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New website requests

There are three options for new website requests:

  1. A new top level UCL branded website on Drupal on the UCL domain - follow the steps below
  2. Departmental web space for a site that uses technology other than Drupal, for example to support your research - more information below
  3. A non-UCL branded website for example to support a muti-partner initiative where UCL is not the lead partner, follow the procurement process. This will include sourcing your own suppliers

I'd like a new UCL branded website (built on Drupal)

This process is to request a new, top level UCL branded Drupal website on the the ucl.ac.uk domain. The UCL Domain and URL Eligibility Committee have the final approval on new top level website requests. Follow the steps below to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible.

1. Find out what type of website UCL can support you with

We can support UCL branded Drupal sites that are on the ucl.ac.uk domain. Find out more about the different types of requests and solutions we can offer, especially if your proposed site is for a multi-partner initiative. 

2. Contact faculty / departmental communications

I work in a faculty:

Get your new website request approved by your Faculty Commuications Manager. Give them as much information as possible as they will need to determine how the site fits in with the faculty communications strategy and if the content could sit under a parent site instead. If the content should sit under a parent site, your Faculty Communications Manager can advise on the next steps. The faculty communications contacts are:

Check the proposed new website URL conforms with the UCL URL Policy. We will send all new website requests for approval by the Domain and Eligibility Committee so do try to ensure your proposed URL meets the policy. Your Faculty Communications Manager should be able to advise.

I work in Professional Services / an Office of the Vice Provost:

Check the proposed new website URL conforms with the UCL URL Policy. We will send all new website requests for approval by the Domain and Eligibility Committee so do try to ensure your proposed URL meets the policy. We will liaise with the appropriate senior site editor or digital communications manager as required.

3. Complete a new website request form

Complete a Drupal new website request form:

  • Click on Websites, Apps & Databases (at the bottom of the page)
  • Click on 'Drupal: New website request form' and complete the form

4. Approval by the Eligibility Committee

Digital Presence will review the request and will send it to the university's Domain and URL Eligibility Committee for final approval. Digital Presence will inform you of the Committee's decision. 


      My site is not built on Drupal

      If you require a website that uses technology other than Drupal (as part of your research for example), then UCL can provide a departmental web account on our hosting server. This is a LAMP stack and is not available to host content management systems. No training or support is available for this option. You should discuss the request for an account with the Computer Representative of your department and apply for a departmental web account.

      • Discuss your request with your departmental Computer Representative. If your site is to be built on a content management system, follow the steps for 'Non-UCL content management system' below
      • If your Computer Representative approves the request, complete a departmental web account request form
      • We will review the request and if agreed, an account will be created and you will be informed of the details in due course
      • If you need a MySQL account, email MySQL-Support Team after the departmental web account has been set up. For more information about MySQL, check out the MySQL database service webpage
      • No web support is available for this option

       Non-UCL content management system

      • Departmental web accounts are not available to host content management systems
      • You will need to source your own web hosting companies for your site and follow the procurement process managed by Procurement Services
      • No web support is available for this option