TOP Class Website Hits the Mark

By Stormnet Media, PRNE
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

STRATFORD UPON AVON, England, October 28, 2010 - A TOP class website, produced by leading Midlands media
company Stormnet for UCAS, the universities and colleges admissions service,
has won four coveted global awards.

Already a big hit with millions of students and their
advisors, Stormnet Media's trailblazing online UCAStv site has picked up four
silvers in the prestigious W3 Awards, sanctioned and judged by the
International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA), whose members include
executives from Disney, MTV and Yahoo!.

Set up as a trial sister site to Cheltenham-based UCAS' main
website three years ago, was an instant success, with
330,000 logging on in just two weeks.

Now over a quarter of a million a month head for the site to
get instant advice via a vast series of easy view information and case study
videos. It's also a popular tool for school advisors who use the videos in
their classrooms.

"The site has developed enormously, and continues to evolve,
both in the range of the target audience, and with some clever programming
technology that is intuitive to the user so it recommends additional useful
videos," said Ian Stainton, TV producer at Stormnet Media, which has offices
in Stratford upon Avon and Birmingham.

"It was a smart move by UCAS to offer an easy information
access addition to its services, and they are a great organisation to work
with. We're pleased with the site's success and very happy to get accolades
for both the website design ( and video
production ( in one of the best world-wide
competitions to get a result in."

The W3 Awards, aimed at honouring creative excellence on the
web, attracted 3,000 entries this year and winners were announced in Los
last week. The UCAStv site won a silver award, as did three of the
four submitted site videos - How to apply 2011, Parents' guide to the
application process and Providing Feedback (for higher education staff).

"W3 winners continue to embody what the Internet is all about
and continue to raise the bar in Web development and design. We are honoured
to have reviewed such a diverse and remarkable pool of work this year," said
Linda Day, the executive director of the IAVA.

UCAS Website Editor, Beth Hayes, added: "Being selected as a
W3 Winner is a tremendous achievement and we are delighted, although we
already know how popular UCAStv is from the feedback we get from our users.

"There's a lot to take in when applying to university but the
videos make it all very easy to digest. They talk you through the process
step-by-step and you're given demonstrations on how to use our online
services. It is a big success, and getting bigger all the time."


1. Stormnet Media is a leading new media specialist delivering
powerful and engaging interactive experiences full of rich content, live
video, animation and graphics to audiences across the globe.

2. UCAS is a charity and is the world's leading shared
admissions service for higher education.

3. You can access UCAStv at and the winning
videos at to apply 2011,' guide to the application process and feedback (for higher education staff).

4. For more information about the W3 Awards, please visit

For further information, and to arrange interviews, please contact Stormnet Media on
+44(0)1527-910050, log onto or email
Ian at For further information, please contact Lisa Davies, Corporate Communications Officer on +44(0)1242-544619, email communications at or log onto, For more information about the W3 Awards, please visit, email The W3 Awards at info at

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