AULP New Website Guide

We are delighted to launch our new website, which we hope will be easy to search, easy on the eye, and make it easy to see the range of information and services that AULP provides, which can support you and your colleagues in your roles and help you improve university legal services.

This guide covers the main elements of the site and should assist you in finding what you need while you get used to the new site, and help you to make the most of the resources and new functionality.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback on the new website, please get in touch.





1. Edit your profile

Probably the most important task for you when you first logon, is to make sure your profile is accurate. With this being a new site and a new membership database, we may not have all the important info about you. So why don't you take 2 minutes to update it and also add a profile picture too.

My Profile


Add your job title, role and interests to help us serve you better.


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2. Homepage

The homepage has a layout which showcases some of latest content. You will find our headline resources, details of our next big events and some useful links to information which we think you need to know.

AULP homepage


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3. Knowledge Hub sections

The Knowledge Hub is where the useful resources live, and we have grouped them by topic. The volume of resources will increase over time and if you have anything you would like to share, then please email Each section includes some highlighted content, plus links and/or buttons to take you to some pre-filtered content, or the option to view all content for that topic. Some examples are shown below.

Highlighted content on the Data and Information Governance Resources page


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4. Discussions

We expect the Discussions page to be one of the most popular areas on the site. This is where you can exchange ideas with other members and make the most of the AULP community.

Starting a new discussion 

If you want to start a new discussion you do this direct from the main Discussions page using the link button in the top left of the page, above the Filters: 

Start a discussion using the button in the top left of the page

Once you’ve selected this button, you’ll then be asked which discussion board you want to add your discussion to, which you can choose from a drop-down menu. When you start your discussion post you always have the option to select ‘anonymous’ before posting, if the topic is sensitive. 


Filtering discussions 

You have options to view all discussion boards, all boards related to your interests, or filter on a specific discussion board(s) using the filtering section on the left of the screen. You can switch the ‘My Interests/All Interests’ switch to whichever you want, and you can select/deselect different interests/tags/filters in the list beneath that. 

Viewing and responding to a discussion  

To view a discussion, select the discussion title in the card that is shown in the list of discussions: 

To view a discussion, select the title


Once you’re viewing the discussion itself, the functionality is the same as previously – you can reply to or like any posts in the discussion. You can either ‘Reply to this comment only’ (useful if you want to respond to a specific comment somewhere in the middle of the discussion), or just reply at the end of the discussion by using the ‘Reply’ button (both buttons can be found at the bottom of each comment/post): 

You can either ‘Reply to this comment only', or reply at the end of the discussion by using ‘Reply’


Once you start a reply, you always have the option to make your reply anonymous before posting if it is sensitive or confidential. 

If you don’t have much to add, but want to agree with a comment quickly, you can simply ‘Like’ it at the top of the comment. 

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The search function is at the top of the page and can be accessed from any page on the site. While you are typing in your search term the search function will bring up some of your recent search terms and will suggest some initial results before you select ‘Enter’ or the search icon.

The search function will bring up some of your recent search terms and will suggest some initial results before you select ‘Enter’ or the search icon.


Once you select ‘Enter’ or the search icon, the full set of results will be returned. You can filter them to a particular type of content if you want to, using the filters on the left of the page.

Once you select ‘Enter’ or the search icon, the full set of results will be returned.


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6. Your List


My List holds all the items you have saved


Your List, accessed from the top right of the website in the space which is visible whatever page you are on, holds all the items you have saved/‘starred’/liked/’favourited’ throughout the site (see Saving/Starring Favourite Content below) in one easily accessible place:

  • Events
  • Discussions
  • News
  • People
  • Resources.

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7. Dashboard

You can now access your own dashboard using the My Dashboard link in the top right of the website, in the space which is visible whatever page you are on.


My Dashboard allows you to edit your profile, interests and other preferences


At present the dashboard sets out some of the same things as your list, though some are presented in different ways, and there are also some extras:

  • your current interests
  • all events you are booked onto
  • any resources you have saved to your List
  • news articles you have saved
  • people you have saved from the Member Directory
  • any discussions you are involved in.

We will be developing the dashboard further over the next 12 months or so to increase the functionality.

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8. Filtering resources and news etc.


You can browse through all the resources


Rather than accessing our resources through the individual Knowledge Hub pages, you can choose to access All Resources and use the new on-page filters. The page will show every resource we have (except news items) in a card format, and each card will also show the topics that item has been ‘tagged’ with (it will often be tagged with several topics).

These ‘tags’ are replicated in an expandable menu on the left of your screen and to filter the resources to the topic you are looking for, you can select one or more of these tags.

Before we filter the resources in any way there are 40 results:


Before the filter



But if we filter this on Data and Information Governance, we get a more manageable 5 results:


Selecting Data and Information Governance as a filter, reduces the number of resources


Filtering All News works exactly the same way.

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9. Saving/Starring Favourite Content

You can ‘star’ your favourite items on our website to store them in your List and your Dashboard (see Your List and Dashboard above). You can save anything accessed via the News cards, Resources cards, or Discussions by selecting the pink star in the top right corner of the card. When you select it, the star will turn white and a message to confirm you have saved it will pop up. You can then access this item easily from your List or your Dashboard at any time.

Before selecting the star to save:


Selecting the star to save


After we select the star and saved the item:


The item is now saved and added to your list


If you access something somewhere elsewhere on the site rather than through a card (e.g. from a news article itself), you can usually ‘star’/save it from the item itself, or find the same item in All Resources and save it from there.

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