Introducing Stuart

Oh hai, I’m Stuart, and I’ve just joined dxw as a developer. I initially trained as a journalist, studying for a degree in Communications and doing a pre-entry certificate in Newspaper Journalism post-university (I have an 80wpm shorthand qualification, but don’t ask me to do that now!) After gaining my qualification, and finding the cut […]

Growing with the company and taking on a new role as Service Designer

The theme for last year’s company retreat  was “how can we  grow personally and professionally as the company grows?” We came away from those two days brimming with ideas and in the six months that have passed, lots of new things have been put in place. I was definitely able to learn and develop as […]

The challenge of a being a first adopter: Developing a user-centered sign-on experience for schools and integrating with the DfE Sign in platform

Over the last year, dxw digital has worked with the Department for Education’s digital team to design and develop the Teaching Vacancies Service (TVS). One of the big learning experiences from building TVS was being the first new service to adopt DfE Sign-in – an identity and access management tool intended for use across new […]

UK GovCamp 2019

I’ve been reflecting on what I learned at UK GovCamp a couple of weeks ago. As many others have already said, the twelfth annual UK GovCamp was a real success. dxw digital has been sponsoring and attending GovCamp since the beginning, and this was my first one. As someone still pretty new to digital, I […]

Discovery isn’t just for digital

Last week, I attended my first networking event in the North. Run by Design Network North, it was called Rise & Design: Innovations in Health. The topics being covered were focused on physical products entering the NHS, but I thought it would be interesting to hear what people were talking about and learn a bit […]

TechUK Central Government Council: Vote for Harry!

TechUK is asking its members to vote for candidates to form its Central Government Council. The CGC represents the tech sector’s views on big issues to central government.  It sets the strategic direction of TechUK’s central government programme and ensures it reflects what’s important to members. Our founder, Harry Metcalfe has been on the council […]

The one where Andrew and Hilary travelled to Bristol

At the end of 2018, Andrew and I travelled to Bristol to run a full-day user research workshop for the LocalGovDigital South West Peer Group.  LocalGovDigital is a network for digital practitioners in local government. The South West Peer Group has been set up to create more opportunities for local collaboration and discussion with neighbouring […]

Introducing Marianne, our first User Researcher in the north

Hi, I’m Marianne, the first User Researcher to join the dxw digital Leeds office. Having recently returned from maternity leave I’m super excited (and a bit nervous) to get stuck into some projects up here! This is my first role in the public sector, but I’ve been working to improve products and services for people […]

Looking ahead to 2019

dxw digital achieved some big milestones in 2018. We’re now 10 years old and for the first time, the team is well over 50 people. We’ve expanded our strategic offer so we not only research and develop great services but also make sure organisations create an environment for them to succeed. In 2019, we’ll continue […]