We develop, deliver and manage innovative student engagement schemes. We partner with universities to turn existing financial incentives and awards (such as bursaries, scholarships and hardship funds) into tailored engagement schemes.

These schemes enable students to acquire the key tools and resources for their study as well as to address issues such as digital poverty and mental wellbeing. Schemes also encourage students to make the most of their time on campus through joining clubs and societies and using services such as the gym.

There are massive benefits to working with the JS Group. They think with us as we reimagine our student success offering. They work in close partnership with us using data, sector wide intelligence and a real understanding of Sunderland. They are now trusted experts who help us plan and deliver the right packages of services that best support our students.

Kirsten Black, Director of Student Services, University of Sunderland.

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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 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.


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

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