Quercus User Guide<>

The Quercus Menu

What is the Quercus Menu?

The Quercus Menuadministrative interface is a web interface that gives you access to the modules in the Quercus suite. It is designed to be accessed by administrative and academic staff and provides a single portal to all Quercus components.

Quercus Menu gives you access to the Quercus modules via links from a Home screen. The links that appear on the Home screen can be customised for different categories of users.

In addition, when you are working within a module, Quercus Menu supplies contextual menus which provide you with relevant links to other, related modules.

The Quercus Menu allows you to:

access all Quercus components from a single location

configure your Home screen so that you see only the links you need

Access all Quercus modules from a single location

The Quercus Menu is a web application which provides a single point of entry to all Quercus applications. For example you can access the Quercus Core modules, the Quercus Lifecycle modules, the Quercus Classic Interface, Discoverer Reports, and CampusIT documentation all from one place.

Configure your Home screen so that you see only the links you need

The Quercus Menu can be configured so that you see only the applications that you need. For example

The Quercus Menu configured for a system administrator – with access to all available modules

The Quercus Menu configured for a staff member – with access restricted to minimum set of modules.

» For information about you configure the Quercus Menu for different users see Customising the Home screen for a specific user group.

The Quercus Menu framework

Quercus Menu provides a framework for organising the various Quercus modules and the screens which make up those modules. The Quercus Menu framework is part of each Quercus screen and consists of the following elements:

the top bar

the breadcrumb navigation

the right and left menus

These are described below.


The top-bar is the blue bar at the top of each Quercus screen.

The top-bar consists of a logo and one or more navigation buttons. These are described below.


The Quercus logo is situated in the top left-hand corner of every Quercus screen.

In all areas of Quercus except Quercus Core the logo has a sub-title which indicates the Quercus component which the current screen belongs to. A component is a group of modules with interrelated functions.

When you click on a logo it always takes you back to the Quercus Menu Home screen.

Modules belonging the same component always share the same top-bar.

Functional areas

The top-bar navigation buttons take you to the opening screen for a specific functional area within the selected component. In the example below, clicking the Modules button has taken the user to the Modules search screen which is the opening screen in the Modules functional area.

After you land on these screens your subsequent actions will take you to new screens. When you do this the top-bar tab retains its selected state and your context within the lower level screens is indicated by the breadcrumb trail.

Breadcrumb trail

The breadcrumb trial is a set of clickable links which help you to understand where you are in Quercus and which allow you to navigate to previous screens.

In general, the starting location for a breadcrumb is the opening screen which is associated with a top-bar button. Usually the name shown in the breadcrumb starting location is the same as the name in the top bar. The breadcrumb trail then builds up as you use particular functions.

Smart links

When you are working within a module, Quercus Menu supplies a contextual menu which provides you with relevant links to other, related modules. This menu is called the Smart Link menu and the individual links are known as Smart Links. Smart Links do more than provide a link from one module to another: they also maintain your context within the database record-set.


If you are looking at the record of a specific student and you switch to the HESA module via a Smart Link, you will be taken to the HESA record of the student in question.