Add significant value to the student experience, progression and outcomes.

Offer to Universities


Recruit a truly diverse community of talent onto your graduate schemes

Offer to Employers

Delivering Better Student Outcomes

Our passion for ‘delivering better student outcomes’ just got even stronger. In 2022 we are developing transformational, cost-effective new student support services to focus on helping students at partner universities to:

Our new services are being built around our current work turning existing financial incentives and awards (such as bursaries, scholarships and hardship funds) into tailored and effective engagement schemes.

The JS Group is a trusted family business with a set of strong university partners and a rich heritage that can be traced back to the opening of the John Smith bookshop at the University of Glasgow in 1751.

Diversity into Work

As part of our strategic expansion, we are developing a ground-breaking new initiative to improve employability outcomes for students from under represented socioeconomic groups. There is strong evidence to suggest that students from the least advantaged families and communities do not thrive in the jobs market and face significant barriers to career success. Our focus will be on working in partnership with students, founding corporates, employers, universities and other experts to scope, develop and implement innovative new services at all stages of the student journey to support the graduate employment outcomes of students.

How we do it

We work to fully understand our university partners so that together we can develop, source and deliver engagement schemes that support student success and reduce barriers to learning. Our approach is to bring expertise in three areas to each and every partnership:

Aspire Technology


Our Aspire technology platform is the core system we have developed to manage accounts for each student.

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Engagement Partners

Engagement Partners

Based on campus, our Engagement Partners work with the university to deliver maximum benefit to students.

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Data Insights

Data and Insight

Our data team provide reporting on how schemes support retention, recruitment, and OfS requirements.

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Our Impact


Students on our schemes actively recommend their university to friends

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Our partner universities see measurable improvements

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Data demonstrates increased student engagement

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Learning Outcomes

Partner and student feedback shows significant impacts

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Value for Money

We aim to provide best value to students and universities.

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Our Schemes

Our expert and agile staff work with universities to create and deliver the best scheme or service and each scheme we help create and deliver is based on tried and tested frameworks that are adapted and developed for each setting, student population, institutional strategy and regulatory requirements. We also provide ongoing support to ensure the required outcomes are achieved.

Engagement Schemes

These schemes are designed to allow the maximum student choice and flexibility around a framework we help you create that’s right for you – from learning resources through to clubs and societies

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Resource Schemes

These schemes enable academics to specify educational resources such as eBooks, tablets, and other key materials which we then provide directly to cohorts of students.

The schemes support student study and we also run specific schemes with partner universities to address issues such as digital poverty and mental wellbeing.

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Blended Schemes

Many of the universities we partner with want to have schemes that either provide both funds and resources to students or that provide some students with funds and others with resources.  We can design a blended scheme to your requirements as our philosophy is that the best scheme is the one that makes the most difference for your students.

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Many universities run these schemes alongside their cash bursaries and we can manage the delivery of both reducing administrative complexity and cost as well as provide invaluable feedback.

Our Partner Universities

Julie Walking Profile PicTo find out more, please contact
Julie Walkling
Director of Academic Partnerships

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