress
131. Birkbeck, University of London
  • Plone
  • Django Framework
  • WordPress
  • Joomla
132. BPP University
  • Moodle
133. Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
  • WordPress
134. Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
  • Drupal
135. Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
  • SharePoint
136. Regent's University London
  • Drupal
137. The London Institute of Banking & Finance
  • Sitefinity
138. University of Law
  • WordPress
139. University Campus Barnsley
  • WordPress
140. University Campus Oldham
  • WordPress
141. University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute
  • WordPress
142. University Centre Croydon
  • WordPress
  • Moodle
143. University Centre Hartpury
  • Umbraco
  • SharePoint
144. Peterborough, University Centre
  • bespoke, PHP
145. University Centre Reaseheath
  • WordPress
146. St Helens, University Centre
  • Joomla
147. University of Highlands and Islands
  • TERMINALFOUR
148. King’s College London
  • Contensis CMS
  • Hugo
  • WordPress
  • RapidWeaver
  • Django Framework
149. The Quality Assurance Agency
  • Sitefinity

 

The Top 3 Content Management Systems for Universities

Based on this table, we can see that the WordPress, Drupal and Sitecore are the three most popular WCMSs currently used by the universities in the UK.

Taking into account the lack of licensing fees with WordPress and Drupal it’s clear why they are a CMS of choice for many higher education institutions. However, the lack of advanced marketing and personalisation capabilities essential for digitally mature organisations sometimes lets them down.

Sitecore is one of the best customer experience systems currently on the market. It comes with significant licensing fees but offers everything a higher education organisation requires. 

Most Popular web content management systems for Universities in the UK

 

Contact Our Team to Find out More

At Delete, we work with several universities on maximising digital technology platforms to attract new students, deliver personalised virtual learning and foster closer connections between students, academics and alumni.

Our HE clients include Leeds Beckett University, University of Essex, University of Birmingham, University of Hull, Southampton University, University of Central Lancashire and Hull-York Medical School. If you're a university and are looking to transform your digital experience using any of these platforms, then contact us today.

 

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