Aspire Welcome

How Aspire Welcome works

JS Group has a number of University Partners whose job is to liaise with universities with no permanent on campus bookshop or resource provider to ensure that their students have access to their recommended resources.

Making recommended resources available at the right time and the right price

Aspire Welcome is a package of services that universities can deploy to support student learning and student success. Aspire Welcome ensures that students have access to the resources that have been recommended for their modules and courses from the commencement of their studies. Research in the US and the UK has shown that early access to recommended resources improves student retention and grades.

Ensuring the right resources are available from day one

Firstly, the University Partner will work with faculty and the library to collect and collate information on recommended resources – reading lists, specialist equipment, recommended software, art and design materials. We can integrate with existing sources of this information such as Talis Aspire as well as having our own Aspire Resource software that collates and manages this information.

Secondly our commercial team will work with suppliers to ensure that those resources are made available to students at the right time and at market leading prices. The Commercial team have vast experience of working with publishers, equipment manufacturers and specialist suppliers in providing resources to students at over 40 UK universities. Resources are always offered at market leading prices and, wherever possible, we will look to create bundles of resources that offer even more value to students.

On campus to provide advice and support

Thirdly, the University Partner will identify with the university Student Union, a location for a pop-up store that will be on campus for the welcome week and the first few weeks of the first semester. Staffed by knowledgeable staff, the pop up store will stock many of the recommended resources that can be purchased there and then.

A year round service

To ensure that students have access to these resources and a range of other products to help them make the most of their time at university, we will also create a bespoke online student store.
The online store will make available a comprehensive range of products and services including:

  • Textbooks
  • Tablets, laptops and digital equipment
  • Medical and nursing equipment
  • Art and design materials
  • Sports equipment
  • Cycling
  • Photography
  • Home equipment
  • Office equipment
  • Catering supplies
  • Magazine subscriptions

To do this, we work with a number of well-known suppliers including Office Depot, Kitlocker, Raleigh, Academia, Exertis and Getech, who integrate their products into the online student store.

To find out more about Aspire Welcome and how it can help drive student engagement, please contact, Matt Fooks, Group Board - Executive Assistant on