NUI Galway students currently have limited options available to them if they wish to advertise used products/services for sale on campus. This project aims to change this by developing ‘UniDeal’, an online classified ads website that is specifically targeted at NUI Galway students. UniDeal will help improve the exchange and reuse of resources among students, which will lower their cost of living and improve their overall wellbeing. The site will be designed to meet students’ needs and contain relevant categories of products/services. Capitalising on the high internet and mobile device usage on campus, UniDeal will make it much more effective for students to communicate with one another when buying and selling. After an initial trial period at NUI Galway, it is hoped that UniDeal will be rolled out to other third level institutions.
The UniDeal project has made some great progress since the start of its collaboration with the EXPLORE Initiative.
The project team have began developing the UniDeal website and are very pleased with its progress thus far. Functionality such as site registration, site log-in and posting and searching ads has been developed, which are all core features to the website. The team aim to complete development on the site by the end of the month.
The group have created a UniDeal Facebook page which can be found through the following link. The page has just under 500 likes so far and will hope for much more in the coming weeks. A Twitter account has also been created and the team are eager to acquire more followers. The page can be found at twitter.com/UniDealOfficial. Both pages will update students and staff with recent news and allow users to ask questions or provide feedback. A short video will also be uploaded in the next few days that will inform people more about UniDeal and our core service for students and staff around the college.
A promotional stand will be set up this month on the university campus (date to be confirmed). The stand will be able to provide students with more information about UniDeal and will encourage them to keep an eye out for UniDeal in the coming months. Students and staff who like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter will be entered into a draw for a prize.
At this point in time, the group are assembling a collection of advertisements for the first release of the site so that students will not have to look at an empty website when it goes live.
On top of this, we are making some changes to the website itself with regards to design and functionality.