How we built and deployed a robust web app for The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is a public research university based in Auckland, New Zealand. It is the highest-ranked university in New Zealand in the QS World University Rankings. The University of Auckland is one of New Zealand's largest university by enrollment, hosting about 40,000 students on five campuses in Auckland. It promotes a diverse and vibrant culture that meets the needs and seizes the opportunities of a dynamic global society.

Area: UI/ UX Design and Development Scope: Web application

The Background

Looking for grants, funds and fellowships is a tedious task. Finding a great opportunity means spending hours on different sites, scouring details of various grants, and filling out endless forms. There is a lack of a platform where students can engage with good opportunities and find funders, grants, and workshops.

The Challenge

Drawing from the personal experience of Senior students who spent a lot of time finding better opportunities, our client realized that it was particularly hard to find the right guidelines and keep track of different grants and workshops.

Upon wondering whether a lot of students faced a similar problem, the client conducted research to test their hypothesis. Based on the results, it was concluded that there was a need to provide personalized support and all the help in one place to university students.

About the app

The Auckland University app is one of a kind product that addresses all these problems. It brings together design and technology to create a seamless and exceptional experience for students. The app is designed to bring ‘joy’ back to the process of searching for grants.

The solution provides students with the tools to unlock great opportunities on their mobile devices. It provides proper information regarding different fellowships, funders, and grants, all in one place. Students can easily find out the number of active workshops and register their interest. The app also comes with a built-in dashboard that allows students to keep track of their applications, grants, and workshops.

Project Goals

Intuitive and Modern tool

One of the primary goals was to build an intuitive, modern product that will connect better with students and tackle all their possible pain points.


We wanted to make sure that the site helps users achieve their goals and gets the job done, quickly and properly. It was essential to integrate the web app using Drupal CMS and provide API support for the mobile application.


Discover new UI elements that are more friendly to students.


Discover new features that will encourage students to engage more to find the right opportunity.

Key Features

1. Manage Funds

Comes with a ‘Find my Fund’ functionality.

2. Manage Grants

Find grants and fellowships for your area of interest.

3. Manage Workshops

Discover active workshops and register your interest.

UX Design

Designing for a unique target group required long discovery and research plans. We created user flows based on data and scenarios prepared by the client’s side. Based on this research, we also created user personas. The user personas helped us empathize and focus on creating features that will help users achieve their goals.

UI Design

User Interface Design not only had to meet all of the accessibility standards but also appear as visually attractive to the target group. It had to support two dedicated platforms- desktop and mobile.


From the beginning of the project, we collaborated closely with both the back-end and front-end team and discussed every user story to make sure it was efficient and easy to implement. Besides API support for the mobile app, we made a Drupal website with the same features.

We took care of the design handover, while the QA team made sure that there were no bugs and the website works perfectly.

To engage students with the best opportunities, the solution comes with modules such as funders listing, grants listing, and ‘my favorite grants’. This enables the students to view different grants from funders, find out all the pertinent details, and keep a track of the workshops and grants they have opted for.

The value we delivered

It was truly a novel experience for us to work on a project like Auckland University. Our team took on the job of market research, strategy development, design, and engineering. We worked through a dozen design concepts and leveraged the best technology to successfully create an unforgettable web experience for the end-users.

Tech Stack

Drupal, MySQL

Client Testimonial

Schedule A Call

ISHIR is a globally diversified leading offshore software development company with experience and expertise in a broad range of services and solutions. With 15 years of experience in the IT industry, ISHIR enables cost-effective and dependable software outsourcing solutions. We have over 900 satisfied clients across the globe and matured to become an extension of their internal teams.

We are experts in the field of software development, web design and development, managed cloud services, software testing, application development services and customer software development. India is a sought after market for addressing software development outsourcing requirements for enterprises across the world. ISHIR offers the value add of in-depth knowledge of all the key industries combined with the commitment to innovate and offer next-generation technological advantage. As a renowned custom software development company in India, one of the key differentiators that we offer is to understand our clients’ business objectives and challenges and align the right technology to provide customized solutions.

Headquartered in Dallas, with global delivery center in Noida, India, we are one of the preferred software development companies with a unique combination of skilled people, world-class processes and robust technology. ISHIR has a successful track record of delivering hundreds of projects using various tools and technologies. We have delivered on-time and on-budget custom software development services and application development services. Using our flexible delivery models, we have ensured success in all our offshore outsourcing projects. We have added substantial value and savings for our clients, often exceeding up to 85%, making us a dependable offshore Software Development Company. As a front runner software development company, India, we ensure that we go the extra mile to maximize ROI for our clients and act always as a trusted advisor of our clients.