To start your eProfile, you simply have to log in. The log in from is on the eProfile homepage, or accessible from a link on the left menu. Enter your username and password (the same as you use for your email) and the first time you log in a blank profile will be created for you. This will be assigned a handy URL in the form of http://www.eprofile.ex.ac.uk/yourname/ and is ready to work on straight away.
Editing your Profile
Once you are logged in, you will be presented with a menu of links. These are on the right hand side of the index page, and on the left menu on all pages. To begin filling in your profile, click on Edit my eProfile. This will take you to a page with five tabs, representing the five sections of your eProfile:
- About Me
- Curriculum Vitae
- Professional Development
All of these sections, except the first, are optional.
The first section is About Me. This is the introduction to your profile, and a chance to write a brief biography about yourself. There are four fields in this section:
Name: Your name will appear as a header on all sections of your eProfile. With this field you have the option to edit your name, e.g. you add any qualifications you have. This will not affect your profile's web address, nor the name under which it is listed.
After the Telephone Number and Email Address fields, there is the Brief Biography. This is the main part of the About Me section, and should be a brief description of you and your achievements.
The biography field allows you to apply formatting, using the buttons at the top of the field. This is applied in the form of tags. This works by surrounding a block of text with an open or close tag, to show where the formatting begins and ends. For example, if we wanted the text "This is my eProfile" to appear in bold, we would enter:
<b>This is my eProfile</b>
The closing tag (with the /) marks the end of the bold text. This is hugely important as without it, all text after the sentence would also appear bold.
You do not have to type these tags in yourself - the buttons will do that for you. Nevertheless, you should try to ensure all opened tags are closed. To help with this, if a tag is opened but not closed, the relevant button will appear with an asterisk (*) .
The best way to apply formatting, however, is to enter all of your text first, and then apply the formatting. This way you can select blocks of text, and apply the formatting by clicking on the appropriate button. Open and close tags will be placed in the appropriate places.